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Post: # 10790Post Garrett Gilchrist
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:13 pm

Point & click/text adventures weren't something the NES did well, but they were fairly popular (and are fun enough if you have the time). You'll miss having a mouse though. Hudson's Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom is a port of a PC-88 game. The US version is very slightly censored.

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Shadowgate / Uninvited / Deja Vu / Deja Vu 2 (cancelled until a GBC port) were Kemco ports of Macventures for the first Macintosh.

Lucasfilm's classic Maniac Mansion got a good but heavily-censored NES port (by Realtime) and a worse one in Japan (by Jaleco).

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Sierra's King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder also got an NES port by Novotrade, really pushing their luck considering the limitations of the NES system for this sort of thing. Indeed it's a ruined port compared to the PC original.

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Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:12 am

Super Pitfall! for NES is not by David Crane, and is a bad NES game. (It is loosely based on Pitfall 2 for the 2600.)

Bit Ink Studios Super Pitfall! 30th Anniversary is a total overhaul of the original attempting to improve it. (He also did a revamped Ghostbusters as I've noted.)

David Crane's A Boy and His Blob is not unlike Pitfall, but with an adventure-gamey jellybean/blob mechanic.

There is also a 2007 NES Pitfall port by Neverware.

Micronics' NES games were usually disastrous ports.

Super Pitfall, Athena, Ikari Warriors, 1942, Elevator Action, Ghosts n Goblins, SonSon, Miracle Ropit, Thundercade, Tiger Heli, Twin Cobra, Geimos, Stick Hunter, Exed Exes, '89 Dennō Kyūsei Uranai, Mottomo Abunai Deka, Onyanko Town.

(To be fair, Onyanko Town and Geimos are Micronics originals and aren't that bad, though the former plays too slowly. And what's bad about Ghosts n Goblins - the difficulty - was always there in the original.)

Sunsoft's Atlantis no Nazo (Mystery of Atlantis, 1986) almost got a 1989 release as Super Pitfall II. This is appropriate, because Atlantis is also a bad game.

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Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:49 am

Rick and Morty (NES) Graphics hack of Sega/Tengen's Alien Syndrome, by PacnsacDave, with tweaks by CryingOnion.

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4266/
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Shout out to Rockin' Kats, a fun 1991 Atlus NES platformer, for having, in Japan, the terrible pun title of New York Nyankies.

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Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:44 am

Bonk's Adventure [NES] Bonk (PC Genjin) was the mascot of NEC’s TurboGrafx-16 (PC Engine). That version was produced by Red Entertainment, developed by Atlus, and published by Hudson. The NES version is only a mild downgrade, retaining most of what's good about the original.

Indeed by NES standards this is impressive stuff. This platformer's only real crime? It's not anywhere near as weird or as interesting as its sequels (on PC Engine / Turbografx 16 and Super NES / Super Famicom).

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Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:15 pm

A mysterious NES game "Yeah Yeah Beebiss I" is advertised in Play It Again / Funco in 1989 and 1990, then never appears again. It's believed that "Family Trainer: Rai Rai Kyonshis: Baby Kyonshi no Amida Daibouken" (1989) was shortened to Rai Rai Baby, then to Yeah Yeah Beebiss I.

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This Mario / Jumpman plush, from Donkey Kong and by Etone in New Jersey, is dated 1978. Probably incorrectly since the first DK plushes came out in 1982. Donkey Kong was common, but this Mario/Jumpman is likely a prototype that wasn't widely sold.

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Carlos Madruga has released a demo of Gooninuff for Intellivision, based on Konami's The Goonies for MSX. (Konami released two Goonies games for NES.)

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/30812 ... ing-title/

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Namcot's Family Pinball (NES) has 6 character cameos, removed when localized as Rock N'Ball [US].

Pac-Man (Pac-Land)
Tarosuke (Youkai Douchuuki)
Taira no Kagekiyo (Genpei Tōma Den)
Momo (Wonder Momo)
Valkyrie (Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu)
Ki (Tower of Druaga series)

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Wagyan Land for Famicom: The odd thing about the graphics is that they're flatter than they need to be, only using one shade of color rather than two, in a four-color NES palette.

The Famicom and Super Famicom got three Wagyan Land adventures each, for about 12 games total. These never made it to the US, at least partly due to minigames which used the Japanese language. He cameos in WarioWare DIY.

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Wagyan Land is not unlike the second Sanrio Keroppi Adventure for NES/Famicom.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MmWjADgZFc



Namcot's Warpman for Famicom is a sort of sequel to Warp & Warp, a 1981 arcade game which probably took inspiration from Pac-Man and Wizard of Wor. Warpman also has Bomberman-like elements. It's a simple design but allows for reasonably complex gameplay.

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Post: # 10816Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:36 am

In Tower of Druaga, Gilgamesh must rescue Ki.

Both would return in The Return of Ishtar (arcade). There's also side-scroller The Quest of Ki (Famicom), The Blue Crystal Rod (Destiny of Gilgamesh) for Super Famicom, and, uh, Family Pinball.

Characters from Tower of Druaga returned in the text-adventurey The Blue Crystal Rod (Destiny of Gilgamesh) for Super Famicom, which begins with a flashback to the arcade games. I don't think it's been translated.

Tower of Druaga got a slightly enhanced PC Engine port in 1992, and an expanded Playstation port. It also got a 3D Playstation 2 sequel, The Nightmare of Druaga: Fushigi no Dungeon, and an anime reboot in 2008-9.

Here's some gameplay from The Nightmare Of Druaga: Fushigino Dungeon for Playstation 2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=763G7OJ80Jo

Here's some gameplay from The Return of Ishtar (1986), an arcade-only sequel to The Tower of Druaga (1984) in which Priestess Ki and Knight Gilgamesh have a similar adventure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDnf0ogpzLM

The Tower of Druaga seems to have influenced similar series that followed ... Ys, Hydlide, Dragon Slayer and of course The Legend of Zelda, which perfected the Action RPG formula as we know it now.

In 2000, and armed with playing cards, a descendant of Gilgamesh (Tower of Druaga) made his way to the Game Boy Color, in "Seme COM Dungeon-Drururuaga."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpWO-8GNbxg

The PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) port of Tower of Druaga has been translated here.

http://www.romhacking.net/translations/1104/

You'll need certain items to progress, which are hidden in each level. Here's some info:

https://towerofdruaga.fandom.com/wiki/T ... Play_Guide
https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/nes/57824 ... faqs/45905

Gilgamesh from the Tower of Druaga series appears as a Mii Swordfighter costume in Super Smash Bros WiiU /3DS, and in Pac-Man's taunt. He is one of many 80s characters (and games) that Namco has perpetually kept doing stuff with.

Gilgamesh and Ki are also playable in tactical RPG Namco X Capcom for PS2, represented in the Fantasy World (Valkyrie and Wonder Momo and many others turn up).

The Quest of Ki (NES Famicom, Japan only), a prequel to The Tower of Druaga, as a side-scrolling puzzle platformer, has been fan-translated here.

http://www.romhacking.net/translations/2029/

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Post: # 10817Post Garrett Gilchrist
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:24 am

This is an arcade-accurate 2018 Mappy port for Atari 2600 VCS, published by AtariAge, by John W. Champeau of Champ Games (Super Cobra Arcade, Scramble, Conquest of Mars, Lady Bug).

https://www.atariage.com/store/index.ph ... ail&p=1171

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Data East on Evercade

Bad Dudes- Ninja-themed brawler. You fight Karnov!
Midnight Resistance- Contra clone.
Karate Champ- Better than the NES port.
Fighter's History- Street Fighter 2 clone!
Two Crude Dudes- Pretty weird post-apocalyptic brawler due to the large main character. You fight Karnov!
Magical Drop II- Like Bust-a-Move, but horny.
Burnin' Rubber- Bump & Jump.
Burgertime- Admittedly primitive arcade favorite.
Side Pocket- Billiards.
Joe & Mac 2- Most were side-scroller platformers, but I assume this is the second arcade game, with screen-clearing action.


Rolling Thunder did push boundaries in one way. This an NES game where you're shooting hooded racist guys who are definitely sexually assaulting and torturing a character who is playable in the sequel

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