The NES/Famicom version of Maniac Mansion was developed and published by Jaleco in 1990 and is still worth playing today. It’s a fine port of a great game and translates well enough to Nintendo‘s machine that it arguably plays even better than the C64 original (although many will cry “Sacrilege!” to that).
Tag Archives: Japanese
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!, NES/Famicom
Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! was developed by Nintendo R&D3 and was first published by Nintendo in 1987. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest boxing video games ever made, with well-animated cartoon-style characters and an intuitive and responsive control system.
The Violinist of Hameln, Super Nintendo
The Violinist of Hameln is a side-scrolling platform game developed by Daft and published in 1995 by Enix and is based on the Japanese manga series of the same name. The game was a Japan-only release, but a fan-made translation patch is available to play the game in English.
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, Super Nintendo
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest is a Role-Playing Game aimed at beginners and was the first Final Fantasy game released in English-speaking territories, coming out on the Super Nintendo through Square in 1992. It was actually released in North America first, then in Japan and Europe the following year. The game was released in Europe as “Mystic Quest Legend” which hints at its similarity to the classic Final Fantasy Legend series on the Game Boy.
Future Spy, Arcade
In Sega‘s 1984 arcade game, Future Spy, you fly an F-15 jet fighter across an isometric landscape, shooting down enemy aircraft while at the same time dropping bombs on ships, submarines, and ground forces.
Data East‘s classic arcade game, BurgerTime, has been converted and cloned many times since its initial release in 1982.
Super BurgerTime, Arcade
Super BurgerTime is the obscure 1990 sequel to Data East‘s classic 1982 arcade hit, BurgerTime. The game didn’t get wide distribution at the time of its original release, which is why it’s not that well known.
Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory, Arcade
This obscure 1984 arcade game is a spin-off from Data East‘s classic 1982 hit, BurgerTime, in that it features Peter Pepper, the burger-dropping chef from that game. In Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory, though, he is again navigating various screens of platforms and ladders, except this time he is trying to push scoops of ice cream into cones, as well as trying to take out chasing enemies by pushing or throwing ice cream at them.
BurgerTime Deluxe, Game Boy
BurgerTime Deluxe is an enhanced remake of the classic 1982 arcade game, BurgerTime, released exclusively for the original Game Boy. It was developed and published by Data East in 1991.
Marvel Land, Megadrive/Genesis
This Megadrive/Genesis port of the Namco arcade game, Marvel Land, is a reasonably close conversion of the relatively obscure scrolling platform game from 1990. This home console version was first released in 1991.