Jeremy Parish's NES Works #49 - Arkanoid & Athena retrospective

Arcade ports represent!

Two direct arcade ports hit the NES here, and boy golly are these things not necessarily created equal. About the only thing they have in common is that they're both incredibly difficult to complete. But Athena is a hot mess of a conversion, as is the Micronics way, while Arkanoid is a pretty spectacular adaptation. Of course, to be fair, Arkanoid has an advantage here: It came with its own pack-in controller, designed exclusive for use with this one game. But even without the Vaus paddle, it's still a far sight more fun than Athena. Which isn't to say Athena was necessarily a barebones package; in Japan, it came with a special bonus pack-in that Americans were denied...

Famicom game Choujin Sentai Jetman gets a fan translation

It's Bird Squadron time!

Choujin Sentai Jetman is a Famicom game based on the TV tokusatsu series of the same name, and as you might guess, it never saw release outside of Japan. Fan translators have now made it possible for English speakers to enjoy the title, having added in English text. The fan-translated version is being called Bird Squadron Jetman.

Bird Squadron Jetman is a platformer with five playable characters, two of which use swords, two with guns, and one who punches. Each stage ends with the characters combining with their mechas into one giant robot to tackle a giant enemy.

My Famicase Exhibition 2019 gallery entrants showcased

Why don't we ever get an NES version of this!?

We've been covering the My Famicase Exhibition for years now. It's honestly one of my favorite things to post.

For those who don't know, the My Famicase Exhibition invites artists to create fake Famicom cartridge art. That's really all there is to it, but the artists involved always seem to go way above and beyond with their creations. It makes you wish these games were real!

If you want to check out more amazing fake Famicom games, you can check out a bunch of entrants right here.

Famicom game SD Gundam: Gachapon Senshi 3: Hero Warrior gets a fan-translation

Another classic Famicom game given a new lease on life

Fan-translators continue to pour through the history of Famicom to see what never made it outside of Japan. Their latest target was SD Gundam: Gachapon Senshi 3: Hero Warrior, which has now gotten a fan-translation into English. This game was part of a spinoff series that plays like turn-based strategy game.

Famicom game Nantettatte!! Baseball gets a fan translation

It's a line drive!

Another classic Famicom game has gotten a fan translation. Sunsoft’s Nantettatte!! Baseball never saw an English release, which is why fans took on the job themselves. The game features 16 teams from the Japanese baseball league, and lets you plan an entire season of 30 to 130 matches.

Japanese gaming mag from 1986 mistakenly depicted Link as a woman

Long before there was Linkle...

When it comes to the official Legend of Zelda games and promotional materials, the closest we ever got to a female version of Link was Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Legends. When you take a look at third party depictions, an interesting piece of art popped up all the way back in 1986.

Japanese magazine Shonen Captain featured the above artwork for the original Legend of Zelda. This art was created by the magazine's staff, and apparently the people in charge believed Link to be a woman in the game. As a matter of fact, the magazine's feature on The Legend of Zelda is chock-full of female Link depictions!

If only we could track down some of the magazine's staff to see how this mistake came about. I'm sure this feature lead to quite a few confused players when they fired up The Legend of Zelda for the first time!

Famicom game Youkai Douchuuki gets a fan translation

Youkai watch

Looooooong before Yo-Kai Watch, there was Youkai Douchuuki. This platformer hit the Famicom all the way back in 1987, and it never left Japan. Over 30 years later, the game is finally getting some life outside of Japan with an English fan translation.

In Youkai Douchuuki, you play as a young boy who has to fight is way through Hell while battli youkai. The game includes 5 different endings and multiple paths.

Yes, the microphone on the Switch Famicom controller actually works

Am I coming in clear?

Nintendo released NES controllers for Switch here in the states, and they're pretty much 1:1 with what the old controllers looked like/provided. The same goes for the Famicom controllers for Switch in Japan. Nintendo went through a lot of trouble to not just make the controllers look the part, but play the part as well.

The microphone on top of the controller isn't just for show. Just like with the original Famicom controllers, the microphone actually works! There are some games in the Switch Online Famicom collection that use the mic, even if just in minuscule ways. Nice to see Nintendo go the extra mile!

Elementary school book starts trending in Japan after readers spot a Famicom goof

How do I shot?

Notice anything wrong in the image above? This picture appears in a supplementary reading book for elementary school children in Japan. The picture recently went viral with Japanese social media users, as they couldn't believe such an obvious mistake was made. For those who haven't noticed, the kid holding the controller in the image above is holding it upside-down!

Believe it or not, the picture got so much attention that the Board of Education in Iwate prefecture commented on the image. They say the child was asked to hold the controller to show what children used to play back in 1991. As the child was unfamiliar with the Famicom, he held the controller the wrong way. The board said that more preparation and research should have been done in order to avoid the mistake.

As to why no one else involved with the making of this book, including the board themselves, never caught this mistake before it got printed...no reason was given!

Region Locked - Mega Man's Japanese Exclusive Mario Party Style Game

This time on Region Locked, we take a look at Mega Man's only Japanese exclusive Famicom / NES release, Wily & Right no RockBoard: That's Paradise (Wily & Light's Rockboard: That's Paradise) from Capcom.


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