16 November 2014

Reviews: 198-in-1 Real Game [Famicom]

Hello, everyone!
I am back in action with making another review on my blog.
This time it's "198-in-1 Real Game" multicart for Famicom.
We can clearly see, that pirates put Dante from Devil May Cry on the cover for no apparent reason.
Here's the original picture:

The text on the back is exactly the same as on 400-in-1 Real Game cartridge. Here's what's written:
  • Avoid exposing cartr dge to extreme temperature
  • Be careful not to immerse cartridge in water.
  • For protection, when cartridge is noe in use, place cartidge inside protective plastic case.
This multicart was created by CoolBoy company, that also made 150-in-1 Real Game, 400-in-1 Real Game multicart, which I already covered on this blog.
And, as you probably know, these multicarts usually include a lot of games on it, unlike many multicarts, like 9999999-in-1, where they would include only about 5 games, and the rest would be nothing more than just repeats.
Also, just like other "Real Game" multicarts, the cartridge case is much smaller, than any other average Famicom cartridge.
For comparison, I picked up one of my recently picked up official Famicom carts, Doraemon: Giga Zombie no Gyakushuu.
By the height, it's much smaller than official cart, but obviously by the width, it's the same, otherwise it wouldn't fit into any of my consoles.
The cartridge looks pretty much the same inside, as in 400-in-1 Real Game, so I won't even bother taking it apart now. :P

Also, it's worth pointing out what consoles this cartridge works on.
This cart has been tested on Famiclones, Famicom HVC-001, and it works quite well on all the consoles.
Here it's the video test of this cartridge running on original hardware!

Yes, as you might have noticed, this cartridge works quite well on one of my Famiclones, and on original Famicom as well.
Now, let me show you the list of included games (thanks to the person, who sold me this cartridge, for providing me with captures of the main menu of multicart):
The list promises quite a lot of games, with virtually no repeats! :)
Thanks to Prokman, one of my internet friends and collegues, and DDCecil for his LP, I was able to finish this game's list quite fast.
Here's the list:
**UPDATE (23.02.2016): Added games 199-205 to the list that appear on later releases on 198-in-1 Real Game!
  1. Contra (12-in-1 Menu, US version)
  2. Super Contra (24-in-1 Menu, JP version of Super C)
  3. Contra Force
  4. Super Contra 6 (Contra Force hack)
  5. Super Contra 7 [Pirate Original]
  6. Super Contra 8 (Super Contra 7 hack) [Pirate Original]
  7. Kage (JP version of Shadow of the Ninja/Blue Shadow)
  8. Final Mission (JP version of S.C.A.T./Action in New York)
  9. Double Dragon (JP version)
  10. Double Dragon 2 (US version)
  11. Double Dragon 3 (US version)
  12. Target Renegade (title hack, says Double Dragon 4, US version)
  13. Chip to Dale no Daisakusen (JP version of Chip'n Dale Rescue Rangers)
  14. Chip to Dale no Daisakusen 2 (JP version of Chip'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2)
  15. Chip and Dale 3 (Heavy Barrel hack)
  16. Robocop (US version)
  17. Robocop 2 (US version)
  18. Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain (JP version of Shatterhand, corrupted version)*
  19. Robocop 3 (title hack, says Robocop 4)
  20. Tiny Toon Adventures (US version)
  21. Tiny Toon Adventures 2 (US version)
  22. Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (title hack, says Tiny Toon 3 Crazy Castle)
  23. Shadow Warriors (EU version of Ninja Gaiden, corrupted version)*
  24. Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos (US version)
  25. Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom (US version)
  26. Nekketsu Kakutō Densetsu
  27. Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (JP version of River City Ransom)
  28. Nekketsu Kōkō Dodgeball Bu Soccer Hen (JP version of Nintendo World Cup)
  29. Downtown Nekketsu Kōshin Kyoku: Soreyuke Dai Undōkai
  30. Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima (JP version of Adventure Island)
  31. Adventure Island 2 (US version)
  32. Adventure Island 3 (US version)
  33. Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima IV
  34. Gekikame Ninja Den (JP version of TMNT, pirate version that has level select cheat)*
  35. TMNT: Tournament Fighters (US version)
  36. Street Fighter 2010 (US version)
  37. Kick Master (US version)
  38. Mighty Final Fight (US version)
  39. Street Fighter 12 Peoples [Pirate Original]
  40. Mortal Kombat 4 [Pirate Original]
  41. Astyanax (US version)
  42. Mitsume ga Tooru
  43. Snow Bros. (US version)
  44. Spiderman: Return of the Sinister Six (Cut-down version)
  45. Batman (US version)
  46. Kyuukyoku Tiger (JP version of Twin Cobra)
  47. Kyoryu Sentai Zyuuranger
  48. Silk Worm (US version)
  49. Bubble Bobble 2 (JP version, 1-player only, 20 lives)
  50. Darkwing Duck (US version)
  51. Kero Kero Keroppi no Daibouken
  52. Super Arabian
  53. Guevara (JP version of Guerilla War)
  54. Ningen Heiki - Dead Fox (JP version of Code Name: Viper)
  55. Power Blade (US version)
  56. Zippy Race
  57. Lunar Ball (JP version of Lunar Pool)
  58. Galaxian
  59. Mahjong
  60. Tengen Tetris
  61. Hon Shougi Naitou 9 Dan Shougi Hiden
  62. Tank 1990 (Battle City hack, Mode A only)
  63. F-1 Race
  64. Chinese Chess
  65. Soccer
  66. Lode Runner (US version)
  67. Circus Charlie
  68. Choujikuu Yousai: Macross (title screen removed)
  69. Super Mario Bros. (EU version)
  70. Excitebike
  71. Mach Rider
  72. Arkanoid
  73. Legend of Kage (US version)
  74. Dr. Mario
  75. Tennis
  76. Star Force (title screen replaced with the plain text)
  77. 1942 (glitchy text)
  78. Pinball
  79. Sky Destroyer
  80. Popeye
  81. Mighty Bomb Jack (JP version)
  82. Road Fighter (JP version)
  83. Muscle (US version)
  84. Galaga
  85. Aladdin 3 (Magic Carpet 1001 hack)
  86. Ice Climber (JP version)
  87. Bomberman (JP version)
  88. Mappy
  89. Harry Potter 1001 (Magic Carpet 1001 hack)
  90. TwinBee
  91. Spartan X (JP version of Kung Fu, glitchy life bar)
  92. Pika Chu [NiceCode]
  93. Gradius
  94. Donkey Kong
  95. Donkey Kong Jr.
  96. Donkey Kong 3
  97. Donkey Kong Jr. Math (US version)
  98. Aquarium [NiceCode]
  99. Arena [NiceCode]
  100. Air Alert [NiceCode]
  101. Awful Rushing [NiceCode]
  102. Aimless [NiceCode]
  103. Burbles [NiceCode]
  104. Burrow Explorer [NiceCode]
  105. Bug's War [NiceCode]
  106. Bomb King [NiceCode]
  107. Baseball New [NiceCode]
  108. Bubble [NiceCode]
  109. Cannonade [NiceCode]
  110. Hitmouse [NiceCode]
  111. Coast Guard [NiceCode]
  112. Cub Adventure [NiceCode]
  113. Depth Bomb [NiceCode]
  114. Devildom Doom [NiceCode]
  115. Diamond [NiceCode]
  116. Dune War [NiceCode]
  117. Firebase [NiceCode]
  118. First Defender [NiceCode]
  119. Five Days [NiceCode]
  120. Frantic Mouse [NiceCode]
  121. Fruit Dish [NiceCode]
  122. Gallagant [NiceCode]
  123. Garden War [NiceCode]
  124. Gate [NiceCode]
  125. Hallihod [NiceCode]
  126. Hexapod New [NiceCode]
  127. Hexapod War [NiceCode]
  128. Labyrinth [NiceCode]
  129. Lunarian [NiceCode]
  130. Mad Xmas [NiceCode]
  131. Motoboat [NiceCode]
  132. Panzer Attack [NiceCode]
  133. Pobble [NiceCode]
  134. Polar Bat [NiceCode]
  135. Ruralgoblin [NiceCode]
  136. Robot [NiceCode]
  137. Season Garden [NiceCode]
  138. Shrew Mouse [NiceCode]
  139. Snowball [NiceCode]
  140. Star Fighter [NiceCode]
  141. Strafe [NiceCode]
  142. Small Dinosaur [NiceCode]
  143. Silent Hunter [NiceCode]
  144. The Archer [NiceCode]
  145. Twin Cards [NiceCode]
  146. Undersea Arena [NiceCode]
  147. Warrior [NiceCode]
  148. Abscondee [NiceCode]
  149. Aether Cruiser [NiceCode]
  150. Aim Cruise [NiceCode]
  151. P.O.W. Prisoners of War (US version)
  152. Jungle Book (US version)
  153. Abarenbou Tengu (JP version of Zombie Nation)
  154. Zoom [NiceCode]
  155. Tom & Jerry (US version)
  156. Air Wolf (JP version)
  157. Alien 3 (US version)
  158. Super Spy Hunter (US version)
  159. Superman (US version)
  160. Sword Master (US version)
  161. Taito Basketball (JP version)
  162. All-Pro Basketball (US version, glitchy title screen music)
  163. Summer Carnival '92 Recca
  164. Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
  165. Race America (US version)
  166. Spartan X2
  167. Banana Prince (EU version)
  168. Shatterhand (US version)
  169. Saint Seiya: Ougon Densetsu Kanketsu Hen
  170. Rockin' Kats (US version)
  171. Jyuuooki (JP version of Altered Beast)
  172. Kyatto Ninden Teyandee
  173. Gun Nac (US version)
  174. Ikari III: The Rescue (US version)
  175. Panic Restaurant (US version)
  176. Whomp'Em (US version)
  177. Wolverine (US version)
  178. Legend of Prince Valiant
  179. Top Gun Dual Fighters (JP version of Top Gun: Second Mission)
  180. Tale Spin (US version)
  181. Squashed (US Prototype of Ninja Jajamaru: Ginga Daisakusen)
  182. New Zealand Story (EU version of Kiwikraze)
  183. Mission Impossible (US version)
  184. Monster in my Pocket (US version)
  185. Gun Dec (JP version of Vice - Project Doom)
  186. Conquest of the Crystal Palace (US version)
  187. Mario 10 (Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu hack)
  188. Mario 12 (Yoshi no Cookie hack)
  189. Mario 14 (Kaiketsu Yanchamaru 3 hack)
  190. Choujinrou Senki Warwolf (JP version of Werewolf: The Last Warrior)
  191. Nekketsu! Street Basket: Ganbare Dunk Heroes
  192. Ike Ike! Nekketsu Hockey-bu: Subete Koronde Dairantō
  193. Bikkuri Nekketsu Shinkiroku: Harukanaru Kin Medal
  194. Kunio Kun no Nekketsu Soccer League
  195. Nekketsu Kōkō Dodge Ball Bu
  196. Jackal (US version)
  197. Life Force (NTDEC pirate, US version)
  198. Rush'n Attack (US version)
  199. Where Dad Went To (Hudson's Adventure Island 2 hack)
  200. Boonie Bear 2 (Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima hack)
  201. Hero Alliance 2 (Ninja Ryukenden III hack)
  202. Flying Hero: Bugyuru no Daibouken
  203. Gun Smoke (EUR version)
  204. Saiyuuki World 
  205. Bases Loaded 4 (US version)
* Game #18 is the corrupted version of Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain. By "corrupted", I mean that, pirates screwed up some of the game data, which makes it unbeatable. For some odd reason, after Area A, you get warped immediately to Area F. In original game, you would be given the level selection screen, just like in Rockman games. But in this pirate version, you can't access Areas B-E. :(
The Area F boss is endless. If you beat him once, he'll "rise from ashes" and you'll have to fight him over and over again. No matter how much you beat the boss, you'll never beat him for good.
Sadly, this version is very common one of Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain to be found on any pirate cart, including the ones from 1990s! :(
The gameplay of this version is shown at 4:35 - 15:13.


* Game #23 is Shadow Warriors, the European version of Ninja Gaiden. The thing is that this is a badly done convertion to MMC3 mapper, which is the most common mapper used in late NES games and multicarts.
What's wrong about this mapper conversion is that a lot of power-ups are missing in the levels, so you can't collect any power-ups to make the game much easier.
Another problem is that there exists a power-up, which look like a half of main character, and if you collect that item, the game freezes! So, you will have to reset the console.

* Game #34 is Gekikame Ninja Den, otherwise known as TMNT1 (Teenage Mutant Ninja/Hero Turtles) outside of Japan. But this version is special, because it gives you the cheat at the beginning of the game that lets you start on any level you want.
You only have to press "Select" button how many times you need and push "Start" button.
For example, to get to level 2, press "Select" button once, and push "Start" button. To get to level 3, press "Select" twice, to get to level 4 - press that button three times and so on.
Here's the video demonstration of that cheat in action! ;)

* The games, labeled as "NiceCode", are the chinese pirate originals, made by NiceCode company for their DreamGear Plug and Play systems, that basically were like Famiclones. Their games suffered from boring gameplay, awful music, mediocre graphics. I'd even say that their games are sort of pathetic attempt to copy the games that were on Action 52 for NES by Active Enterprises, because Action 52 had really shitty games as well, but there is some charm with that multicart, which NiceCode games simply do not have.
There are also some games that are worth pointing out:
  • Baseball New - Major League Baseball Intellivision port
  • Depth Bomb - Battleship Clone
  • Devildom Doom - Based off Nightstalker for the Intellivision.
  • First Defender - Space Invaders clone
  • Hexapod New - Buzz Bombers Intellivision port
  • Shrew Mouse - Snafu Intellivision Port
  • Undersea Arena - Battleship clone

Some repeats found on this cartridge:
  • Games #3 & #4 - Contra Force, Super Contra 6. The same game, the latter one is a hacked version.
  • Games #5 & #6 - Super Contra 7, Super Contra 8. Practically the same game.
  • Games #18 & #168 - Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain, Shatterhand. The same game, different region releases.
  • Games #103 & #108 - Burbles, Bubbles. The same game, different sprites.
  • Games #130 & #142 - Mad Xmas, Small Dinosaur. The same game, different sprites.
  • Games #131 & #133 - Motoboat, Pobble. The same game, different sprites.
  • Games #134 & #144 - Polar Bat, The Archer. The same game, different sprites.

And here are the screenshots of each included games on this cartridge for some convinience. ;)
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2dork5z6oevc5zl/198in1gametitle.zip?dl=0

So, here you have it! The 198-in-1 Real Game for Famicom. Would I recommend purchasing one?
Well, of course! This is one of the more unique pirate multicarts to be found nowadays.
Here there are the pros and cons of this cartridge:

-Pros-
  • Includes a lot of great classic Nintendo games from late 80s-90s.
  • Includes some very rare and lesser known games, such as Snow Bros., Bubble Bobble 2, Kick Master, Mighty Final Fight, Jungle Book, Panic Restaurant, etc.
  • Includes some very well known game series, such as Contra series, Double Dragon series, Nekketsu series, Adventure Island series, Chip and Dale series, etc..
  • Almost no repeats.
  • Small and compact cartridge, doesn't take too much space.
  • Very easy menu navigation (Left and Right on D-Pad scroll through pages, Up and Down scroll through games on one page).
  • Works on original Nintendo hardware (Tested on Famicom, NES 2).
  • Pretty good cartridge case, not way too cheap that it would break in your hands that easily, unlike some other pirate carts to be found nowadays.
  • Fits into the console very well.
-Cons-
  • No consistensy in what version of the game is to be included. Sometimes pirate include US version of the game, or JP version or even a prototype version!
  • Something like 55 games out of 198 are NiceCode rubbish. Why it's rubbish is already explained above.
  • The game's names weren't fit 100% in the game menu, so some game's names are cut in the menu.
Well, that's about it! Hopefully, you enjoyed this review. Thanks for reading it! See you later. ;)
(C) SomeRussianMarioDude Productions (2014)

4 comments:

  1. Саня, боьшое спасибо за обзор данного картриджа, всё было очень интересно и подробно! Ещё спасибо, что упомянул меня!

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  2. I just bought this cart with a Subor famiclone. Great review, thanks!

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  3. The version of Double Dragon II its not US. It's EUR version.

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  4. Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

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