3 November 2014

Pickups 16: Famicom Cartridges 16 (22.10.2014)

This post is not going to be very long, but there are still some interesting games I got in my collection.

I got 5 official Famicom carts from one auction. :D
There are some repeats that I will be getting rid of in the future, but for now, let's just take a look at what I got.

This game is Ganbare Goemon Gaiden: Kieta Ougon Kiseru.
When I was buying this game, I didn't really know much information about this game. When I got this cartridge, I found out that this is a standard RPG game, and from what I've seen on the net, this is actually quite a good one. Gotta get myself Japanese to English or Japanese to Russian translation dictionary. ^_^ LOL
It's one of the games in Ganbare Goemon series by Konami, aka. Mystical Ninja.
Besides videogames, there were also animes and mangas, based of Ganbare Goemon, so I will have to check both of them out some time in the future. ;)

This one is Solomon's Key, aka. Solomon no Kagi.
This is a great puzzle game, originally released by Tecmo from 1986 on arcades.
But this version was released in 1987.

Basically, just collect the key in each room to advance further, kill enemies. The game is pretty difficult one as well, as enemies re-spawn very fast, and you have no continues, so if you lose all your lifes, start all over again. But there exists a cheat to continue the game, which is nice.

I have this game on 400-in-1 Real Game, and there was exactly the same version of Solomon's Key included there as on this cartridge. ;)

Also, I love that the original owner decided to make the end label for this cartridge. :D
"Arigato"! :D

This one is Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū. One of the first games in Ganbare Goemon series.
I haven't played it much, but from what I've played, it looks like a standard action adventure game. I will have to play through a bit more in the future ;)

This game is Obake no Q-tarou: WanWan Panic. Based of the anime, which was created by Shin-ei Animation, which was actually originally based of the manga, created by Fujiko F. Fujio and distributed by Shogakukan company.
Actually, there were two more anime shows, based of Obake no Q-tarou manga, the one from 1965-1967, the other one from 1971-1972. The anime, after which this game was created, was running from 1985-1987. I haven't really watched the actual anime, but I'd like to do so in the near future, when I can.
The actual game was developed by Tose Co., Ltd. and published by Bandai in 1985.
Tose Company also developed other games for Famicom/NES, such as Pooyan, Exerion, Ikki, Choplifter, The Legend of Kage, Urusei Yatsura: Lum no Wedding Bell, Lupin Sansei: Pandora no Isan, Frankenstein: The Monster Returns, etc.
This game is mediocre one imo, mostly because this game is really cheap at times, that enemies can touch you very easily. Other than that, you can just fly through most of the levels to progress further.
If you like Obake no Q-tarou anime, I am not sure if I could really recommend playing this game or not.
It's also known as Chubby Cherub in the West, because Obake no Q-tarou anime/manga was never distributed there. I could be wrong, but through bootleg way, we, Russian people, could actually see this anime on our TVs, but I highly doubt about it. :P
Also, I have this game on official cart already, but I got this at auction, because nobody else placed bids on it, so I decided to get this cartridge. The price was like 100 roubles (make a conversion to USD or EUR yourself! :P), so I decided to give it a chance. XD

It's also worth pointing out, that this game was released in golden cartridge case, but it was really rare to get. You can mostly find this game on official cart only in original yellow cartridge case, as I show you here.
Here's the video about it.

Well, now I will go over to the last cartridge I picked up. ;)

Yes, it's good-old Doraemon game for Famicom.
I already have this game, but I wanted to get myself another copy, because my copy was pretty beat-up and the back label was torn out.
This one is in much better condition. :D

I told you about this game somewhere on this blog already.
I'd say that, I actually watched the anime of Doraemon, and I really like it! :)

I watched 1979 anime, and the recent one, with English subs, because, sadly, I don't know Japanese yet, but I would really love to know and understand it, even if I won't be able to speak it as fluently as English.
There exists the 1973 anime, which was a failed attempt to adapt the manga to anime. Yeah, you might say: "Well, even though anime failed, we can already still watch somewhere on the net to find out more information about it, right?"
NO! The biggest problem is that, right after this anime was cancelled in September 30, 1973, some really terrible situation happened with actual anime. The footage of it that was stored in warehouse of studio that worked on this anime was destroyed by fire!

Well... actually not exactly all of the footage was destroyed by it. The opening, ending themes in full were saved, as well as the pictures of some episodes, and the audio from some other ones (although I have only seen, or listened, to the last episode that had audio survived).

You know, even though the anime wasn't successful, I must say that the opening theme and ending theme are very awesome and catchy! :D

But, not only the audio was survived from the opening and ending sequences.
The actual video footage was also saved.
You can watch it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLYV0FoqO9c (Eng Subbed)

Watching the last episode makes me feel upset and sometimes brings my tears. I think that the reasons for that are pretty obvious.
Oh well...

Of course, 1979 anime was also broadcast, but that one was much more successful, which lasted until 2005. After that, Shin-ei Animation decided to make another Doraemon anime, with updated animation, music, and everything, and that anime is still being broadcast in Japan.
Also, a lot of you know, that Disney XD is broadcasting Doraemon anime in US, with English Dub. :D
I watched some episodes with English Dub, and I liked them. Although, I still haven't got used to names that are in Disney XD version of anime (Nobita = Noby, Shizuka = Sue, Gian = Big G., etc.)
I personally got used to original Japanese names. :P
But, I would recommend watching Disney XD version ;)
You can watch them on YouTube or somewhere else on the net.

Also I recommend watching 1979 and 2005 original Japanese animes. Some of episodes are subbed to English, and can be watched on YouTube or on KissAnime.com

Well... That's about it.
I am getting some Famicom awesomeness soon! Stay tuned for that!
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