Here there are my overall pickups as for April 2016.
There are quite a few interesting carts overall that I got in that month: a few bootlegs as well as official Famicom carts.
So, let's get to them.
NOTE: I will possibly add title screens to each game cartridge later.
Pretty good condition of the cartridge overall, nothing is broken or anything like that. Really great to hold this cartridge in hands.
I have "Cassette/Remarks" copy of this game, with the same ID, but I think that I will leave both copies in collection, even though I am more interested in Cassette/Remarks copies. :)
As I said before, one of my favourite games on Famicom, that I played a lot on one of multicarts.
This particular bootleg cart has copyrights completely unchanged, so it still says "Namco" on the title screen.
The condition of this cartridge is even better than on previous cart, heh. :)
As with previous game, I played this one quite a lot on Famicom. Also, this game was one of the first ones that I played on that system, as it was on my very first multicart, 10-in-1 without repeats.
Binary Land [LA53]
The cartridge case really reminds me of Konami cartridge... at least, the whole in the left side, as well as overall top part of the cart case looks somewhat similar to the official Konami Famicom cartridges.
The goal of the actual game is to guide two penguins to the top middle part of the screen, where it says "Exit". And you control both penguins at the same time, yet while one penguin moves to the left, the other one moves to the right and vice-versa. :)
Really good game that you should definitely check out, if you haven't.
Ninja Hattori-kun [LB19]
Just like on my previous cartridge, this one has copyrights unchanged in-game.
I had this game in childhood on a multicart. Still haven't got around to try and beat it to the end. :D
(at any difficulty you choose, the ending will be the same, so I should give it a chance, when I can)
Same deal as with my other copy: no copyrights in the actual game.
Overall the game itself is mediocre. The only interesting thing about it is that you can chosoe any weapon at the beginning of the game. Your best bet is choose "Hammer" weapon, because you have a shield, and enemies can't touch it. Other than that, it's not exactly too exciting game, but it's not as awful as Exed Exes for example.
Mickey Mouse [LD28]
The label is a bit damaged, but it's not too major.
The game based of the movie.
Batman Returns [NT856]
I've heard some rumours that this particular copy, where it says "Batman III", instead of "Batman Returns" is unbeatable at one place. I am not too sure about that, as I haven't got to that point.
I will test that later.
An unusual bootleg of Chip'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2
Here, there'll be a link to that post: (WIP!)
So, for now, let's move on to the next bootleg cart that we have today:
Flintstones - The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy
I've seen that in Argentina, usually there is Grand Dad 7 hack under this cartridge. It's really odd, why pirates choose to include a hacked version under the original label, or include unhacked version, under the label with hack (for example: Don Doko Don 2 under Super Bros. 8 label).
But here, it's the proper Flintstones game, without Mario added to it.
Hunt for Red October
The version is without copyrights, and with a cheat, that lets you get about 40-50 lifes: you hold Select and press Start, and then die. After that, the number of extra lives increases. I think that it's incredibly useful, given the fact, that this game is not really that easy, at least in my opinion.
Nigel Mansell's World Championship [Y-C1]
A racing game in a driver's perspective. Hmm... as for racing games, I prefer Road Blasters or Ferrari Grand Prix Challenge instead. But this is not too bad game, it's just not 100% my taste.
It's pretty common game among bootlegs. I've seen it on quite a lot of singlecarts, like this one, and on some multicarts, like 2-in-1 multicarts. ;)
Saiyuuki World II
Pretty good game, that's based of "Journey to the West" novel. It has some gameplay elements from games, like Rockman (level select, after you beat the first one).
Pretty decent condition overall, and just like with previous cartridge, the copyrights remained unchanged. But, to my knowledge, this doesn't change the gameplay too much.
TMNT3: Manhattan Project
What pirates did, is that, they tried to re-draw Japanese artwork of TMNT3. Well, they tried to do so, yet we get weird colored shells, random weapons, and some weird masks and glasses on turtles themselves. Really, this label cracks me up. It's so bad, it's hilarious. :D
Anyway, inside of my cartridge, there is actually US version of TMNT3, with copyrights. So Technodrome, and first Shredder are beatable, and enemies require 2 hits.
But, I've seen that they would also be the version without copyrights, and therefore, a harder version. Sometimes, there would also be Zonaxi hack, although, I've seen that only once. Also, there can be Japanese version, that's titled TMNT2, and no matter, with copyrights or not, it will be without Konami piracy protection.
Later, I got Japanese version of this game on bootleg, but under different label, but I got it in June, and you'll get to see it in appropriate post. ;)
TMNT: Tournament Fighters [T-N4]
1) The unusual cartridge case form. In fact, it's the same size as Dodge Danpei 1 and 2 by Sunsoft that I have. It's a bit bigger than any regular cartridge
2) It has "Remarks" sign on the back, printed right into the plastic
Tom & Jerry: The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse!
The version with changed up copyrights. But still, it's the same good-old Tom & Jerry NES game from Hi-Tech Expressions that we all know, based of one of the most popular US cartoons from decades ago. :)
Now, we get to multicarts that I got in April.
The games are changed by pressing Reset button on the console.
Oddly enough, they used Power Blazer artwork for Dead Fox, yet, there is actually Dead Fox inside, and not Power Blazer.
The PCB is quite heavy, it's entirely chip-based. :)
3-in-1 Over valude selling card [RUS.001]
This cartridge features Морской Бой / Battleship, Угадайка / Guessing Game, Поле Чудес / Pole Chudes.
The only thing I was disappointed in is that there is no actual menu, as I'd actually be glad to see how pirates would have named these games in the menu. But nope, just like the previous cartridge, the games are changed by pressing Reset button.
Glob-top PCB, but at least it works perfectly fine on Famicom.
I think that this is a really great find. Not only these are actually Russian game, developed by a Russian guy, Alexander Chudov, but a few of his games were actually put on one cartridge.
4-in-1 Gold Cassette Series Super Game [4A11]
Overall, not bad. :)
And that's all for bootleg awesomeness for today. But that's not all! Because I got myself a few official cartridges as well. And we'll briefly take a look at them.
Astro Robo Sasa
The best I could get in this game is level 11 (the underwater level). After that, I wasn't able to progress further.
Well, it's pretty odd game, but worth checking out imo.
And this is one of those games, Chack'n Pop. You use bombs, to release heart from cages, that open up an entrance to the next stage.
You may destroy bolbs that are on the ceilings, but it's unlikely that you'll be able to destroy all of them, as enemies will start popping out of them, that can be harder to beat, and it's more likely that you'll lose a life quicker than than get all of those destroyed.
Really slow gameplay, terrible and earrapy music, and overall zero fun to play this game.
This game is only good for collection purposes, but not for playing. So, if you want to play it, better try arcade version, and stay away from this rubbish.
It's a puzzle game, where you control a mole, and you need to move a blue flashing rock into a blue flashing platform. Not a game, and if you are into puzzles, you might as well try out to play through it.
You can't even pause the damn game... That's just friggin' awesome (NOT).
Unfortunately, this game was developed by the same people, who ported Exed Exes on Famicom, but thankfully, this one is a bit more fun to play. I played it quite a bit and actually enjoyed it a bit, yet there were some odd glitches at the beginning of the level, than disappeared afterwards.
Pretty decent game from Nihon Bussan that also released Terra Cresta, Booby Kids (the name isnt made up, it's real name), Mag Max, etc..
I think that it doesn't beg any explanation, and who ever played Famicom, knows about this game at any point.
weakling that falls down an inch and dies. But I got it, because of LED on the cartridge. If I remember correctly, I aslo don't have 10 Yard Fight, and Mashou: two other games that has LED light right on the cartridge. I already have Zippy Race and Sqoon.
Maybe later, I'll get the missing games into collection. :)
I had this game on pirate singlecart, and now I got it in official cartridge form.
You punch others and destroy things on the levels. I love how Super Mario Bros. sound effects play, when you destroy something, like 1-up sound, or break a brick sound. Did Namco agree with Nintendo on using their sound effects in-game or not? I dunno... but the sound effects are really similar to the ones from SMB.
But what ruins this game, is the controls and physics.
If I remember correctly, B button was jumping, and A button was kicking.
Kicking enemies in air, while jumping, or kicking them, while they are on the carpet, leads you to death.
And remember, that there is no such thing as "continues", so once you lose all your lifes, you are screwed, and you have to play the whole game all over again from the beginning.
The third level (or page, as the game calls it) ruins it all, because once enemies landed on a carpet, you are out of luck, and once carpet goes off the screen, you can move to the other part of it, unless you jump.
Actually, I was able to beat four levels. The forth level is slightly better, than third one.
After that, you just start with higher difficulty.
And that's it for my pickups for April. :)
Thanks for reading this post. Soon enough, I will try to get May and June pickups posts released. ;)
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