I decided to start a little thingy on my blog, called "Famicom Bootleg Oddities", that mostly covers some really odd pirate carts that were released for Nintendo Famicom, either old carts (which would be more often) or maybe some new carts too. There might be more things that I'll attempt to cover under this topic.
For now, we'll get to one cartridge that I mentioned in April 2016 pickups, and that is...
Usually under this cartridge, you wouldn't expect anything strange, there would be just a Japanese version with removed copyrights and 9 extra lives. In fact, I used to have similar cartidge to this one before.
You wouldn't expect anything strange about this cartidge, until you open it up to see the PCB, and then start this cartridge on your console.
When opening this cartridge, I saw this:
Upon starting up this cartridge, we get to see this:
|The changed Capcom logo|
As we get to the title screen, we see this:
Wow... I am speechless about it.
And fun fact is that the regular opening theme is playing here!
I am even afraid to imagine what a 6-year old kid, for example, back then would think when he got this cartridge with a really odd hack like this.
And the hacking job, as you would probably expect, is really lazy.
In fact, it's on par Super Mario 14, where only very few sprites were changed to the ones from Mario game, and they called it a day.
Here's how the beginning demo looks like, before you start playing an actual level:
Anyone, who knows Japanese, will understand it, and probably find out, that this was unhacked at all.
Upon starting the game, we see this:
But here's one funny thing:
If you get extra life, you won't receive it in-game, but if you lose extra life, the number of lifes will decrease.
Apparently, 9 extra lifes is the maximum amount of lifes that you can get in the game, apparently...
And... that's all!
I am not sure if this hack was dumped in any way or not. If not, then maybe, my cartridge will be sent for ROM dump, but don't expect it to happen too soon.
Thanks for checking this post out. If you are interested, then maybe later, there will be more posts "Famicom Bootleg Oddities" here on my blog. Look forward to those! ;)
UPD (04.02.2017): I've made the playthrough of this hack quite recently, and so you can check it out more in-depth, and see all the changes for yourself via video. :D
Also, as it turns out, this is how the original label for Mali Lugi Super Mari 2 looked like!
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