I got a bunch of games and they all look like this.

Hey guys, guess what I bought!!

Spoiler alert, I bought this:

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That’s right. I bought a bunch of game boards. Hey, they were just $15 altogether. How bad could it be? The seller said they were all pirates, so I figured that it would be good for my website. Now, the seller said what all the games are, but I’m just going to pretend to be surprised at what they are.

Alright, first off, let’s put this guy in my famiclone and see what happens.

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Well, it’s got a bunch of glitched up graphics and some non-messed-up music.

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Wait a second, that’s the music from Pokémon 4-in-1! This cartridge is Pokémon 4-in-1 with messed up graphics. Yeah, some famiclone companies make their cartridges with compressed graphics, which the original famicom hardware doesn’t support. My famiclone uses all the same computer chips as a normal Famicom, so it doesn’t do video compression either. So this Pokémon 4-in-1 board isn’t going to be of any use to me unless I get another famiclone. On to the next board:

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This one does this when you turn it on:

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Yeah, this one has glitched up graphics too. Is it like that for all of them?

Mostly, yeah. These four use glitched up compressed graphics:

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The seller didn’t mention that any of them used compressed graphics. But I don’t really care, eventually I’ll get another famiclone that will run these games. [UPDATE] I got a famiclone that will run them! You can read about it here.

But there are still 3 left. Let’s try this one:

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It turns out that it’s Tecmo World Cup Soccer.

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Alright, now on to the two most interesting of all these seven game boards. These are two pirate original (that just means that they were programmed from scratch by pirate game developers) games. They were developed and published in Russia by a company called A.Chudov. One of them is a multicart featuring two puzzle games. One called Balda and one called Pyatnashki What’s extremely annoying though, is that my copy crashes and restarts as soon as it gets to the level select screen. It has a title screen (yes, the multicart has a title screen) though, so I can give you a picture.

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Like I said, it gets to the level select screen for like half a second before crashing and restarting, but I was able to get a picture with just the right timing to see the level select. Here it is:

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The seller says “first game similar to scrabble, the second is the 15-puzzle,” but I can’t prove it since my copy keeps crashing.

Anyway, here’s the second game. It actually boots up and plays! It’s a Russian text editor. The problem is though, it requires you go through a bunch of menus in order to pick the letter you want, and anyway the whole thing is pointless for me because I can’t speak Russian.

Here’s the title screen:

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And here’s a picture of some gameplay text editing:

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It’s pretty interesting to have a sort of word processor on the Famicom, but again I don’t speak Russian and can’t get much use out of it.

That’s it for now, guys. Bye!!

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