The Power Joy Navigator, Part 3

Hello everyone.

I have finally stopped being lazy and I am FINALLY writing more about the Power Joy navigator.

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I’m REALLY sorry I took forever to do this, but I’m writing about it now. Unfortunately, my player 2 controller seems to be malfunctioning on the Power Joy Navigator. ):

But meh here you go.

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First off is Pulverization. It is a hack of Battle City with new levels and vertical scrolling. In my last post, I accidentally referred to it as Alienis, because they are very similar. It also changes sounds and graphics.

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Next up is Alienis.

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Like the other games on the Navigator, the copyright is changed to say © Power Joy Ltd. instead of what it was supposed to say.

But whatever. What is Alienis?

Alienis is an advanced hack of Battle City developed by Inventor. Inventor is the same company that made that Pandamar hack of Super Mario Bros. that replaces Mario with a panda.

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Well, what is changed from Battle City to Alienis?

The biggest difference is that Inventor added vertical scrolling. Pretty neat, huh? Also they changed the sprites and background. I am not entirely sure what it is supposed to be, but the background is blue, and you play as weird looking vehicle things. Instead of just dying when you are hit, you have two HP. After the first hit, your ship is split in two. After a second hit, you lose a life. But instead of going back to the beginning, you just get the ship you are using replaced with a new one.IMG_8014

In the original Battle City, you had to kill all the enemy tanks in order to move on to the next level. In this game, the levels are harder and I have been so far unable to complete the first level. I haven’t really played it very much yet though, so I’m no one to judge.

Oh, and instead of guarding an eagle statue like the original Battle City, you are guarding a little house.IMG_8013IMG_8012

Well that’s that. The next game I will write about is Polar Bat.

Polar Bat? What’s that?

It is a NiceCode game.

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NiceCode Software’s logo.

And it features a guy who runs around at the bottom of the screen throwing snowballs up to attack the bats at the top of the screen, while dodging enormous snow-boulders and snow-icicles that will kill you if you don’t get out of the way.

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That’s about it for Polar Bat. Moving on to Diamond.

It is a either a knockoff or a hack of Breakout. Not much new, gameplaywise.

The last one I will write about today is Snowball. A simple but challenging puzzle game thing.

You control a snowman, and you have to push all of the snowballs into holes in the level. If you mess up, you have a once-per-level thing where you can take back the move you just made. And you can also reset the level.

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As you can see, that one is pretty easy. That’s because it’s the first level. The levels get more difficult as you progress through the game.

I’ve made it to level three in the few minutes I have played this game.

That’s it for today, guys. I will write more later.

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Q&A for the Cool Shark 64

Q: What’s the Cool Shark 64?
A: It’s this thing, obviously:

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Q: What’s that? Is that a PS1?
A: No of course not it’s a famiclone. Duh. I don’t write about anything else on this blog.

Q: I dunno, it looks a lot like a PS1 to me.
A: To prove it’s not a PlayStation, let’s open up that “disk tray”.

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Q: ***GASP!!!!*** It’s lying! There are no disk trays to be found!
A: No of course there aren’t. It’s a famiclone, like I told you already.

Q: I suspect trickery. You are making that up. That’s not a real famiclone it is a PS1 that you glued a cartridge slot onto and taped a “Cool Shark 64” label onto.
A: No it’s not. Here are some more pictures of the ports, which are obviously not PS1 ports.

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Q: That’s obviously fake. It doesn’t have any controllers. A real Cool Shark 64 would have controllers, which this does not.
A: Here are your controllers.

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Q: Those are obviously fake. They are 3rd party PS1 controllers or something. As you can see, there are triangle buttons, square buttons, cross buttons, and circle buttons. The Famicom only had two buttons.
A: Those two extra buttons are autofire A and autofire B.

Q: Oh yeah dummy then how do you explain the shoulder buttons? Those would have no use on a Famicom.
A: There are no shoulder buttons.

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Q: I call photoshop. This is fake. I demand another picture so I can point out the flaws in it.
A: Here is another picture. You can see that power LED that lights up when you turn it on.

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Q: LALALALALALA I CAN’T HERE YOU FAKE FAKE PHOTOSHOP FAKE FAKE PS1
A: Go away.

That’s it for now guys. I’ll write more soon. I have a lot more games now that I can write about. Including that game in the picture.

The Power Joy Navigator, Part 2

Hello, everyone. Some of you probably remember when I wrote about the Power Joy Navigator, AKA this thing:

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Yup. That’s the one. The plug ‘n play famiclone that’s shaped like a big Atari controller with extra buttons.

Well, the main purpose of this post is to cover more of the games on this thing’s included multicart.

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But before I do that, I am going to cover a couple other things about this famiclone.

First off, in the last post I did about this famiclone, I said that the joystick makes it difficult to play most games. Well, I’ve played with it some more, and I’ve changed my opinion. The only thing that’s actually hard to do with it is navigate the multicart menu. Other than that, everything is totally fine…

…except for this new problem I’ve learned about. During the time I had played with this famiclone before my last post, I had only briefly used the Navigator with cartridges other than its included multicart. Well, after I made that post, I was playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on it for a while, since my usual famiclone had been temporarily disconnected from the TV to plug in the Power Joy Navigator. The problem is that the game crashed a lot. And I wasn’t really able to get past the first level in the time I was trying to.

I think the reason for this is that that the cartridge goes in on the side of the system. That means the cartridge wobbles around a lot, and can easily get disconnected from the famiclone. This isn’t a problem from the extra short multicart that’s included, since it’s smaller and can’t move around as much. That’s not the case with official cartridges, which are significantly bigger.

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And some cartridges are even bigger. I haven’t checked, but I bet this cartridge would crash way more.

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Yeah. That’s fine though, because I prefer to use a different famiclone most of the time. Except for the included multicart, which I haven’t been able to use on any other famiclone I tried.

The next thing I noticed is that the system has another set of A and B buttons. They are on top of the joystick, and that way you can play NES games with one hand. I suppose you could use your spare hand to hold the system steady while you play it. I don’t use these as much, since I prefer the other buttons, but at least now I know it’s there.

Now that’s basically about it. Let’s get to covering more games that are included on this famiclone.

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All righty, it looks like the next game on the list is Space Shuttle. Let’s try it.

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Oh no, apparently it’s actually Space Shuttle Exploration. This is a vertical shooter set in outer space. It doesn’t look like you’re exploring a space shuttle, though. Huh. This game was developed by Hummer Team, similarly to several of the other games I’ve covered on this multicart so far.

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Basically, aliens just keep coming down from the top of the screen, and then go down the bottom of the screen. The goal of the game is to shoot them down and avoid them ramming into you.

The round just keeps going on until you’ve shot enough aliens, and then after that it tallies up your points. If you lose all your lives, it’s game over.

There are only two music tracks in Space Shuttle Exploration. The first music is a short jingle that plays on the title screen. The other music track is the game over theme, which is really just a modified version of the character select music from Tekken 2, Hummer Team’s bootleg port of Tekken to the Famicom. I actually wrote about that game yesterday, and you can read about it here.

Well, yeah. That’s basically it for this game. The next game I’ll write about on this multicart is called Alienis.

It’s a very advanced hack of the Famicom game Battle City. It adds vertical scrolling. Really neat! The funny thing is, I have like around 10 different hacks of Battle City and I don’t have a copy of unhacked Battle City. The hacks are fun. Maybe I’ll get an original copy sometime.

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…and it’s 9:39 PM so I need to go to bed. I’ll write more about these games some other time and give more pictures, like the title screen of Alienis, in my next blog post about the Power Joy Navigator. I know I haven’t written much but whatever, at least you get to read about it sooner than if I didn’t publish it immediately and made it a bigger post some other day.

Bye guys! I’ll write more after.

 

The Power Joy KS-2523B.

Hello everybody! You know how I said that Power Joys were still being produced? Well now I can prove it.

A long time ago, I bought an ED64+ flash cartridge for the Nintendo 64. Well, a couple months ago I noticed a URL in the thing’s manual to the distributor’s web page.

So I went and checked it out, and apparently the Hong Kong based distributor, Success HK, distributes a lot of old video game accessories, as well as some knockoffs of old games. They also sell some famiclones, including the Power Joy KS-2523B.

Hm! Sounds cool! Here were the pictures that they had to show what it was:

That doesn’t give basically any information. The description says: “Buildin 23 Games.” Yup. That’s the entire description on Success HK’s website. They also have a link to this picture, listing all of the games:

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Huh. Looks like all generic standard games to see on a famiclone, except for “Anger Bird 3”, which might be NiceCode’s port of Angry Birds, or maybe some stupid hack.

So far, doesn’t seem like I should get it. But wait! They are actually selling this plug and play for just $5.82. Plus shipping. And if you select the cheapest shipping option, you only have to pay a couple bucks shipping.

Now, this was before I had that Game Prince RS-1 famiclone with the Angry Birds port on it. So I figured, hey it’s really really cheap, and maybe I’ll get a new famiclone game. Worth a try. So I bought it.

Now it’s two months later, and this showed up in the mail, really beat up from being in ground mail for two months:

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Here’s the other sides of the box.

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Oh, look at that. There’s a message that says “specifications, colours, and contents may vary from illustrations”. And yes, they do vary from the illustrations. A WHOLE FREAKING LOT.

Pretty much none of those games in the pictures are actually on the plug and play. And those pictures of the system are of a white version of this system, not black, like it actually is. Who knows, maybe there is a white version. But that D-Pad in the pictures is a different style than the one that’s actually on this system.

But that’s not the only stupid thing on the box. It says “Requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included)”. But no. That’s a lie. It only needs two AAA batteries.

And we’re not done yet! There’s a spot where it says “2015. No batteries needed. No adapter needed.” That’s a lie. This thing runs exclusively on batteries.

There’s more! One part of the box says “999,000 in 1”, while another part says “Built-in 90 games”, while the distributor’s website says “Buildin 23 Games.” What the heck.

I am sick of just reading all these lies. I’m going to plug it into my TV and turn it on.

No, first I’ll point out that it says “Power Joy” on there multiple times, and it has a power joy logo. This is actually a recent model of the Power Joy famiclone.

Ok, NOW I will hook it up and see what’s on it.

Oh wait, it’s still in the box. I guess I’ll take it out and have a look at it.

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The reset button’s in the middle. The D-pad’s on the left. The buttons are on the right. It has autofire.

The start and select buttons are under the red reset button.

The on switch is EXTREMELY tiny.

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OK, now I will actually plug it in and see what’s on it.

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It says “8B2981” at the bottom. That’s were because the ID on the box is “KS-2523B”. But I think by now we’ve learned not to trust the box.

 

Oh, and the top of the screen says “998,800 in 1.” What??? Now we have four possible numbers for the game count on this multicart:

  1. 999,000 (from the box)
  2. 90 (also from the box)
  3. 23 (from the manufacturer’s website)
  4. 998,800 (from the menu)

Let’s see how high it actually goes.

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Looks like the menu wins here.

But whatever. Moving on. The menu has some (probably stolen) music playing in the background. Here’s a list of the included games:

  1. International Cricket
  2. Contra II
  3. Bases Loaded 4
  4. World Cup Soccer
  5. Angry Birds (NiceCode port. Listed on the menu as Anger Bird 3)
  6. Double Dragon 2
  7. Super Mario Bros. (removed title screen)
  8. Adventure Island (Japanese version)
  9. Dino Riki
  10. City Connection
  11. Tetris (Tengen)
  12. F1 Race
  13. Road Fighter
  14. Excitebike
  15. Zippy Race
  16. Yie Ar Kung Fu
  17. Lode Runner
  18. Pac-Man
  19. Tank A 1990
  20. Antarctic Adventure
  21. Balloon Fight
  22. Pooyan
  23. Popeye

Then it starts repeating. Hm… I guess the distributor’s website was actually more accurate. Other than NiceCode’s Angry Birds, it’s pretty generic stuff. But I’ll say that for $8, it was worth it.

But there’s something else on the menu. I didn’t list it as number 24 because it’s not really a game. If you go to the very end of the menu, there’s something listed on the menu as 8 Bit Test.

It’s just a diagnostics program for the NES that tests out all the sound channels and stuff. There’s also a list of all the buttons on the controller, and it lights up when you press any button.

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Huh. That’s kinda weird.

Well, that’s it for this plug and play. Bye guys! I’ll write more later.

The Power Joy Navigator, Part 1

Hello everybody! I’m REALLY sorry I haven’t been writing as much lately. The reason for that is I’ve been trying to get some more interesting famiclone stuff. I could just go and buy a ton of generic multicarts that basically had all the same games over and over again, but pretty soon that would get boring. Instead of doing that, I’ve been trying to get more interesting things, and hopefully you guys will like the upcoming posts that are coming up. I have a total of seven new games that are going to come in the mail. Something to look forward to! (:

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait very long for a new post that’s actually about games. One of these new ones just now arrived today! 😀

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Let’s get it out and see what it is.

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It’s a Plug & Play famiclone!

And it’s got the original box, too. Pretty neat!

The top left of the box says “Power Joy Navigator.” Sound familiar? That’s because a while back I wrote about another plug and play famiclone called the “Power Joy Classic TV Game” that was shaped like a Nintendo 64 controller.

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There is actually a big series of Power Joy famiclones. A company in Hong Kong called Trump Grand Manufacturing Ltd. started manufacturing the first model, the Power Joy Classic TV Game, back in 2001. They were distributed in North America and the UK.

Then, they made the Power Joy II, which was basically exactly the same. The subsequent models included the Power Joy III, the Power Joy Voyager, the Power Joy Navigator, the Power Joy Supermax, the Power Joy Solo, the Power Joy Turbo Racer, etc etc etc. Trump Grand still makes them actually.

At some point, the distributor in the UK and US shut down, and so Trump Grand started distributing them themselves in China.

These things were apparently pretty popular, and at some point some other companies started ripping off the Power Joy name and making their own famiclones under the same brand. I actually bought one of these famiclones a couple months ago, and if it ever gets here you can read about it.

If you want to know more about the original Power Joy Classic TV Game, go check out this link and read my post about it.

ANYWAY! Now that all the backstory is over, I’ll get to actually looking at the Power Joy Navigator. First off, let’s look at the rest of the box:

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Wait a second… the famiclone has a JOYSTICK!?!? What the heck?? I can just guess right now that this famiclone is going to be really hard to use. We’ll see if that guess turns out to be true.

Anyway, let’s open up the box and see what’s inside.

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It’s got a manual. It has a bunch of brief summaries of all the included games, some basic troubleshooting stuff, and a little message at the end saying that Power Joy Ltd. owns the rights to all of these games. * rolls eyes *

Anyway, what else is in here? Well, here’s a video cord:

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And here’s a power cord:

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Just like the original Power Joy Classic TV Game, it can run off of a wall outlet or batteries.

What else is in the box?

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There’s a game cartridge! For some reason, this cartridge is very, very short. For comparison, here’s a copy of Super Mario Bros. 3.

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Also, the back of the cartridge has these weird things sticking out:

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Well, this is going to make it pretty tricky to line up in my Famicom cartridge collection, but whatever. Anyway, what else is in the box?

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It’s the main unit. Let’s take it out of that plastic foam stuff and look closer at it.

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MAN! This thing is big!

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I mean, really! This thing is unnecessarily big!

And with a Joystick instead of a D-Pad, this thing is going to be pretty hard to use. Fortunately, Trump Grand made the decision to add four little grippy things on the bottom of the unit that make it stay in place while you’re playing your game.

Let’s see what else is in the box.

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The Player 2 Controller!

Pretty much identical to the player 1 controller.

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Anything else in the box?

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Nope.

Well whatever, let’s try and power it up and see what we get.

I decided to power it with the wall outlet instead of batteries because I’m already using a million other batteries on all my other plug and plays and handheld games.

After everything was hooked up, I decided to power it up with no game inserted, because some famiclones have games built in.

Nothing happened though. So I decided to put in the included cartridge. But it took a while to find the cartridge slot. It’s on the side. (It actually says that right on the box, but I forgot to check. :P)

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I tried to get that dust cover off for quite a while, but I couldn’t get it off. Eventually, that little clip that you use to take it off broke.

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Fortunately, I was able to get the rest of the dust cover off and put in the cartridge. And it booted up! 😀

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But before I go into what is on that 50-in-1 cartridge, I want to get something out of the way.

The menu system is VERY tricky to use given that you use a joystick. The games themselves are not actually that difficult to play, mostly due to the ones they picked on the multicart. The menu is still hard to navigate, though. (sorry.) After realizing this, I went through every other famiclone I have to try and see if it would work in those.

First off, I tried it out in my Family Game famiclone.

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THAT’s why it has those little things sticking out on the back. ):< They put those there to keep it from fitting in a standard Famicom/Famiclone!

Fortunately, I still have two more famiclones to try it in. Next is my Power Joy Classic TV Game.

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It fits! 😀 But unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to start up. ): Once I was able to get some garbled graphics, but I wasn’t able to get a picture for you guys.

Lastly, I tried the VsMaxx MaxxPlay, but unfortunately, the cartridge just fell out when I put it in. ):

Aw well. Guess I have to stick to the Power Joy Navigator to run these things.

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Let’s turn it on!

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Hopefully you can read everything on there, because I really don’t feel like going out and taking another picture of the screen.

The cartridge actually has 50 games all on 1 cartridge, like the name says. That’s going to take a while to write about, so I’m going to split this post into multiple pieces, where I write about some of the games on different posts.

Also, I never really wrote about all the games on the VsMaxx MaxxPlay… Maybe I’ll do a part 4 on that.

All righty! Lets get started by trying out Catcher.

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Wait a second… War of Strike Mouse? I’ve already written about this game. Go check it out here.

Next off is Dragon Run. What’s that?

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OK, wait, no, it’s not Dragon Run, it’s Dragon Running. Totally different. Well anyway, Dragon Running was developed by Hummer Team. The same company that made Somari, Aladdin III, and War of Strike Mouse. They made a lot of other games, too, but those are the only ones I’ve written about so far. There are actually some more Hummer Team games on this multicart. That’s the main reason I bought it.

I’ve been wondering what Dragon Running was for a while now…

Anyway, let’s press start and see what happens.

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Wait a second, that’s the same difficulty select that they had in War of Strike Mouse! Mostly. They added a thing at the bottom asking how many players you want.

Well, whatever. Let’s find out what kind of game Dragon Running is! If it’s just a simple hack of War of Strike Mouse I am going to be annoyed.

Here’s a character select! Just like the one in War of Strike Mouse, except now instead of people, it has dinosaurs. (I guess these are supposed to be dragons??)

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Alright, let’s start the game.

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Apparently they called it Dragon Running because it’s about dragons running. It’s a racing game. A pretty weird racing game.

You move your dinosaur dragon by repeatedly going left and right on the D-pad joystick. I haven’t tried out any mode except for easy mode, and maybe I’ll try it out later. Keep in mind that I’ve at the time of writing only played on easy mode. But anyway, you go WAY faster than your opponent racing dragon, so it’s pretty unfair towards the computer.

Sometimes during the race, you will run into obstacles you need to jump over by selecting up on the joystick.

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It doesn’t even have levels. If you lose the race, you lose the entire game. If you win the race, you win the entire game. It’s a very short game.

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What game is next? Well that’s Military Man. Let’s start it up.

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Huh. Is it War or Military Man? Make up your mind, bootleggers!!

But anyway, I’m not telling you anything else about this game. I am planning about writing about it later, when I get a different multicart that includes this game. If you’re the kind of person who wants to Google this up and spoil things, I’ll make it easier for you and tell you that this game was also developed by Hummer Team, and that the multicart I’m referring to was released in 2005.

Moving on. The next game is called PongPong, and it was developed by NiceCode Software.

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NiceCode Software’s logo.

I actually considered writing about this game before, since it’s included on my CoolBoy 400-in-1 Real Game multicart. The reason I decided not to is because I couldn’t figure out what the point of the game was. I think I’ve figured it out now, so I’ll show it to you guys.

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Huh. It looks like they changed the copyright to say that Power Joy Ltd. owns the rights. But they don’t. I’m pretty sure the rights still belong to NiceCode, but maybe they licensed them out. Either way, Power Joy Ltd. isn’t around anymore, there’s only Trump Grand. So whatever, let’s start up PongPong.

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So, you control an orange car, and you move around the screen. There are also some blue cars, which are the bad guys. They drive around randomly, and it’s your job to drive into them and knock them into the holes in the corners of the screen. But don’t get knocked in yourself. If that happens, you lose a life.

Well, that’s it. Depend on NiceCode to make simple, easy games.

Well, what’s next? The next game is Three Country.

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Huh. This is another game developed by Hummer Team. Let’s press start!

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A character select!

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…and it’s Mahjong. I’m terrible at Mahjong, and this game has a timer at the bottom right corner of the screen, so we’re just going to skip over this game for now.

NOTE: somebody might notice that I skipped Underground Mission, and I’m going to skip some other games. That, depending on the game, is either because I forgot to take pictures of it or I still need to do research to figure out what it is. I’ll probably write about them in a future post about this thing.

Next off is Racing Fighter.

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Again, they changed the copyright on here.

Anyway, it’s a racing game. It seems kinda familiar, but I dunno.

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Next, we have Finger DDR. Finger DDR is a clone of Dance Dance Revolution developed by Hummer Team. I haven’t played very much of it, but it looks like you hit the arrows using the D-pad and it plays the song Butterfly.

Apparently there are quite a few DDR ports to the Famicom. I also happen to have a Pokémon-themed one called Picadance, which you can read about here.

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Next, we’ve got Navigator.

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It’s a pirate original vertical shooter game developed by Inventor, the same company that made a lot of those hacks on the VsMaxx  MaxxPlay. I presume that this system is named after this game.

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Anyway, it appears to have some cutscenes with dialogue, but the dialogue has been erased, so I have no idea what the story is behind this game.

Since this is a pirate original and not just a hack, I might write about it later in more detail, but not right now.

Next off, which is my personal favorite out of all this, is Panda Adventure.

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Panda Adventure is really good! Really! Whatever other people on the internet say, I still think that it’s good. You are not going to convince me otherwise, so don’t try. It’s pretty easy though. It was developed by Hummer Team in the early 2000s.

Basically, Panda Adventure is a typical platformer-style game, where you jump around, you try not to fall in pits, you attack evil skunks and bobcats, and you avoid THOSE STUPID BIRDS ARGGHH!!!!

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Well, that’s it for now. I’ve written 2212 words in this post, and my fingers are tired. But I’m not even halfway done with this multicart yet. Aw well. Thanks for reading this! Bye!

More complaints about the RS-1 Game Prince

Hi everybody!

First off, I’m gonna apologize that I haven’t written much on here the last month. Sorry! Don’t worry though, there are a lot of neat blog posts here coming up, including something special for Easter tomorrow.

Anyway, remember the Game Prince famiclone?

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Yeah, well anyway, I’ve had it for like a month now, and I’ve got some more complaints about it.

First off, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. I know I mentioned that in the previous posts about this famiclone, but it’s still really annoying!

Secondly, it goes through batteries fairly quickly. It doesn’t really matter that much if you have rechargeable AAA batteries, but still.

Thirdly, and most annoying of all, is that the batteries aren’t really powerful enough to power the speakers and the screen at the same time. After playing it for about a day or two, the screen starts flickering a lot every time a sound plays. When all the sound is quiet, it stops flickering. It also stops flickering as much when you turn down the volume.

The Game Prince is still pretty neat though, and it’s really cheap, so it’s still worth getting.

That’s it for now. Bye.

The Game Prince RS-1, Part 2

Hello everybody! The last post I posted was about the Game Prince RS-1, and this post is about it, too!

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That post I’m referring to was posted at like 9:00 PM, which means that I was tired, so I didn’t get a chance to write about everything on this portable famiclone. But whatever, I’m writing about it now! You’ll get to hear everything I want to say about it!

Anyway, one thing I didn’t mention last time was the screen cover. When you get a brand new copy of the Game Prince, it has a screen cover on it. The screen cover on mine had something scribbled on it in marker, and it had a little sticker intended for pulling it off. Some guy on the internet said that you should keep the Game Prince turned off when you take off the screen cover, so I figured I should tell you that.

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After you pull off the screen cover, then it’s easier to see the screen. I definitely recommend taking off the screen cover. There’s really no point in putting it back on, though. I don’t even know how you would put it back on.

Moving on, there are a few minor complaints about the Game Prince. First off, the button layout is wrong. A is on the left and B is on the right. Original NES/Famicom controllers had B on the left and A on the right. This can be a little annoying when you first play it, but it’s easy to get used to.

The second complaint is that they have a turbo button for A, but not a turbo button for B. That is dumb. If you’re going to have cheat-mode turbo buttons, you’d obviously pick B, which is used for most actions. But no, they picked A. Whatever, that’s not very important anyway, and I don’t care.

Next is the lack of a headphone jack. They put a connector on there for connecting it to the TV, but they didn’t put a headphone jack. So if you are playing Angry Birds or Plants Vs. Zombies on this thing and somebody says “put on your headphones!” then you’ll say “I can’t! It doesn’t have a headphone jack!” and then they’ll say “well then, turn the volume off!” Oh well.

But despite all of that, the Game Prince is pretty good. I don’t really care about any of the above-mentioned concerns very much, so whatever. There is a problem with it that is much more important.

It doesn’t have a select button. WHAATT???? How do I pick the level editor mode in Tank A 1990? How do I pick Game B in Donkey Kong? How do I pick Game B in Circus Charlie? How do I pick Game B in Pinball? There are lots of things you can’t do without the select button.  I think they took out the select button so that you can’t pick 2-player mode, but still.

I also forgot to mention last time that Angry Birds and Plants Vs. Zombies on the Famicom were developed by NiceCode Software.

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NiceCode Software’s logo.

Moving on to some of the other included unlicensed games. First off is Street Fighter VI: 12 Peoples.

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Remember this? If so, maybe it’s because I wrote about it a while back. You can check out my post about it here. The point is though, it’s an unlicensed Street Fighter port.

Next off is Maze Tussle, which is a hack of the Japanese version of Pac-Man.

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This hack modifies the music, and it replaces most of the graphics. Kinda interesting. The pictures above basically show everything.

Next off is Crypt Car, a hack of Dig Dug. It modifies some of the music and replaces some of the graphics. Now Dig Dug is replaced with a tank that shoots short-ranged bullets, and some of the bad guys are replaced with spinies (the Mario bad guy).

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Next of is Aladdin III. (Not related to Hummer Team’s game of the same name.) This Aladdin III is a hack of the unlicensed game Magic Carpet 1001. I mentioned it in my summary of the CoolBoy 400-in-1 multicart, so maybe it’ll look familiar.

Unlike the CoolBoy 400-in-1 version though, this one has a title screen!

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Anyway, this game is an unlicensed shoot-’em-up where you are a guy on a magic carpet in a desert and you have to use a bow and your unlimited supply of arrows to attack all the birds, bees, evil sorcerers, etc. It doesn’t have a score though. Weird.

Moving on, there’s Magic Jewelry. That’s an unlicensed puzzle game very similar to Columns.

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Neat. Next off are some Battle City hacks. I really should do a whole post on this some time, but there was a company called Yanshan Software that made hacked NES games. They had a really big series go battle city hacks. The Yanshan Software battle city hacks that are on this system are:

  • Tank A 1990
  • Tank B 1990
  • Tank C 1990
  • Tank D 1990
  • Tank E 1990

 

Yeah, I have like 7 of Yanshan Software’s battle city hacks. I’ve already written about one, Tank A 1990, but I still have like 6 to write about. Stay tuned!

Lastly, there’s Tengen’s version of Tetris. They changed the title screen to look like this, though:

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Hm. That looks familiar. That’s because it is. A while back, we saw a hack of Tengen’s Tetris that made the title screen look like this:

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Tetris II title screen

Hmm. I guess we have a title screen hack of a title screen hack of an unlicensed game. In case you’re wondering, the original title screen looked like this before it got hacked:

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That’s it for now, guys. If I notice anything else interesting on here, I’ll make a part 3. That’s probably not going to happen, though. Bye! I’ll write more later.

Part 1

The Game Prince RS-1, Part 1

Hi everybody! A few days ago I bought this famiclone, and today it came in the mail. Here it is: The Game Prince RS-1.

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(I’ve actually seen multiple variations of the box, but I’m writing about mine)

Well! It looks like it’s a portable famiclone. It says “built-in classic games”. So far so good, right?

But wait one second… “iPhone PC Android Games”??? What the heck is that supposed to mean? Don’t worry, you’ll see why it says that. But first, let’s look at the box and what’s in it.

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Now, let’s open it. First off, there’s the system itself.

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There’s the controls and the screen. It also looks kinda like the Game Boy Micro, which was a version of the Game Boy Advance.

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The Game Prince also comes in different colors, like green, black, orange, silver, red, and gold. Maybe there’s more, but I dunno.

Anyway, let’s look at the Game Prince system from other angles to see what it looks like.

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There’s the battery cover, where you put in the necessary 3 AAA batteries.

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Here’s the power switch and a little port on the side. Is that a headphone jack? No! I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Nothing on this side.

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A volume adjustor.

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Nothing on this side.

Hm. No cartridge slot. But whatever, it has games built in.

Moving on, it’s got this manual:

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It has a picture of the Game Prince playing New Super Mario Bros., but that’s a lie. It can’t actually do that. It’s lying. Here’s the rest of the manual:

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If you read the manual (I suspect you didn’t) you’d have noticed several grammatical, punctuational, and spelling errors. Whatever though. What else is in the box?

Just one more thing. The AV cable. You were wondering what that port in the system was, it’s for plugging the Game Prince into your TV.

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Yes, you can plug the handheld into your TV and use it as a plug and play system.

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But there is a very big complaint about TV mode though: the cable is very, very short. I mean, look at this:

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If you power it up, you’ll get this:

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It looks like that, and it has some music playing in the background.

As you can see, this looks kinda like Super Mario Bros. Yeah, most of the graphics in that picture are palette-swapped versions of Super Mario Bros. graphics. But not entirely. There’s that pink cat wearing a cape in the castle. There’s also a picture of somebody flying. And there’s some text: “152 in 1” and “Please prass the start key.” Yes, they made a typo there.

I should probably mention this, though. There are at least two versions of the Game Prince. The first version (and from what I can tell, the more common one) is nearly identical to this one, except that there is also a little menu that lets you choose between English and Chinese. The second version, which is what I have, removes this menu and is always in English.

Anyway though, what happens when you “prass” the start button? This:

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It’s a multicart! It’s got a lot of games, but not quite 152. Some of the games are repeats. Not a lot though. Here’s a list of the games:

  1. Contra 1 (hacked version that lets you pick what level you start on or what gun you use)
  2. Super Mario Bros.
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTournament Fighters
  4. Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers
  5. Blood Fight (The title screen is in Japanese so I can’t verify the name)
  6. Heavy Barrel
  7. 3 Eyes Story
  8. Ninja Gaiden 2
  9. Ninja Gaiden 3
  10. Silkworm
  11. Double Dragon 2
  12. Double Dragon 3
  13. Tengen’s Tetris (Title screen hacked to a plain ascii title screen that says “1993 Tetris Game”)
  14. Adventure Island
  15. The Goonies
  16. Grades (title screen removed)
  17. The Legend of Kage
  18. Chinese Chess (I’m not sure if this is the actual title because the title is in Japanese)
  19. World Cup (Hack of Soccer)
  20. 1942
  21. Tank A 1990 (Battle City Hack)
  22. F-1 Race
  23. Across (title is in Japanese so I can’t verify the name)
  24. Lie Ar Kung-Fu
  25. On the Road
  26. Circus Charlie
  27. Galaga
  28. Battletank
  29. Mario Bros. (Title screen replaced to say “Mr. Mary”)
  30. Lode Runner
  31. Lode Runner 2
  32. Dig Dug
  33. Five Chess (same as above, title screen is in Chinese and I can’t verify the name)
  34. Bomberman
  35. Pooyan
  36. Lunar Ball
  37. Ice Climber
  38. Ninja 2 (Again, Japanese title screen)
  39. City Connection
  40. Front Line
  41. Pinball
  42. Track & Field
  43. Mahjong 2p (Japanese title screen)
  44. Mahjong 4p (Japan title screen)
  45. Nuts & Milk
  46. Pizza Boy
  47. Donkey Kong
  48. Donkey Kong Jr.
  49. Donkey Kong 3
  50. Mappy
  51. Excitebike
  52. Ninja (Japanese title screen again)
  53. Devil World
  54. Popeye
  55. Pac-Man
  56. Exerion
  57. Wrestle (Japanese title screen)
  58. Sky Destroyer
  59. Balloon Fight
  60. Formation Z
  61. Othello
  62. Karateka
  63. Super Arabian
  64. Joust
  65. Galaxian
  66. Magic Jewelry (Unlicensed puzzle game similar to Columns)
  67. Bird Week
  68. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 2)
  69. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 3)
  70. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 4)
  71. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 5)
  72. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 6)
  73. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 7)
  74. Adventure Island (hacked to start on level 8)
  75. Tank B 1990 (Battle City Hack)
  76. Tank C 1990 (Battle City Hack)
  77. On the Road (hacked to start on level 2)
  78. On the Road (hacked to start on level 3)
  79. On the Road (hacked to start on level 4)
  80. Circus Charlie (hacked to start on level 2)
  81. Circus Charlie (hacked to start on level 3)
  82. Circus Charlie (hacked to start on level 4)
  83. Circus Charlie (hacked to start on level 5)
  84. Crypt Car (hack of Dig Dug where Dig Dig is replaced with a tank, and the bad guys have their sprites replaced. Some of them look like spinies from Mario.)
  85. Arakanoid
  86. Arakanoid (Starts on level 2 or something. I’m too lazy to check.)
  87. Arakanoid (I guess it starts on level 3?? Really guys I haven’t ever played Armakanoid before.)
  88. Galaxian (starts on level 2)
  89. Maze Tussle (Hack of the Japanese version of Pac-Man that modifies the music and lots of the graphics.)
  90. Tank D 1990 (Battle City Hack)
  91. Tank E 1990 (Battle City Hack)
  92. Bandits (Hack of Donkey Kong 3 that replaces the music and graphics. Stanley now is a cannon, for example)
  93. Colocotha (Hack of Bomberman that changes a lot of stuff)
  94. Botha (hack of pooyan? I think???)
  95. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 3-1)
  96. Batman
  97. Revolution (Yet another unverifiable Japanese title screen)
  98. Cuban (Repeat of the above game.)
  99. Street Fighter VI: 12 Peoples
  100. Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six
  101. Disney 1 (Japanese title screen)
  102. F-1 Hero
  103. Spartan X
  104. Armakanoid (They repeated it here)
  105. Aladdin III (Not the Hummer Team game. It’s a hack of Magic Carpet 1001.)
  106. CrossFire
  107. Angry Birds (I don’t think many people are going to notice this, out of the list of 152 games. Don’t worry, I’ll write about it in a little bit.)
  108. Plants Vs. Zombies (Whaaaaaat???? I’ll write about this in a minute too.)
  109. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters. (It’s a repeat)
  110. Hot Blood (repeat of Blood Fight)
  111. Heavy Barrel (It’s a repeat. They have this game more than once on the multicart.)
  112. 3 Eyes Story (Yeah, they’ve started doing more repeats.)
  113. Ninja Gaiden 2 (Yup. Another repeat. I wonder how many more there are?)
  114. Doublee Dragon II (repeat)
  115. Double Dragon III (repeat)
  116. Silkworm (repeat)
  117. Disney 2 (repeat of that Disney 1 game)
  118. Aladdin 3 (starts on the wrong level and the title screen is removed.)
  119. Chip ‘N Dale 2: Rescue Rangers (Another repeat.)
  120. Super Mario Bros. (Hacked to have a moon jump cheat. It doesn’t always work, though.)
  121. Silkworm (repeat)
  122. F-1 Race (repeat)
  123. Chip N’ Dale 2: Rescue Rangers (repeat)
  124. Super Mario Bros. (Maybe hacked. I couldn’t find anything changed in the first level, though.)
  125. Silkworm (repeat)
  126. F-1 Race (repeat)
  127. Disney 3 (repeat of Disney 1)
  128. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 2-1)
  129. Chip ‘N Dale 2: Rescue Rangers (repeat)
  130. F-1 Race (repeat)
  131. Silkworm (repeat)
  132. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 3-1.)
  133. Disney 4 (repeat of Disney 1)
  134. Aladdin 3 (starts on the wrong level.)
  135. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 4-1)
  136. Silkworm (repeat)
  137. Disney 5 (repeat of disney 1)
  138. Aladdin 3 (starts on the wrong level)
  139. Chip ‘N Dale 2: Rescure Rangers (repeat)
  140. Silkworm (repeat)
  141. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 5-1)
  142. F-1 Race (repeat)
  143. Chip ‘N Dale 2: Rescue Rangers (repeat)
  144. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 6-1)
  145. Aladdin 3 (hacked to start on the wrong level)
  146. F-1 Race (repeat)
  147. Chip ‘N Dale 2: Rescue Rangers (repeat)
  148. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 7-1)
  149. Disney 6 (repeat of Disney 1)
  150. Super Mario Bros. (hacked to start on world 8-1)
  151. Chip ‘N Dale 2: Rescue Rangers (repeat)
  152. Silkworm (repeat)

MAN that took forever to type. I couldn’t find any lists to plagiarize on the internet, so I was forced to boot up every game individually and test it out.  GAAHHH!!! Hey viewers, next time I get a multicart, do me a favor and do all this work for me so that I can plagiarize you, please!!! AHHHH!!!!!

Moving on. In the multicart, it has a little image in the top right corner with a picture of the game you’re going to play. Pretty handy! Also, it has some pictures of vases and windows. Weird. Moving on again.

This thing has a ton of hacks and pirate games. My hands are really, really tired from typing that big long list, so I won’t write about all of them on this post. I will write about them in part 2 though. In this post, I’m going to write about the two most interesting games on here. Remember how the box said “iPhone PC Android Games”? Well. Here’s why. Here are the two games:

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WHAAAAAAT!?!?!?!? Angry Birds and Plants Vs. Zombies on the FAMICOM!?!? That’s crazy!

Well, these aren’t just boring hacks of other games that replace the graphics with Angry Birds graphics, these are actual ports. Even crazier!

I’m going to start off with Angry Birds, since it’s the more disappointing one. You already saw the title screen, so I’m not going to put it here again. If you press start, you get this:

Then you go through the menus and pick the first level, as it’s the only one unlocked. Then you are shown the slingshot with the birds and the pigs’ fortress. Then you use up and down on the d-pad to pick one of 5 different angles to shoot the bird. With only 5 angles, and only one kind of bird, the normal red ones, this port is very easy, and very boring. It has some music in it, too, that is entirely original and not related to angry birds. I actually think the music, but everybody I’ve shown the game to absolutely hates the music. Oh well.

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Moving on to the much more fun plants vs. zombies port. Before I go any further, I should warn you that this game has the exact same music that is generally considered to be terrible. Moving on.

When you press start, you get taken to the first round. You have your list of plantable plants at the top of the screen, and your sun counter at the top left, and the shovel at the top right. Just like the original game. It also has a cursor. Since the NES doesn’t have a mouse, the cursor is moved with the d-pad. You click by pressing A.

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When you have enough sone, you click on a plant from the menu and then click the ground to put it there. This uses up sun, but the plant goes there. You can dig plants up by using the shovel. When sun appear, click on them and your sun counter will go up by 25. Zombies will come from the right of the screen, and you have to defeat them before they get to your house and eat your brains. If a zombie gets to a plant, then it will eat it if it isn’t killed in time. Sometimes the zombies have buckets or road cones on their heads that make them stronger. That’s basically it.

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Here’s what the different plants do:

Peashooter It shoots peas across the screens and hurts the zombies.

Sunflower It makes more sun for you so that you can grow more plants. You should plant them on the left, since they can’t attack and they are important to get you more sun.

Repeater Same as the Peashooter, except that it fires peas twice as fast.

Wall-nut It doesn’t attack, but it takes a long time for the zombies to eat. It can be used to make a protective wall for your other plants.

Squash It stays in one place, and when a zombie gets close, the squash jumps in the air and squashes it. The squash is single-use, though. Keep that in mind.

Potato Mine It’s a potato, but it’s also a bomb. When a zombie gets close, it will blow up, destroying the zombie and itself. It’s single-use. Functionally, it’s identical to the squash. It’s cheaper, so you’ll basically never use the squash. In the original game, it took a minute for the potato mines to become active, which is why they cost less sun. They didn’t do that in this port, though.

That’s it for now, guys. Bye! I’ll write more later. Like I said, there are more bootleg games on this famiclone. I’ll write about those in part 2.

Part 2

The Vs. Maxx™ Maxxplay, Part 3

Hey guys! What’s up? Today I’m going to write the third and probably final post about the Vs. Maxx Maxxplay.

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Yeah, I said I was going to write about the player 2 controller when it came in the mail. It came in the mail a few days ago, but I didn’t write about it that day or the next few days because I was trying to fix my Power Joy famiclone. But whatever, I’m writing about it now, so don’t complain.

Anyway, the player 2 controller looks basically the same as the main unit.

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There are only a few minor differences. The reset button is still present on the player 2 controller, but it isn’t actually a button anymore. Now it’s just a little piece of plastic that doesn’t do anything.

And now for the back of the controller:

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It’s basically the same, except the cartridge slot is removed. They didn’t really do a good job at removing it, though, since you can clearly see where the cartridge slot originally was.

It’s also got a light gun, too, but I’m not actually sure if it’s a player 2 lightgun. I didn’t think that there were 2-player famicom lightgun games, but I’m too lazy to go and check if it works or not.

Speaking of the lightgun, there’s something I wanted to say about it. Previously I had thought that when Jungletac had just taken out the LED when they copied the Power Joy, but apparently they just moved it. It turns out that there are a couple faint red LEDs on both sides of the lightgun. These are present on both controllers.

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Unfortunately, my player 2 controller doesn’t work properly. The joystick is messed up on it and it thinks you are holding right on the joystick when you aren’t actually aren’t even using the joystick. That means I have to use the joystick to use it, which is annoying since I prefer to use the D-pad. Oh well. Guess I just wasted $7, huh?

Oh, also! You can use the player 2 controller on a Power Joy, too! So now I can play the Power Joy 2-player! I mean, there are player 2 Power Joy controllers, but I don’t have any.

The connectors for the player 2 controller are actually copies of Atari 2600 controller slots. What?? Can you use the player 2 controller on an Atari, and Atari controllers on the Maxxplay??? Well, no. While the connectors are the same, they are mapped differently, and I’ve read that it can mess up your Maxxplay, Atari 2600 system, and Atari 2600 controller all at the same time. You don’t want that, do you?

That’s it for now, guys. Bye! I’ll write more later.

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The Vs. Maxx™ Maxxplay, Part 2

Hey guys! Today I’m going to continue writing about the Vs. Maxx Maxxplay.

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Last time I went over most of what the system looks like, what the controls are, and some of the games were. But I didn’t write about everything.

First off, I’m going the complain about the VERY poorly built cartridge slot on the back.

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They shaped it so that most cartridges won’t even fit. If you have an official cartridge, then it’s not going to fit. It’s just going to fall out. Most of my pirate cartridges won’t fit into it either. I was only able to get four of my cartridges to run in it:

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It’s SUPER ANNOYING. So for the most part, you’ll be stuck playing just the games built into the system. I mean, you could play hundreds of games using those multicarts that work, but still.

[UPDATE] I actually made a mistake there, actually I wasn’t able to get the 198-in-1 multicart to run. Just ignore that cartridge and pretend I said 3 games.

The built-in multicart has a bunch of hacks, mostly made by a developer called Inventor. (Inventor also happens to be the same company that made Pandamar). I went over some of them last time, but I didn’t go over all of them, so I’ll write about more of them now.

First off is Future Copter.

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It’s a hack of Battle City where all the music and levels are changed. Also all the tanks are replaced with helicopters. I suspect that it was made by Yanshan Software, the same company that made some other similar Battle City hacks, but I don’t know for sure.

The next hack is called FrogLand.

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What’s that?? An ant? I though this was called Frog Land!

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Oh, I see now. Yeah, this is a hack of Donkey Kong 3 where most of the graphics are changed, Stanley the bugman is replaced with a frog, and Donkey Kong is replaced with a giant ant.

Moving on, we have Flip Out.

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It’s a hack of Pinball, where everything is replaced with elves, jellyfish, kittens in eggs, turtles, etc. Weird.

Next off is Rescue.

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It’s a hack of Donkey Kong Jr. All the graphics and stuff are changed and now it looks like this. Donkey Kong is replaced with a monkey wearing a red hat, Mario is replaced with a weird blue guy, and Donkey Kong Jr. is replaced with a guy wearing a mask.

Next is UFO shoot.

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That’s weird. The menu select screen said “UFO Shoot” and the title screen says “UFO Shoot.” But anyway, it’s a hack of Duck Hunt where you shoot UFOs.

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I’ll write about more of these hacks in part 3. That’s it for now, though. Bye!

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