Culture Clash! – Castlevania/Akumajō Dracula (NES/Famicom)

Study 31: Castlevania/Akumajō Dracula (NES/Famicom, Konami) As I recently documented, the origins behind Konami’s Akumajō Dracula, localized as Castlevania in North America and Europe, is very murky. Since I detailed as much background that I am aware of in that post, we’ll go ahead and just right in to the comparisons here. The original game has…

Culture Clash! – Faria/Faria Fuin no Tsurugi (NES/Famicom)

Study 30: Faria/Faria Fuin no Tsurugi (NES/Famicom, Game Arts, Hi-Score [JP]/Nexoft [NA]) It’s been some time since I took this post down to update it properly, but I finally got the answer I sought in terms of how its narrative was handled, so I am comfortable revising what I had originally had and expanding its…

Culture Clash! – Baseball (NES/Famicom)

Study 29 – Baseball (NES/Famicom, Nintendo) Baseball stands as one of the first games Nintendo published for the NES in 1985, and was in the second wave of Famicom titles in Japan in 1983. With that in mind it acts as one of the preliminary barometers of localization for the console, and one of the…

Culture Clash!! – The Goonies/The Goonies II (NES/Famicom)

Study 28 – The Goonies II (NES/Famicom, Konami) and The Goonies (Famicom, Konami) We’ve not had a licensed title appear in this series for quite some time, so let’s visit a well-known one today. Please note that there is some mild nudity involved with this post, so this is not necessarily safe for work. Richard…

Culture Clash! – Contra/Probotector (NES/Famicom)

Study #27 – Contra/Probotector (NES/Famicom, Konami) Contra was originally released as an arcade game in 1987, titled Gryzor in Japan. One of the progenitors of the action subgenre of “run n’ gun”, Contra threw two supersoldiers named Bill Rizer (Mad Dog in America) and Lance Bean (Scorpion) at an alien menace led by the mysterious…

Culture Clash! – River City Ransom/Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (NES/Famicom)

Study 26: River City Ransom/Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (NES/Famicom, Technos) The Kunio-kun series, in Japan at least, rivals Mega Man and Mario’s exploits in terms of sheer quantity. Kunio began his career in Renegade, an early beat-em-up that led to both Double Dragon and later Kunio-kun adventures. Technos would revisit the Kunio-kun world in many spin-offs…

Culture Clash!: Final Fantasy/Fainaru Fantajī (NES, Famicom)

Study 25 – Final Fantasy/Fainaru Fantajī (NES/Famicom, Square) Final Fantasy is unarguably one of the best known franchises in gaming history, with 15 main installments to date and a plethora of sidestories, spin-offs and compilations attached to its name. Final Fantasy was supposed to mean what its moniker implied when it was first released, though….

Culture Clash! – Kid Niki: Radical Ninja/Kaiketsu Yanchamaru (Arcade/NES/Famicom)

Study 24: Kid Niki: Radical Ninja/Kaiketsu Yanchamaru (NES/Famicom/Arcade, Irem/Data East/TOSE [NES/Famicom port]) The quirky Kid Niki/Kaiketsu Yanchamaru series is a creation of Irem (of R-Type fame). The original arcade game is an action game with some bizarre enemies to tackle, colorful graphics, and plenty of Japanese influence upon its design, as this promo piece shows:…

Culture Clash! – Crystalis/God Slayer: Haruka Tenkuu no Sonota (NES/Famicom)

Study 23 – Crystalis/God Slayer: Haruka Tenkuu no Sonota (NES/Famicom, SNK) After the release of The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo would not commit to revisiting the gameplay concepts pioneered in that game, choosing instead to break the series into experimental territory with the action-driven The Adventures of Link. StarTropics and its sequel would be the…

Culture Clash!: Mega Man/Rockman (NES/Famicom)

Study 22 – Mega Man/Rockman 1 -6 (Capcom) Capcom’s premiere NES franchise had the most entries of any NES hero or heroine with seven (including the Japan only Rock Board); only Mario, whose menagerie of appearances is impossible to beat, had more to his name. The games all revolved around Mega Man/Rockman’s (American/Japanese) talent for…