Artistic Discussion: Guardic Gaiden (Famicom)

Guardic Gaiden (Famicom) Let’s get my absolute favorite box art added into this feature today. Compile’s spinoff from its earlier shmup Guardic took its gameplay into an entirely new genre; half vertical shooter, half Zelda-like action/adventure. Miria is one of several cyborg women attempting to save the universe, and her quest takes her through several…

Femicom – Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2)

Catherine/Birdo (Doki Doki Panic!/Super Mario Bros. 2) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Boss Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Catherine is a dinosaur who first appeared in Doki Doki Panic! as a recurring sub-boss in most of the game’s levels. She defends a crystal or key needed to progress to…

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…

Femicom – Lina (Doki Doki Panic!)

Lina (Doki Doki Panic!) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (of four) Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Nintendo collaborated with Fuji Television for their “Yume Kōjō ’87 (Dream Factory ’87)” event by creating a unique game featuring the mascots. Inside a book lies the land of Muu, a…

Femicom – Mama (Doki Doki Panic!)

Mama (Doki Doki Panic!) Release Date: July 10, 1987 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (of four) Any Subsequent Appearances: No Introduction: Nintendo collaborated with Fuji Television for their “Yume Kōjō ’87 (Dream Factory ’87)” event by creating a unique game featuring the mascots. Inside a book lies the land of Muu, a…

Femicom – Honey (Takahashi Meijin no Bug-tte Honey)

Honey (Takahashi Meijin no Bug-tte Honey) Release Date: June 5, 1987 Developer: Hudson Soft Publisher: Hudson Soft Format: Cartridge Role: Main Character (Playable in Stage 1) Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Honey Girl (Bug-tte Honey) first appeared in Hudson’s Adventure Island as a power-up granting Master Higgins/Takahashi Meijin invincibility, but her role was greatly expanded in…

Femicom – Yoko Misono (Tantei Jinguuji Saburou: Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken), Hero (Seiken Psycho Calibur)

Yoko Misono (Tantei Jinguuji Saburou: Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken) Release Date: April 24, 1987 (JP) Developer: Data East/Sakata SAS Publisher: Data East Format: Disc Role: Sidekick (Non-Playable) Any Subsequent Appearances: Yes Introduction: Data East’s Tantei Jinguuji Saburou series has mostly been a Japanese-only affair, beginning here with Shinjuku Chuuou Kouen Satsujin Jiken on the…

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…