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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:59 am    Post subject: Regional Differences in Unlicensed NES Games.. Reply with quote

A few questions regarding regions and licensing, specifically about nes games (for now)..

1. Are there any games, unlicensed by Nintendo, that have multiple versions for multiple regions? For example, unlicensed company Y publishes game X in each the USA and the UK (or HK or JP or whatever), and makes changes in the program in each region.

2. I had other questions and have already forgotten them.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sachen did multiple languages, if that's what you mean. Mandarin and English in-game, and I have manuals and boxes in Spanish and German.

This is a weird question kap, what's your secret agenda?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mandarin and english, huh, I had no idea. I assume you only have the english versions.

I don't care at all about packaging, label or manual variations, at this point.

My agenda isn't ready for public consumption, and probably won't be any time soon (if ever).

I'd also like to know about any more examples that might exist, no matter how nitpicky they might seem.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The winking man avatar certinally doesn't make you seem any less sneaky.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a prototype Spanish version of Bible Adventures in that box of stuff sfsurvivor bought, but I don't think that version was ever released.

The US and Australian versions of Maxi 15 have a different lineup of games: the US version has Double Strike and Pyramid where the Australian version has Death Race and Blackjack. The other 13 games are the same.

I dunno if it counts for your purposes, but several Tengen releases were pirated versions of FC games, like Fantasy Zone.

And this is kinda obvious, but the Panesian games were localized versions of Hacker titles.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Skrybe wrote:
I dunno if it counts for your purposes, but several Tengen releases were pirated versions of FC games, like Fantasy Zone.


Pirated? Surely they had a business relationship with Sega, else they would have disappeared much faster than they did. Right?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Tengen's Fantasy Zone port, was done by an entirely different team than Sunsoft's Famicom one.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ArnoldRimmer83 wrote:
I think Tengen's Fantasy Zone port, was done by an entirely different team than Sunsoft's Famicom one.


Indeed. Different games entirely.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, Fantasy Zone was a bad example. Rolling Thunder, then.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Okay, Fantasy Zone was a bad example. Rolling Thunder, then.


I still don't think they were "pirated," though. They must have had some relationship with Namco as well, given the Pac-Man/Mania/Ms. Pac releases.

Plus Namco apparently had no US distribution branch then, or was just purposely avoiding doing business with NoA, since most of their other games came here through Sunsoft.

And hey, Sunsoft. It all comes full circle.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aparently Namco avoided NoA because Mino Arakawa, the old US President of NoA was a narcoleptic who fell asleep during a dinner with their US rep. They didn't trust him after that.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lugnut wrote:
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Okay, Fantasy Zone was a bad example. Rolling Thunder, then.


I still don't think they were "pirated," though. They must have had some relationship with Namco as well, given the Pac-Man/Mania/Ms. Pac releases.

Plus Namco apparently had no US distribution branch then, or was just purposely avoiding doing business with NoA, since most of their other games came here through Sunsoft.

And hey, Sunsoft. It all comes full circle.


Kinda wondering why Tengen developed their own version of Pac-Man instead of just getting Namco's while they were getting Famista (RBI Baseball) and Rolling Thunder (interesting that Namco released Pac-Man nearly a decade later in America. Doubt we'd see that happen now in the games industry. Okay, compilations, yeah we would.).
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anal note: The first three games weren't called "Famista", but rather "Pro Yakyuu Family Stadium" (プロ野球ファミリースタジアム).

Don't forget Alien Syndrome and After Burner and Toobin' and Gauntlet, etc. Strange company, that Tengen. Weren't they an offshoot of what was left of Atari at the time?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PopaSmear wrote:
Aparently Namco avoided NoA because Mino Arakawa, the old US President of NoA was a narcoleptic who fell asleep during a dinner with their US rep. They didn't trust him after that.


What's the source for this awesome piece of information?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kap wrote:
PopaSmear wrote:
Aparently Namco avoided NoA because Mino Arakawa, the old US President of NoA was a narcoleptic who fell asleep during a dinner with their US rep. They didn't trust him after that.


What's the source for this awesome piece of information?


Heroin.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 2:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kap wrote:
PopaSmear wrote:
Aparently Namco avoided NoA because Mino Arakawa, the old US President of NoA was a narcoleptic who fell asleep during a dinner with their US rep. They didn't trust him after that.


What's the source for this awesome piece of information?


Tiny Toon Adventures ep. 37 "Buster's Bad Day"
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

KlarthAilerion wrote:
Weren't they an offshoot of what was left of Atari at the time?


Plus Namco.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TENAGREN PRESENT COLD FURY ON A HO MISSION.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kap wrote:

What's the source for this awesome piece of information?


I think the book is called Game Over. It's the book about the history of Nintendo as a whole. If you think that story is cool, you should learn The Secret History of Tetris. Shit would make a decent Film Noir thriller. (Russian Spies!)
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2005 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PopaSmear wrote:
I think the book is called Game Over. It's the book about the history of Nintendo as a whole.


I've got the hardcover and I can give a brief summary:
JAPS ARE BAD, THEY ARE SNEAKY, BUY AMERICAN
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