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Ankoku Shinwa: Yamato Takeru Densetsu

Ankoku Shinwa: Yamato Takeru Densetsu

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - March 24, 1989

Ankoku Shinwa: Yamato Takeru Densetsu ("Dark Myth: The Legend of Takeru Yamato") is an adventure game based on a manga of the same name by Daijiro Morohoshi, who wrote a lot of sci-fi and historical mangas with dark Lovecraftian themes. He is credited in the game's opening credits. The story of the game is that a distant descendant or reincarnation of Takeru Yamato - the legendary prince of the Yamato people that assassinated the leader of the supposedly barbaric Kumaso clan - is looking into the death of his father and discovers a plot by some still-existing Kumaso to resurrect their dark...

Cycle Race: Road Man

Cycle Race: Road Man

Nintendo Entertainment System - December 17, 1988

It is the player's ultimate objective to make it all the way around Japan. If the player ends up completely damaging the bicycle, running out of energy, or falling behind a certain ranking, then he or she will automatically lose the race. Players can choose a representative from either Team USA, Team Japan, Team France, or Team Italy. As long as the player has at least one spare bicycle in the inventory, games will never end on a completely damaged bicycle. Passwords are used to save the game. The race is 4,000 kilometers long (2485.5 miles). Players must traverse the countryside that...

Elysion

Elysion

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 28, 1988

Elysion, though a fairly traditional 8-bit JRPG in many respects (the first thing the player does is talk to the local King for exposition, for example), draws its influences from a lot of very different games within the RPG family: It superficially resembles the first Dragon Quest, it allows the player to select between multiple protagonists when starting the game as is the case in Final Fantasy, the combat system is real-time combat without screen transitions such as something like Hydlide or Ys and the enemies have an odd habit of only moving when the player does, such is the case in many...

Family Composer

Family Composer

Nintendo Famicom Disk System - Released - October 30, 1987

Musical Plan, the developers of Ikinari Musician also for the Famicom, developed this music creation software for the Famicom Disk System to allow users to create their own musical compositions and save them to disk, allowing them to revisit their own tracks or pass them among friends. The game contains several dozen rhythm tracks over which the user can input an electronic approximation of keyboards, piano or organ music, much like a regular synthesizer. The user can also use a pencil tool to write a score which plays the notes as they're added, useful if the user is working from sheet...

Family School

Family School

Nintendo Entertainment System - 1987

A Famicom promotional game.

Ikinari Musician

Ikinari Musician

Nintendo Entertainment System - March 5, 1987

Ikinari Musician provides a piano-like keyboard, a treble clef on the staff to show note location, a 5-channel Backing track, 4 timbre choices, and controllers to manipulate common synthesizer parameters such as release and attack, LFO, etc. It also provides recording and play back function. The player has many choices of styles of the backing track, from popular styles such as Rock, Techno, and Jazz, to various ethnic flavors such as Bossa, Rio, Japan, India, Arabia, etc. The backing tracks representing the styles use familiar elements to make the game more accessible to the general...

Romancia

Romancia

Nintendo Entertainment System - October 30, 1987

This game is also known as Dragon Slayer Jr., is an action-adventure game developed by Nihon Falcom in 1986 for the PC-8801, PC-9801, MSX, and Sharp X1 computers. A later Famicom version was developed by Compile and published by Tokyo Shoseki. An enhanced remake was released for Windows in 1999 by Unbalance. It is the third in the Dragon Slayer series, preceded by Xanadu and followed by Dragon Slayer IV. Romancia is a simpler and brightly colored game in comparison to the other Dragon Slayer titles, hence the name "Dragon Slayer Jr."

Sansuu 1-Nen: Keisan Game

Sansuu 1-Nen: Keisan Game

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 25, 1986

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Addition 1 - Players control a car and have to drive it into the correct number to answer a math problem. Crashing into another car or answering the problem wrong will cost the player a try. Subtraction 1 - Players control a rabbit and have to hop onto the correct number to answer a subtraction problem. Once they answered the problem they have to escape the garden without running into the worms that live there. Running into the worms or answering the question wrong will cost the player a...

Sansuu 2-Nen: Keisan Game

Sansuu 2-Nen: Keisan Game

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 25, 1986

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Addition & Subtraction 1 - Players control an arrow inside a dungeon maze. Players can only exit the dungeon when they locate a treasure chest. While searching for the treasure chest, players can run into random encounters with a monster that presents the player with a math problem. The problem will be either an addition or subtraction problem depending on the player's choice at the beginning of the game. Addition & Subtraction 2 - Players control a penguin golfer on a golf course. Players use a...

Sansuu 3-Nen: Keisan Game

Sansuu 3-Nen: Keisan Game

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - April 25, 1986

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Division 1 - Players control a submarine in a body of water. Players have to pilot the submarine into the correct answer of a division problem, while simultaneously dodging demolitions that are being dropped from a ship above it. Multiplication 1 - Players control a man with a jet pack in outer space and have to fly to the correct number that solves a multiplication problem, while simultaneously dodging flying saucers that are constantly flying by. Division 2 - Players control a man who is inside...

Sansuu 4-Nen: Keisan Game

Sansuu 4-Nen: Keisan Game

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - October 30, 1986

An educational game consisting of four different mini games. The minigames included are: Division - Players control a man in front of a building which has several doors. Entering a door will bring the player to a separate room where they have to try and locate the correct number that solves a long division problem that they are given. These separate rooms are protected by monsters that the player has to either avoid or kill with a sword. Players also have to be careful not to run into the invincible ghost that protects the outside of the building. Once the problem is solved, players have to...

Sansuu 5•6-Nen: Keisan Game

Sansuu 5•6-Nen: Keisan Game

Nintendo Entertainment System - Released - October 30, 1986

An educational game consisting of two different mini games. The game modes included are: Decimal Multiplication - Players control a spaceship in a side-scrolling shooter. Blasting enemy ships earns the player points. At certain intervals, the ship will land in front of a building and the pilot enters a room. In the room, the player is presented with a multiplication problem that involves decimals. Players have to select the correct numbers that solve the problem while also dodging bullets being fired by gun turrets. Solving the problem correctly will let the player move on to the next...

Sylphia

Sylphia

NEC TurboGrafx-CD - Released - October 22, 1993

Sylphia is a vertical shooter published by Tonkin House. The game draws from Greek mythology and tells the story of Sylphia, a female warrior with a tragic destiny. Her tale starts as she lays fatally wounded in the temple of Athena - merciless monsters have taken over the city and she perished as she desperately tried to protect innocent villagers. The gods, touched by the sincerity of the young woman's devotion and love, decide to give Sylphia another chance... Now turned into a Sylphid with tremendous powers, the female warrior embarks on a long journey of revenge, ready to fight for her...

Taiyou no Shinden: Asteka II

Taiyou no Shinden: Asteka II

Microsoft MSX2 - Released - December 10, 1987

Despite its name (a misspelling of Azteca), the story of Taiyo no Shinden: Asteka II is dedicated to the Maya people, indigenous inhabitants of Southern Mexico and Central America, rather than the Aztecs. The player controls a nameless adventurer who searches for the Sun Key, a mysterious ancient artifact which can unlock the secrets of the Mayan civilization. Taiyo no Shinden: Asteka II is an adventure game which takes place in the ruins of the ancient city Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. There is a top-down overworld on which the player can physically navigate the...

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