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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Name That Game

Maybe the last few Name That Games were too hard for you poor pieces of shit. So, I have decided to go a little easy this week on those shit sacks that sit on top of your shoulders. Here we go...

Released in 1985 for the NES, this game is a port of an arcade game of a similar name which was made by Irem/manufactred in the US by Data East and released in 1984. It was also a first generation NES title and was ported by Nintendo.

More info from wikipedia:

Movie Origin? - True. A game-cameo listing mentions as follows...

"The Japanese name of this game is Spartan X, and is based on a Jackie Chan film (Wheels on Meals in the U.S.) Thomas and Sylvia are characters in the film as they are in the game. (Credit: Mark Kelly) Status: TRUE: Verified by FO. Source: Nintendo Database. "

It was ported to Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, BeOS x86, Commodore 64, DOS, Java, Linux, Nintendo Entertainment System/Nintendo Famicom, PlayChoice-10 (Arcade, nearly the same as NES-Version), Game Boy, Sega SG-1000, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Windows and the recently made 8-bit Gameking console, under the name of Nagual. Some of the 8-bit conversions offered highly degraded performance, sound and image resolution. The NES version was ported and published by Nintendo, and sometimes they are erroneously credited as the creators of the game.

A Japanese-only sequel to the game was released for the Famicom in 1991, titled simply Spartan X 2. In this game, the main character's name has changed to "Jonny Spartan," and his costume resembles a red jumpsuit. The storyline is also quite different, with no mention of Sylvia, but rather "Jonny" is now a member of an unnamed crime-fighting unit charged with foiling a group of drug smugglers.