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Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:28 am

I'm doing some research on games developed in Japan but never released there. If you have some input, I'd love to get your help! ;)

Specifically, I'm looking for NES and SNES titles, any help on this is appreciated.

I have what I believe are all Master System and Mega Drive titles. Let me know, if you know of any additional ones.

EDIT: Added some that I know for other systems.

Master System:

Aerial Assault
Air Rescue
Alex Kidd: High-Tech World (assets changed from Anmitsu-Hime)
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Alien Storm
Altered Beast
American Baseball (Reggie Jackson Baseball)
American Pro Football (Walter Payton Football)
Assault City
Assault City Light Phaser Version
Astérix
Astérix and the Secret Mission
Astro Warrior / Pit Pot
Baku Baku Animal
Bank Panic
Basketball Nightmare
Batman Returns
Battle OutRun
Bonanza Bros.
Buggy Run
Casino Games
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Chase H.Q.
Choplifter
Cloud Master
Columns
Cyber Police ESWAT
Danan: The Jungle Fighter
Dead Angle (Lead Angle)
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck
Dick Tracy
Double Hawk
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (Puyo Puyo)
Dragon Crystal
Dynamite Duke
Dynamite Düx
Dynamite Headdy
Forgotten Worlds
G-LOC: Air Battle
Gain Ground
Galaxy Force
Gangster Town
Ghostbusters
Ghouls'n Ghosts
Golden Axe
Golden Axe Warrior
Golfamania
GP Rider
Great Baseball
Hang-On / Astro Warrior
Hang-On / Safari Hunt
Heavyweight Champ (George Foreman's KO Boxing; James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing)
Joe Montana Football
Jurassic Park
Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Laser Ghost
Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Line of Fire
Marksman Shooting / Trap Shooting / Safari Hunt
Marksman Shooting & Trap Shooting
Master Games 1
Master of Darkness (In the Wake of the Vampire)
Masters of Combat (Buster Fight)
MERCS (Senjou No Ookami II)
Michael Jackson's Moonwalker
Missile Defense 3D
Ms. Pac-Man
Ninja Gaiden
Operation Wolf
OutRun 3D
Pac-Mania
Poseidon Wars 3D
Power Strike II
Psychic World
Psycho Fox
Putt & Putter
Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2
Rambo III
Rastan
Renegade
Rescue Mission
Running Battle
Sagaia (Darius II)
Scramble Spirits
Sega World Tournament Golf
Shadow Dancer
Shooting Gallery
Slap Shot
Sonic Blast (G Sonic)
Sonic Chaos (Sonic & Tails)
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Space Gun
Special Criminal Investigation
Sports Pad Football
Street Fighter II'
Streets of Rage
Streets of Rage 2
Strider
Submarine Attack
Super Monaco GP
Super Monaco GP II
Super Space Invaders (Western developed port of Majestic Twelve)
Taz-Mania
Tecmo World Cup '93 (Kick & Rush)
Tennis Ace
The Cyber Shinobi
The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck
The New Zealand Story
Time Soldiers (Battle Field)
Tom and Jerry: The Movie
Vigilante
Virtua Fighter Animation
Wanted
Wimbledon
Wimbledon II
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
Wonder Boy in Monster World

Mega Drive/CD:

Animaniacs
Cadash
Captain America and the Avengers
Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool
Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest
Dashin' Desperadoes (Rumble Kids)
Decap Attack (assets changed from MD Magical Hat no Buttobi Turbo! Daikbooken)
Double Dragon (Western developed port)
Double Dragon 3 (Western developed port)
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (assets changed from MD Puyo Puyo)
Dungeon Explorer
Earnest Evans (Mega CD Earnest Evans)
Flicky (Mega CD Games Can compilation)
Frogger (Western developed port)
Hook (Western developed port of the SFC game)
Joe & Mac (Western developed port)
King Of The Monsters 2
Liberty Or Death
Lords Of Thunder (port of PCE Winds Of Thunder)
Mega Bomber Man (port of PCE Bomber Man '94)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Minnesota Fats: Pool Legend (Side Pocket 2)
Pac-Attack
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (Western developed port)
Pac-Mania (Western developed port)
Revenge of the Ninja (Ninja Hayate)
Rolling Thunder 3
Saturday Night Slam Masters (Muscle Bomber)
Snatcher (port of PCE Snatcher)
Sol-Deace (Mega CD Sol-Feace)
Sunset Riders
Superman
The Punisher (Western developed port)
The Space Adventure (port of PCE COBRA II)
Tiny Toon Adventures ACME All-Stars
Tiny Toon Adventures Buster's Hidden Treasure
Trampoline Terror! (Explode Star)
Viewpoint

Saturn:

Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (Western developed ports)

Dreamcast:

Alien Front Online
Bomberman Online

Game Gear:

Captain America and the Avengers (Western developed port)
Hook (Western developed port of the SFC game)

NES:

Adventures in the Magic Kingdom
Adventures of Lolo (arranged version of Eggerland: Meikyu no Fukkatsu)
Arkista's Ring
Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Beach
Barker Bill's Trick Shooting
Baseball Stars II
Batman Returns
Cabal (Western developed port)
Captain America and the Avengers
Contra Force
Darkwing Duck
Dynowarz
Felix the Cat
Fester's Quest
Flintstones : Surprise at Dinosaur Peak
Flying Warriors
Formula One : Built to Win
Frankenstein
Freedom Force (Japan/US co-production)
Friday the 13th
G.I. Joe
G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor
Gilligan's Island
Godzilla 2
Gumshoe
Jaws
Kickmaster
Legendary Wings
Legends of the Diamond
Little League Baseball: Championship Series
Low-G-Man
Mechanized Attack
Mission: Impossible
Monster in my Pocket
Monster Party
Power Blade (significant changes from FC Power Blazer)
Rad Racer II
Shatterhand (significant changes from FC Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain)
Short Order / Eggsplode!
Snake's Revenge
StarTropics
StarTropics II: Zoda's Revenge
Strider
T&C Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage
Talespin
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters
The Karate Kid
The Lone Ranger
Toxic Crusaders
Widget
Zen: Intergalactic Ninja

Disk System Games released on cartridge for NES:

Blades of Steel (Konami Ice Hockey)
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Dracula II: Noroi no Fuuin)
Crackout (Nazo No Kabe: Block-kuzushi)
Dr. Chaos
Double Dribble (Exciting Basketball)
Gyruss
Ice Hockey
Jackal (significant changes from Final Commando: Akai Yousai)
Karate Champ
Kid Icarus (Hikari Shinwa: Paluthena No Kagami)
Metroid
Mystery Quest (significant changes from Hao-kun No Fushigi Na Tabi)
Pro Wrestling (Pro Wrestling: Famicom Wrestling Association)
Rollergames
Rush 'n Attack (Green Beret)
Section Z
The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle (changes from Roger Rabbit)
Volleyball
Winter Games
Zanac
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (The Legend of Zelda 2: Link No Bouken)

SNES:

Biker Mice From Mars
Captain America and the Avengers (Western developed port)
Chester Cheetah: Too Cool to Fool
Chester Cheetah: Wild Wild Quest
Inspector Gadget
Kirby's Avalanche / Kirby's Ghost Trap (assets changed from SFC Super Puyo Puyo)
Mecarobot Golf (assets changed from SFC Serizawa Nobuo No Birdy Try)
Metal Combat: Falcon's Revenge
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Natsume Championship Wrestling (assets changed from SFC Zen-Nippon Pro Wrestling Dash: Sekai Saikyou Tag)
Operation Thunderbolt
Pirates of Dark Water (Japan/US co-production)
Run Saber
Saban's Power Rangers Zeo: Battle Racers
Sterling Sharpe: End 2 End
Street Combat (assets changed from SFC Ranma 1/2: Chounai Gekitou Hen)
Sunset Riders
Super Punch-Out!! (released through Nintendo Power Service)
Super Widget
SWAT Kats: Radical Squadron
Tetris & Dr. Mario (Dr. Mario released through Nintendo Power Service)
Tetris Attack (assets changed from SFC Panel de Pon)
The Adventures of Batman & Robin
Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Video Game

Nintendo 64:

Dr. Mario 64
Pokemon Puzzle League
Ridge Racer 64
WWF No Mercy

Game Boy:

Balloon Kid
Captain America and the Avengers (Western developed port)
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
Skate or Die: Bad 'N Rad
Talespin
The Little Mermaid

Game Boy Color:

Action Man: Search for Base X
Blade
Daikatana
Power Rangers: Time Force
Saban's Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder

Game Boy Advance:

Blender Bros.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King
Capcom Classics Mini-Mix (Western developed ports)
Crazy Chase
Medabots AX: Metabee Ver. (Updated Version of Medarot G: Kabuto Version)
Medabots AX: Rokusho Ver. (Updated Version of Medarot G: Kuwagata Version)
Ninja Cop / Ninja Five-O
Shaman King: Master of Spirits
Shaman King: Master of Spirits 2
Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder
Shonen Jump's One Piece
Shonen Jump's Shaman King: Legacy of the Spirits, Soaring Hawk
Shonen Jump's Shaman King: Legacy of the Spirits, Sprinting Wolf
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Bad Dream

Nintendo DS:

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
Beyblade: Metal Fusion
Bubble Bobble Double Shot
Elite Beat Agents (Updated version of Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan)
Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! (Oomori! Ikimonodzukuri: Creatoy)
Go! Go! Cosmo Cops! (Shutsugeki! Acroknights)
Ridge Racer DS
Sailor Moon: La Luna Splende
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
Thundercats

Nintendo GameCube:

Mega Man Anniversary Collection (Western developed ports)
Mega Man X Collection
One Piece Grand Adventure
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee (Japan/US co-production)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare

Nintendo Wii:

Data East Arcade Classics
Gunblade NY & L.A. Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
WWE '12
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

Xbox:

Capcom Classics Collection (Western developed ports)
Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 (Western developed ports)
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness
Mega Man Anniversary Collection (Western developed ports)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Western developed port)
Red Ninja: End of Honor (Red Ninja: Kekka No Mai)
Shadow of Memories
Shenmue II
Silent Hill 4: The Room
Silent Scope Complete
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee (Japan/US co-production)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
The Nightmare Before Christmas
WinBack 2: Project Poseidon

Xbox 360:

Dragon Ball Z for Kinect (Updated version of Ultimate Tenkaichi)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
WWE '12
WWE '13
WWE 2K14
WWE 2K15
WWE 2K16

Xbox One

WWE 2K15
WWE 2K16

PlayStation Portable:

Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (Western developed ports)
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Western developed port)

PlayStation:

Bubble Bobble also featuring Rainbow Islands (Western developed ports)
Gundam: Battle Assault 2

PlayStation 2:

Capcom Classics Collection Volume 2 (Western developed ports)
Mega Man Anniversary Collection (Western developed ports)
Mega Man X Collection
One Piece Grand Adventure
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Western developed port)
Sengoku Anthology
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee (Japan/US co-production)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare
Time Crisis: Crisis Zone
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

PlayStation 3:

WWE 2K14
WWE 2K15
WWE 2K16

PlayStation 4:

Touhou Genso Rondo
WWE 2K15
WWE 2K16

IBM PC:

Wibarm

Windows:

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Western developed port)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Melee (Japan/US co-production)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Battle Nexus

Arcade:
(All Dancing Stage/DDR games are based on different Japanese DDR games)

Beat The Champ Tournament Action
Blades of Steel
Charlie Ninja (location test only?)
Dancing Stage
Dancing Stage Euromix
Dancing Stage Euromix 2
Dancing Stage Fusion
Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix ver Korea
Dance Dance Revolution 3rd Mix ver Korea 2
Dead Eye
Hotdog Storm (location test only?)
Over Drive
Pandora's Palace
Rambo III
S.P.Y. Special Project Y
Scooter Shooter
Slip Stream
Speed Racer (Mach Go Go, location test only)
Super Dodgeball (location test only?)
Ribbit! (location test only?)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
Twin Qix (unclear if released outside of Japan)
Twin Squash (location test only?)
Varia Metal
Vs. The Goonies
Wild West C.O.W. Boys of Moo Mesa
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Re: Japanese developed games not released in Japan

Postby Gaijin Punch » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:58 am

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Postby CTN » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:17 am

Those OutRun games are from Sumo Digital. That makes them British in my book.

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Re: Japanese developed games not released in Japan

Postby layzee » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:30 am

Interesting list. Some of the more popular games there I would have assumed there to be obvious automatic Japanese releases (e.g. Super Punch-Out).

As for additions to the list, Xbox-wise I had a hunch with Silent Hill 2 and Fatal Frame/Project Zero/Rei but it turns out there were in fact Japanese releases (the latter retaining the American "Fatal Frame" name even though it's a Japanese release). On the other hand, I did find the following: Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, Shenmue II, Silent Hill 4: The Room. These have English releases but no Japanese release.

Nintendo-wise, I'm sure there's potential for a massive list but I suppose you could start with the obvious Famicom Disk System angle e.g. Dracula II - Noroi no Fuuin, Legend of Zelda 2, The - Link no Bouken, Metroid. These three have English cartridge releases not Japanese ones.
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Postby CTN » Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:54 am

When do you consider the port form FC-disk to NES different enough to be on this list? Kid Icarus for example has a different save system (obviously) but more or less is the same. Would this also count?

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Re: Japanese developed games not released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:56 pm

@layzee

Thanks! Great additions!

I've added them to the list, plus a whole bunch of other titles (lotsa Yuke's wrestling games, for example :D ). I think NES is covered now, too.

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It's hard to make an exact judgement, because it's quite subjective what constitutes "different". Many games have some slight version differences (like censorship, difficulty adjustments, etc), but I think it's not realistic to collect all this information in one place.

So for the purpose of this list I'd say if the medium is different (e.g. disc versus cart), the level design/gameplay mechanic (e.g. Power Blazer/Power Blade) is different, or most graphical assets were swapped, then it's a "different" game, but if only certain aspects were modified, it's the same game for all intents and purposes.

(EDIT: Which is why I removed Dark Legend again.)

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby layzee » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:09 pm

Your additions to the Xbox 360 list reminded me of Final Fantasy XIII. In English, FFXIII was released at the same time on PS3 and Xbox 360. However, in Japan it was a PS3-exclusive release. The Japanese Xbox 360 didn't get it until "Final Fantasy XIII International". Not sure if what warrants inclusion in your list or not, but at the very least, Japanese Xbox 360 gamers don't have the standard non-international edition (nor Japanese voice acting, Square's "International" releases are always in English with the exception of FFX which has selectable English/Japanese voice acting).

Also, your wrestling additions reminded me of Konami's "Winning Eleven" football/soccer franchise. The entire thing has a bunch of localisation changes (changing of Japanese teams/players for one).
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Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:32 pm

Thanks again for the input!

I don't think either suggestion qualifies for the list. FFXIII on 360 seems just like a name change to me, but overall it's just the same game, right? And changing teams/players in sports games doesn't constitute enough of a change, imo.

Really, what the focus should be on here, is games that simply were not released in Japan in any physical form even though they were made there.

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby zinger » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:19 pm

Great list! There's also Trampoline Terror! for the Genesis. A Japanese release was planned as Explode Star which never fell through obviously, though they apparently printed a flyer: http://blog-imgs-36.fc2.com/r/e/t/retro ... star01.jpg

There's a Masaya logo there, but I believe it was developed by KLON (from what I researched many years ago, can't remember how I came to these conclusions), and that Atsuhiro Motoyama (After Burst, L-Dis, Mahoo Daisakusen, Battle Bakraid etc), did the soundtrack.

I'll try to think of more games!

EDIT: The IBM PC version of Wibarm was never released in Japan although it was developed by the same Japanese company and got an entirely new (and very good!) soundtrack.

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Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:05 pm

Awesome suggestions! Thanks! ;)

Added them to the list.

I totally forgot about Trampoline Terror, it's super fun!

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Postby zinger » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:14 am

Ninja Cop / Ninja Five-O (GBA)?

Wild West C.O.W. Boys of Moo Mesa (arcade)?

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:25 am

Thank you! Great suggestions; added them to the list. Keep 'em coming! ;)

Also added Balloon Kid and Daikatana.

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby cm8833 » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:24 pm

Impressive list! You already mentioned quite a number of wrestling games but
not all-time fan favorite WWF No Mercy for the N64.

Another N64 title developed but not released in Japan would be Dr. Mario 64.
(It was later included in a Japan-exclusive Gamecube puzzle collection though).

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:51 pm

Thank you, excellent input!

I know absolutely nothing about Wrestling games, so this is a nice addition! :)

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Postby sven666 » Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:17 pm

Probotector? (on nes, snes, GB, MD)
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Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:21 pm

That's just Contra with the main character sprites changed. I don't think it's enough of a difference, tbh.

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Postby Imhotep » Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:12 am

SNES:

SWAT Kats: Radical Squadron
Inspector Gadget
both by AIM / Hudson Soft from Fausseté Amour (in)fame. Solid but slow platformers.

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:35 am

These are great! Completely forgot about them. Thank you! :o

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Oct 26, 2016 10:34 am

Anybody know if Konami's G.I. Joe was released in Japanese arcades?

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby zinger » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:23 pm

Japanese flyer here:
http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=f ... 81&image=1

And there are bunch of dudes in the comments section at the bottom of this article talking about how they remember it from back in the day, and playing it at Daiei:

http://loderun.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2008-06-24

So I suppose it was.

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:39 pm

Thanks! I guess my Google-Fu is weak. :?

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:52 pm

EDIT: nevermind

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby zinger » Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:40 pm

Another one for the European Mega Drive and Genesis is "Decap Attack". It has the same engine as "Magical Hat no Buttobi Turbo! Daibooken" for the Japanese Mega Drive, but has otherwise been modified well beyond recognition. I like Decap Attack a lot better.
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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby CIT Seven Force » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:38 pm

Thanks, another good one! That game is actually part 3 in a sort-of-series starting with Kakefu-kun/Kid Kool on FC/NES and Psycho Fox on Master System (also in the above list).

I might separate the asset-swapped and/or reworked games from the main list.

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Re: Japanese developed games not physically released in Japan

Postby zinger » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:12 pm

Oh ok, I never knew about that connection. The Master System / Mark III is probably the game system I'm least familiar with among all the major consoles, I don't even own one yet. Really looking forward to properly sitting down and enjoying those Sonic the Hedgehog, Wonder Boy and Mickey Mouse games, someday.


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