The Pro Action Replay, everyone. I don’t know if this artwork was used outside the UK, I just remember “Techno Kid” here appearing in every bloody issue of every gaming magazine at the time.
If he looks familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen this piece of Sonic the Hedgehog artwork before:
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Double Hawk, starring Sylvester Stallone and Armold Schmartzemeggler.
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Chiller (1990) was ported to NES by American Game Cartridges. I was surprised this made it out for NES, considering the violence/torture/nudity involved in the arcade game. I later found out that not only was this port completely unlicensed, but it was heavily censored.
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Since nice scans of bootleg cart art are so rare, I decided to collect a bunch of so-so scans/photos together for single post. Here are a ton of Street Fighter-related Famicom bootleg carts, and here’s your guide:
Row 1 - Master Fighter VI cartridge sticker
Row 2 - Master Fighter VI box, Street Blaster VI Turbo, Street Fighter II Pro box
Row 3 - Street Fighter II: New Super Fighter, Super Fighter IV, Street Fighter IV
Row 4 - Street Fighter III, Fight Street VI, Fighting Hero III
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Sarakon by Starbyte for the Amiga, Atari ST, and Commodore 64. The guy on the right is totally David Carradine from the original Kung Fu series.
Midnight Mutants for the Atari 7800, a game which features Grandpa from The Munsters… and no other mention of The Munsters at all.
"Grampa" is generic enough for them to cash in without paying for a license, the sneaks!
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Ok, time for a truth bomb. So, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that the artist who did the gorgeous cover for Castlevania on NES/MSX used “The Norseman” by Frank Frazetta (1972) as reference. Apparently, Konami loved using fantasy paintings as reference. I feel weird posting info like this, because it may take away some of the magic, but it’s fascinating to me. SPOILER: I’ll post more later, but this isn’t the only time this exact Frank Frazetta painting was used as reference for a game cover. Capcom’s “guilty” too…
Developed by Gary Capewell in 1983 for ZX Spectrum
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