Mike looks at some NES Hacks

James / July 21st, 2012

Thanks again to Joueur du Grenier for making a cameo!


  • acidtrunks

    July 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Mike just registered to tell you thanks for keeping the site going while James is working on the movie.

    I heard he was working on an episode any idea when that will be out?

  • PapatFr

    July 21, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Yeah i have the game ” Les chevaliers du Zodiaque ” on Nes and i see ” Le joueur du grenier ” in the video and i’m really happy to see that french touch in Cinemassacre video. Thanks Mike ! Good luck from France ;)

  • moogic

    July 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    I absolutely love all these game reviews. Thank you!

    And I find it hilarious that those chess pieces are knights!

  • Fat_Ed

    July 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    On the cover of a few games there’s a stamp that says 50.00.
    Did you pay 50$ for and NES game???!!!

  • Eltanin

    July 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Great work Mike. Props for the 8bit Pegasus Fantasy theme at the beginning :)

  • DeadWeasel

    July 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Damn it was so cool to see Fred in your video ! You totally should make a JDG vs AVGN episode ! That would be awesome !

    Keep up the good work guys !

    A French fan.

  • TheOtakuX

    July 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Flipped out when I open the video and am greated by Pegasus Fantasy from Saint Seiya. Now I want that song in 8bit.
    For anyone who doesn’t kno, Siant Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac in many countries) was an 80s anime that actaully has a new season airing in Japan right now.

    • September 5, 2014 at 12:42 am

      2 years later I was also surprised to hear that tune here! Guess the only place Saint Seiya wasn’t a hit is the US. Would love to get that song in 8bit too.

  • cowboyboy

    July 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Miracle of almana is a not that bad, i use to like that game, there is good boss fights, look on youtube.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    July 21, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Are there no axes in the game? Don’t they work better then the boomerangs?

  • diegowar

    July 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Ahah, that little appearance from Le Joueur du Grenier was unexpected ^^

    Other than that, great video, I love to see you struggle on these games, describing the annoying bits while giving a fair review.

    And pretty cool to see you on-screen while doing the reviews too :)

  • JohnnyUsername1987

    July 21, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Mike, thank you for all your efforts keeping the web-site alive, but this particular video is pretty boring (still, some of your video were quite good, e.g. Zelda related ones and some movie reviews). Sorry, it’s not a big entertainment to see someone sitting the whole video imitating James’ speech. Be yourself and you’ll succeed.

  • lauri

    July 21, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Good job, Mike!

  • tehniobium

    July 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    You rock Mike, not as over the top as James, but still putting your heart into the games. At the moment I’m thinking I would much rather see you having fun reviewing the games, than James doing AVGN and being bored.

  • culwin

    July 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Tomorrow all these games will be highly priced on Ebay.

  • fata_morgana_pseudonym

    July 21, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    That last boss in the Castlevania game looked like the Slogra from Super Castlevania and SotN.

  • Halcyon20

    July 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I like your videos. Please continue to make them when AVGN comes back. Your videos are longer and have less goofy shit. Less goofy shit is good. Thanks again!

  • thebigled1987

    July 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    chevalier du zodiaque < Knight of the Zodiac, pretty self explanatory.

  • WilliamPorygon

    July 21, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Geez. Dragon’s Feet looks and sounds like it could’ve been the 53rd Action 52 game.

  • WelsonJonhson

    July 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Mike could you take a look at the Kaiju Combat kickstarter? Its a game by the same guys from godzilla meele, Godzilla save the earth, godzilla unleashed, and rampage total destruction. The dev team coudnt promote the game properly but in october they will be back with another kickstarter for Kaiju Combat with a better promotion.

  • Maffers7087

    July 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for all the hard work mike :)

  • Top Gear Tony

    July 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I spy a Fate/Stay Night poster in the French guy house. I love more than just games.

  • Stylix

    July 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    When you do these, do you write a script or are you recording your live reactions while playing? If you are doing a script you make it very convincing that you are actually playing while you review it.

  • Duck.of.Doom

    July 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Mike you should do a review of Star Tropics on the NES.

  • July 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    i think these games are good attempts at indie dev. on the NES however it’s sad to say that no team of indie’s can compete with the commercial giants of past yesteryears, ala konami, capcom, and nintendo itself. i have yet to see a solid castlevania game (the one in this video is wayyy too hard and “inaccessible” to the casual gamer), or a mega man/contra type of clone. i also notice the game physics (with the exception of the castlevania game which seems like a clone) are AWFUL. in that grappling hook game, the guy falls down like karate kid. i can go on with the problems in these games. is it really that difficult to develop a blockbuster indie game? it can’t be. all these games suck imo. good attempt and pat on the back to the dev’s though.

  • marc_lawson

    July 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Mike, these videos are so good! I love the topics you choose; you always pick games that no one talks about and you get pissed and frustrated playing them. James’ original premise for AVGN: a guy who is still pissed off at these old NES games is also realized perfectly in *your* videos. You are hilarious and I love how long these videos are. Thank you!

  • July 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Why is your cameo holding a Belgian flag? :V

  • itscmillertime

    July 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    @nick it’s a French flag. Belgian flag is black Yellow red not blue white red

  • Khameleon05

    July 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    That thing in the second game was probably the knight from the intro

  • moleman124

    July 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Mike

    O’m liking that you’ve come into your own with ya own style of reviews.

    Could either you or James please do some more Sega Mastersystem or MegaDrive(Genesis) videos?
    Perhaps review Pal versions of games released in EU and not in NA. So these games will mostly be unheard of by the NA viewers and maybe yourselves :)

    Here a list of some Megadrive games I don’t think were released in NA:

    The MisAdventures of Flink (Or just Flink) , Asterix and the Power of the Gods, Battle Frenzy, Jimmy White’s ‘Whirlwind’ Snooker, Micro Machines 2: Turbo Tournament (very awesome cartridge), Mr. Nutz, Psycho Pinball, The Second Samurai, Super Skidmarks, Turbo Outrun , Also alot of cricket, soccor and rugby games too :P

    Would love to hear your reviews on the EU counterpart to the NA gaming industry.


  • Stonen

    July 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Another awesome vid from Mofuggin’ Mike! Thanks Mike.

  • Bravatar

    July 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Great reviews Mike, and it was very funny to add the “joueur du grenier” to the video!

  • July 22, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Are these hacks or homebrew bootlegs? I don’t recognize wich game are they hack of.

  • July 22, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I’d to see mike review some of the Super Mario World hacks, one of the most hacked games of all time (including Kazio Mario World)

  • Aaron1375

    July 22, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Dragon Feet looks like an escaped action 52 game that found new life as a crappy hack.

  • johnmorisi

    July 22, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Mike, I must say, you hit the nail on the head with this video. Usually I don’t have any feelings about your videos, however, I really enjoyed this one. When you use more camera shots other than the screen it makes the video more appealing and fun to watch.

    Great job, keep it up! Now I’m really looking forward to your next! Even more than the next Bullshit episode.

  • Czab

    July 22, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I was laughing my ass off at the green dragon game :D. What does that plant-weapon do in the castlevania game???

  • super.ca.i.n

    July 22, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Les Chevaliers of Zodiaque is originally a game only released in Japan and not in the USA because the series it was based on (Saint Seiya) was not known there by that time. It was aired in the USA after so many years by the name of Knights of the Zodiac but it has no success so it was cancelled after a few episodes. I guess its not a good idea to take an 80s cartoon and air it as something new in the 2000s. The series are still very popular in Latin America, Spain and France. Specially after the release of 2 sequels released almost 20 years later. In fact as i write this, a new episode had just been aired and im subtitling it right now.

  • super.ca.i.n

    July 22, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Les Chevaliers of Zodiaque is originally a game only released in Japan and not in the USA because the series it was based on (Saint Seiya) was not known there by that time. It was aired in the USA after so many years by the name of Knights of the Zodiac but it has no success so it was cancelled after a few episodes. I guess its not a good idea to take an 80s cartoon and air it as something new in the 2000s. The series are still very popular in Latin America, Spain and France. Specially after the release of 2 sequels released almost 20 years later. In fact as i write this, a new episode had just been aired and i am subtitling it right now.

  • super.ca.i.n

    July 22, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Les Chevaliers of Zodiaque is originally a game only released in Japan and not in the USA because the series it was based on (Saint Seiya) was not known there by that time. It was aired in the USA after so many years by the name of Knights of the Zodiac but it has no success so it was cancelled after a few episodes. I guess its not a good idea to take an 80s cartoon and air it as something new in the 2000s. The series are still very popular in Latin America, Spain and France. Specially after the release of 2 sequels released almost 20 years later. In fact, as i write this, a new episode had just been aired and i am subtitling it right now.

  • super.ca.i.n

    July 22, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Les Chevaliers of Zodiaque is originally a game only released in Japan and not in the USA because the series it was based on (Saint Seiya) was not known there by that time. It was aired in the USA after so many years by the name of Knights of the Zodiac but it has no success so it was cancelled after a few episodes. I guess its not a good idea to take an 80s cartoon and air it as something new in the 2000s. The series are still very popular in Latin America, Spain and France. Specially after the release of 2 sequels released almost 20 years later. In fact as i write this, a new episode had just been aired and i am subtitling it right now.

    Sorry, seems like my comment went duplicated…

  • super.ca.i.n

    July 22, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Can you please delete the duplicated comments?

  • Vanderry

    July 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I love how spontaneous this review seems, like your just in the middle of playing and a buddy comes in and asks what you are doing. Good stuff, and it’s a comforting thought to know that you are keeping Cinemassacre going while James is working on his big project. Keeps me coming here for that one of a kind entertainment :)

  • Getonmahorse

    July 22, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Le Joueur du Grenier (and not “jouer” as mentionned at the end of the video) has done a full review about this game called “Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque” (French title for Saint Seiya). It is a terrible game with an horrific gameplay for sure.

    I’m also interested on how Mike and Joueur du Grenier know each other, since I’m a huge fan of both. Will there be anymore association? I’d love to know.

  • elemdary

    July 22, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Good job Mike for this video ;)
    I’m from belgium and it was a nice and unexpected suprise to see a cameo
    with ” Le joueur du grenier ”
    For those who don’t know him, he made awesome video but “hélas” for
    you only in french. If you understand french give it a try ;)
    Keep up the good work

  • BrutallyHonestGamer

    July 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I am hoping that you do know that hacks are illegal to sell without the IP rights from the original owner of the property, so I doubt the programmers had the rights from Konami to hack and distribute copies of it’s games. I’m even more shocked to see they had $50 price tags on them. $50 for a hack regardless of the legality is way too much.

  • J.J. McSandfarm

    July 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Thank you Mike for taking the time and finding the motivation to make this video! It was entertaining.

  • Sirius

    July 22, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Nice, you actually checked out Recca. Wish you had showed some more of the game though.

    Check out Holy Diver. It’s a Castlevania-flavoured game only released in Japan by Irem. Pretty good, but impossible.

  • Beeznitchio

    July 22, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Easily my favorite Mike video to date.

  • McBeth

    July 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    the game’s name: les chevaliers du zodiaque means: knights of zodiac

  • Pulloff

    July 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Where do you get these hacked games? they aren’t available on places like ebay or amazon

  • strider

    July 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Maybe “Nes Hacks” isn´t the best way to describe these games…Miracle of armana and Recca both are original famicom games. That dragon feet game looks more like a Homebrew game than a hack…

    The only real “hack” is the castlevania one

    Anyway, love your videos Mike, specially the NES & SNES Hidden games

  • TexMurphy01

    July 22, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Is that the french flag? Looks kinda yellow in the middle to me.

  • uncolober

    July 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hey! It’s Recca, c’mon! It’s a tournament shooter and arguably THE best shooter on the Famicom. It’s a well-known, respectable shmup.

  • uncolober

    July 22, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    These ARE hacks. These – Almania and Recca – are unofficial ports of Famicom games to the NES. Almania got a fantranslation and got hack-ported to the NES just recently.

  • adder_doner2

    July 22, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    This was a great video – no lame toilet humour, silly voices, etc – just classic NES gaming and smart commentary. This is why I loved AVGN and the original YKWB’s, it’s good to see my portion of the target audience hasn’t been forgotten.

  • kewan14

    July 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    if you want others videos of the french (his name is ” joueur du grenier ” in english “gamer of the attic “) clic on this link :


  • rstar095

    July 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Someone needs to put a super mario world hack in a cartridge and send it to mike. There are so many great ones.
    this has tons of hacked games

  • Parapsyche

    July 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    That boss at the end of the video in Chorus of Mysteries looked like an 8-bit version of Slogra from Super CV 4. Kind of a neat little inclusion, actually!

    Some of these looked pretty sweet, I’ll have to keep my eye out!

  • July 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Mike, all I remember from you talking about Blood Moon is bitching, just like I heard on Chorus of Mysteries. These hacks are clearly made for the sake of appreciating the original and improving upon the colours.

  • kutuup

    July 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    “Les Chevaliers Du Zodiac” = (in English) “The Horsemen of the Zodiac” btw.

  • Namida

    July 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    thisvideo is boring mike wth man

  • TheProfessor

    July 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm


    Sometimes you can find them on ebay, but it’s rare. One decent place is retrousb.com, but the best by far is nesreproductions.com. They can basically take ANY rom and put it on a cart for you. Label and all.

  • TheProfessor

    July 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    The French titled game translates as “Knights of the Zodiac”. It was a really popular cartoon in the early 90s (up there with Power Rangers and Ninja Turtles) in pretty much the whole world, except the U.S. – There’s whole episodes in english, spanish, portuguese, french, etc on youtube.

  • inspectornills

    July 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Sweet video, Mike, does my asian heart proud to see these games appreciated in America, now if you can only find the one where Mario throws hadokens…

  • Rodrigo Esparza

    July 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Hahahaha, Mike, you got Joueur du grenier on your video!, that’s fucking awesome. Thanks for the videos you make, i’ll keep watching them if you keep making them : D

  • fireworka

    July 23, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Dragon Feet was hilarious!

  • stevenart

    July 23, 2012 at 12:20 am

    One last comment about “Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque” (Knights of the Zodiac) : it’s based on a anime called “Saint Seiya” (if you want to check that out).

    And if you speak a little French, you really should watch videos from “Le Joueur du Grenier” : he is a fan of avgn making retro games review in his own style.

  • todicamer

    July 23, 2012 at 12:23 am

    “Les Chevaliers Du Zodiac” = knights of the zodiac, this was a legit titlle from an 80s popular anime series in japan, europe and latinamerica.
    It was aired in cartoon network in 2003 but was cancelled after 32 episodes, the censors almost ruined it.

  • Tenkage

    July 23, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hey Mike, this is a bit of a favor you can do for everyone who follows the youtube channel, Now I like many people here enjoy your videos (I for one want to see you do a cross over with a continue team to play one of NES Hacks with them) but here is the problem, I watch youtube videos on my Xbox 360 so I can enjoy funny videos and also play on my laptop either flash games, type fanfictions, or play my SNES Emulator. Now back to the problem, I can’t view all the videos, I can’t go through them all, just either the last 100 put up, or the play lists. So what I think should be done is that either you make a seperate channel to post your stuff (make it easier to find your works) or put in a new playlist listing your stuff.

    Anyway thanks for reading, can’t wait for more videos. One more thing, could you post a list of awesome and Obscure Genesis games or playstation or hell N64. I’m sure you got some interesting titles to talk about.

  • rudy023

    July 23, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I think the site I saw many of these hack games on was nes reproductions

  • angel85

    July 23, 2012 at 2:57 am

    something is seriously wrong with the player, when I tried to click the full screen button it spontaneously restarted the video.

  • July 23, 2012 at 4:37 am

    For me NES or Nintendo Famicom sucks!

    – All my life i’m playing games on my Sega Mega Drive 2.

  • tdb41

    July 23, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Mike, as mentioned in a previous comment, “Les Chevaliers du Zodiac” is the French version of a popular Japanese anime known as Saint Seiya. It’s my favorite anime series. Great music, great storyline, great animation. There were a handful of episodes that were released in the States, but they really sucked. The dubbing was terrible.

    I love how you used the main theme song from Saint Seiya as the background music for your video. Here is the original intro the cartoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1BmTjj-AIE

  • xxn1927

    July 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Holy Jesus Mike please take a look The Binding of Isaac.

  • July 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque: La Legende d’Or looks like a French translation of a Saint Seiya game. Saint Seiya is one of my all time favorite anime series, I’ve played the Famicom version of this game and it looks like a pretty solid RPG – apart from the fact the text is entirely in Japanese and I had to give up after about five minutes when I couldn’t figure out what was going on. To my knowledge there has been no fan translation into English, but I can read French so I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy of this.

    Saint Seiya is known as Knights of the Zodiac outside of Japan, was dubbed into Spanish and French in the 1980′s and very popular in Latin America and Europe. The English version wasn’t released until 2003 on Cartoon Network (and then only half of the first season). The dub was by DiC so I don’t even to tell you how much it sucks (heavily censored, plot points completely changed, references to blood removed, etc…). Apparently there was also an uncut re-dubbed version released as a DVD box set a few years later but it’s out of print and the company that released it went out of business. The entire series is on YouTube in Japanese with English subtitles.

  • Doresh

    July 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Mmh, interesting: the lizard-like boss from the Castlevania Hack is Slogra, a boss from Super Castlevania IV, Symphony of the Night and a few of the newer games. He usually carries a spear, which explains the sprite’s posture.

  • herenowit

    July 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    8:07: Did you really just wonder out loud why a NES hack wasn’t released?Not trying to troll, just seems self explanatory. It is a hack…

    Advice for future reviews Mike, I would love more information on what you are playing. Anybody can pop in a game and just talk about it. I think for you to stand out though, you need to bring something more to the table.

    Miracle of Almana was originally a Japanese Famicom Disk System game, and reproduced for NES, and was exclusive tp the Too Many Games expo.

    Little research shows the game Dragon Feet was a pretty recent hack. Initially released for $30, with only 20 copies made. Then you could riff on why someone would pay that for such a crappy hack, or why it is no wonder only 20 copies of this shit game was made and sold at Too Many Games

    Which brings me to a question that comes after researching these, did you pick all of these up at Too Many Games? That would have been nice info to add as well if so.

  • floridaboy

    July 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This Castlevania game has characteristics of Ninja Gaiden…The bat moves up and down and the character that is throwing stuff is moving back and forth…Plus, in 13:20 of this video you gravitate to the nearest hole just as James spoke of about Ninja Gaiden in his video.

  • Nero2501

    July 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Wow Cameo of the French AVGN “Joueur du Grenier”, you should make a crossover that will be awesome !

  • DTysonator

    July 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Yeah, Recca should have definitely been released in North America, it’s awesome! Unfortunately, it was a only Famicom exclusive during a special video game contest in Japan, similar to the Nintendo World Championships.

    It isn’t a true hack though, as it was an official Famicom release from back in the day.

    I was really hoping that you would review The Simpsons Return of the Space Mutants hack for the NES. The graphics are awesome compared to any other Simpons NES related title. However, it uses the same engine as Swamp Thing for the NES, so that isn’t so great.

  • AtariMaxx

    July 24, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Man, I wish every game rewarded you with pot for beating one of the boss’s. :)

  • PiOus

    July 24, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I had to register to state the following two things:

    1. I love your vids Mike, keep up the good work!

    2. Why on earth is the ‘stereotypical French dude’ holding a BELGIAN flag? I resent that, we’re not French.

  • B-S

    July 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

    It is the french flag PiOus, the guy is “Le joueur du grenier”, he is our french AVGN :)

  • Tiskarius

    July 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    It was sweet seeing “Le joueur du grenier” even for such a short cameo.
    As a french fan of James and Mike, I’v been hoping for something like that to happen. And here it is. Awesome. But now I can only think of the awesomeness of a full review involving all three of them. That would be delightful for guys like me. But I’m getting carried away. Good video Mike keep up the good work and long live cinemassacre.com.

    And by the way IT IS a french flag. It’s not hard to google it up, is it?

  • orochi_kyo

    July 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Mike is good in videos about original games. But about hacks he doesnt know a thing. That castlevania can be found at romhacking dot net, Its mean to be free cause is a fan game based on castlevania 1. If some assh decide to put it on a catdridge and sell it as a rare or unreleased game its not the hacker fault. May be Mike must give a shot on that hacking webpage before buying another “rare” game, cause he is just getting cheated. Theres transations too, Im playing YS IV for snes in my tablet on english for the first time in history.

  • July 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    The castlevania game took many elements from the PlayStation game Castlevania Symphony of the Night Nocturne. The pots were, the lizzard boss was.

  • July 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Oh my god ! Joueur du Grenier !
    Yes ! I’m french too !
    Nice cameo, because you probably know that JDG is inspired by you and James ;)

    By the way, very nice vidéo ! Even if Saint Seya ( or Chevalier du Zodiaque in french) is a big fucking shitty game !!!

  • July 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Oh ! And Recca is a freaking good shoot’em up !!!

  • Rogue5556

    July 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Les Chevaliers de Zodiaque translates to the knights of the zodiac

  • BrandeX

    July 25, 2012 at 3:00 am

    Most Americans won’t know what Saint Seiya is. They got the Dragonball series at that time instead.

  • amars464

    July 25, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Awesome video! I love Recca, it’s one of my favorite NES-era SHMUPS. I swear whenever I play it, my brain starts to melt because of all of the stuff going on at once.

    I wanted to hop on here and comment though because I was actually one of the people that made Chorus of Mysteries (Dr. Mario in the game’s credits). I did the art/”story” for the game, as well as about half of the level design. The man behind all of the new enemy and item coding, as well as the music (optomon) also did the other half of the level design. As a lot of people pointed out, there are a bunch of elements from the PSX title Symphony of the Night involved with the game. Slorga being the boss of level 3 is one example. Eventually you end up fighting Count Olrox, who was another boss from SotN. The pots were based off of the ones in the PSX game that raised your max health.

    You’re right about the game being a little hard, even I’ll admit that. I’ll still submit that I think it’s about as hard as the original Castlevania, but that’s still pretty freaking hard. It was always that largest criticism about Chorus of Mysteries though. You’re lucky, that cart is based off of the second version of the game, it was originally harder before optomon and I agreed that it was totally unfair and toned it down.

    Thanks for giving it the review though, I’m happy that you liked it. I remember at one point I wanted to actually send the AVGN team a copy of the rom to see if one of you guys would do a write up or something for it, but I never got around to it. So I was definitely pleasantly surprised to see the review of it on here.

    Conglaturations, Thanks for Playing.

  • rush86

    July 26, 2012 at 1:52 am

    i really like these game review videos mike. Keep them coming.

  • Willson fire

    July 26, 2012 at 6:00 am

    That was awesome to see “Le joueur du grenier (the gamer of the attic)” hope we see more cameos. Very good videos and keep them coming.

  • JCrazy

    July 26, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I LOVED this video, funny, informative, and Mike seems SO natural in this video. Keep up the awesome vids Mike. :D

  • Ben_from_G-town

    July 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Interesting little hacks that you reviewed there. It looks like the Castlevania game actually had some effort put into it, even if the color palette leaves something to be desired.

  • Studler

    July 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Recca’s by far the best thing in this lineup. It was designed for the Summer Carnival gaming event in 1992 and easily surpasses Gun Nac in gameplay. It’s as manic as you can get on an NES.

  • denboeck

    July 28, 2012 at 8:27 am

    To PiOus and B-S

    About the flag thing: I’m Belgian and even I needed to take a good look two or three times and it seems to be the French flag. Altough the flag is transparant so the color darken very much in this video. If it’s not so hard to google, check the Belgian flag and compare with the one in the video. I thought it was the Belgian flag too and got upset for a moment. Not for long, because I blamed the stereotypical American geographical handicap and for that I apologize. But I still lolled ;-)

  • zentonio

    July 29, 2012 at 9:11 am

    No mike, NO. dont do it.
    Why is everyone here AVGN-ing their videos?
    this is cinemassacre for god’s sake, not AVGNandAVGNlikevideos.com
    it started with “You know whats bullshit”, James AVGN-ing simple life stuff, with a shit mask on his face.
    And now you
    I liked your reviews because you kept your “distance”, you made your reviews without being an AVGN-like copycat. But what i saw today.. Makes me want to stop seeing your reviews.. really. (but i wont, i have been here since 2007 and i love this site.)
    First of all:
    This is your first game review where you shift cameras from the game, to you, mid game. to see how “angry” you were, (so AVGN). you kept your video review algorithm like this. your face, then the full review of the game, then your face, then the full review of the next game.
    i noticed this likeness just after i heard you say, Get up, up, up, up up up up, , get up up up up, (that really resembled the batman avgn video)
    and then you said fuck enough times to make me feel a resemblance,
    keep it up mike, stay with your own style. and dont think of inventing really long and weird but funny curses, or drinking any kind of beer every time you get angry, dont plz..

  • vs340515

    July 31, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    You should review Chrono Trigger: Flames of Eternity.

  • Jack_Baggins

    August 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Hey man. Great video. Really informative, and you really made me want to play that Castlevania hack…

  • August 3, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Nice video Mike! :)

    And it’s Joueur du Grenier (Attic’s Player) not Jouer du Grenier (Play Attic). :P

  • lotusclown

    August 3, 2012 at 5:44 am

    that was one BADASS castlevania game! why the flyin ass wasn’t it released here??? :(

  • SatanAIDS

    August 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Fuck Springboard

  • _somaholiday

    August 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Mike kind of resembles Jon Cryer as Duckie, except more fun and handsome.

    Anyway, the two balls weapon thing are bolas or something, some kind of Spanish or Mexican lasso I guess. So really I think it’d be a pretty ineffective weapon, since to retrieve it to use again, you’d have to take it off the enemy, which would set them free.

    So that kind of defeats the purpose, unless you use the bolas to incapacitate them, then you use a real weapon.

  • Gunstargreen

    August 5, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Recca didn’t make it to the US because it was a 1992 release and they were focusing on the SNES.

  • supermark64

    August 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    That’s good timing. I’m taking French and my goal now is to be able to watch Joueur du Grenier without using Google Translate to beg for English subtitles.

  • deniii

    September 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The game Miracle of Almana is not a hack but a real release. It’s real name is Almana no Kiseki and it was released for the Famicom Disk System. The version you have Mike must be the original game stored in a cart.
    Very useful if you don’t have a Disk System plus you don’t have to deal with the loading screens.

    And to _somaholiday, the thing you are referring to is called “Boleadoras” and it’s from Argentina. The are other spanish speaking countries than Spain and Mexico, you know.

  • caitseith

    September 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Saint Seiya (Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque) had a NES game!? Holy *?:X! That series was beloved in Mexico, and that game would had been a huge success there!

    Another one would had been Captain Tsubasa. I know, it’s Tecmo Cup Soccer Game in NES. But they changed the characters and all relationship with the series was cutted up!!! (it was the equivalent of making Mario blonde, thin and wearing blue, and calling him Steve :( )

  • mindonpaper

    September 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    For the green game, I know every species of shitty enemy ever “created”, and that was for sure, with out a doubt….a Cornish Game Hen. Yup….no need to even look it up…be kinda douchy if ya did actually.

    PS I finally signed up so I can comment…after loving cone massacre (thank you auto correct) and I gotta say, I’m finding Mike a great filler for James! And when James get’s back, I think Mike should continue releasing content like this if he enjoys it as much as I know other fans must. Thanks Mike!

  • Myllow

    October 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Les chevalier du Zodiac game sucks on NES! xD

  • OmegaDez

    November 12, 2012 at 10:36 pm


    Le Joueur du Grenier!! D:
    Nice french reference there!

  • Zoldam

    November 17, 2012 at 2:25 am

    You should see if you can get your hands on “The Legend of Zelda Parallel Worlds” for the SNES (Assuming you know someone who has the hardware to produce a cartridge for it).

  • John Mikulskis

    January 22, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Mike, if you do a part 2 please review Zelda: Outlands and Castlevania: Overflow Darkness…. I need to know if I should buy them!

  • Kuuenbu

    February 12, 2013 at 4:51 am

    “Fuck fuck fuckin’ fuck fuckin’ fuck fuck fuck fuck fucki’n fuckin’ fuckin’ fuckin’ fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuckin’ fuck fuck fuck…”

    Jeez, enough with the “fuck”s already. Even AVGN had more subtlety and variation. Maybe add some “shit”s and “goddamn”s and not fuckin’ make fuckin’ every fuckin’ single fuckin’ thing “fuckin’ something” for fuckin’ once.

    • nammm3

      March 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      That’s why Mike is known as motherfucking mike

  • xeoneex

    April 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Whats the music at the very start of the review? It is so familiar I can’t place my finger on it…

  • Sean Ewing

    August 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Recca will soon be available on Nintendo eShop.

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    The ”Castlevania” looked good. Did you scratch your butt at 13:20?! Lol. Nice reviews man

  • rob wilson

    May 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm


  • December 31, 2014 at 8:24 am

    “Chevaliers du Zodiaque” is the translation of Knights of the Zodiac (Saint Seiya in Japan). It’s a game based on the manga and anime series. There are two famicom titles for them, but none were released in English, I believe.

  • December 31, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Recca is not a hack, it’s an official release for the Famicom. The complete name is “Summer Carnival ’92: Recca”, which was a videogame competition in Japan. If you stop shooting, a ball of energy will form in front of the ship and you won’t be hit in front of the ship (kinda like R Type). This is how you send bombs too: you let it energize, then you press the button and BAM.

  • May 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Who are these “they” that Mike is constantly referring to?

    • Sean Ewing

      October 8, 2015 at 12:57 am

      The creators of the games. Like, when he’s talking about Dragon Feet, “They” = the creator(s) of Dragon Feet, etc.

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