Holy Diver (Famicom) James & Mike Mondays

Mike Matei / June 20th, 2016

James and Mike play Holy Diver! An extremely fun yet challenging Famicom exclusive title!


  • June 20, 2016 at 2:53 am

    The Life and magic meter plus the fairy appearing sound effect is from Link II how did James and Mike missed that ?

    • June 20, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Didn’t notice the sound, but that’s Adventure of Link’s life meter. A big Castlevania 3 inspiration too.

      • June 20, 2016 at 4:03 pm

        That style of life meter was used in many games, not just zelda II. It definitely isn’t exactly the same no is it likely ripped from it, because Zelda II didn’t invent it.

    • June 22, 2016 at 9:20 am

      The sounds are actully the same sounds from metal gear on NES.
      Just listen to when he dies and also the rythm the tones goes with.
      The graphic seem to be more castlevania 3 as Smokingspoon says.
      But the speed in the game appears to be the same as in Contra, so what we got here seem to be a hybrid of several other games if you want to strech it that far. =)

  • Internoob

    June 20, 2016 at 2:54 am

    This was a great video. It’s always nice to see you two play good games like this that you can progress through and eventually beat, rather than games that you just play for a few minutes and shut off. I really hope you guys finish it, or at least continue to play it for another video or two. It was a ton of fun and Id love to see more of it.

  • June 20, 2016 at 3:36 am

    -Oh! It’s another fucking health-bar!
    -… Nice!!

    That made me laugh. That was exciting, the game looks really fun.

  • June 20, 2016 at 3:49 am




    Great video, boys. Loved it.

  • June 20, 2016 at 4:02 am

    looks like a cool ass game

  • bud

    June 20, 2016 at 7:28 am

    There should be a holiday for hate. 😀

    • ssokolow

      June 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Maybe this will help with naming it:

      In 1589, Peter Binsfeld paired each of the deadly sins with a demon, who tempted people by means of the associated sin. According to Binsfeld’s classification of demons, the pairings are as follows:

      Lucifer: Pride
      Mammon: Greed
      Asmodeus: Lust
      Leviathan: Envy
      Beelzebub: Gluttony (lord of the flies)
      Satan: Wrath
      Belphegor: Sloth

  • Slamraptor

    June 20, 2016 at 10:05 am

    This game looks really REALLY good. O_o
    Tanks for introducing it to me! (:
    There is no sane explanation why this isn’t available outside of Japan.

    • ssokolow

      June 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Maybe they were scared of being sued for trademark infringement on the name “Holy Diver”, based on the intent shown by their choice of character names.

      (Mandrake Linux lost an infringement case because their use of a wizard in their art convinced the court that the name’s intent was to infringe on the “Mandrake the Magician” comic strip’s trademark.)

  • Satnav

    June 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    The main issue I see here is that the jumping controls in this game seem to suck.

  • calmLIKEaBOB-OMB

    June 20, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Why did you buy this retardedly expensive game when you’re only gonna play it once? Just by a Everdrive and stop throwing away money.

    • calmLIKEaBOB-OMB

      June 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Granted, I know you’ll make more than enough money off the views of this video to pay for it. But it’s still silly in my opinion.

      • June 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm

        I got it complete in box for £50 which honestly- these days isn’t that much- the price of a regular videogame.

  • June 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    C’mon fells run under and past the dragons when they high jump! Don’t bother fighting the dumb things!

  • June 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    who else understood “HELLentines day”?

  • June 20, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    niiice, i sooo wanna play this game like right the fuck now, it does look awesome. Really liked this video too guys, i hope you make more vids of this game

  • June 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    That Blizzard, needs a nerf. 😀

  • June 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I’ve actually beaten this on an new model AV Famicom.
    Honestly it is one of the hardest games I’ve ever beaten – each stage you beat makes you think the next couldn’t possibly be AS bad but Stage 4’s boss and Stage 6 say otherwise.
    The room with the demon Beavis faces and killer grapes are something no one should put themselves through voluntarily.

  • Rickard Svanström

    June 20, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    James has a hickey on his neck, lol.

  • ssokolow

    June 20, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I think they use English rather than Japanese for technical reasons.

    The NES has no built-in font, so every game has to include its own bitmapped font in the ROM.
    Memory was expensive in the NES days
    English is taught in school in Japan
    Even if you’re just sticking to Hiragana, Japanese requires almost twice as many glyphs as English (46 vs. 26)
    From what I remember, the Latin alphabet is easier to produce an acceptable low-resolution font for.

    (That’s actually a big reasons why the technical quality of Atari 2600 games rose so dramatically over the course of its lifetime. The cost of ROM chips for cartridges dropped.)

  • June 21, 2016 at 4:11 am

    The reson why it’s in english is because Japanese find english words cool. You never see words like Game over in Japanese, it’s always in english. I learn that while working on International titles at Gameloft.

    • ssokolow

      June 21, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Ahh. I knew they loved how English’s flexibility made it useful for creating slang and slogans, but I didn’t realize it extended that far.

      (Wide selection of synonyms, powerfully flexible grammar rules, and our sloppy spelling rules and imperfect mapping to the Latin alphabet make it easy to create new words or spellings that will remain comprehensible)

    • deniii

      June 24, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      To Japanese people, english is an exotic language just as japanese is exotic to western people.
      You can see a lot of people here with kanji tattoos (even though they don’t know what it means) and you can see a lot of shop signs in english in Japan with messed syntax (they just don’t care, the signs are made to look cool and exotic)

  • Don Skiver

    June 21, 2016 at 6:24 am

    This game is great. It’s hard as dinosaur turds but it’s great.

  • Monte A

    June 22, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Awesome video guys, I am a huge Dio fan, I LOVE the song references James!

  • gagge garg

    June 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Im a a little bummed-out by u guys sometimes.. U clearly are experienced gamers, but when something pretty obvious hits u in the face, u are totally oblivious.. Ive seen it so many times and havent played the game myself but it really grinds my swedish gears. Like this one, how come u dont count the damn drops? They obviously pauses at some particular point, thats when u JUMP! 🙂 u rock

  • Pablo1989

    June 25, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Holy Diver
    You’re the star of the masquerade
    No need to look so afraid 😀 mah i love this song

  • frostare

    June 27, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Now everytime I hear those kinda chiptunes I get reminded of the early Touhou games. Even if I also get reminded of many other games I played as a child I remember they were hard and thus, remember Touhou again.

  • August 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    AWESOME! Castlevania made even more ‘Hardcore’ !!!

  • skwij

    December 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This looks really cool! It would be neat to see you guys take another crack at this sometime. Thanks!

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