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  1. I spend a lot of my down time playing classic console and computer games, it's one of things I do to relax. While I do mess around with some modern games, I am a classic and retro gamer at heart, and love to play though many 80's and early 90's games. So I thought it would be fun to play a simple and silly little guessing game where you try and figure out the classic video game based on a variety of hints and clues. You can use images, videos, animations, facts, or whatever you want. I will kick it off. This game is a trip down memory lane for me, and tells an interesting story about how games from the 80's and 90's differ based on region and platform. How some games were deemed "too difficult" for the Western market, how translations were done, and how some games were completely altered from their originals when they came to the West. All things many people had no clue about at the time. Hint #1: This game was released in the early 1990's, but it's part of a series that got it's start in the mid 1980's, and is still going to this day. Hint #2: It's a "Platform Action-Adventure" game, though some also list it, and other games in the series, as "Horror". Hint #3: It's series (along with another) is often credited with sparking a separate genre of it's own that's very common today among indie developers. Hint#4: This specific title in the series was not released in North America, but was ported to the Super Nintendo, but altered from this original and under a different name, but still in the same series. (A common practice back then.) Fun Fact: The Super Mario Bros. II that most of us remember and played was actually a completely different game in Japan, called "Doki Doki Panic". It was altered for the Western market, had different sprites and a different story, and was renamed to the Super Mario Bros. II game we recognize. In Japan, they had a completely different Super Mario Bros. sequel, that was later released as "Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels" in the West on other platforms. In fact, the Super Mario Bros. II we know today in the West, finally made it back to Japan in 1992 as "Super Mario USA". The game I am hinting at here was similarly altered for the West, renamed, and released on a different platform than this original title. Many of the bosses and aspects from this game made it into other titles in the series on both the SNES and Genesis. I originally played it in all it's Japanese glory in the mid 1990's when a friend managed to get a copy when his dad visited Japan and brought him back a copy along with the Japanese version of the console, and a few other games of course. The version I play today is a translated version that was done much more recently. The game is left intact, but most all the dialog has been translated into English. Here's a clue from the games ending... Another clue.. Who's on the horse? The hero of the adventure of course! The hero was riding off after defeating ... I will periodically pop in and add hints until someone posts the correct answer. Good luck! Oh, and just for fun, I am including a prize! I have extra game keys from bundles I have purchased for one reason or another. Sometimes you get keys to games that you either already own or that don't really interest you all that much. If you're interested, and are the first one to post the correct game name, I will send you a copy (via private message on here) of a fun little indie title based on classic 8/16-bit era RPG games like Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest. It's called "Dragon Fantasy: The Volumes of Westeria" and it's pretty fun to play through, very comical, I really enjoyed playing it! You will need Steam on PC to redeem the key and play the game. You don't have to take the game if you don't want it, I am just throwing it out there because I already own it and this extra key it's just sitting on my hard drive collecting virtual dust. haha https://store.steampowered.com/app/327980/Dragon_Fantasy_The_Volumes_of_Westeria/
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