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  • Mortal Kombat Trilogy (NES)

    Mortal Kombat Trilogy (bootleg), NES.


    I posted previously about “demakes” on the Atari 2600 which are basically just clones of newer games on an older system. There can be a fine line as to what is legal and not, particularly when selling such products. But then there are those who just don’t give a crap.

    Mortal Kombat Trilogy was released officially on various home platforms in 1996 and 1997 but these were 32-bit releases on the PlayStation, Saturn, Nintendo 64 and DOS/Windows. There were no official releases on older platforms. However, that didn’t stop Cony Soft from developing an unlicensed bootleg version for the original Nintendo in 1998.

    Cony Soft, a Hong Kong based company that went by a variety of other names made a number of bootleg games for the NES from 1993 through at least 1998. Most of them were fighting games. I suppose there must have been some demand for them somewhere at some point but it’s hard to imagine that they are very good. Though I suppose given the limits of the system, Mortal Kombat doesn’t look half bad on the NES.

  • Monster In My Pocket (NES)

    Monster In My Pocket (NES, 1992)


    Monster In My Pocket started as a line of toys released by Matchbox and ultimately expanded to comic books, video games and more. The toys were first marketed in 1989 with the NES game being released by Konami in 1992 and was loosely based on the comics.

    The game is a one or two player platformer and there are two characters to choose from, the Vampire and the Monster. Despite the generic cast, the game is actually a pretty decent platformer. Oddly, the Asian release was turned into a different game by replacing the playable characters with Batman and The Flash. It was titled, appropriately enough, Batman & Flash though it was otherwise basically the same game.

  • Hudson Hawk (NES)

    NES Box Art: Hudson Hawk 

    Hudson Hawk is a platform game developed by Special FX for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum based on the film of the same name. It was released in 1991 and published by Ocean Software. Sony Imagesoft released it in the US for the Game Boy and NES. A SNES version was in development, but was cancelled when the film flopped.


    Hudson Hawk is a side-scrolling platform game developed in 1991 for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES and Game Boy and based on the Bruce Willis movie of the same name. A Super NES version was also in development but was cancelled when the movie flopped.

    The computer version were released by Ocean and I believe they were only available officially in Europe. This is a shame since they generally got better reviews than the NES version, particularly the Commodore 64 version. The Nintendo versions were released by Sony Imagesoft and were available in the U.S. but it was a pretty mediocre movie license. Not really a great movie and not really a great game.

    Above is the box art for the Nintendo (NES) version.