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Monster Party (NES) – Gaming Historian

September 24, 2019


you you hello and welcome to the gaming historian today I wanted to show you a great example of censorship on the Nintendo Entertainment System monster party was a game that was only released to North America in June of 1989 and published by Bandai this game is mostly known for being a little strange this is evident halfway through the first level the landscape completely transforms into something resembling hell yeah hell bloody skulls creepy music and even jinmenken appear which is a creature from Japanese folklore human head on a dog not only that but many of the games bosses were different they all say these quirky one-liners when you enter the room and a lot of them are just so odd you aren’t really sure what to do such as these zombies that just say watch my dance and that’s literally all you have to do watch them dance this unique game was mostly shrouded in mystery until 2001 and that is where this episode takes us as I mentioned before monster party was released only in North America back in 1989 but on May 26th 2001 a Yahoo Japan auction listed a Famicom prototype game parody world monster party the seller claimed he received this as a gift from a friend who used to work in the video game industry many claim the game was fake but the seller provided video footage of the game as well it wouldn’t be too far-fetched because back in 1988 several Japanese video game magazine showed previews for the game however the game looked very very different this prototype cart would give proof to what the game was supposed to be like the final selling price $6,000 after the purchase the buyer claimed all eight levels were present and the game did seem legit unfortunately a rom has not been made from the prototype the only evidence we have is from screenshots and some dedicated fans the original monster party game was much different than what was released as evident by the bloody title screen it was supposed to be a graphic parody of all the monster movies however the game was heavily censored and edited probably due to Nintendo’s fear of legal problems with the film industry and their insistence of censoring graphic material one example is the first boss in the prototype it’s a Venus flytrap singing karaoke an obvious reference to Little Shop of Horrors all neither the North American version changed the boss to an eggplant light creature that yells hello baby when you walk in they also removed the microphone and the karaoke machine however notice the lights are still there in the karaoke machine it’s still there too they just put black pixels overtop of it discoveries such as this made gamers extremely curious what else was changed / missing from the game a group of people formed the monster party beta restoration project to restore the original game they have even dug through the source code and found unused sprites from the game will we ever get to see the original monster party well you never know but for now I just wanted to share with you this great example of Nintendo censorship during the early years on the NES Nintendo was truly focused on making kids their number one customer in their content guidelines it stated Nintendo of America’s priority is to deliver high quality video game entertainment for our customers when those customers are children parental involvement in their game playing is recommended in Tendo is concerned that our products do not can tain material that society as a whole deems unacceptable Nintendo soon became notorious for censorship and may have even cost them a few customers to Sega when they removed blood from the Super Nintendo version of Mortal Kombat but as for monster party I highly recommend picking this game up for its unique history if nothing else you’ll get a kick out of it that’s all for this episode of the game historian for more videos and articles please visit the gaming historian comm or follow me on twitter at game has story in’ thanks for watching

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