Wednesday, February 02, 2011

You can handle one more Bubble Bobble post, right?

I sure hope so, because the "other game" mentioned in this post is none other than the Famicom Disk System version of Bubble Bobble.

I'm sure it could go without saying that I bought it during that "Bubble Bobble on the brain" phase I battled a few weeks ago.

That isn't the only reason I bought it, though; I also was swayed by the fact that it was cheap and that it would allow me to (finally) test the disk drive on my Twin Famicom.

All that said, isn't the disk itself (above) awesome? I love that it's banana yellow and that it features a three-dimensional "NINTENDO" logo along the bottom edge.

Oh, and I can't get over the size of it. It's tiny--just 3 inches by 3 1/2 inches.

See also: 'I've been called a lot of things ...'


Sean said...

Hey, nice one!

Your first FDS game! They really are small, aren't they?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yes, my first FDS game. I'm so excited! I'm not sure how many more I'll get, to tell you the truth, although I'll have to get Kid Icarus, Metroid and Zelda at some point, of course :)

Do you have a lot of FDS games, or are you more focused on carts?

Viewtiful_Justin said...

I love it. I'd really like to see some reference shots, to better get an idea of the size.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Good idea, Justin! I'll do that soon. Maybe I'll put a Famicom Disk System game and a Famicom cart next to a DS case and a Wii case, or something like that...

Sean said...

I have just 9 FDS games, including that one. Actually, yours is nicer, mine is a Bubble Bobble that someone got printed onto a blank disc at one of those kiosks back in the day, so it just has "bubble bobble" written in magic marker on it (and no nice label). To be honest, I'm not even 100% sure that it still has Bubble Bobble on it (sometimes people would copy over these things). I hope it does though.

I'll have to get my Twin Famicoms up and running to find out!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, that's interesting -- about your copy of BB being on a blank disk from a kiosk. I remember reading about those as a kid and being blown away.

Anyway, hopefully you'll get one of those Twin Famicoms up and running soon so you can share your thoughts on BB :)

RetroKingSimon said...

I don't know much about the FDS, what was its advantages over the standard machine?

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, the FDS came around before Nintendo came up with battery-filled carts, RetroKingSimon, so this was the first time Japanese gamers were able to save their progress in games (by saving the progress to the disks). Considering some of the horrible passwords that were used at the time, that probably was seen as quite an advantage!

The FDS had/has other advantages, too. One of them is that it allows for better music -- although I'm not entirely sure how/why. One game where this is evident is in Kid Icarus.

Another cool FDS-related thing: Nintendo had kiosks placed around Japan that dispensed a variety of FDS games. As far as I know, gamers would place a blank disk in the machine and then pay for and download a game or two (depending on the size of the game). Apparently this was much cheaper than buying the same game in the store.