Tuesday, November 18, 2014

For the two or three of you who've been dying to check out photos of the box, cart and manual made for Bitamina Oukoku Monogatari (GameBoy)

I wish I could remember who turned me on to the existence of this game, which was released in North America in April of 1993 as Great Greed. (Its Japanese launch occurred in September of 1992.) I know it was someone on Twitter, but that's all I can recall.

At any rate, I'd like to extend a hearty "thank you" to that (at the moment) nameless, faceless person--should he or she happen across this post or any of its related social-media accompaniments.

For those of you who've never heard of either version of this GameBoy title, it's a rather odd turn-based RPG that features, among other curiosities, a corrupt politician, pollution and a surprising number of characters, enemies and locations named after food.

Actually, I'm not completely sure the above is true of the Japanese version as, duh, I can't understand much of its text at the moment, but it's certainly true of the North American version.

Some of you probably are wondering right about now why I decided to buy the Japanese version of Great Greed rather than the English one. My response is pretty straightforward: the copy of Bitamina Oukoku Monogatari shown throughout this post set me back a whole $5. Also, I liked its logo, box art and overall pinkness.

The game's instruction manual is pretty nice, too, as you should be able to see from the photographic glimpse above. (I'll hopefully be able to show off the rest of it in an upcoming "Manual Stimulation" post.) 

Have any of you played either Bitamina Oukoku Monogatari or Great Greed? If so, please share your opinions, if you're willing, in the comments section below.

See also: previous 'Year of the GameBoy' posts


Obscure Video Games said...

Wow, I can't believe I've never even heard of this game before. Looks right up my alley, though, just for the weirdness factor. Have you played any of it yourself? Is it good?

thegaygamer.com said...

You've never heard of Great Greed either, Steve? If so, you're not alone. I hadn't heard of Great Greed until the person mentioned in this post made me aware of it via Twitter sometime last year or the year before. (Or was it early this year? I have no idea.) Anyway, no, I haven't played any of it yet :| Its gameplay sounds fairly archaic, sadly, with just one-and-one battles a la the first Dragon Quest. I'll do my best to give it a go soon, though!