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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Long Lost Nintendo Game: The Great Gatsby

Posted by Andrew R Tonry on Sun, Mar 13, 2011 at 11:08 PM


It's almost too much to take: a Great Gatsby game for the original Nintendo. Then again, when one takes a look at some of the stranger NES titles including Wayne's World, Yo Noid! and Extreme Sports with the Berenstein Bears anything seems possible.

According to the guy who's hosting the game, he found it at a yard sale:

I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and jesus. So weird. Apparently it's an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called "Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari", but I haven't found anything about that either.

Some think it's a fake, but I don't care. It's just amazing, such a perverse appropriation—one of the greatest pieces of literature reduced to jumping over bookcases and hitting butlers with your boomerang hat. Ahh, the jazz age setting, the oddly place quotes, and drinking martinis to regain health. I love it.

PLAY: The Great Gatsby

Oh, and anyone remember Goonies II? No joke, I had that one. Armed with a yo-yo, Mikey sets out to save Annie, who's inexplicably a mermaid being held underwater.

PLAY: Goonies II

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