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Makaimura
魔界村

Sep 1985

 
 
Nobody is safe these days. Lightning strikes dead trees on hilltops, fires rage out of control and evil monsters prey on the innocent as well as each other. Knight Arthur and Princess Prin Prin chose to ignore this, and spent their time hanging out in the smoke, swapping anecdotes about the rise and fall of speed garage.
They have paid the price for their nonchalance. The princess has been kidnapped by a hissing, flying demon known as the Red Arremer and swept away to Satan's castle. Without even pausing to dial 911, Arthur grabs his armour and sets off to dish out some steel, and rescue his sweetheart as dramatically as possible.
Sometimes a game comes along that immediately establishes itself as a head-above-the-crowd, trend-setting benchmark. Makaimura is one of those games: its unforgivably tough gameplay merges perfectly with the some of the most intricately designed levels ever seen, and Satan's hordes were easily the most ruthless, unforgiving and 'deadly-yet-cute' enemy designs to ever hit a game of this genre. There is comedy at work here: whenever Arthur takes a hit, his armour shatters, forcing him to fight on in his boxers.
The catchy theme tune crackles in your head, only to stop with a sudden jolt whenever something goes wrong. And something will go wrong: the game's entire course layout is a vicious collection of deathtraps, dirty tricks and nasty surprises, with precise patterns and secrets to learn. Knowing the exact movement of each enemy and location of the extra armours is essential in making it through the game in one piece.
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
Well, practice makes perfect. But that's OK, because the game is an absolute joy to play: fast, rigid, addictive, exciting... Minutes to learn, years to master. You've also got your work cut out, because if you want a shot at the Princess, the game must be completed twice. Pisstake.
Often imitated but never bettered, Makaimura is a timeless gem; a one-off zeitgeist of the 8-Bit arcade scene matched only by its sequel, the extraordinary Daimakaimura (1988).
The 1986 Famicom version is also a clut classic: it presents even more challenge - mainly due to its ever-so-jerky animation, overlong jump and reduced firing speed. It is one nasty headfunk of a game, that would rinse you of all of your skill and most of your patience. It too remains one of the great gaming highlights of the 80s, a vicious yet enchanting challenge not easily forgotten.


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Famicom ver.
Stage Select:
During the title screen, hold RIGHT
Then tap B - B - B, release RIGHT
Then quickly input:
UP - B - B - B
LEFT - B - B - B
DOWN - B - B - B
START
If done correctly, a screen appears displaying the starting stage number. This screen re-appears every time you restart or clear a stage, and it doesn't affect your weapon or score. Very useful!
 


Arcade flyer [front / back]

Arcade Instructions

Famicom Instructions


 
Makaimura
魔界村

FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 13 June 1986
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CAP-MK
Size (cm) 14 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
World-famous home conversion that reduced many unsuspecting players into a quivering pile of anger and tears.
A Famicom cult classic, now quite hard to find complete in good condition.

Standard FC packaging, 1Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Makaimura Kanzen Kōryaku Hon
魔界村 完全攻略本

GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released July 1986
Publisher Tokuma
Product ID no ISBN#
Size (cm) 17 x 10.5 x 0.5
Weight (kg) 0.13
PRICE
STATUS
Pocket-size 'Complete Capture Book' from Family Computer Magazine, dedicated to the rock-hard Famicom version.
Every stage covered, with hints and tactics for every event.

104 pages, japanese.

Makaimura Hisshō Game Book
魔界村
必勝ゲームブック
TAKARAJIMA FAMICOM HISSHŌ HON
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 4 Aug 1986
Publisher JICC
Product ID ISBN4-88063-225-2
Size (cm) 17 x 10.5 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.14
PRICE
STATUS
Second guide book for the Famicom version, an excellent tribute full of original character art, hints and tactics with complete stage maps.

96 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Capcom Generation Dai 2 Shū Makai to Kishi
カプコンジェネレーション 第2集 魔界と騎士

SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 15 Oct 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1233G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The second Capcom Generation pack contains perfect replicas of the 3 main instalments of the Makaimura series:
- Makaimura (1985)
- Daimakaimura (1988)
- Chohmakaimura (1991)
Each title is presented with interactive art galleries, sound tests, hints, trivia, and more.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

Capcom Generation Dai 2 Shū Makai to Kishi
カプコンジェネレーション 第2集 魔界と騎士

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 23 Sep 1998
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-01585
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The Makaimura series is treated to a superb Capcom Generation package on the PlayStation:
- Makaimura (1985)
- Daimakaimura (1988)
- Chohmakaimura (1991)
Features menus, option screens, galleries, sound tests and hints for each title.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

Capcom Generation Dai 2 Shū Makai to Kishi [Capcore]
カプコンジェネレーション 第2集 魔界と騎士 [カプコレ]

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 15 Mar 2001
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-86778
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
'Capcom Collection' re-issue of the 2nd Capcom Generation collection:
- Makaimura (1985)
- Daimakaimura (1988)
- Chohmakaimura (1991)
Content remains identical to the original print.

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour booklet, spine card.

Makaimura
魔界村

FAMICOM MINI 18
DETAILS
Format Game Boy Advance
Released 21 May 2004
Publisher Nintendo
Product ID AGB-FMKJ-JPN
Size (cm) 8 x 10.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
Straight port of the FC Makaimura for Gamd Boy Advance.
Vol.18 in Nintendo's retrospective 'Famicom Mini Series'.

Replica FC box inside clear plastic case, 32Mbit cartridge, monochrome fold-out manual.

Capcom Retro Game Collection Vol.2
カプコン レトロゲーム コレクション Vol.2

PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 30 Mar 2005
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-87360
Size (cm) 21 x 15 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
3rd issue of the PS Capcom Generation 3-in-1 Makaimura collection:
- Makaimura (1985)
- Daimakaimura (1988)
- Chohmakaimura (1991)
Features extended instructions, options, art and hints sections, presented in a A5-sized hardback book.

A5 hardback book with PlayStation CD-ROM disc.

Capcom Classics Collection
カプコン クラシックス コレクション
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 2 Mar 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66317
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Massive 22-game collection featuring all 16 titles of the Capcom Generation series, plus 6 bonus games:
- Section Z (1985)
- Ares no Tsubasa (1986)
- Tatakai no Banka (1986)
- Top Secret (1987)
- Lost Worlds (1988)
- Final Fight (1989)
A fantastic collection; the games are really well emulated. Only the amateurish menus and presentation let the package down a little.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection
カプコン クラシックス コレクション
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 7 Sep 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05104
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
The 16-game Capcom Generation collection makes its way onto the PSP, with 3 bonus titles thrown in for good measure:
- The King of Dragons (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1992)
- Ultimate Ecology (1994)
19 games in total.

Standard PSP case, PSP UMD disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection [Best Price]
カプコン クラシックス コレクション [ベストプライス]
PSP
DETAILS
Format PSP
Released 13 Sep 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID ULJM-05280
Size (cm) 17.7 x 10.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
'Best Price' re-release of the PSP Capcom Classics Collection. Content remains the same: all 16 games from the Capcom Generation set, plus:
- The King of Dragons (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1992)
- Ultimate Ecology (1994)
19 games in total.

Standard PSP case, PSP UMD disc, colour booklet.

Capcom Classics Collection [Best Price]
カプコン クラシックス コレクション [ベストプライス]
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 11 Oct 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66852
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
The PS2 Capcom Classics Collection gets a 'Best Price' re-issue.
Content remains identical: all 16 titles of the Capcom Generation set, plus:
- Section Z (1985)
- Ares no Tsubasa (1986)
- Tatakai no Banka (1986)
- Top Secret (1987)
- Lost Worlds (1988)
- Final Fight (1989)
22 games in total.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 



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