Friday, December 12, 2014

Super Nintendo Essential Imports: Nankoku Shounen Papuwa-kun

Nankoku Shounen Papuwa-kun

Console: Super Famicom
Genre(s): Platformer / Action

Created by Enix in 1994, Nankoku Shounen Papuwa-Kun is based on the manga/anime of the same name. In this humorous action based platformer you take the role of the young ninja Shintaro. As you begin the game, you find yourself on an island inhabited by some truly bizarre and comical creatures.
Don't let your guard down though, these creatures can be hostile. Gourds with lips, and umbrellas with legs wont be your only worry as you traverse these strange lands. Rival ninjas,robots, and other enemies share this island paradise with you, and seem to have a score to settle. Luckily our hero is equipped with a good deal of attacks to counter these threats. From your typical punches and kicks, to more impressive energy blast moves, Shintaro is up to the fight.

With its lush, vivid artwork, and tight controls this is not a title to be missed. This game is easily playable without knowing any Japanese, but you will miss out on some of the humor. For those of you looking to experience this in English (excluding intro), a modern English translation does exist. See below for controls!


   D-Pad = Move left / right
A button = Energy shot (consumes 1 orb)
B button = Jump
Y button = Punch
L button = Slide left
R button = Slide right

Down + Y = Leg Sweep
       B + Y = Jump Kick
  (L,R) + Y = Rising Kick
  B + (L,R) = Diving Kick

  Tip: Breaking some of the blocks in the levels will give you power ups, these will range from additional orbs, food, lives, and refills of your life meter. Make sure to get them when you can, but make sure you dont need that block first!

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