Famicom Detective Club Part II: The Girl Who Stands Behind (SFC) Nintendo 1995
Text adventure games thrived on Macs and PCs in the 1980s and early 90s. The genre never really caught on with consoles, but Nintendo tried to establish text adventures on the Famicom Disk System. The system was never released outside Japan, and was notorious for breaking because of poor design involving a crucial internal component. Even with it's glaring flaws, numerous great series started on the FDS, and one of those series was the Famicom Detective Club. These text adventures star a young protagonist piecing together a mystery using on screen commands like the infamous Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom. The second game in the series, The Girl Who Stands Behind, was really popular in Japan. It was so popular that it was later ported to the Super Famicom. The plot has the young detective searching for clues surrounding a murder case set in a Japanese high school and an old ghost story that is somehow connected to the event. The graphics are sharp, and the music is really amazing, which totally caught me off-guard. The story feels very adult, and there are even sexual jokes in the game, which is pretty rare for Nintendo in any era especially 1995. The rom was translated by the same guys who worked on the Mother 3 translation, meaning it is very well done. Track this game down if you liked Radical Dreamers or Princess Tomato. It is super obscure and retro...in a good way.