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The Little Samson Project
reelmojo
For those who aren't aware, Little Samson (known as Lickle in Japan) is one of the rarest NES games available. Combine that with the fact that it's an amazing game and you're left with something so sought after that it regularly sells for well over $800 on Ebay. As much as I love the game, I'm not willing to spend that much money on one NES cartridge, so I got a little creative...

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I starts with a special copy of Gyromite. It seems Nintendo couldn't produce boards fast enough for a few NES games to make launch so they occasionally used extra Famicom boards connected internally to a Famicom to NES converter, the only one in existence that is officially made by Nintendo themselves.

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These converters are easiest to find in Gyromite. If you have a US Gyromite laying around that is sealed with 5 small flat head screws open it up and see if it looks like this. If it does, it's worth significantly more than a regular Gyromite! I picked up mine from a friend so he only charged me $20, but they sell on Ebay for over $30 typically.

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Next I spent $80 on the Famicom version of Lickle. It's not rare in Japan, but I imagine it's rarity in the US helps drive up the price. Still, $80 is not bad considering the alternative.

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Most Famicom carts are sealed with internal tabs and are a pain in the ass to open! I bought the game bits in the first pic before I knew this, but I'm sure those will come in handy for future projects.

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I had to tear off quite a few plastic pieces from inside the Gyromite cart to make room for the much larger Lickle board. Also, in this picture the combined boards are sitting in the cart backwards. I didn't realize that until I tested it. Oops!

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Success! For just $100 I own Little Samson (kinda)! The title screen is the only difference as there is no in game text and the games are otherwise identical. It really is the ideal candidate for a project like this!

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And for one of two finishing touches I bought a custom clam shell case online for $8. It's not something I'd want for an authentic game that I own, but for a Frankensteined reproduction it's the perfect way to protect and display it.

The second finishing touch will be the cartridge label, but that is proving a bit more difficult than I anticipated. It seems places online that make custom labels won't make them for games officially released in the US to stop people from making repros and selling them as the real thing. So I'll probably have to find a way to print my own.

So now I can finally play Little Samson on real hardware! If you have never played it I highly recommend at least emulating it. It's an incredible action platformer with four playable characters who all control very differently, great graphics (especially the animation) and catchy as hell music. It really is a shame that it's not available on something like the Virtual Console yet. More people need to play this great game!
 
cthulhu
Nicely done! Never knew it's was that rare. I have a PAL version lying around (apparently not worth as much as the US version) and it's a fantastic game...never payed it much though, but my wife has played it a lot.
My arcade stuff

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RiKo
Impressive stuff Mojo. I'd like to be able to do something similar with Star Fox 2 on SNES
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lol. thats a good way of playing it. you just have to place the label and you got a bootleg version of little samson!
 
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