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Encyclopedia > Nintendo Vs. Series

The Nintendo Vs. Series (for "versus") was a series of arcade video games designed for two-player competitive play using the VS. UniSystem or VS. DualSystem, arcade adaptations of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Many of these stand-up or sit-down arcade machines had two screens and controls joined at an angle. These games were arcade ports of home video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, thus they could be sold cheaply to arcades in the late 1980s. Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂, ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 ) is a multinational corporation founded on November 6,[citation needed] 1889 in Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... A video arcade (known as an amusement arcade in the United Kingdom) is a place where people play arcade video games. ... Computer and video games A screenshot of Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy A console game (better known as a video game) is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment, which consists of a moveable image displayed on a screen that is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld... NES redirects here. ... Computer and video games A screenshot of Tetris for the Nintendo Game Boy A console game (better known as a video game) is a form of interactive multimedia used for entertainment, which consists of a moveable image displayed on a screen that is usually controlled and manipulated using a handheld... MacGyver - 1980s hero The 1980s decade refers to the years from 1980 to 1989, inclusive. ...

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Hardware details

The Vs. Series were designed primarily as a kit to retrofit Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Popeye, and Mario Bros. machines. Being as such, they require the same special monitor that these coin-ops used. Commercially available converters allowed one to use any standard open frame monitor in your game. Donkey Kongs model from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and current look. ... Donkey Kong, Jr. ... A Popeye comic book cover shows Popeye, with his characteristic corncob pipe and single good eye, and his girlfriend Olive Oyl. ... Mario Bros. ...


Almost all Vs. games ran on identical hardware, with the notable exception that four special PPUs (video chips) were also made, each containing a different palette (each of which appears to arrange the colors completely randomly). Most boards could be switched to a new game simply by swapping the program ROMs, though the appropriate PPU would also have to be used - if not, the game would appear with a completely garbled palette. Several of the later Vs. games employed further measures of protection by using special PPUs which swapped pairs of I/O registers and/or returned special data from normally unimplemented regions of memory - attempts to run these games in other Vs. systems would result in the game failing to even start.


There were some dedicated Vs. double cabinets produced which looked like two games butted together at an angle. A single motherboard powered both games on those models.


Differences between Vs. Series and NES versions

Sometimes the games were different from their NES versions. For example, Vs. Super Mario Bros. is considerably more difficult than Super Mario Bros, and includes some levels from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. The graphics were also different from their NES counterparts; for example, Vs. Duck Hunt had more details and animation sequences than its console counterpart. SMB 2 title screen (Japanese version) Super Mario Bros. ... Duck Hunt is a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game console system. ...


Games in the series

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See also

The Play Choice 10 was a stand-up arcade video game hardware unit, for which the unit owner could purchase up to ten arcade games. ... The Nintendo Super System is an arcade system, which was used to preview Super Nintendo games in the U.S.. It was basically a Super Nintendo set up to use a menu which allowed the player to play the games for a certain amount of time depending on how many... The European SNES design is identical to the Super Famicom. ...

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Nintendo Hardware
Consoles: Color TV Game | NES/Famicom | NES 2 | AV Famicom | SNES/Super Famicom
Virtual Boy | Nintendo 64 | GameCube | Panasonic Q | iQue | Wii
Handheld: Game & Watch | Game Boy | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Advance SP | Nintendo DS | Game Boy Micro | Nintendo DS Lite
Arcade: Vs. UniSystem/DualSystem | PlayChoice-10 | Nintendo Super System | Triforce

 
 

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