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Famicom Yarou (ふぁみ魂家郎) is a series of unlicensed Famiclones and Famicom cartridges. The series was released by "Game Mate" in Japan throughout the mid-2000s; marking a rare case of pirated Famicom software in the region, which was heavily regulated towards the later 1980s.

There are several "volumes", most of which feature Inventor hacks of preexisting Famicom/NES games. Notably, some versions of the hacks are otherwise-rare variants, featuring slightly alternate graphics and music. For further information on the hacks themselves, see Inventor/List of hacks.

Cartridges

Three separately-released, Famicom-compatible cartridges were released in the Famicom Yarou line; each one has seven Inventor hacks. Each volume uses an 8-bit rendition of a kids' nursery rhyme, "Little Peter Rabbit Had A Fly Upon His Ear".

Famicom Yarou Vol.1 (7-in-1)

  1. Boat Race (hack of Road Fighter)
  2. Roge Brer (hack of Mario Bros.)
  3. Bomb (hack of Chack'n Pop)
  4. Aether (hack of Warpman)
  5. Penguin (hack of Nuts & Milk)
  6. Van-1 (hack of TwinBee)
  7. Conte Energy (hack of Lode Runner)

Famicom Yarou Vol.2 (7-in-1)

  1. Frog Prince (hack of Super Mario Bros.)
  2. Bounce Ball (hack of Pinball)
  3. Spar (hack of Urban Champion)
  4. Cobra of Sky (hack of Raid on Bungeling Bay)
  5. Rescue Kuck (hack of Donkey Kong Jr.)
  6. Bounce (hack of Mappy)
  7. Surface Fire (hack of Millipede)

Famicom Yarou Vol.3 (7-in-1)

  1. Ladangel (hack of Challenger)
  2. Scoring (hack of Arkanoid)
  3. Tennis (hack of the NES game of the same name)
  4. Maze (hack of Pac-Man)
  5. Bandits (hack of Donkey Kong 3)
  6. Mars Man (hack of Binary Land)
  7. Space War (hack of Exerion)

Consoles

The first three Famicom Yarou consoles seemingly have no built-in software (likely as the cartridges were to serve this function). Starting with the fourth system model, however, the consoles would include built-in games.

Famicom Yarou Vol.4 (7-in-1)

  1. Football (hack of Soccer)
  2. Tinytoon (hack of Ninja Hattori-Kun)
  3. Bicycle Race (hack of F-1 Race)
  4. Dragon (hack of Fire Dragon)
  5. Lido (hack of Clu Clu Land)
  6. Gold Digger (hack of Super Arabian)
  7. Levin Action (hack of Star Gate)

Famicom Yarou Vol.5 (7-in-1)

  1. Future Tank (hack of Battle City)
  2. Air Umbrella (hack of Balloon Fight)
  3. Billiard 2008 (hack of Lunar Ball)
  4. Sky Invader (hack of Sky Destroyer)
  5. Dada (hack of Popeye)
  6. Bitha (hack of Pooyan)
  7. X Racing (hack of Zippy Race)

Famicom Yarou Vol.6 (7-in-1)

Volume 6 features (seemingly non-Inventor) title screen hacks of various table games.

  1. Sudoku ("Sudo King", pirate original)
  2. Gomoku (Gomoku Narabe title screen hack)
  3. Othello (Family Computer Othello title screen hack)
  4. Shogi (Hon Shougi: Naitou 9 Dan Shougi Hiden hack)
  5. Memory Test (pirate original)
  6. Burrow Explorer (Nice Code)
  7. Radish Field (Nice Code)

Famicom Yarou 54 (54-in-1)

The Famicom Yarou 54 model features 54 games, including almost all titles previously seen in Volumes 1-5.

  1. Hassle (hack of Front Line)
  2. TNT (hack of Bomberman)
  3. Tinytoon (hack of Ninja Hattori-Kun)
  4. Combata (English hack of Ninja-Kun: Majou No Bouken)
  5. Bitha (hack of Pooyan)
  6. Twin Fish (Nice Code)
  7. Bicycle Race (hack of F-1 Race)
  8. Cobra of Sky (hack of Raid on Bungeling Bay)
  9. Surface Fire (hack of Millipede)
  10. Frog Prince (hack of Super Mario Bros.)
  11. Levin Action (hack of Star Gate)
  12. Boat Race (another hack of F-1 Race; not related to the Road Fighter hack of the same name)
  13. Conte Energy (hack of Lode Runner)
  14. Hoodle (hack of Pinball)
  15. Crypt Car (hack of Dig Dug)
  16. Lido (hack of Clu Clu Land)
  17. Future Tank (hack of Battle City)
  18. X Racing (hack of Zippy Race)
  19. Football (hack of Soccer)
  20. Diamond (clone of Arkanoid)
  21. Sky Invader (hack of Sky Destroyer)
  22. Dada (hack of Popeye)
  23. Dinosaur (Nice Code)
  24. Gobang (English hack of Gomoku Narabe)
  25. Bandits (hack of Donkey Kong 3)
  26. Aether (hack of Warpman)
  27. Resistant (Nice Code)
  28. Penguin (hack of Nuts & Milk; uses graphics from Binary Land)
  29. Space War (hack of Exerion)
  30. Rescue Kuck (hack of Donkey Kong Jr.)
  31. Twin Cards (Nice Code; "Pikachu" version)
  32. Mars Man (hack of Binary Land)
  33. Billiard (hack of Lunar Ball; it is also known as Billiard 2008 in the title screen)
  34. Gold Digger (hack of Super Arabian; it is also known as Crazy Gold Digger in the title screen)
  35. Moto Boat (hack of Awful Rushing)
  36. Bounce (hack of Mappy)
  37. Maze (hack of Pac-Man)
  38. Russia (Strange Pop Pop / Magic Bubble)
  39. Spar (hack of Urban Champion)
  40. Awful Rushing (hack of Moto Boat)
  41. Roge Brer (hack of Mario Bros.)
  42. Air Umbrella (hack of Balloon Fight)
  43. Chess (hack of Othello)
  44. Bomb (hack of Chack N' Pop)
  45. Strafe (Nice Code)
  46. Tennis (hack of the NES game of the same name)
  47. Lagangel (hack of Challenger)
  48. Garden War (Nice Code)
  49. Dragon (hack of Fire Dragon)
  50. Goodhand (hack of City Connection)
  51. Bubble (Nice Code)
  52. Risker (hack of Excitebike)
  53. Porter (hack of the NTDEC game of the same name)
  54. Van-1 (hack of Twin-Bee)

Famicom Yarou Vol.7 (7-in-1)

While returning to the "volume" name scheme, Vol. 7 was produced much later than the prior units, releasing some time around 2010. Instead of Inventor hacks, the console features Nice Code titles.

  1. Racing Fighter (Nice Code)
  2. Fairy's Treasure (Nice Code)
  3. Danger Bridge (Nice Code)
  4. Falling Blocks (Nice Code; Poke Tetris hack)
  5. First Defender (Nice Code; Intellivision Space Armada hack)
  6. The Archer (Nice Code)
  7. Shrew Mouse (Nice Code; Intellivision Snafu hack)

Trivia

  • The name of "Famicom Yarou" is somewhat of wordplay; featuring "Fami" (ふぁみ) in hiragana, and "-com Yarou" (魂家郎) in kanji. This was presumably done so as to not infringe on the Famicom trademark.
    • Additionally, the word "Famicom" (ファミコン) is written in katakana, which is likely why Famicom Yarou used a mixture of hiragana and kanji instead.

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