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{{Infobox company
| name = Ka Sheng
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|name = Ka Sheng<br/>卡聖
| image = File:NT logo.png
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|image = File:NT logo.png
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|caption = Logo.
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|location = Taiwan(?) and/or Hong Kong(?)
| location = Taiwan?
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|years = 1995-2001(?)
| years = 1995-2001?
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|consoles = Famicom, Game Boy, Mega Drive
| consoles = Famicom, Mega Drive
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|firstgame =
| firstgame =
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|lastgame =
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|aliases = 卡聖 (Ka Sheng/Carson/Kasing),<br/>咭聖 (Cantonese pinyin: Kaat Sing)
| aliases = 卡聖 (Ka Sheng/Carson/Kasing)
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|published = [[Hummer Team]], [[Ex-Sachen developers|Ei-How Yang]], [[Makon Soft]] & more
| published = [[Hummer Team]], [[Ei-How Yang]] & more
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|connected = Ge De Industry Co., X-Boy
| connected = Ge De Industry Co., X-Boy
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}}'''Ka Sheng''' ({{Mousetext|卡聖| shèng}}), also known as ''Carson, Kasing'' or simply ''NT'', is a publisher of both original games and pirate copies of licensed (and unlicensed) games, mainly for the Famicom, but its logo has also been found in the Mega Drive game ''[[Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi]]''. Most Ka Sheng releases were single cartridges, but the company also released some [[multicarts]] with a relatively low, unexaggerated game count, usually between 2 and 8.
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'''''Ka Sheng''''' (卡聖, Pinyin: kǎ shèng), also known as ''Carson'' or simply ''NT'', is a publisher of both original games and pirate copies of licensed (and unlicensed) games, mainly for the Famicom, but its logo has also been found in the Mega Drive game [[Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi]]. Most Ka Sheng releases were single cartridges, but the company also released some [[multicarts]] with a relatively low, unexaggerated game count, between 2 and 8.
 
   
Ka Sheng cartridges can usually be identified by the NT-xxx ID number or the "卡聖" characters; in the company's later years KT and GT IDs were also used while their earliest cartridges have VQ IDs.
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Ka Sheng cartridges can usually be identified in various manners. They usually feature a NT ID on the covers or the "卡聖" characters; in the company's later years KT and GT IDs were also used while their earliest cartridges have ID prefix like VQ.
   
 
== Connections ==
 
== Connections ==
 
In their early years, Ka Sheng re-released again some of Ge De Industry games under NT labeled covers. Some of those share the exact same PCB as their original release. Also, Ge De apparently stopped releasing Famicom games around the time Ka Sheng started activities, in 1995. It is possible that Ge De sold their remaining leftovers to Ka Sheng.
 
In their early years, Ka Sheng re-released again some of Ge De Industry games under NT labeled covers. Some of those share the exact same PCB as their original release. Also, Ge De apparently stopped releasing Famicom games around the time Ka Sheng started activities, in 1995. It is possible that Ge De sold their remaining leftovers to Ka Sheng.
   
Ka Sheng also had a deal with [[JY Company]] at some point in 1996 to distribute some of their games. [[Mortal Kombat II Special|Mortal Kombat 2 Special]] was distributed by Ka Sheng in Russia and South America with a cover showing both IDs from each company (JY-029, NT916) plus an original JY printed circuit board. This relationship didn't last long because only 5 cartridges had this treatment (the 4 others being relabeled JY multicarts with PCBs manufactured by JY).<ref>http://masterdisk.byethost15.com/blog/libg/index.php?entry=JY-Company-&-Ka-Sheng-(NT)-relationship</ref>
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Ka Sheng also had a deal with [[J.Y. Company]] at some point in 1996 to distribute some of their games. [[Mortal Kombat II Special|''Mortal Kombat 2 Special'']] was distributed by Ka Sheng in Russia and South America with a cover showing both IDs from each company (JY-029, NT916) plus an original JY printed circuit board. This relationship didn't last long because only 5 cartridges had this treatment (the 4 others being relabeled JY multicarts with PCBs manufactured by JY).<ref>[http://masterdisk.byethost15.com/blog/libg/index.php?entry=JY-Company-&-Ka-Sheng-(NT)-relationship J.Y. & Ka Sheng relationship]</ref>
   
 
== Published games ==
 
== Published games ==
[[File:NT-679 Justice Pao.jpg|thumb|NT-679 Justice Pao (Bao Qing Tian) cartridge]]
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=== Games with visible Ka Sheng logos or copyright ===
===Games with visible Ka Sheng logos or copyright===
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[[File:NT-679 Justice Pao.jpg|right|thumb|NT-679 ''Justice Pao'' (''Bao Qing Tian'') cartridge.]]
* ''[[Bao Qing Tian]]''
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*''[[Bao Qing Tian]]''
* ''Mortal Kombat 6'' (''[[Garou Densetsu Special]]'' with different title screen)
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*''Mortal Kombat 6'' (''[[Garou Densetsu Special]]'' with different title screen)
* ''[[The Panda Prince]]'' (Chinese version), ''Super Lion King 2''
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*''[[The Panda Prince]]'' (Chinese version), ''Super Lion King 2''
* ''[[Sangou Chunqiu: Sichuan Sheng]]'' (aka ''Shisen Mahjong 2'')
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*''[[Sanguo Chunqiu: Sichuan Sheng]]'' (aka ''Shisen Mahjong 2'')
* ''[[Yuu Yuu Hakusho Final]]'', ''Mortal Kombat'' ''7''
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*''[[Yuu Yuu Hakusho Final]]'', ''Mortal Kombat 7''
   
[[File:NT849 EWJ2.jpg|thumb|NT-849 Earthworm Jim 2 cartridge]]
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{{Br}}
===Games with hidden Ka Sheng logos===
 
* ''[[Earthworm Jim 2 (Shin-Shin)|Earthworm Jim 2]]''
 
* ''[[Earthworm Jim 3]]''
 
* ''[[Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi]]''
 
   
===Others===
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=== Games with hidden Ka Sheng logos ===
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[[File:NT849 EWJ2.jpg|right|thumb|NT-849 ''Earthworm Jim 2'' cartridge.]]
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*[[Earthworm Jim 2 (Shin-Shin)|''Earthworm Jim 2'']]
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*''[[Earthworm Jim 3]]''
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*''[[Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi]]''
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{{Br}}
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=== Others ===
 
These games have no in-game signs of Ka Sheng, but appear to have been originally released in NT carts. However they may or may not have been published by other companies previously.
 
These games have no in-game signs of Ka Sheng, but appear to have been originally released in NT carts. However they may or may not have been published by other companies previously.
* ''[[King of Fighters '96]]''
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*''[[The King of Fighters '96]]''
* ''[[Mortal Kombat 4]]''
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*[[Mortal Kombat 3|''Mortal Kombat 4'']]
* ''Sonic & Knuckles 5'' (''[[Somari]]'' with different title screen & theme music)
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*''Sonic & Knuckles 5'' (''[[Somari]]'' with different title screen & theme music)
* ''Street Fighter Zero 2'' (cut-down version of ''[[Street Fighter Zero 2 '97]]'')
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*''Street Fighter Zero 2'' (cut-down version of ''[[Street Fighter Zero 2 '97]]'')
* ''[[Super Donkey Kong 2]]''
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*''[[Super Donkey Kong 2]]''
 
Most NT-published originals use mapper 121 or other mappers.
 
Most NT-published originals use mapper 121 or other mappers.
   
==Label style==
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== Label style ==
[[File:NT-810 Ninja Ryukendn III.jpg|thumb|NT-810 ''Ninja Ryukendn III'', a typical NT cart]]
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[[File:NT-810 Ninja Ryukendn III.jpg|right|thumb|NT-810 ''Ninja Ryukendn III'', a typical NT cart.]]
 
NT carts are known for their frequently bizarre labels featuring artwork only tenuously related (if at all) to the game within, psychedelic backgrounds, colourful patterned borders, overlaid characters from different sources, multiple titles (one from the stolen artwork and one for the actual game), obviously false claims presumably lifted from games for different consoles ("3D Graphic Motion", "Surround Sound", "Sega 16Bit Quality") and more. Some carts have the Olympics logo on them.
 
NT carts are known for their frequently bizarre labels featuring artwork only tenuously related (if at all) to the game within, psychedelic backgrounds, colourful patterned borders, overlaid characters from different sources, multiple titles (one from the stolen artwork and one for the actual game), obviously false claims presumably lifted from games for different consoles ("3D Graphic Motion", "Surround Sound", "Sega 16Bit Quality") and more. Some carts have the Olympics logo on them.
   
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Some later cartridges, usually labelled "Hi-Game 1999" or "Colour 2001" (the year varies) feature vertically printed labels, for unknown reasons.
 
Some later cartridges, usually labelled "Hi-Game 1999" or "Colour 2001" (the year varies) feature vertically printed labels, for unknown reasons.
   
==More examples of NT carts==
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== More examples of NT carts ==
<gallery widths="150">
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<gallery>
NT-809 Wario Land 7.jpg|NT-809: ''Wario Land 7''
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NT-809 Wario Land 7.jpg|NT-809: ''Wario Land 7''.
Nt820 Monaco V.R..jpg|NT-820: ''Monaco VR''<br/>Chase HQ with the title screen hacked to read "GAME" and the copyright "Super Monaco GP II © Copyright 1996"
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Nt820 Monaco V.R..jpg|NT-820: ''Monaco VR''<br/>Chase HQ with the title screen hacked to read "GAME" and the copyright "Super Monaco GP II © Copyright 1996".
NT-833 New Flintstones.jpg|NT-833: ''New Flintstones''
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NT-833 New Flintstones.jpg|NT-833: ''New Flintstones''.
NT Zen Intergalactic Ninja.jpg|NT-853: ''Zen Intergalactic Ninja''
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NT Zen Intergalactic Ninja.jpg|NT-853: ''Zen Intergalactic Ninja''.
Nt860 New Jungle Strike II.jpg|NT-860: ''New Jungle Strike II''<br/>Actually Cobra Command, completely unmodified.
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Nt860 New Jungle Strike II.jpg|NT-860: ''New Jungle Strike II''<br/>Actually ''Cobra Command'', completely unmodified.
USMK34.jpg|NT-873: ''Ultimate Super Mortal Kombat 3 4''
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USMK34.jpg|NT-873: ''Ultimate Super Mortal Kombat 3 4''.
NT-6067.jpg|NT-6067: ''Super Sonic''
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NT-6067.jpg|NT-6067: ''Super Sonic''.
NT-6089.jpg|NT-6089: ''Super King of Rabbit 5''<br/>China Rabbit Baby (Note the double id, this is a copy of a copy).
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NT-6089.jpg|NT-6089: ''Super King of Rabbit 5''<br/>''China Rabbit Baby'' (Note the double id, this is a copy of a copy).
Nt8004 Super 4 in 1.jpg|NT-8004: ''Super 4 in 1''<br/>Contains three Mario hacks plus Mario is Missing.
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Nt8004 Super 4 in 1.jpg|NT-8004: ''Super 4 in 1''<br/>Contains three Mario hacks plus ''Mario is Missing''.
KT2109 Pinocchio.jpg|KT-2109: ''Walt Disney's Classic Pinocchio'' (Hi-Game 1999)<br/>Actually Doki Doki Yuuenchi.
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KT2109 Pinocchio.jpg|KT-2109: ''Walt Disney's Classic Pinocchio'' (Hi-Game 1999)<br/>Actually ''Doki Doki Yuuenchi''.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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== Reference ==
 
<references />
 
<references />
[[Category:Publishers]]
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{{Companies}}
 
[[Category:Companies from Taiwan]]
 
[[Category:Companies from Taiwan]]
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[[Category:Ei-How Yang]]
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[[Category:Ex-Sachen developers]]
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[[Category:Hummer Team]]
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[[Category:Ka Sheng]]
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[[Category:Makon Soft]]
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[[Category:Publishers]]

Latest revision as of 09:57, February 12, 2020

Ka Sheng
卡聖
NT logo
Logo.
Origin Taiwan(?) and/or Hong Kong(?)
Years 1995-2001(?)
Consoles Famicom, Game Boy, Mega Drive
Aliases 卡聖 (Ka Sheng/Carson/Kasing),
咭聖 (Cantonese pinyin: Kaat Sing)
Published games by Hummer Team, Ei-How Yang, Makon Soft & more
Related companies Ge De Industry Co., X-Boy
Ka Sheng (卡聖), also known as Carson, Kasing or simply NT, is a publisher of both original games and pirate copies of licensed (and unlicensed) games, mainly for the Famicom, but its logo has also been found in the Mega Drive game Barver Battle Saga: Tai Kong Zhan Shi. Most Ka Sheng releases were single cartridges, but the company also released some multicarts with a relatively low, unexaggerated game count, usually between 2 and 8.

Ka Sheng cartridges can usually be identified in various manners. They usually feature a NT ID on the covers or the "卡聖" characters; in the company's later years KT and GT IDs were also used while their earliest cartridges have ID prefix like VQ.

Connections Edit

In their early years, Ka Sheng re-released again some of Ge De Industry games under NT labeled covers. Some of those share the exact same PCB as their original release. Also, Ge De apparently stopped releasing Famicom games around the time Ka Sheng started activities, in 1995. It is possible that Ge De sold their remaining leftovers to Ka Sheng.

Ka Sheng also had a deal with J.Y. Company at some point in 1996 to distribute some of their games. Mortal Kombat 2 Special was distributed by Ka Sheng in Russia and South America with a cover showing both IDs from each company (JY-029, NT916) plus an original JY printed circuit board. This relationship didn't last long because only 5 cartridges had this treatment (the 4 others being relabeled JY multicarts with PCBs manufactured by JY).[1]

Published games Edit

Games with visible Ka Sheng logos or copyright Edit

NT-679 Justice Pao

NT-679 Justice Pao (Bao Qing Tian) cartridge.

Games with hidden Ka Sheng logos Edit

NT849 EWJ2

NT-849 Earthworm Jim 2 cartridge.

Others Edit

These games have no in-game signs of Ka Sheng, but appear to have been originally released in NT carts. However they may or may not have been published by other companies previously.

Most NT-published originals use mapper 121 or other mappers.

Label style Edit

NT-810 Ninja Ryukendn III

NT-810 Ninja Ryukendn III, a typical NT cart.

NT carts are known for their frequently bizarre labels featuring artwork only tenuously related (if at all) to the game within, psychedelic backgrounds, colourful patterned borders, overlaid characters from different sources, multiple titles (one from the stolen artwork and one for the actual game), obviously false claims presumably lifted from games for different consoles ("3D Graphic Motion", "Surround Sound", "Sega 16Bit Quality") and more. Some carts have the Olympics logo on them.

Games are often retitled on the label only, with minimal or no change to the title screen; common changes include adding "Super" or the year of release, and adding or increasing a number. For example, NT-313 "Super Terminator 3" is actually just the first Terminator game. Some games are given a different title entirely, such as the title of a similar game for a different console, that of a popular movie with similar themes to the game, or sometimes an entirely nonsensical title like "Worstue Ball 2", "Super Crocodile Sir" or "Worldwide Publishing". Titles are also frequently misspelled.

Some later cartridges, usually labelled "Hi-Game 1999" or "Colour 2001" (the year varies) feature vertically printed labels, for unknown reasons.

More examples of NT carts Edit

Reference Edit

  1. J.Y. & Ka Sheng relationship
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