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This is a list of notable, originally-licensed Famicom/NES games that have been pirated under a different name; whether the game's title was actually hacked (with little-to-no further changes to the game), or only the cartridge label/multicart selection menu uses a different name.

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Games whose titles were changed in-game[]

Original Game Alternate Titles Links Notes
1942 Star Wars: Episode I [1] Shows up on the 200 in 1 Super Game multicart.
1943 1944 [2]
Blaster Master Back to the Future IV Title screen erroneously reads "Back Goto Future4".
Donkey Kong 3 Gorilla 3 Name likely changed to avoid violating Taiwan trademark law, pre-1992.
Dr. Mario Space Hospital Name likely changed to avoid violating Taiwan trademark law, pre-1992.
Ghostbusters II Ghostbusters III
King's Knight Lord of the Ring Shows up on the 9 in 1 Super Game multicart.
The Lord of King (Astyanax) Golden Axe IV
Mario Bros. Mr. Mary Name likely changed to avoid violating Taiwan trademark law, pre-1992.
Nakajima Satoru Kanshuu - F-1 Hero 2 High Way Star II
Kunio-Kun no Nekketsu Soccer League Goal 3 [3] Only the Technos Japan logo screen is changed, the title screen is unaltered.


Pac-Man Goblin Name likely changed to avoid violating Taiwan trademark law, pre-1992.
Power Soccer Fifa 99
Raid on Bungeling Bay Helicopter Name is sometimes hacked in-game and other times not; when it is hacked, the title is written in the Bubble Bobble Part 2 font.
Sky Shark 1945 Marketed as a pseudo-sequel to 1942 and 1943.
Super Mario Bros. "2" [4] Title has no real name, just a poorly drawn picture of Mario next to a castle, and the number 2. Single cartridges with the game often feature no game title on the front. Name likely changed to avoid violating Taiwan trademark law, pre-1992.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (also known as Super Mario Bros 2. in Japan) •"3"
Mr. Mary 2
"3" is the "sequel" to the retitled "2" version of Super Mario Bros., and modifies the title screen with sprites of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and two Cheep-Cheeps. Some graphics are a bit glitched and Mario's name is changed to Rambo.
Mr. Mary 2 is the "sequel" to the retitled version of Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2 (also known as Super Mario USA in Japan) Super Bros. 2
Super Bros. 5
[5]

[6]

Appears to be based on the PAL version rather than the NTSC version. Super Bros. 2 changes the copyright to "CTC". Super Bros. 5 changes the copyright to "ECE" and changes the year to 1991. Super Bros. 5 is often found under the Super Wonderful Mario label.
Target: Renegade Double Dragon IV
Tecmo World Cup Soccer II International Fifa 97 Soccer
Goal 5 Soccer
Still referred to as "Tecmo Worldcup" on the pre-game intro, despite the title screen(s) being hacked.
Toxic Crusaders Turtle Ninja 5 Renamed as a pseudo-sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games.
Werewolf: The Last Warrior Crash Bandicoot 4 A simple title screen hack. Only seen on a PocketNES conversion. Not to be confused with the 2020 video game.
Yoshi's Cookie Super Mario 12 ("馬利12")

Games whose titles are unaltered in-game[]

Original Game Alternate Titles Links Notes
Astro Fang - Super Machine Astroid Seen on some 2000s multicarts and plug & plays; it is unclear if this is a typo or an attempt to market the game as Atari's Asteroids (despite that Astro Fang is an entirely unrelated racing game).
Banana Prince Sonic / Sonison
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Mario Baby Conversion of the Famicom Disk System version to NES; the actual NES release came after the pirate.
Doki! Doki! Yuuenchi Disneyland / Disney 2 / Disney 3
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong Specia [7] This cart label is also used for Super Donkey Kong - Xiang Jiao Chuan as well as pirated carts for Toki.
Gimmick! (also known as Mr. Gimmick outside of Japan) Shui Guan Pipe V [8] Removes copyrights (which also triggers the anti-piracy routine), uses a different mapper that doesn't support Sunsoft 5B, resulting in missing sound channels. DPCM samples also appear to be broken.
The Goonies Harry Legend / Contra 6 Both only remove the title screen without other changes.
Karateka Tekken Seen on early 2000s multicarts; likely originates from the Power Player Super Joy III.
Kero Kero Keroppi 2 Toads Mario
Frogger
The "Toads Mario" name appeared on single-cartridges in the 90s, while the "Frogger" name appeared mainly in 2000s multicarts and plug & plays.
Pandamar (Super Mario Bros. hack) Kung Fu Panda Seen on some 2020s plug & plays.
Kinnikuman - Muscle Tag Match (M.U.S.C.L.E.) WWF Seen on early 2000s multicarts; likely originates from the Power Player Super Joy III.
Mario is Missing! Super Mario 9 Possibly done on accident originally, but eventually picked up by other pirates and released under the title multiple times.
Monster in My Pocket Pocket Monster Title seemingly "reversed" to imply a connection to the Pokémon series.
Toki (also known as JuJu Densetsu in Japan) Donkey Kong Specia/Donkey Kong Delux [9]/[10] Both cart labels are also used for Super Donkey Kong - Xiang Jiao Chuan. The Donkey Kong Specia label has also been used for pirated carts for Donkey Kong.
Yie Ar Kung-Fu King of Fighter Seen on early 2000s multicarts; likely originates from the Power Player Super Joy III.

Additionally, many Famicom/NES titles have bootleg, single-game PocketNES releases on Game Boy Advance, usually under altered names.

See also[]

  • Mega Drive Games
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