Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow - Pop'n Smash!! [Model SHVC-QQ]
A 24-year-old Nintendo Super Famicom Cart. by Takara
Emulated in MAME !
Information for the following ROM(s): popsmash
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(Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow - Pop'n Smash!!)
Pop'n Smash is a wacky tennis/breakout game based on the Japanese anime of the same name. Bow is a bull terrier living in a rich and powerful Yakuza (Japanese mafia) family. He was adopted by Sayaka, a loving little girl and daughter of the feared head of the family-gang. Pop'n Smash, however, gets the player to enjoys one-on-one matches in the shape of unusual and loosely 'tennis' themed duels. Characters can use all sorts of racket-like objects to hit the ball - Tennis rackets, Baseball bat and so forth. Each opponent stands on each side of an enclosed court and his or her primary duty is to defend a small opening that serves as a goal. Destructive blocks are usually scattered around the court and some of them are located in front of each player's goal and offer a temporary protective barrier. The goal of the game, as expected, is to hit the ball and try to win the match - three wins guarantee a victory and a ticket to the next stage. Controls are split into left and right and picking the correct button will send the ball flying in a different side of the court. Characters can also dive to hit the ball and this desperate move can get the player to miss the ball or send it entirely in the wrong direction - but it proves to be a powerful ally with practice. Finally, a power-shot can be charged up during the game and used to trigger lightning-fast shots. Courts become more complex as the game progresses with special blocks, power-ups and more intricate layouts.
Released on April 28, 1994 in Japan for 7800 Yen.
Bow started as a Japanese manga comic by Terry Yamamoto and published in Big Comic Superior.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com