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JustBreed [Model EFC-I5]

Nintendo Famicom cart. published 29 years ago by Enix

Listed and emulated in MAME.

ジャストブリード © 1992 Enix, Limited.
(JustBreed)

Tactical role-playing game. The game's story opens in the town of Astholm, which is spiritually protected by a sapphire wielded by the priestess Firis. She is one of six priestesses charged with holding a special gem to have together held an archaic power for several generations. During the town's Sapphire Festival, Firis is kidnapped by the henchman of Ezelkiel, a man bent on collecting the priestesses to revive an ancient evil. The player takes on the role of the nameless Hero who, along with being sworn to protect Astholm, is the lover of Firis. He immediately sets out with his army to rescue the priestess and ends up becoming involved in a much larger-scale predicament involving the world's other priestesses and gems.

The game's six main characters each have their own armies of six soldiers, making the total number of troops thirty-six. Each character has a set character class, which allots them fixed attributes and allows some of them to learn and use certain spells. The leaders are well-rounded Heroes that use both weapons and magic. Wizards rely almost entirely on powerful magic. Fighters battle close-range with a number of weapons. Archers attack from afar using arrows. As in traditional RPGs, battles earn each character experience points which go towards a level up, increasing that character's stats such as hit points, strength, defense, and wisdom.

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TECHNICAL

GAME ID: EFC-I5
SIZE: 6 MEGs (750 Kb)

The cartridge uses the MMC5 memory mapper: it have extended graphics and 2 additional square wave channels.

TRIVIA

Released on December 15, 1992 in Japan. Although it is somewhat obscure and was overlooked due to its late release, it is notable for its long development and as one of the largest RPGs created for the Famicom.

JustBreed was announced nearly three years before its release, which took place towards the end of the Famicom's lifecycle. The game was programmed by Kazuro Morita's game company Random House. Manga artist Yuzo Takada, best known for 3×3 Eyes series, designed both the characters and monsters, while anime composer Kohei Tanaka scored the game.

Shogakukan published a 144-page strategy guide for the game in January 1993.
Futabasha published a 57-page illustration book titled The World of Just Breed on June 20, 1993.
Futabasha also published a 255-page light novel as part of its fantasy novel series in October 1993.

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Game's ROM.