[CONSOLE] Nintendo Famicom Cart.
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Tetsuwan Atom is a side scrolling action game by Konami and based on the 1960s popular science fiction series by Osamu Tezuka. The story takes place in the future, at a time where humans and robots live together in harmony. The powerful robot-boy Atom (aka Astro Boy) lives with Professor Ochanomizu - the old scientist takes good care of the little robot, and helps him find crime and injustice. But, one day, burglars break into Professor Ochanomizu's lab and steal all of his money. It is now Atom's duty to recover the stolen loot. But the game is far from being a straight forward affair, and many levels require the player to fulfill given tasks, such as collecting special items, punching particular locations, or in some instances, to activate parts of a stage by performing unique tasks such as playing a song. Atom can run, jump and punch his enemies. He can also fly using his rocket boots, but the move is rather tricky to execute and the player has to quickly jump three times and then press Up to make the little robot fly for a short amount of time. Atom also uses uranium as his main source of energy. Uranium slowly decreases as the game progresses, or when Atom receives any kind of damage (some enemy weapons can kill Atom in one hit though), but Professor Ochanomizu can be called at any time during the game, and restore the depleting energy (by crouching and pressing the action button).
Tetsuwan Atom was released on February 26, 1988 in Japan for 5500 Yen.
Tetsuwan Atom (aka Astro Boy or Mighty Atom) was originally created in the 1950's by the prolific Osamu Tezuka. The successful series started as a comic strip and was turned into a black and white animated series in 1963. Interestingly, it was one of the first (if not the first) animated TV series produced in Japan, and undoubtedly served as a canon and influenced countless Japanese animated series that followed. The little robot-boy is definitely one of Japan's most recognizable characters and it has enjoyed numerous revivals since its debut. The Famicom game tested here was probably the first video game to be ever released for the Tetsuwan Atom franchise.
Like several other early Konami games released in the 1980s/1990s, Tetsuwan Atom included a numbered collector card. Each card featured an illustration or a snapshot from the game, and the back of each card showed a serial number as well as the game's title. They were randomly included with the games and Konami produced several variations of each card.