Wrecking Crew '98 [Model SHVC-BWCJ-JPN]
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[CONSOLE] Nintendo Super Famicom Game
Wrecking Crew '98 © 1998 Nintendo Company, Limited.
Wrecking Crew '98 is a puzzle game by Nintendo and is the sequel to Wrecking Crew originally released for the Famicom in 1985. This title actually contains two separate games - the first one is a straight port of the original Wrecking Crew and the second is a new puzzle game entitled Wrecking Crew '98. The original Wrecking Crew requires the player to control Mario and to smash concrete structures to pieces with a large hammer without bumping into an enemy or getting hopelessly stuck. Wrecking Crew '98 is a different game altogether and reminds the likes of Tetris and Puzzle Bobble. Two opponents are given a 6x9 playfield and blocks fall from the top of the screen and must be arranged by color. These blocks can usually be smashed with the hammer that Mario carries around. However, small cranks located in front of the first seven rows allow him to move a whole line of blocks at once. The goal of the game is obviously to overflow the opponent's side with blocks, but Wrecking Crew '98 brings its own twist to the recipe. Matching three blocks of the same color clears them from the screen, however matching four or more triggers different effects - red drops an enemy in the opponent's playfield, green causes some of his columns to rise for a short amount of time, blue hides two of his bottom rows under bricks and shuffles them and finally orange sends steel blocks over to his side. Bombs are also available later in the game and clear whole groups of blocks at once.
Cartridge ID: SHVC-BWCJ-JPN
Released on May 23, 1998 in Japan for 3800 Yen.
Wrecking Crew '98 was originally released for the Nintendo Power as a digital download on January 1st, 1998. The Nintendo Power was a Japan-only device which allowed players to download new games onto specially designed and rewritable RAM cartridges for a small fee. Nintendo Power machines were installed in stores and the service was available in japan from 1997 to 2007. The RAM cartrige was called the SF Memory Cassette and several games could be copied on it (one Memory Cassette was even available for the Game Boy system). Several Super Famicom games were only available for the Nintendo Power and some, such as Wrecking Crew '98, were eventually released on cartridge later on.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com