Adventure Island (ITA)

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Adventure Island ITA

You play Master Higgins (or Takahashi Meijin in the Japanese version), a caveman, who goes on an adventure to once again rescue his beloved Tina who has been kidnapped by monsters. He will have to cross 8 islands at the end of which he will have to face a monster. The hero is full of anachronisms because even if he rides dinosaurs and throws stone hammers to defend himself from enemies, he is also armed with a baseball cap on his head and a skateboard allowing him to move forward faster. Higgins also has a diminishing vitality bar with time. To bring it back up, it must feed itself by collecting fruits on the way. He will also be able to ride 4 dinosaurs with different abilities that will help him in his quest: one simply allows him to hit enemies from a distance, another to fly, a third to swim underwater and a 4th to spit fireballs and walk in lava. Before each level it is possible to choose the desired power ups and keep some of them others in reserve for the next levels.

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About this version

Flap Code DMG-T3-ITA
Booklet Code DMG-T3-ITA
Cartridge Code DMG-T3-ITA
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Transparent plastic inlay
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About the game

Developed by
Others supports NES
Saving No save available
Gaming type Jump and Run
Number of players
Super Game Boy Functions None
This game belongs to ...

Adventure Island Games

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PCB Technical Information

  • ROM size : 1 Mbit / 128 ko
  • PCB : DMG-BEAN-02
  • Mapper : MBC1-B
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Import Versions

  • The CHN version was imported into Switzerland with additional instructions in French and German in black and white in A4 format as well as in Italy (without known import instructions).
  • The SCN version was imported for the Belgian/Dutch market with additional instructions in French and Dutch.
  • The NOE-2 version was imported for the Belgian/Dutch market with additional instructions in French and Dutch.
  • The USA version was imported into France with a small additional notice in French.
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Cover Comparison

  • The GB EURO, USA, JPN and CHN front covers are different.
  • The JPN front cover of the GB version is the same as those of the PAL versions on NES and JPN on Famicom.
  • The front cover of the USA version on NES is still different from all the others, which makes 5 different covers for the same game.

Comparaison Versions

  • In the GB version, the 8 islands are divided into 6 levels, the sixth being that of the boss. In the NES version, the number of levels varies depending on the islands. There may be more or less than in GB.
  • The NES version has a map of the 8 islands allowing you to follow the hero's progress within the island itself. This card is visible at the end of each level except the boss level.
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Additional Information

  • The EURO and USA versions on GB are titled Adventure Island while the NES/Famicom version is titled Adventure Island II. There is actually an episode on NES released previously but it has never been adapted for GB. The Western versions therefore began their numbering with this episode because it is the first released on this medium. The eastern JPN and CHN versions have kept the correct numbering.
  • The front cover of the EURO version on GB uses the same artwork as that of the 1st episode on NES in the USA version or on Famicom in the JPN version, which is all the more misleading.
  • This game is one of the rare ones for which the inscriptions "Mode d'emploi en français" "Met nederlandse handleiding" on the front cover of the FAH version do not appear.
  • If we look at the back of the box of the JPN or CHN version and the front of the European versions, we notice that there is a credit for Light & Shadows, Inc. Susumu Matsushita. The latter is actually the one who designed the character of Master Higgins and Light & Shadows, Inc. is his company. The artwork for the USA version was probably done by someone else since this credit does not appear anywhere on the box.
  • The Adventure Island series has had 6 episodes spread across several media. The 4 first episodes were released on NES between 1986 and 1994. The 1st was also released on MSX, the 2nd and 3rd were adapted for GB and the 4th was released only on NES and never went beyond the borders of Japan . The last 2 followed on SNES in 1992 and 1994 under the name Super Adventure Island 1 and 2 and the series ended there.
  • The Adventure Island series is often compared to Wonder Boy the First on Master System. And for good reason ! The first games of these two series are originally the same game! Escape (now known as Westone) originally created the arcade game Wonder Boy. Sega distributed it and then released it on its console, the Master System. Escape therefore had an agreement with Sega but an NES version was also planned. At that time, Sega and Nintendo were big rivals so Hudson took charge of distributing the game on the Nintendo console by making some modifications to the original game because Sega owned the game title, name and appearance of the hero. This is how Adventure Island was created. Hudson retained the majority of the atmosphere and gameplay for his following episodes while Sega and Escape oriented the Wonder Boy series in a medieval/fantasy atmosphere.

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10/12/1991 : Adventure Island - USA

21/12/1991 : Takahashi Meijin no Bôken Jima II - JPN

09/01/1992 : Adventure Island - AUS

09/01/1992 : Adventure Island - FRG

13/01/1992 : Adventure Island - SCN

04/03/1992 : Adventure Island - FAH

04/03/1992 : Adventure Island - NOE

04/03/1992 : Adventure Island - UKV

09/10/1992 : Adventure Island - NOE-1

19/10/1992 : Adventure Island - FAH

04/06/1993 : Adventure Island - ITA-1

03/06/1996 : Adventure Island - NOE-2

08/08/1996 : Adventure Island - NOE-2

29/10/1996 : Adventure Island - USA-2

01/04/1992 : Adventure Island - ESP

No date appears : Adventure Island 2 - CHN

No date appears : Adventure Island 2 (For China Only) - CHN