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Famicom Mukashi Banashi ("Famicom Fairy Tales") are first-party Famicom Disk System text adventures that Nintendo created to promote the peripheral and entice other companies to develop games for it. Text adventures were hugely popular at the time and Nintendo were eager to tap into a market that had taken over the Famicom at the time. Due to the general lack of interest in text adventures in the West and the strong emphasis on Japanese folk legends, neither of the two games were ever released outside of Japan; they are of a handful of Nintendo-developed games to remain exclusive to their native land.

As Nintendo-develoepd properties, the characters and music from both games would eventually make cameos in games that were built around Nintendo's legacy such as Super Smash Bros and Captain Rainbow.

The Games

Shin Onigashima is based on various Japanese folk stories such as Momotarou the Peach Boy and the cursed island of the Oni (for which the game is named). It was originally released in two parts towards the end of 1987 and would eventually see rereleases for the SNES and GBA.

Yuuyuuki (or Yuyuki) is based on the ancient Chinese novel Journey to the West. Players control the Monkey King himself, Goku, as well as an original female character named Chao. It was originally released in two parts towards the end of 1989 and was the penultimate game developed by Nintendo for the peripheral. Advances in NES cart technology would render the Famicom Disk System obsolete shortly thereafter.

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