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  1. For those extra tough games, sometimes four different strategy guides just aren't enough. You need a fifth one to finally be able to go all the way. Relax. I'VE GOT YOU.
  2. Namco Classic II is a golf game developed and published by Namco for the Famicom on March 13, 1992.
  3. Mad City (released in the USA as The Adventures of Bayou Billy) was developed and published by Konami for the Famicom on August 12, 1988.
  4. OK, now this is interesting. First of all, thanks to @VGBounceHouse for his recent scan of Video Games #16 from Jan. 1984. I don't have an interest in gaming from that era, but I noticed something fascinating while browsing the pages. I was surprised to see coverage for a laserdisc game called "Cliff Hanger" which I'd never heard of before. Not surprised that I'd never heard of it (I've never had an interest in arcade games), but rather, surprised that the article was accompanied by a large picture of Lupin III. Sure enough, a quick google search later revealed that the game uses animation from two Lupin III movies - The Castle of Cagliostro and The Mystery of Mamo. Of course, the article never mentions this. Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro is now widely known in the West, due to it being Hayao Miyazaki's directorial debut, but back in 1983 when this article was published (before the formation of Ghibli) he was still mostly unknown, and especially so in the West. The Castle of Cagliostro wasn't even released in English until 1991. So seeing that there was a game created and released exclusively in the West featuring this character was strikingly odd. Further down the rabbit hole, I discovered that Lupin III: The Mystery of Mamo actually HAD been released in English...way back in 1979. A dubbed version of the film was made exclusively for broadcast on Japan-to-America JAL flights and a copy was also made for Toho's Los Angeles branch which was played at a few local theaters. This version of the film has never been publicly available, since when the film was finally released in English on VHS in 1995, a new dub was created. However, the 1979 dub of The Mystery of Mamo was used for the footage in the Cliff Hanger arcade game, and the footage used from The Castle of Cagliostro was dubbed especially for the game, since there was no English release of the film at that time. I can only assume that any lines of dialogue identifying Lupin III by name are altered or not included, since in the game, the character's name is changed to Cliff Hanger.