Video Games

Handheld


うる星やつら
Urusei Yatsura
released 1982
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This is an old "Game and Watch" from Bandai that originally retailed for a approximately 5,000 yen. I think everyone probably had one of these handheld video game systems back in the early 1980s. They didn't have the greatest response time, but we enjoyed them just the same.


Personal Computer


うる星やつら
ラブリーチェイサー
Urusei Yatsura Lovely Chaser
released 4/1986
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Developed by Popcom, this came was won the second Popcom Contest where readers voted on their favorite game. The game was actually created by readers who developed this puzzle game around the Urusei Yatsura characters. The game deals with moving Lum around the screen and preventing other female characters from getting near Ataru using your electric blasts.



試験に出るうる星やつら
Shiken ni deru
Urusei Yatsura
released 8/1986
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"Examination Answer Urusei Yatsura" is a quiz game that originally retailed for 8,800 yen. It was developed by Kitty Enterprise. The game contained over 1,200 Urusei Yatsura related questions. The degree of difficulty was quite high and the background image and music would change as the player progressed.



うる星やつら
〜恋のサバイバル・バースディ〜
Urusei Yatsura ~Koi no Survival Birthday~
released 1987
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"Love Survival Birthday" is a classic text-based game for the MSX game system by Micro Cabin. Mostly a "choose your own path" adventure type game, dealing with escaping Ryoko's various deathtraps during her birthday party.


Famicom/Nintendo


うる星やつら
ラムのウェディングベル
Urusei Yatsura Lum no Wedding Bell
released 10/23/1986
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"Lum's Wedding Bell" is a Famicom (Nintendo) game. It's a side-scroller where Lum flies through a burning building trying to reach her UFO on the roof with the game following her through various stages of her life. It's somewhat similar to the original Donkey Kong. It was released by Jaleco.


PC-Engine


うる星やつら
Stay With You
released 6/29/1990
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Made by Hudson, this fell into the "digital comic" genre which featured adventure gaming elements mixed with animated sequences and voice acting thanks to the power of the CD-ROM. It retailed for 6500 yen. The story deals with Shinobu going missing one evening on the way home from school. Ataru and Lum try to pursue the kidnapper, who leaves behind a jewel with a challenge to Ataru attached. The stages are "Missing," "Neptune," "Stone," and "Stay With You".



Mega Drive CD


うる星やつら
〜ディア マイ フレンズ〜
Urusei Yatsura Dear My Friends
released 4/15/1994
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A rather unique game where you guide Ataru around town from a first-person perspective, commanding him to "look" and "take" certain objects that help him move further in the story. The character designs are by Atsuko Nakajima and the story is a completely original one filled with new animation.



Gameboy


うる星やつら
ミス友引を探せ!
Urusei Yatsura Miss Tomobiki wo Sagase!
released 7/3/1992
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Released by Yanoman, "The Search for Miss Tomobiki" is a Gameboy game from 1992. It's a maze game where the player controls Ataru and you wander through long corridors where you encounter other characters.



Nintendo DS


うる星やつら
エンドレスサマー
Urusei Yatsura Endless Summer
released 10/20/2005
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Made by MMV, Endless Summer is the first Urusei Yatsura game in over a decade. It's something of a dating simulator where you use the touch screen on the Nintendo DS to interact with the female characters from the series from Ataru's point of view. The pop singer Kuma Kodi's song "Star" was used in the advertisements for this game.




少年サンデー&少年マガジン WHITE COMIC
Shonen Sunday & Shonen Magazine: White Comic
released 10/15/2009
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Published by Konami and developed by Winkysoft, this is a Pokemon-esque game where you summon various Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½, and Inuyasha characters (among many others from decades of Shonen Sunday and Shonen Magazine releases) to battle on another on your behalf. Takahashi characters include Ataru, Lum, Mendo, Shinobu, Ten, Ryunosuke and Cherry (from Urusei Yatsura), Ranma, Akane, Shampoo and Ryoga (from Ranma ½), and Inuyasha, Kagome, Naraku, Sesshomaru, Sango and Miroku (from Inuyasha).



Pachinko


CR うる星やつら
CR Urusei Yatsura
released 12/2001
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Published by Okumoto, this is a pachinko game, similiar to pinball games in the west, though with a much more vertically oriented set-up. The object of pachinko games is to capture as many steel balls as possible which can be redeemed for prizes. Because gambling for money is not technically legal in Japan, the balls are exchanged for things like shampoo or tokens inside the pachinko hall, and then these cheap prizes can be exchanged at a booth outside the hall for some monetary value.



CR うる星やつら 2
CR Urusei Yatsura 2
released 1/2005
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Okumoto released a sequel to their original hit pachislot game this time featuring an original song, "Sukinano ni," though it is not known who wrote or performed the song. With the exception of Fumi Hirano (Lum) most of the original cast did not appear in this game.



CR うる星やつら 3
CR Urusei Yatsura 3
released 5/2007
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The third game in the CR pachinko series of Urusei Yatsura games. As with previous games this one contains new animation though some of the original voice actors did not return. Two original songs were, "Cocoro Letter" and "Good Luck Good Day" by Atsuko Enomoto were featured in this game. Once again this was released by Okumura.



CR うる星やつら Forever Love
CR Urusei Yatsura Forever Love
released 3/7/2011
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The fourth game released by Okumura, some of the bonus levels of this game feature animation from the storylines "Even Though I Wait For You," "After You've Gone," and "Boy Meets Girl". A subsequent edition of this same game was released with the subtitle "Dengeki Suite Ver." The number "four" tends to be viewed as an unlucky omen, hence why the number was left off this game despite its placement in the CR series. This game also includes three all new songs, "Cosmic Love Story," "Forever Love," and "Onegai Darling". Classic Urusei Yatsura singer Steffanie was actually brought in to sing "Cosmic Love Story". Momoko Furukawa performed "Onegai Darling" and songs from the second and third game were featured as well.



Pachislot


パチスロうる星やつら
Pachislot Urusei Yatsura
released 5/2007
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Pachislot games have very little in common with traditional pachinko machines, instead they are essentially slot machines. Their popularity stems from the skill factor that is incorporated. Pulling the arm starts the reels spinning, but there is a button under each reel to control when it stops. There are video screens built into the cabinet as well that prompt the player with increased payouts and other teases that will get them to continue playing. This game was released by Ginza Co. Ltd.



パチスロうる星やつら2
Pachislot Urusei Yatsura 2
released 7/2009
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A sequel to the previous game, this one features new animation on the video screen. As mentioned above there is an element of skill to the game, which involves a technique known as "eye shooting" where a skilled player can perfectly stop a spinning reel on the desired number or symbol. The machines are programmed to foil skilled players by sliding past a desired number if two reels have already been matched successfully- a practice known as "slipping the reels". The game was released by Sammy Inc.


 

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