Atlantis no Nazo

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Atlantis no Nazo
アトランチスの謎
Box art

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Alternate name(s)
The Mystery of Atlantis
Developer
Publisher
Price
¥4900 ($33.32 USD)
Code
  • SS4-4900
  • Famicom release date
    Japan
    April 17th, 1986
    Wii Virtual Console release date
    Japan
    December 2, 2008
    3DS Virtual Console release date
    Japan
    October 2, 2013
    Wii U Virtual Console release date
    Japan
    April 22, 2015
    Nintendo Switch Online release date
    Japan
    February 19, 2020
    Other sites

    Atlantis no Nazo (アトランチスの謎) is a side-scrolling platform video game developed and published by Sunsoft and released for the Family Computer on April 17th, 1986 in Japan. A localized version under the name Super Pitfall II was planned to release for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America around 1989 published by Activision but was never released.

    Gameplay

    The game plays as a side scrolling platformer. The player plays as an adventurer, named Wynn, armed with throwable dynamite. Wynn start with 7 lives, but dies in one hit (with no continues). Wynn has a stiff jump and a constant movement speed (no running). The game starts in zone 1 and allows traversal through many alternate routes and secrets to get to the final zone. These alternate paths are often cryptic and/or completely hidden (a map of alternate paths and secrets can be found here). Throughout all 101 zones, various enemies are encountered, which can usually be taken out with dynamite. Zones get progressively harder, with later levels obscuring the view of the stage itself. Each zone also has a rather strict timer, a number counts down from 999 and once the timer runs out in a zone, the player loses a life.

    Atlantis no Nazo Enemies
    Enemy Image Enemy Form Enemy Description
    Atlantis no Nazo Bat.png
    Bat Flies high up towards the left or the right, and drops poop. Contact with dropped poop is deadly.
    Atlantis no Nazo Crab.png
    Hermit Crab Moves slowly, hides in it's explosive-proof shell when threatened.
    Caterpillar Moves quickly.
    Atlantis no Nazo Fish.png
    Fish Jumps out from the bottom of the screen. Similar to the fish in Super Mario Bros.
    Scorpion Stands still, deadly on contact. Takes 3 hits to kill.
    Mummy 3 bombs to kill, sometimes shoots fireballs.
    Atlantis no Nazo Bee.png
    Bee Slowly homes in on Wynn.
    Merman Shoots fish.
    Slime Can jump to the ceiling.
    Skeleton Crawls out of the ground and jumps.
    Demon The final boss. Shoots fireballs. Cannot be killed with Wynn's dynamite.

    Legacy

    While western reactions to the game have been less than positive, in Japan the game is remembered rather fondly. It's also remembered for its absurd difficulty.[Source?] The game gets modern re-releases fairly often, most recently on the Famicom Classic Mini and included on the Nintendo Switch Online service.

    Sales

    Famistu Sales Figures
    Famitsu sales figures
    Issue no. Ranking Units sold
    #0 5th
    #1 6th
    #2 5th 1,092
    #3 10th
    #4 15th
    #5 20th
    #6 26th
    #8 27th

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