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Aladdin (NES, Hummer Team)
The game has unused bonus round graphics.
One of an amazing four Aladdin games released for the NES and/or Famicom, three of which were ports of the Mega Drive game (one of which was actually licensed!). This is neither. It's a port of the SNES game, released in 1995 by some people who definitely did not have permission from either Capcom or Disney to do so.
This unused "Hummer" can be found with the title screen graphics. It looks fairly rough, so it probably wasn't ever intended to be displayed (or at least would have been replaced by a polished version if it found its way into the final product).
The following text is present in the ROM and used for memory initialization:
. Silvers LIN .
Popeye II: Travels in Persia
Basically the same game, but with Popeye's head on Aladdin's body. Surprisingly effective.
In common with many games released by JY Company, each game ROM contains multiple variations on the same game, enabling them to produce multiple "different" carts simply by adjusting dip switches by soldering a joint on the PCB. In emulators, these are usually accessed through a soft-reset (FCE Ultra) or menu (Nestopia).
This said, the dumped Aladdin and Popeye II: Travels in Persia ROMs are both actually different revisions of the game with different title screens and graphics contained within.
In addition to the two accessible using dip switches, this version contains at least two title variations which are only available through Game Genie codes. Popeye II was ultimately used in the other release of the game (although the Popeye sprite is not present in this version), but no Aladdin Special cart is known to exist.
|Accessible through dip switches|
|Game Genie only|
|Code GAVVTPAA||Code PAOEILAA|
Popeye II: Travels in Persia
The version present on the JY-120 Super 45-in-1 multicart (also known for containing the only known release of the full version of the NES Super Mario World port) features some differences from the standalone releases; the controls are reversed (so A is jump and B is attack, in line with most other NES platform games) and Popeye II, listed here as a separate menu option, starts on the second level, to further the illusion that it is actually a different game.
Probably Hacked/Pirate Versions
More info on missing animations and second MMC3 port
A somewhat poorly-done port of the game from JY's proprietary mapper to the standard MMC3 mapper exists, probably made without Hummer Team's involvement, which is the most common version found on pirate carts. This is often known as "Aladdin 4", but the "first three" Aladdin games seem to exist in this variant too.
The easiest way to distinguish it is by the fact that when starting the game, instead of the first level's music playing, a sound effect plays while the title screen music continues (leaving it music-less when that tune finishes). Sometimes its copyright date is modified to 1996, and some animations in later levels are missing.
Another MMC3 port of unknown origin does not suffer from the music problem, but is rarely seen on cartridge.