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California Games (NES)

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Title Screen

California Games

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Milton Bradley
Platform: NES
Released in US: June 1989
Released in EU: 1990


DevMessageIcon.png This game has a hidden developer message.
CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


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Easter Egg

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Another love story. During the rollerskating game, if the player's name is "PAUL" or "RACHEL", the writing "PP & RME" will appear on the ground at the end of the course.

The same names or initials can be found in other Rare games by the same developers (Marble Madness and Wizards & Warriors), including the default record tables. They also appear in the Wheel of Fortune series.

The initials stand for Paul Proctor and Rachel M. Edwards, the developers. The hidden text was removed from the European version, along with the "RACHEL" listing in the hi-score table.

Unused Text

The reset routine in the US version uses the following string to check if the game was soft or hard reset:

PAUL & RACHEL

The European version removed this, using the below instead:

HAS BEEN RAN

Also, every PRG bank of the US version contains a small copyright string:

(C) COPYRIGHT 1987 RARE LTD. ENGLAND.

...Which was updated for the European version:

(C) COPYRIGHT 1990 RARE LTD.

Regional Differences

The European version plays the menu music on the title and copyright screen, instead of using the original title theme found in the US version.

The US version gives the player the option to instantly skip the copyright text. However in the European version, you must wait about 5 seconds for the copyright screen to transition to the title screen.