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Die Hard (NES)

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Title Screen

Die Hard

Developer: Pack-In-Video
Publishers: Pack-In-Video (JP), Activision (US/EU)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: July 19, 1991
Released in US: January 1992
Released in EU: 1992

DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.

Being based on a blockbuster action flick, developed by Pack-In-Video, published by Activision, and released on the NES, you might assume that Die Hard is a frustrating and mediocre game.

You'd be correct.

Debug Features

Speed Up Time

During the game, press Start to open the status screen, where the time is stopped. Press A + B + Select to run and speed up the time. This will lead to increasing the locks counters, then setting the final time to leave the building. If you skip all this time, the game ends.

Hidden Continue

Die Hard (NES)-continue.png

Immediately after you die, but before the screen fades out, hold Down + A + B + Start. After the game over screen, the continue screen will appear...although you'll have just two continues.

Picture Test

Die Hard (NES)-screentest.png

Hold Up + Left + Select at the difficulty selection screen, before starting a new game. Press A, and before the game starts you'll see all the in-game splash screens with the same text:

Theo: "Lock one is down,
I estimate about a half hour
to go!"

The Japanese version shows all the in-game messages before the game screens.

Regional Differences

To do:
Translate Japanese version's cutscenes, as most of the dialogue is different from the US/European versions.

Copyright Screens

  • The word "Trademark" in the Japanese version was changed to "Trademarks" in the US and European versions.
  • "All Rights Reserved." in the Japanese version was changed to "All Rights Are Reserved." in the US and European versions.
  • The Japanese version has a different year, as well as a credit to Activision.
   © 1990 PACK-IN-VIDEO
  • The US and European versions give separate copyright credits to Activision and Pack-In-Video.
  • The US version has the text
    , while the European version has
  • The US and European versions add a splash screen for Activision before the title screen appears.
Europe US Japan
Die Hard Copyright Screen (Europe) 000.png
Die Hard ActivisionPresents Screen (USA) 001.png
Die Hard CopyrightScreen (USA) 000.png
Die Hard ActivisionPresents Screen (USA) 001.png
Die Hard CopyrightScreen (Japan) 000.png


Die Hard - FC Cutscene 1.png
Die Hard - FC Cutscene 2.png

The Japanese version has a couple of cutscenes that appear after selecting your difficulty. The text roughly translates to:

40 terrorists occupy the Nakatomi Building and have caught Holly!

John checks the ammo in his clip.
There are 15 remaining.
"I need to find a way to contact the Los Angeles Police.."

Terrorist Counter

Die Hard - NES - Terrorist Counter.png

The Japanese version has an in-game terrorist counter, which appears when you start the game and when you kill an enemy. The US and European versions relegated this to only appearing in the pause menu.