The Simpsons (Arcade)
While buying some jewels for Mr. Burns, Smithers bumps into the Simpson family...causing one of the diamonds to fly into Maggie's mouth! Rather than just taking the jewel out of her mouth, Smithers and his bone-stupid henchmen (that he's always had but you never see on the show) kidnap Maggie! It's up to The Simpsons to get her back.
There are some unused character graphics, please add them.
- 1 Unused Graphics
- 2 Unused Music
- 3 Version Differences
Their are a couple of unused characters in this game.
It seems Principal Skinner was supposed to hand the player a broom sometime in the game. Maybe for a school stage?
The stage 3 bosses have multiple palettes that are the same as the regular enemies. This could reveal that they were meant to be more common enemies since they watch the Simpsons in the first two levels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLb_XNSfs-k&ab_channel=IlluminatiDad
There is also an unused Krusty enemy without his mask.
Inanimate Carbon Rod
This is found with the rest of the thrown item graphics, but it's not found anywhere in the game.
This should show up when picking up a health item, but nope.
An early version of Smithers' boss dialogue. This uses a unique dialogue balloon and is in all caps, unlike the final version.
An unused dialogue string. Definitely meant for level 3.
These appear to be status icons for a bomb, a bottle, a can of soda and a slingshot. They were located in the game's graphics, near the character portraits.
This song is hidden in the game data. It isn't available in the game's built-in sound test, but you can listen to it by loading the game romset in M1 and playing sound code 0xA9. There is speculation that this was an unused boss theme for Smithers, which would be used before the final fight against Mr. Burns. Plus, every time the song loops, it starts to play a little bit faster than before.
The Japanese version is markedly different than other versions. Most of the changes are for game balance issues. The PlayStation Network rerelease of the game gives you the option to play the Japanese version, so it features all of these differences.
The Japanese version adds two trailing zeroes to the score.
These zeroes were added to accommodate the Japanese version's more dynamic scoring system. In the World version, every enemy defeated is worth just 1 point. In the Japanese version, certain enemies are worth more, as are bosses:
|Henchman||100||Umbrella Henchman||300||Werner Von Brawn||2,000|
|Hat-Throwing Henchman||200||Bart Imp||500||Krusty Balloon||2,000|
|Fake Bongo||300||Bigfoot||500||Bouncer Brother||1,000|
|Fireman||300||Radiation Suit||500||Ball Lord||5,000|
|Krusty Impersonator||300||Saxophone||500||Kabuki Master||5,000|
The Japanese version gives players a vitality bonus at the end of each level.
The two bonus games have time bonuses in the Japanese version. These aren't present in the World version.
It's possible to extend health past 100% in the Japanese version. Picking up food while at full health gives the player bonus health (shown in yellow). It's possible to extend it even further (200%+), in which case the bonus will be in green.
In the World version, weapons can't be used in the air, a restriction not present in the Japanese version.
- The enemies in this version seem a bit more stupid compared to the World version.
- In the Japanese version, you must press the attack button in front of a food item to collect it.
- The slingshot was buffed significantly. In the World version it's about as strong as a normal attack. In the Japanese version, it will kill anything in one hit!
|An atomic bomb was added in front of the arcade.
These nukes only appear in the Japanese version.
- The Hamburger at the end of the stage was changed to a Hot Dog.
- The Hot Dog at the end of the stage was changed to a Hamburger.
|A hamburger was added behind this tree.||Another nuke, this one in front of the moon.|
|A bomb was added at the end of the cemetery.||Two bombs were added to the boss area.|
|A bomb was added to the start of the level.||This mop only appears in the Japanese game.||A nuke was placed near the arcade cabinets.|
|An extra rock was added at the start of the level.||Another boulder was added before the waterfalls.
The larger boulder is unique to the Japanese game.
|Lifting the bigger boulder up reveals a pile of fruit!|
|A bomb was added to the start of the area.|
See a pattern yet?
|A nuke and two food items were added here.|
- The Corn pickup was changed to a Hamburger.
|A Hot Dog and Turkey are hidden in the fixtures
by Mr. Burns' portrait in the Japanese version.
|When Smithers is defeated in the Japanese game,|
an assortment of fruit flies out of his body.
Make of that what you will.
More characters were added to the ending (Principal Skinner, Milhouse, Nelson, Sherri and Terri, Santa's Little Helper, and Snowball II)