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X-Men (NES)

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Title Screen

The Uncanny X-Men

Developers: Unknown (most likely Atlus)
Publisher: LJN
Platform: NES
Released in US: December 1989


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X-Men is an NES game based on the popular Marvel series. Bub.

Hidden Message

The game has a hidden final stage accessed with an obscure input combination on the mission select screen. As it turns out, the clue to reaching the game's final stage was hidden in the post-stage text, which would explain the kooky wording as well as a glaring typo. The message was disguised via a secondary lettering set which shared the same white color as the main text. Killing 30 special enemies on a stage will cause the hidden text to be displayed in red, as shown below. The special enemies may be displayed in a different color throughout the level, but not always.

So the full message is thus:

The last mission can be reached from the mission screen by pushing SELECT
and seek the advice of the label to make it to the final mission.

Per reference to the "label", the remainder of the code, "+B+UP TOGETHER WITH START", was printed on the lower-right corner of the game's cartridge label.

The "special enemies killed" counter is stored at $513 in NES memory.