Mail has been fixed; you should now be able to confirm your e-mail address, watch pages, and the like.
Please report any issues on Discord.

X-Men (NES)

From The Cutting Room Floor
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Title Screen

The Uncanny X-Men

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


TextIcon.png This game has unused text.


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. The clue to this code is hidden in the post-stage text, which would explain the kooky wording as well as a glaring typo.

The message is disguised via a secondary lettering set which shared the same white color as the main text. Killing 30 special enemies in a stage causes the hidden text to be displayed in red, as shown below (the counter that keeps track of how many special enemies you've killed is stored at $513 in NES memory). The special enemies may be displayed in a different color throughout the level, but not always.

Combining the red text gives a message of:

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.

(Yes, the hidden message is just as wonky as the regular post-stage text.)

Regarding "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, among the copyright and trademark info.