BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA
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バイオミラクルぼくってウパ
©Konami 1988
Release: 1988-04-22 (¥3300)
DiskCard KDS-BOK
Platform/Action game

Japanese Version
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Released in japan (Cartridge) as
BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA
( RV102 )
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a cute platform game by Konami. Once upon a time their was the Ruakuuyo kingdom where a new prince was born. Prince Uparaato (Upa for short) is a bright and playful baby who is already crawling at one month, but things were about to take a turn for the worst... one day he accidentally breaks a magical urn and frees the demon beast Zai. The goat-looking demon quickly starts to take over the kingdom and drains the life force out of its inhabitants and kidnaps every single baby. But he hasn't noticed Upa and the poor fellow seems to be the only one who survived the ordeal. When everything seems lost, a kind fairy appears and gives baby Upa a magic rattle to help him on his fantastic journey to save the kingdom. The players controls the crawling Upa through seven areas made out of several sub-stages each. The magic rattle is Upa's only weapon and protection against hordes of enemies who try to stop him. Opponents inflate and float away when hit, they can then be used as temporary platforms or projectiles, as long as Upa stays away from their deadly rebounds. This features is at the core of the gameplay and some areas entirely rely on Upa turning his enemies into floating balloons and it is also the only way to defeat the game's bosses. Special items are scattered throughout the game and usually hidden inside red boxes with Upa's face on them. Some power-ups, such as the bell, gives our hero the ability to walk and to become invincible for a short amount of time whereas others freeze all the enemies one screen.
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Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa was never officially released outside Japan. However, many players claim that an unofficial copy called Mario Baby was available for rent in the US. It supposedly came with a NES adapter and a small Mario baby label glued on the top of the cartridge. It wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that this cartridge was probably a Chinese bootleg of the Famicom Disk version with an adpater attached to it but information is rather thin... Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa was however re-released for the Famicom on cartridge in 1993. Interestingly Konami added an Easy mode not found on the original Famicom Disk version.

Upa in Parodius Upa is available as a playable character in Konami's Gokujō Parodius (1994) and Jikkyō Oshaberi Parodius (1995) both released for the Super Famicom (pictures on the right). A baby girl called Ruda was also included along with Upa.

Game Staff (Copied from the game's (cartridge version) end credits) :

Programmer
Anna Yamada
Shortcut Eda
Bunbun Murata
Jenny Okuda
Pa!Pa! Hitomi
Chara Design
Mama-Chan!
H-Chan!
Sound Design
Lydian Fukami
Sukemaro Fujio
Nakamur
Kaori-Chan
Aya Chan
Gaziruru
Yuko Chan
Package Design
Shimoneta Kenji
Hiroko Funabee
Thank You Very Much
For Playing.

Good Night, Upa

Presented By
Konami


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Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a fun little game and a solid platformer that really grows on you. Don't get distracted by the overly cute graphics, the sweet colors or the giant red popsicles. The emphasis on childish shapes and themes invite the player to take Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa lightly - but it is a tough nut to crack and some stages require laborious patience to master. Nevertheless the game is never unfair and the controls are relatively well tuned, and even when things get complicated the game retains its simplicity. All in all Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a great addition for anyone who likes old-school platform games.




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