LAURENT KERMEL - Video Game Den : Super Famicom : WOLFENSTEIN 3D )
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©1993 Imagineer Co.,Ltd
Published under licence from Id Software
Release: 1994-02-10 (¥9800)
Cartridge SHVC-6W
3D / shooting game

American Version
Released in America as
( SNS-6W-USA )

European Version
Released in Europe as
Wolfenstein 3D is a first person shooter by Id Software and conversion of their own game originally released for PC Computers in 1992. The game stars B.J. Blazkowicz, a fearless soldier trying to infiltrate a military prison base, the Wolfenstein Castle, occupied by the army of the Staatmeister. Each mission puts our hero to the test - he has, for instance, to uncover secret plans or stop crazy scientists before they can complete their chemical weapons. Each building is an intricate maze of narrow corridors, hallways, rooms, all filled with secret push walls, guards and giant rats. The players starts the game with a knife and a simple pistol but soon picks up machine guns, chain guns and missile launchers from defeated foes. Various special items also improve our soldier's status bar - they include first aid kits, food and extra lives. He can also find treasures scattered around each stage and ammo boxes. Interestingly, this Super Famicom version features a backpack allowing the player to store more ammo. Most of the stages have locked doors and keys are required to open them and advance through the game - keys are usually hidden around the levels or guarded by mean bosses. A map is gradually filled in as the game progresses to help B.J. Blazkowicz fulfill his mission. After each stage, the player is given his score but most importantly his percentage of enemies killed, treasures collected and secrets discovered - this features greatly motivates the player to play the game's stages again and try to reach a perfect 100% score. There is a password save feature in Wolfenstein 3D allowing the player to revisit any stage from the game.
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The Super Famicom version of the game was censored to comply with Nintendo's strict censorship policy. All the Nazi and World War II controversial references (Nazi signs, Hitler portraits, German language, skeletons etc...) were omitted. The blood was also removed and attack dogs replaced by giant rats. The game also features entirely new levels and two new weapons not found in the original game - the flamethrower and the missile launcher.

PC version Interestingly, the original Castle Wolfenstein game was released for the Apple II (1981), PC Computers (1983), Atari 800 (1983), Commodore 64 (1983) and a sequel called Beyond Castle Wolfenstein followed in 1984. However, the first-person perspective Wolfenstein 3D that blasted the first person shooter genre forward was released for PC Computers nearly ten years later, in 1992 (picture on the left). The game was initially released as a shareware - the first episode could be freely copied and distributed but the commercial release featured more missions. The game was ported to countless home systems such as the Atari Jaguar (1994), Macintosh (1994), Super Famicom (1994), 3DO (1995), Game Boy Advance (2002) and so forth. A sequel to Wolfenstein 3D called Spear of Destiny was released for PC Computers in 1992.

Teaser text from the American version:
"It won't be easy. That's why we're sending you."
The fate of the free world hangs in the balance and the President of the Republics knows that only you can save millions of lives from the evil of the Master State. Sent on a series of perilous missions, you must infiltrate this hideous nether world and terminate its leader. Unfortunately, the Staatmeister commands a crack force of vicious and conniving soldiers who'll hunt you down no matter where you are. Will you live up to your reputation as an elite commando? Or will the Staatmeister fulfill his diabolical plan to rule the earth ?


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Porting a high-end (for the time) PC Game to a home console such as the Super Famicom is quite a challenge and a daunting task - for that matter, Wolfenstein 3D is an obvious technical achievement. But there is a price to pay for such endeavour. Graphics are horribly pixelated and the game quickly becomes a semi abstract blur. This a severe handicap and it prevents you to properly see your enemies in most situations. Controls are fairly descent and the Super Famicom D-Pad works surprisingly well and keeps some of the core gameplay mechanics the same. The game was also heavily edited and there are some significant differences between this version and the original PC game. However, I personally don't mind these changes - Hitler has lost his mustache and attack dogs are now giant rats, so what ? I don't mind that as long as the gameplay remains true to the original. All in all, Wolfenstein 3D is a sort of disappointment. I acknowledge the impressive technical achievement and the game is overall kind of fun - but games such as Doom are much better conversions and are, I feel, a better choice.

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