Now, I'm anal enough to divide my games into "Neo Geo Pocket" and "Neo Geo Pocket Color" games, so I was checking to see which ones were compatible with my B&W Neo Geo Pocket.
Most that aren't compatible, like SNK Gals Fighters for instance, simply have a message that says it won't play on a B&W system. SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millenium, on the other hand, shows a series of sad-faced SNK & Capcom characters with Neo Geo Pockets, lamenting their inability to play the game.
When I got to my most recent NGPC acquisition, The King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise, I got quite a surprise: A HIDDEN GAME!
When you put the "Battle de Paradise" cart into an original B&W Neo Geo Pocket, a screen of Japanese text comes up. Wait, and a row of three dots slowly appears, followed by a final Japanese character. Press the "A" button and the game starts with a screen that reads
PLAY YO*SA*KU GAME
PRESS A BUTTON
("Shinnihon Kikaku" is one way to write SNK's full, original name. The other is "Shin Nihon Kikaku".)
It's a strange little game that appears to be a version of SNK's first arcade title Yosaku, circa 1978. The Yosaku shown at the KLOV has some similarities, but a closer version is the one below from a game called kikori no YOSAKU for the "Cassette Vision."
The game involves chopping down trees, while fighting off boars and avoiding snakes and bird droppings.
All in all, a neat discovery. It fully justifies my owning the otherwise redundant Neo Geo Pocket.
So, does anyone else know anything about this Yosaku game?