Masked Ninja Hanamaru (Kamen no
The Famicom Yo! Noid
I would have never known about Hanamaru if
it wasn't for stumbling upon some screen
shots at a Famicom site. They immediately
jumped out at me and under deeper
investigation I found out Capcom had made the
The title screen and intro are really
whacked out, but it was made by the king
which is Capcom, so I decided to press start
and try it out. When the first level sprang
up, I almost fell out of my seat!
First Level: Harbor
"OH MY PRECIOUS NOIDS!", I
remember shouting. This was Yo! Noid, minus a
few pizza references, the replacement of the
main character with a masked boy, and the
yo-yo was now a bird. Even the enemies were
strikingly similar and the play control was
identical as well.
|Masked Ninja Hanamaru
Everything looked like a clone. Take a
look at the below screen shots of the levels.
(The levels appeared in the same order as Yo!
And now side by side comparisons between
the two versions' sprites:
You should notice the "darker",
more-sinister looking enemies from Hanamaru.
The main character looks a tad shady, too,
wearing those Elton John sun glasses.
The most surprising change, I found, was
with Yo! Noid's pizza eating contests. Take a
The bosses here are a lot more creative
than different colored Noids, I can tell you
that much. These card battles are very much
the same as the pizza eating contests. Items
you picked up along the way (such as the II
cards) can be used to your benefit. The goal
is identical, to make your opponent's health
go down to zero. The other real difference
(beside the graphics) is the Japanese text.
This might be the one of the pioneer video
games of the card battle craze of today
(Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh).
Still, after I played both games, I felt
Yo! Noid put personality in an otherwise
empty game. Even though both games are 98%
the same, you will have a better time with
Yo! Noid than Hanamaru just because of the