Someone hand me a late pass but this is the coolest shit I have ever seen on these Internets.
F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby, one of my favorite novels and subject of an upcoming 3-D film version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Baz Luhrmann, has been re-imagined into an 8-bit Nintendo game.
Follow this link to play the game; I’ve done it and it is a hoot. (All screenshots are from when I played the game.) You fight butlers, drunkards and flappers in your quest to find all of Jay Gatsby’s gold.
Everything’s authentic, right down to its graphics and tinny musical soundtrack. If the website is to be believed (which it’s obvs not), the game was discovered at a yeard sale. To wit:
I found it at a yard sale. I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and jesus. So weird. Apparently it’s an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called “Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari,” but I haven’t found anything about that either. What’s left of the manual was just rubberbanded to the cartridge. I finally scanned them …
Check out the scans (and my screencaps) below.
If only this were around back in my Metroid/Zelda/Duck Hunt heyday. I’m already preparing to waste hours of my life playing this thing.