Review: Power Player Super Joy III

Review: Power Player Super Joy III

I got 76000 games, but a f**k ain’t one. HIT ME!

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Year: 2003-2004?

Played on: Plug and Play

Developer: Filthy Pirates, Most likely

Publisher: Sinango

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76000 reasons why I’m going to prisonĀ 

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Date posted: October 18, 2017

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PREMISE

An early 2000’s fad, plug-and-plays were all the rage. No console required- all it needed was a couple of AA or AAA batteries, a tv, and your dignity (which is why I own several of them!) Most of these were licensed, usually by cartoon characters like spongebob, spiderman, and Dick Cheney. However the best P&Ps were one’s that had official video games licenses, most notably the pacman and namco plug and plays by jaks pacific. Things were looking good for P&Ps showed up… until the bootleggers attacked.

Enter the Power Player Super Joy III. For the longest time, buying one of these was a simple task. In the early 2000’s,You could walk into any mall in America and find a kiosk with these things hooked up. You always saw people playing Contra and Super Mario bros, and many other games that the little controller had. For a mere $50 to $60 bucks, you too could own not 1, not 2, but 76000 games! That 75999 more games then the Xbox One currently has! Doing the math, that’s about 0.0006 cents a game- more then I pay for child support! Too good to be true? Well, little did most people know, that this console had some dark and disturbing secrets. Most notably-

IT WAS ILLEGAL!

DUN DUN DUNNNNN!

(I’ll go over the legal ramifications in the CONS section)

PROS

While it sold for the price of a new game when it came out, I managed to find my Super Joy III for a mere five bucks at the local Savers, though it was just the base controller. No badass gun or knockoff genesis controller for me!

 

poppopPop, pop. Watching gamers drop!

 

Setup is simple. Plug it in your tv, put the ac adapter in the wall, and turn it on. You are then greeted by 76000 games! You’ll never need another game console again!

You go though the list of games, all NES or Famicom titles. You got some good games here- Super Mario Bros, Regular Mario Bros, Contra, Tengen Tetris. You have the NES ports of Namco arcade games, such as Pac-Man, Dig-Dug, Mappy, Galaga, just to name a few. You even have Super Dyanmix Badminton! What other games could you possibly want!

 

thumbnail (2)Wait, it has King of Fighter’s AND Tekken? What a great selection!

 

Most of the games played alright, though some had problems- Super Mario Bros sound is completely off. Some games had the titles on the title screen changed or completely removed. Some games, like door DOOR had broken sprites. But it wasn’t too bad, shocking enough.

You can find a list of all the games at the bottom of the page.

CONS

First off, the controller isn’t comfortable. The buttons are stiffer then my (CENSORED) on (CENSORED). The edges on back of the controller seems to poke into your hands, leaving them sore even just after 30 minutes of play. I also heard that these things melt and cause fires because how cheaply made they are. Is it worth dying just to play a bootleg version of Joust on the NES? Damn straight, it is!

 

thumbnail (1)Look at it- I don’t want to put my hands near this thing!

 

So your going though 76000 games, and then you notice something weird. The games start repeating. “No, this is just a glitch or something!” you tell yourself “That guy in the alleyway I bought this from wouldn’t lie to me- there has to be 76000 games on this thing!” Slowly but surely you learn the truth. On the Power Player Super Joy III, I counted about 68 games, repeated infinitely, which is still 67 more games then the Xbox One has! While this is not bad, per say, it is damaging to the high standards kept by mall kiosks salesmen, and pirates. Redoing the math, it averaged to 7 cents a game, based on the 5 bucks I dropped on it. Still not a bad deal.

But now I’m going to jail!

You see, the fact of the matter is simple- they are illegal to sell, in most places. Saver’s was technically breaking the law when they allowed me to buy it. But did I care? No, I bought the thing, and now I’m not only on the FBI’s watchlist, I’m on the CIA’s as well. It goes even deeper. Apparently there was an entire ring of piracy that sold these things that was shut down! The whole things interesting- you can read all about it on the bootlegger wiki, right here-

http://bootleggames.wikia.com/wiki/Power_Player_Super_Joy_III

I have to go now- I hear sirens…

FINAL VERDICT

While its cool to have a bunch of classic NES games in one convenient unit, you have to ask yourself, it is worth the trouble? I got lucky and found one cheap, but they go for all sorts of prices now and days. Also, selling one is incredibly risky, because as I said it’s pretty much illegal to do so. If you can get it cheap, and get away with it, its really not all that bad. Its just not worth going to jail over, if your a seller.

4score

 

LIST OF GAMES

  • Contra
  • Ikki
  • Soccer
  • Yir Ar Kung Fu
  • Karateka
  • Tag Team Match MUSCLE
  • Tengen Tetris
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Arkanoid
  • 1942
  • Star Force
  • F-1 Race
  • Popeye
  • Galaga
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • Bird Week
  • PacMan
  • Defender 2 (Stargate)
  • Space Invaders
  • Mario Bros.
  • Exerion
  • Road Fighter
  • Dig Dug
  • Twin Bee (Stinger)
  • Binary Land
  • Door Door
  • Kung-Fu (Spartan X)
  • Super Dynamix Badminton
  • Wild Gunman
  • Ninja Kid
  • Super Arabian
  • Raid On Bungling Bay
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Championship Lode Runner
  • Battle City
  • Antarctic Adventure
  • Sky Destroyer
  • Balloon Fight
  • Miliipede
  • Circus Charlie
  • Golf
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Field Combat
  • Baseball
  • Magic Jewelry (Bootleg)
  • Macross
  • Nut and Milk
  • Slalom
  • Galaxian
  • Brush Roller (Bootleg)
  • Ice Climbers
  • Hogan’s Alley
  • Warpman
  • Mappy
  • Zippy Race
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math
  • Clayshooting (Part of Duck Hunt)
  • Tennis
  • Pinball
  • Lunar Ball
  • Sqoon
  • PooYan
  • Joust
  • Duck Hunt (Part of Duck Hunt)
  • Exctibike
  • Formation Z
  • Bomberman
  • Urban Champion
  • Devils World

Agree? Disagree? Good! Leave a comment about how terrible my taste is in the comments below!

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