Today we will look at Mahjong Kyoretsuden: Nishi Nihon Hen. Mahjong is an old Chinese board game that uses a set of painted tiles. Usually, it’s played with 4 players. But with the advent of video games in arcades and at home, several Japanese companies sought to adapt Mahjong as a 2-player video game representation, and with great success. Mahjong games became popular. And since Mahjong games are relatively quick and cheap to produce, droves of them were made on many systems, and they are usually launch games for several consoles, or at least are released very early on in a console’s lifetime. The Neo Geo is no different, with Mahjong Kyoretsuden being a launch title.
Since Mahjong Kyoretsuden is, well, a Mahjong game fully in Japanese, and I don’t know much about either, I really couldn’t progress far into the game. But from what I’ve seen, Kyoretsuden is a competent Mahjong game. There’s an elaborate story mode, where I assume you are Mr. Mahjong ToughGuy going around town challenging random opponents in Mahjong parlors to prove you Mahjong mettle. At the start of Story Mode, you are asked to create Mr. ToughGuy’s face by choose his face structure, eyes, nose, mouth, hair, eyebrows, moustache. You can even choose to wear one of a few choices of glasses. The create-a-face mode is pretty detailed. There’s Japanese Enka music playing in the background, showing off the Neo Geo sound chip’s vocal capabilities again, though it sound more like someone is playing off a soundboard with vocal samples rather than just a direct vocal recording, but what do I know about Enka music anyway. And that’s all I can say about what I’ve played.
But actually, I wasn’t really being completely honest. You see, Mahjong Kyoretsuden comes from the sleazier parts of the Mahjong games collective. And by that I mean it’s a Strip Mahjong game (that explains the cover). Later on in the game, you play against female opponents who, when beaten, will take off their clothes. I didn’t post these images here to maintain 100 Days of MEGASHOCK! as a family-friendly, safe for work blog for all to enjoy. I mean, I can’t progress that far enough in the game anyway if I wanted to. And no I don’t really want to. I really don’t…
You know, let’s end this post before we embarrass the both of us.