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Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

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Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa puts you in control of a superhero baby! Originally released in 1988 by Konami on the Famicom Disk System, this cute and quirky Japanese platform game stars an unlikely hero: a baby named Upa who can defeat enemies by inflating them with his magic rattle, and can bounce or ride on their balloon-like bodies!

Set in a magical kingdom, Upa is the prince and the most recent in a line of brave fighters. By accident, Upa smashes an urn that releases the spirit of Zai, an evil goat-like demon who proceeds to absorb the life force of the kingdom ’s adults and kidnap every baby! Thankfully, the urn was also home to a fairy who gives Upa a magical rattle to defteat Zai!

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Oh baby!

Let's be honest, a platformer built around a tiny baby and his rattle doesn't exactly beam with potential from the start, so it's no small wonder that this game was originally rejected by Nintendo of America at the time it was submitted for release in the...

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KeeperBvK

#1

KeeperBvK said:

Wow, there actually was a time when Nintendo really decided games weren't good enough? Where's that quality assurance nowadays with all teh Pop Corn Arcade games? ^^

Anyway: Technically it looks like crap (hate how the main character flashes so damn long, you can't see him for some seconds from time to time...), but it looks like it plays ok.

DrakeStaff

#2

Drake said:

That's just a YouTube issue - The flickering stays, er, well, flickering in-game.

DazzaAdmin

#3

Dazza said:

This has to be one of the strangest games ever! I am looking forward to this coming to the VC :-)

DannyZ13

#4

DannyZ13 said:

Wow. How much acid do you think the developers took when they came up with this?

Bensei

#6

Bensei said:

LOL
It really gets the issue how a Baby would act as a main hero of a VC title, but I don't think I'd buy it

Charco

#7

Charco said:

What an odd-looking game! Still, I will support any import games on the VC if it means quality titles we missed in the past will become available to us.

Kirby8

#11

Kirby8 said:

i have heard about a american hack version of this game called MARIO BABY

KeeperBvK

#12

KeeperBvK said:

" have heard about a american hack version of this game called MARIO BABY"

Don't you say...me too! Wait...could be from comments #5 and 7. ;)

i_am_error

#15

i_am_error said:

Back when I was a kid, they had this Famicom game (with a NES adaptor) for rent. It was actually called "Mario Baby" and it was a lot of fun. I can't be more happy to replay this unknown gem.

CorbsAdmin

#17

Corbs said:

It's almost worth the price just for the upside down level alone. :)

XCWarrior

#20

XCWarrior said:

This reminds me of another NES title, Little Nemo: The Dream Master. That game was awful, and this one looks just as bad. Worst duo of imports so far, sadness. Another down week for the VC/WiiWare.

Bass_X0

#21

Bass_X0 said:

How about playing it before you dismiss it? You can't predict a NES game's quality based on looks alone.

Link79

#22

Link79 said:

This game does have me a little curious. On the outside it looks rediculous and childish but this is coming from someone who loves yoshi's Island and other similar cutesy games.
You probably shouldn't avoid this game just because it may threaten your manhood. Alot of these Imports we've been getting have been great so I'm gonna give it a chance. With a five star rating it can't be that bad.

North99

#23

North99 said:

This looks like a trip to play to me .. I will be buying this game this morning to check it out for myself.

Timptation

#25

Timptation said:

Little Nemo was one of the best NES games ever. Period. This looks pretty cool, I'd buy it if I had any room on my system.

DazzaAdmin

#32

Dazza said:

When you quit out of the game you can pick right back up where you left off, as with all NES games on the VC. So that's sort of like a save!

hansolo350

#33

hansolo350 said:

If you lose all of your lives do you get to start where you had died like in Mario 3?

ChocoDK

#34

ChocoDK said:

This game actually looks kind of interesting. I might think about picking it up.

Tides_of_Chaos

#35

Tides_of_Chaos said:

Looks interesting, but I already have so many other great games to buy, that this one I will probably pass on.

7th_lutz

#36

7th_lutz said:

Fun game. I downloaded it and it is a great addition for anyone that likes platform games.

Link79

#38

Link79 said:

Do Re Me fantasy is a great game. It's one of the best imports on VC. It's right up there with games released in the U.S. like Mario and other platformers. Don't miss out on it.

Chipmunk777

#40

Chipmunk777 said:

Hahaha... It actually looks like a game I'd really enjoy. I love quirky japanese platformers (DoReMi Fantasy :P ). I'll definitely pick it up if I ever have an odd number of points left over

BB_Sting

#41

BB_Sting said:

Hmm, I want this game. If anyone has an issue with this game threatening their manhood(I assume everyone here is male, female gamers are sadly lacking) :( , just pretend that yer playin' as Baby Herman from the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Link79

#42

Link79 said:

Well I could see a girl playing this game since it's all cutesy and stuff but I doubt Many girls hang around on a website called vcreviews.com. Most Girls who play Wii are probably more interested in the motion controlled shovelware than an actual game that takes patience.

Big_Sexy

#43

Big_Sexy said:

Wow. I think that may just be the most sexist comment I've ever heard/read.

On a more important note, I want this game. But, as I'm currently juggling storage between Paper Mario and Defend Your Castle, I'm not interested in adding another variable into that equation.

Maxime_St_Rasse

#44

Maxime_St_Rasse said:

awesome game... id say its sortof a mix between doremi fantasy (also an awesome import platformer) and the original mario... dont get all freaked out cuz youre controlling a baby using a rattle as a weapon the games definitely alot of fun

Rapadash6

#45

Rapadash6 said:

This game seems to come highly recommended from what I've been hearing. Think I'll be downloading this soon. They were all right about DoReMi Fantasy, afterall.

StarDust4Ever

#49

StarDust4Ever said:

DoReMi Fantasy quickly became my favorite VC game. so cheers to Bio Miracle (I just hit the download button like 2 minutes ago) :D

I am proud to support import gaming.

Rexy

#50

Rexy said:

If this ever comes to the next Hanabi festival, then I'll be among the first PAL gamers to get it. It looks like a lot of fun and challenge :D

Kingston

#51

Kingston said:

I expected this to be a wonderful, 5 star game. It's fun, and the ability to continue is nice, but I would give it a 4/5

Luigi

#53

Luigi said:

I want this game so badly! I have the points (6700 to be exact), so that's not a problem. It looks so funny and fun! Maybe I'll buy it when I'm done with Gyrostarr.

Ricardo91

#55

Ricardo91 said:

A silly platformer about a baby that inflates pigs and birds with a magic rattle and rides/ kicks them around? I'll pass. I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but it would just look so awkward in my wii channels. Does look kinds fun though.

Big_Sexy

#57

Big_Sexy said:

I got this game finally, and finished it within a few days. I'll probably play it again later. It was fun and quite challenging, but nothing a hardened platform gamer can't handle. Very unique game, and I'll be forcing everyone in my family to play it at least once.

One thing really bothers me, though - the above video shows an Easy and Normal mode, but the VC game has no option whatsoever. Why is that?

Clayfrd

#58

Clayfrd said:

I just bought this along with Donkey Kong (I merely got it for collecting purposes, and to finish out my VC Mario collection), Zelda 1, Harvest Moon, and Ninja Turtles (because the Angry Video Game Nerd reviewed it). I hope it is as good as others have been saying.

@Big=Sexy - Ha. Your name brings forth a good chuckle. Anyway, I believe the option for difficulty was left out of the Famicom Disk System version, which must be the version we got. Wikipedia says so, at least.

Adamant

#59

Adamant said:

It's th other way around - the Easy difficulty option was added to the Famicom version - the original FDS game only had a normal mode.
The same was done to the original Castlevania game (I've played the Famicom version - the Easy difficulty is laughable easy)

Rossi

#60

Rossi said:

I actually want this game so much, such a good game for such a good price... When is it coming to EU!!!

Cally

#61

Cally said:

How can you beat this kid's resume? "Yeah you're hot stuff now but I was out whacking fools with my rattle when I was a BABY!"

This game is an impressive package with music and the unique platforming premise (inflating enemies) with legitimate charm--not "cutesy" in a shallow way. Very well-realized style, like any truly top-tier platformer of its time. Play control is incredibly spot-on, too. 5/5

I can't decide whether I prefer this or DoReMi Fantasy as an import platformer title. (not comparing to S&P or Lost Levels) But really, if this had released in America I think many would have listed it in their top 20 NES games lists.

Marvel_Maniac

#62

Marvel_Maniac said:

I'm also a huge fan of Little Nemo. I sort of wish we had that instead of this game, difficulty be darned.

While I haven't played this game yet, after watching the video I have even less interest in purchasing it. Its just one of those things, y'know? Like, if I can't even enjoy the concept or the visuals for the game then all the gameplay in the world isn't going to make up for it. I think I'll buy DoReRi instead.

#65

said:

This game is cool, and that's saying a lot coming from somebody who insists on Olympic Baby Chucking becoming an international past-time.

Abodi

#66

Abodi said:

Bought this game last night, and while it seems a little simple in the beginning, it does grow on you and it's a great game.
How many worlds are there?

Kurachi

#67

Kurachi said:

i, too, had this game under the name: Mario Baby, but on a cassette with 150,200 or 250 games in 1 , not sure which :P
was fun since its not boring and you can even use enemies as platforms to get higher, when you hit them
i think i'll buy it too, but waiting for SoM first now :D

Nath17

#68

Nath17 said:

The kiddie image is slightly off putting, however this game is still a solid platformer. If you've already got Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, I'd recommend this 600 point game.

Kurachi

#69

Kurachi said:

well, i know both this game and lost levels, but i prefer this one... guess i played too much SMB back then :P

GN0LAUM

#70

GN0LAUM said:

Okay so here I was, a huge detractor of the game; I thought it was "kiddy" and looked stupid. I bought this and played through it, and actually? This is a great game. Not a 5/5 but certainly a 4.5 or a 4. There is a charm to this game that is more twisted or dark humoured than I previously thought. There is some "funny-violence-agianst-babies-and-cute-animals" charm to this experience. I would actually highly recommend this to platformer fans. Oh, and the music is great.

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