Capcom’s Nemo

Capcom’s Nemo

I’ve become a little obsessed lately with the Capcom Play System, an arcade board which can be easily emulated on my recently acquired Wikipad Android tablet. Many of the games on the system are well known to me; Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Strider, UN Squadron and Street Figher 2 all started their lives as CPS-1 games and all have enjoyed significant fame.

One of the games I’ve been playing recently is a little less famous. Nemo, based on a Japanese film called Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, is an action platformer where you control a young pyjama-wearing boy as he attempts to rescue the King of Slumberland. I really enjoyed playing through Nemo, from the first level atop a miniature train to the surreal Nightmare zone, there is great visual variety to keep you entertained, but if you’re expecting an inventive platform game, stick to the first level because the action quickly becomes repetitive.

This C&VG review from 1991 is a good summary of the game – I love the wording, “dead weird” graphics, “neat effects” and “wacky tunes” sums up this game nicely!

Nemo CVG Review

As ever, Youtube is the easiest way to see the game in action:

The Arcade Flyer Archive has the original flyer for the game as shown above and below.

Nemo Flyer

Did you ever get to play Nemo at the arcades? Perhaps you played its baby brother, Little Nemo: The Dream Master on the NES? Let me know in the comments, and if you get the opportunity, play the game!

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England. Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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