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Thursday, March 08, 2007
The Adventures of Bayou Billy

The Adventures of Bayou Billy is a video game released in 1989 by Konami for the NES. It was released in Japan as Mad City in 1988.

It consists of three distinct playing styles used over 9 levels: shooting (optionally allowing the use of a Zapper), a side-scrolling beat 'em up, and a third-person driving section. Unfortunately, all three modes (especially the side-scroller) were not well executed, and the game remained unpopular among gamers, despite Konami's record of hit titles on the NES. During its release, Konami hyped the game, including a commercial with a live actor playing Bayou Billy, and went as far to sign a deal with Archie Comics. Part of the game's unpopularity was due to a rather high difficulty level, making the game very hard to beat. Strangely, the Japanese release featured a much better balanced difficulty.

The box art for the original Japanese release featured a hero who looked a lot like Paul Hogan, star of the Crocodile Dundee movies. The American box art is redrawn, likely to avoid a lawsuit. The plot of the hero rescuing a kidnapped girlfriend from a mobster is also similar to that of Crocodile Dundee II. Another similarity to the Crocodile Dundee films is that Bayou Billy starts out fighting in a Louisiana swamp for the first few stages, which presumably the hero is well familiar with, then progresses to an urban scenario where he then fights hoods on Bourbon Street, then the final stage is the luxury mansion of the gangster who kidnapped Annabelle. This may be a possible reference to the first Crocodile Dundee film, which the scenes changed from the Australian outback to New York City.
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posted by Jeremiah Palecek @ 6:43 PM  
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