Great Gatsby as a NES Game

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is revered by many as the quintessential Great American Novel. And for good reason. The book is about as American as you can get, with second chances, rich excess, Robert Redford!, Mia Farrow… er, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanon, bootleggers in the 1920s, jazz! Anyways, you could teach a class on what it means to be American (at least in the first half of the 20th century from a decidedly white, middle class perspective) from Gatsby, who pulled himself up to the status of elite by any means necessary. Surely Jay-Z would understand where Gatsby was coming from?

So, what if The Great Gatsby was a video game? Would it resonate nearly as much? I don’t know! But what I do know is that it’s really fun, similar to Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker game for Sega, but without all the sci-fi weirdness. In this game, you are Nick Carraway, who must track down Gatsby and kill flappers and thugs with your boomerang hat.

The creators of the game supposedly “found” it at a yard sale.

“If anybody has more info about this please let me know! As it is, I really don’t know much about this game. I found it at a yard sale. I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and jesus. So weird. Apparently it’s an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called “Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari”, but I haven’t found anything about that either,” writes one of the game’s creators.

Which makes no sense. If I created an 8-bit Gatsby game as gnarly as this, I would be here’s my game bitches. [via io9]

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