Happily Ever After (NES)

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Happily Ever After
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Platform: NES
Year: 1991
Developer: Unknown

Happily Ever After is an unreleased action game based on the film of the same name. It is rumored that the game was never released due to the numerous legal issues surrounding the film. However, this is unlikely, as Imagitec Design developed a SNES version of the game which was released a few years later.

In the game, the player takes on the role of Snow White, who is soon to be married to the unnamed Prince. However, Lord Maliss seeks revenge on Snow White, so he kidnaps the Prince to exact revenge. It is up to Snow White to rescue the Prince so they can live happily ever after.

It is unknown who developed the game, but it is believed to be either Atlus or SOFEL themselves.

Screenshots

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The game's prologue.

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The title screen.

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The cutscene that plays just before the first stage.

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The map screen.

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Playing the first stage.

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Fighting the first boss.

Music

The game's soundtrack features 10 songs by Hirohiko Takayama. Some of the songs can get annoying, as they consist of short loops, including the boss theme. Also, interestingly, the Cabin Theme from Friday the 13th (NES) makes a reprise in this game as Stage Theme 3. It is unknown why Hirohiko reused this piece of music, but it could have been due to time constraints or because he thought the song fit in the game.

Hirohiko had to write his NES music the traditional way, in 6502 assembly language using hexadecimal numbers for note entries. He used Tsukasa Masuko's NES sound driver. If Atlus developed the game, it is possible Tsukasa helped out with the music.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Prologue Hirohiko Takayama 1:01
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02 Title Screen Hirohiko Takayama 1:09
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03 Map Hirohiko Takayama 1:01
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04 Stage Theme 1 Hirohiko Takayama 0:53
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05 Stage Theme 2 Hirohiko Takayama 0:29
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06 Stage Theme 3 Hirohiko Takayama 1:40
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07 Stage Theme 4 Hirohiko Takayama 0:44
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08 Stage Theme 5 Hirohiko Takayama 1:16
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09 Boss Hirohiko Takayama 0:36
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10 Ending Hirohiko Takayama 1:27
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Credits

(Source: Verification from composer; game lacks credits.)

The game does not have credits. However, Hirohiko listed a game called Snow Princess in his works. When the ROM for Happily Ever After was released online, he later confirmed that they are the same game. It is likely Snow Princess was meant to be the title in the Japanese release. However, the game wasn't released in Japan either.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: Snow Princess
Platform: FC
Released: Unreleased
Publisher: SOFEL
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Happily Ever After
Platform: NES
Released: Unreleased
Publisher: SOFEL

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