Vegas Dream (NES)

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Vegas Dream
Vegas Dream - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1988
Developer: HAL Laboratory, Inc.
Buy: Amazon

Vegas Dream is one of the better casino games released for the NES. It features four casino staples: blackjack, roulette, keno, and a slot machine along with plenty more unusual forms of gambling. Occasionally you’ll be challenged by a high roller, there are also a couple minor scenes that happen every now and then where you can try you luck. Sometimes people ask to be lent money, sometimes you can buy stocks, sometimes you go to shows, etc. You can even get married in the game, though it's irrelevant to your success. Oddly enough, the Japanese version of the game (called Viva! Las Vegas) is completely in English, however, there is a test option even on the NES version that will let you see all the messages in the game in Japanese.

The game takes place in the nonexistent HAL Laboratory Casino (Epic Palace in the Japanese version). Like most gambling games, the objective is to get a ton of money. In this game, the player must obtain $1,000,000 to beat the game. A password system allows you to save your progress and keep your winnings until the next time you play although if you switch the password's 17th and 18th characters around, the game will instantly give you 1,000,000. The slot machine appears to yield and overall positive gain over time, so it’s possible just to play it forever and beat the game. However, its tiny maximum bet of $300 makes it unfeasible. The other games don’t have a maximum bet, so you can make a killing on a single round.

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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Playing black jack.


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Music

The music is upbeat and up-tempo which keeps the game feeling light and fun. The tunes begin to drag on you after a couple hours of play, so thankfully, each game and section of the casino has its own unique anthem.

Kazuo Sawa created the sound driver in 6502 assembly which allowed Kuni Kawachi to compose the music in a form of Music Macro Language.

Recording

# Title ComposerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 Title Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 1:12
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02 Blackjack Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 1:30
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03 Roulette Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 1:23
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04 Slot Machine Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 1:20
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05 Keno Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 1:52
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06 Got a Blackjack Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:04
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07 Lounge Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:51
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08 News Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:58
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09 Show Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:12
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10 Challenger Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 3:09
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11 Wedding Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:09
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12 Game Over Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:12
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13 You Win! Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:06
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14 Congratulations! Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:29
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15 Pool Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 3:09
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16 Credits Kuni KawachiKazuo Sawa 0:58
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Credits

(Sources: 1, 2, Japan Manual)

Game Rip

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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
Viva Las Vegas - FC.jpg
Title: ビバ・ラス・ベガス (Viva Las Vegas)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1988-09-30
Publisher: Epic/Sony Inc.
  USA.svg   USA
Vegas Dream - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Vegas Dream
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-03-??
Publisher: HAL America Inc.

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