Widget (NES)

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Widget
Widget - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1992
Developer: Graphic Research, Inc.
Buy: Amazon

Widget is a game based on the 80's cartoon show. In this game, you play as Widget the world watcher, a purple alien who's purpose is to protect all the planets from evildoers. In the game, Widget's elders (who can't ever say his name right!) tell him that the earth and other planets are being attacked by Mega Slank, Bizarre Brain, Dr. Dante, Flim Flam and Ratchet, and that Widget is their only hope to stop them. The game plays as a sidescroller like Mario. However, this game plays differently than your typical sidescroller; Widget will need to transform into different animals in order to progress through the game. He can turn into Cannon Widget, Mouse Widget, Rock-Man Widget, Bird-Man Widget, or Dolphin Widget. Each of these transformations take up magic points that you can collect throughout the stage. You can ask your accomplice Mega Brain for advice if you need some tips. You can also use him to leave the level. Overall, the game can be very difficult, and sometimes there's nearly impassible jumps that you need to cross. Also, if an enemy hits you, Widget will fly back, which can result in a death. Overall, this was a great but difficult game for its time. The game has great graphics, music, and controls. Widget doesn't slip and slide when you stop him; instead, he will stop as soon as you stop pressing the D-pad.

This was the only game Graphic Research developed that was released in the USA. They did develop Secret Ties to be released in the USA, but the game never was released.

Screenshots

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Title screen.

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Part of the beginning cutscene.

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Killing an enemy in stage 1.

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The transformation menu.

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Mega Brain giving a tip.


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Music

The music is where the game really shines. Each song has an upbeat, action-packed song. The Graphic Research sound team even made a brilliant 8 bit remix of the Widget theme.

According to Fumito Tamayama, Shinji Tachikawa composed all the music and him, Yoko Suzuki, and a composer who he forgets her name (Thinp.Uchibori) programmed the music into the game. He also said that the NES sound driver Graphic Research made was by him and Yasuyuki Hamada. Fumito said that he composed the music as a MIDI file using a YM2203 to play back the MIDI files. The Graphic Research team then programmed the music in Music Macro Language on an MS-DOS machine.

Recording

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Widget: The World Watcher Theme Dale SchackerShinji Tachikawa, Fumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:56
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02 Password / Ending Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:09
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03 Cutscene Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:35
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04 Map / Credits Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:44
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05 Stage 1: Mega Slank Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:03
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06 Stage 2: Bizarre Brain Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:09
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07 Stage 3: Dr. Dante Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:39
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08 Stage 4: Film Flam Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:02
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09 Stage 5: Ratchet Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:13
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10 Mega Brain Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:02
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11 Transformation Menu Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:39
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12 Animal Widget Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:25
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13 Boss Battle Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:53
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14 Final Boss Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 1:04
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15 Death Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:02
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16 Game Over Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:07
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17 Stage Complete Shinji TachikawaFumito Tamayama, Thinp.Uchibori, Yoko Suzuki 0:04
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Credits

(Source: 1, 2)

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

Releases

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Widget - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Widget
Platform: NES
Released: 1992-11-??
Publisher: Atlus / Zodiac Entertainment

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