Mappy

Mappy is a 1983 arcade game by Namco. In the U.S. it was manufactured and distributed by Bally/Midway. Mappy is a side-scrolling platformer that features cute cartoony characters. It was re-released as part of the Famicom Mini Series in 2004, only in Japan. Mappy runs on Namco Super Pac-Man hardware.

History

However, MGM/UA sued Namco over copyright violations, claiming that Mappy was a copy of Tom and Jerry. If victorious, this lawsuit would have crushed Namco of America, and the history of videogames would have been drastically altered. Namco's lawyer, Howard Lincoln, who would go on to become a Senior Vice President of the company, discovered that MGM didn't own the copyright to Tom and Jerry either, and was able to not only win the lawsuit, but got MGM to pay the legal costs. Ironically, it was MGM/UA that previously won a lawsuit declaring Tom and Jerry was in the public domain. This incident was selected as #2 "MGM Goes Cop" in GameSpy's The 25 Dumbest Moments in Gaming.

Game play

The player guides Mappy the police mouse through the mansion of the cats called Mewkies (Meowky in the U.S. version) to retrieve stolen goods. The mansion has six floors of long hallways in which the items are stashed. Mappy and the Mewkies can move between the floors by jumping on trampolines at the ends and middle of the hallways, and landing on a floor on the way up (but not on the way down). In addition to the Mewkies, there is also the boss cat Nyamco (Goro in the U.S. version) on every level. If Mappy tarries too long, the fearsome ancestral cat coin (Gosenzo) shows up. A level is completed when all the loot is retrieved.

Many of the hallways have doors which Mappy can slam open or shut to temporarily knock out the Mewkies or Nyamco. Some of these are special "microwave doors" which release a wave which sweeps away any cat in its path (even off the edge of the screen).

If Mappy gets caught by the Mewkies or Nyamco in the hallways he dies. However, he can safely pass them in the air while jumping on the trampolines. If Mappy bounces on a trampoline four consecutive times without landing on a floor, it breaks, and he dies unless there is another trampoline underneath.

The third level and every fourth level after that is a bonus round. Mappy, unbothered by the cats, must bounce across a series of trampolines, popping suspended balloons along the way. A bonus is awarded if all the balloons are popped before the music ends.

The player uses a left-right joystick to move Mappy and a single button to operate the doors.

Ports and Sequels

A Japan-only port of the game was released for the Famicom (Japanese version of the NES) in 1984. This was followed by a console-only sequel called Mappy Land in 1986 (released in the U.S. by Taxan). In the late 90s, it was released as part of Microsoft's Revenge of the Arcade PC collection. Also, Mappy had several Japan-only sequels, including Hopping Mappy in 1986 for the arcades and Mappy Kids for the Famicom in the late 1980s. There is also a version called Mappy Arrangement which was released in 1995 as part of Namco Classic Collection vol.1 for the arcade.

Trivia

  • "Mappy" is likely derived from mappo, a Japanese slang term (slightly insulting) for a policeman.
  • "Nyamco", besides being a play on "Namco", comes from nyanko, the Japanese equivalent of "kitty cat".
  • Nyamco was renamed "Goro" in the U.S. release.
  • Mappy's hat is an equippable item in Namco x Capcom
  • In Ridge Racer, there are two cars that share the racing team name of this game. The blue car is named "RT Blue Mappy" while the pink car is named "RT Pink Mappy". They were used in Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer 2, Rave Racer, Ridge Racer Revolution, and Ridge Racer 64.
  • In R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, there is a racing team that uses this game's name, and in Ridge Racer 64 there is a car that shares this game sponsor used in R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. In R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, "Micro Mouse Mappy" is a racing team that can be selected from the get-go, but Ridge Racer 64 requires that you win Stage 4 (the novice "EXTRA" courses) and beat the car in a Car Attack on Ridge Racer Novice EXTRA.

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There is also a version called Mappy Arrangement which was released in 1995 as part of Namco Classic Collection vol.1 for the arcade. The history of the Hunde since national independence has been bound up with that of the Kinyarwanda-speaking population in the region, including the recent First and Second Congo Wars. Also, Mappy had several Japan-only sequels, including Hopping Mappy in 1986 for the arcades and Mappy Kids for the Famicom in the late 1980s. The language of the Hunde is Kihunde, and alternate names are Kobi and Rukobi. In the late 90s, it was released as part of Microsoft's Revenge of the Arcade PC collection. According to Ethnologue, the linguistic lineage of the Hunde is Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, J, and Shi-Havu. by Taxan). The Hunde live in the province of Nord-Kivu and the regions of Masisi and Rutshuru.

This was followed by a console-only sequel called Mappy Land in 1986 (released in the U.S. The Hunde are an ethnolinguistic group of about 200,000 people (as of 1980) located in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A Japan-only port of the game was released for the Famicom (Japanese version of the NES) in 1984. The player uses a left-right joystick to move Mappy and a single button to operate the doors. A bonus is awarded if all the balloons are popped before the music ends.

Mappy, unbothered by the cats, must bounce across a series of trampolines, popping suspended balloons along the way. The third level and every fourth level after that is a bonus round. If Mappy bounces on a trampoline four consecutive times without landing on a floor, it breaks, and he dies unless there is another trampoline underneath. However, he can safely pass them in the air while jumping on the trampolines.

If Mappy gets caught by the Mewkies or Nyamco in the hallways he dies. Some of these are special "microwave doors" which release a wave which sweeps away any cat in its path (even off the edge of the screen). Many of the hallways have doors which Mappy can slam open or shut to temporarily knock out the Mewkies or Nyamco. A level is completed when all the loot is retrieved.

If Mappy tarries too long, the fearsome ancestral cat coin (Gosenzo) shows up. version) on every level. In addition to the Mewkies, there is also the boss cat Nyamco (Goro in the U.S. Mappy and the Mewkies can move between the floors by jumping on trampolines at the ends and middle of the hallways, and landing on a floor on the way up (but not on the way down).

The mansion has six floors of long hallways in which the items are stashed. version) to retrieve stolen goods. The player guides Mappy the police mouse through the mansion of the cats called Mewkies (Meowky in the U.S. This incident was selected as #2 "MGM Goes Cop" in GameSpy's The 25 Dumbest Moments in Gaming.

Ironically, it was MGM/UA that previously won a lawsuit declaring Tom and Jerry was in the public domain. Namco's lawyer, Howard Lincoln, who would go on to become a Senior Vice President of the company, discovered that MGM didn't own the copyright to Tom and Jerry either, and was able to not only win the lawsuit, but got MGM to pay the legal costs. If victorious, this lawsuit would have crushed Namco of America, and the history of videogames would have been drastically altered. However, MGM/UA sued Namco over copyright violations, claiming that Mappy was a copy of Tom and Jerry.

. Mappy runs on Namco Super Pac-Man hardware. It was re-released as part of the Famicom Mini Series in 2004, only in Japan. Mappy is a side-scrolling platformer that features cute cartoony characters.

it was manufactured and distributed by Bally/Midway. In the U.S. Mappy is a 1983 arcade game by Namco. In R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, "Micro Mouse Mappy" is a racing team that can be selected from the get-go, but Ridge Racer 64 requires that you win Stage 4 (the novice "EXTRA" courses) and beat the car in a Car Attack on Ridge Racer Novice EXTRA.

In R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, there is a racing team that uses this game's name, and in Ridge Racer 64 there is a car that shares this game sponsor used in R4: Ridge Racer Type 4. They were used in Ridge Racer, Ridge Racer 2, Rave Racer, Ridge Racer Revolution, and Ridge Racer 64. The blue car is named "RT Blue Mappy" while the pink car is named "RT Pink Mappy". In Ridge Racer, there are two cars that share the racing team name of this game.

Mappy's hat is an equippable item in Namco x Capcom. release. Nyamco was renamed "Goro" in the U.S. "Nyamco", besides being a play on "Namco", comes from nyanko, the Japanese equivalent of "kitty cat".

"Mappy" is likely derived from mappo, a Japanese slang term (slightly insulting) for a policeman.

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