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Instagram user Ben Solovey (username thefairshot) found two 16 mm reels that were originally part of Nintendo's 1974 Wild Gunman arcade cabinets.

The original Wild Gunman was made by the late Gunpei Yokoi, and used 16 mm film to display the gunslingers players fought on screen.

This game was distributed in America through a joint venture between Nintendo and Sega, and it was a lot different from the NES game. Enemy character's eyes would flash on the reels to let the player know when to shoot.

I'm really happy to see that something this obscure from Nintendo's history is being preserved. :)



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Unsurprisingly made by Gunpei Yokoi. The man brought us so much. RIP.

That’s one expensive game. Thanks for the history lesson!



Old school gamers thought that the first 30 seconds of 1-2 Switch trailer was them showing a new Wild Gunman.



Bite my shiny metal cockpit!

You have to use your hands to play the game?
That's like a baby''s toy!



Glad that people are getting stuff in order for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2024.

It’s a shame they only have 2 of the 8 reels, but hopefully they are able to progress more quickly with preserving the rest.

Last edited by ireadtabloids - on 03 July 2021

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snyps said:

Unsurprisingly made by Gunpei Yokoi. The man brought us so much. RIP.

That’s one expensive game. Thanks for the history lesson!

He gave us so much, and newer generations of players have yet to hear what a great man he was. :(

Leynos said:

Old school gamers thought that the first 30 seconds of 1-2 Switch trailer was them showing a new Wild Gunman.

In hindsight that would've been better than 1-2 Switch. XD

Conina said:

You have to use your hands to play the game?
That's like a baby''s toy!

Yes, the Kinect did SO WELL in 2015.

ireadtabloids said:

Glad that people are getting stuff in order for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2024.

It’s a shame they only have 2 of the 8 reels, but hopefully they are able to progress more quickly with preserving the rest.

It'd be a miracle if they could get all 8 reels. All this makes me wish Wild Gunman was brought back on Switch, even if it was just porting the NES game to Switch Online.



CaptainExplosion said:
snyps said:

Unsurprisingly made by Gunpei Yokoi. The man brought us so much. RIP.

That’s one expensive game. Thanks for the history lesson!

He gave us so much, and newer generations of players have yet to hear what a great man he was. :(

As much as I am amazed by the Miyamoto revolution at Nintendo; I believe the mature nature of Yokoi’s Nintendo are what made Nintendo #1 for two generations. 
What a coincidence that Nintendo lost its grip on the market once Yokoi was pushed out. Sadly, I don’t see Nintendo publishing a realistic shooter ever again.  



Man, that's good to hear. I'm always happy when something this obscure gets a new lease on life



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snyps said:
CaptainExplosion said:

He gave us so much, and newer generations of players have yet to hear what a great man he was. :(

As much as I am amazed by the Miyamoto revolution at Nintendo; I believe the mature nature of Yokoi’s Nintendo are what made Nintendo #1 for two generations. 
What a coincidence that Nintendo lost its grip on the market once Yokoi was pushed out. Sadly, I don’t see Nintendo publishing a realistic shooter ever again.  

Well if they ever brought back Wild Gunman nobody's saying it has to be a realistic shooter like the original. It'd more likely be in an aesthetic similar to the NES version because that version is better remembered.



CaptainExplosion said:
snyps said:

As much as I am amazed by the Miyamoto revolution at Nintendo; I believe the mature nature of Yokoi’s Nintendo are what made Nintendo #1 for two generations. 
What a coincidence that Nintendo lost its grip on the market once Yokoi was pushed out. Sadly, I don’t see Nintendo publishing a realistic shooter ever again.  

Well if they ever brought back Wild Gunman nobody's saying it has to be a realistic shooter like the original. It'd more likely be in an aesthetic similar to the NES version because that version is better remembered.

That would be amazing. I don’t think Nintendo (1st party) will ever produce anything involving bullets. Best we’ll get is squirt guns.. but that’d still be a cool western game if done right. I miss the Yokoi era!!