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Romance of the Three Kingdoms

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Alternate Title: RoTK
Class: Licensed
Cart ID: NES-IS-USA
Publisher: KOEI
Developer: KOEI
Region: United States (USA)
Rarity:
3  Cart: Very Common
4  Box: Common
4  Manual: Common
Peripherals: Standard or Compatible Controller
# of Players: 8-Player Alternating
Extended Play: Battery
TV Format: NTSC
Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
Released: October, 1989 (10/01/1989)
UPC Code: 0-40198-00008-6
Pak Type:
Standard Cart
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Hardware Profiles
1 - NES-SOROM-01
PCB
NES-SOROM-01
UNIF Board
NES-SOROM
INES Mapper
1
Mirroring
Mapper Ctrl
Battery-backed
Yes
WRAM
16
VRAM
8
CIC Type
6113B1

Rom Sets
Type Name Size CRC32
PRG0 NES-IS-0 PRG 256 KB C6182024
ROMs Combined: 256 KB C6182024

From NintendoAGE
      Romance of the Three Kingdoms (RoTK) marks the first of nine releases from Koei on the NES. Produced by Kou Shibusawa, RotTK was one of the earliest strategy games to be released in North America on any platform. Advertised as a "Best Seller in Japan" and spurred onward by the IBM PC version being awarded the title of "Strategy Game of the Year" by Computer Gaming World in 1989, RotTK had the opportunity to be a huge commercial success. However, just as it was with RPGs, the American market just wasn't ready for the type of gameplay offered. RoTK did become a bit of a sleeper hit, enough so that Koei proceeded to bring the other two games in it's Historical Simulation Series, Genghis Khan and Nobunaga's Ambition, across the Pacific.

      RotTK has spawned 9 sequels and several spinoff titles over the last 17 years. Between helping kick-start strategy gaming on non-PC consoles, using a then-unheard of amount of memory in a cartridge ("A 2 Megabit ROM cassette with three 64 Kilobit Random Access Memories..." as noted on the box), and for simply making history fun, Romance of the Three Kingdoms is an oft-overlooked piece of gaming history.

--Mike Z. (the_wizard_666)
From the Publisher
Live Second Century China

China's Second Han Dynasty has collapsed. The entire country is in chaos as warlords battle each other for control. Each claims to be emperor, however none is powerful enough to retain the title.

Romance of The Three Kingdoms puts you in the role of one of the warlords of Second Century China. As a master, you must recruit the best generals in the country and win their loyalty. They will advise you in times of peace, and fight alongside you on the battlefield. Negotiate with other masters, or simply attack them. Always use terrain to your best advantage, making sure to choose the right kind of attack for the situation. In times of peace, manage your states to increase their productivity and prepare your army for battle.

* Five different scenarios
* 255 characters with their own personalities
* Manual with historical notes and reference map
* For 1-8 players

Romance of The Three Kingdoms combines a huge data base with advanced programming to give you a game in which the characters are so historically accurate and life-like, and the game events so real, you will swear you're living in Second Century China.
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