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The Wizard of Oz (Chinese: Lu Ye Xian Zong) is a 1996 video game adaption of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz that was released by the Chinese company Waixing (as E.S.C. Co. Ltd) as an unlicensed game for the Nintendo NES and Famicom. Even though it is a very original game, it is considered a so called "bootleg" or "pirated game" mainly because it takes various elements from officially released games.

These stolen elements include:

  • "To Green Castle" signs from Mickey's Mousecapade
  • Bosses from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and its sequel Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2
  • Mushroom enemies from Don Doko Don 2
  • Sound engine based on various Konami games including Contra
  • A "Good Luck!" sign from Crossfire

Plot

Dorothy Gale's house gets caught up in a tornado and lands on the Wicked Witch of the East and is greeted by the Good Witch of the North who sets her on the path to the Emerald City (or Green Castle) to see the Wizard. However, the Good Witch tells her that she must collect four treasures to order to be granted an audience with the Wizard. She heads down the Yellow Brick Road into various areas where she is attacked by giant living fruit, mushrooms, frogs and crabs among others. She meets the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion along the way.


Trivia

  • The game seems to take inspiration from the 1993 video game which was released three years earlier as for the variation of enemies and that Dorothy is given a magic wand to attack them with.
  • The Yellow Brick Road is mentioned but is not actually seen.
  • Lu Ye Xian Zong can also translate to "God Gives Directions"

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