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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on September 01, 2004   |   Episode 33 (Show Archive)  

   

It's hard to remember a time when Millionaire wasn't the most popular game show on TV, but it's true. There was actually a time when the only way you could find Who Wants to be a Millionaire was by picking up the non-licensed Tengen version for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was hard to find and fairly pricy for an 8-Bit game, but the Tengen version of Millionaire is still considered the best version on the market. It would be later done by every other company, but purists still come back to the Tengen version when they want to play the most well rounded Millionaire.

The Tengen version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire was one of the first NES game show titles to feature two player action, which was found during the sections they like to call the "Fastest Finger Questions." It also featured a massive create-a-character mode that let you choose your skin color, hair type, and sex. There were literally dozens of variations.

These days you can still find the Tengen Millionaire from time to time floating on eBay. But like so many other rare games, you'll need to be close to a millionaire to pick up this version. Still, if you are able to track it down, you'll find a fun game with more than 100 different questions, fantastic 8-Bit graphics, and no bad voice acting. Millionaire is well worth your time and worth tracking down. [MORE]
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