Action 52

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“I beat Action 52. Yes, all 52 games including that first 2 players game, the games that crashed, the games that didn't make sense, the same repeated games, and even Cheetah Men but, for some reason I don't feel pleased with greatness like how this article makes it. Hummm.......”
~ AAA on Action 52

Action 52 is a role-playing game jointly developed by Active Enterprises and Color Dreams for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis. It was a major factor to the success of the NES and the world of video games and for this achievement it has been heralded as one of the best game of all time for its unconventional plot, innovative gameplay, outstanding graphics and powerful soundtrack. It was released on the 4th July, 1989. Konami is currently working on a sequel/remake for the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.

In 1994, Action 52 was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." It is the only game in existence to be added to this prestigious list, putting it in a premier category as THE pinnacle game of the modern era. It is listed as the 1st most popular game at the Awesome Amazing Games Database as of right now.


The 3D CGI opening sequence to Action 52 which was crafted by Industrial Light and Magic, NASA and a team of super-skilled ninja warriors

edit Gameplay

Action 52's enigmatic presentation of the multi-faceted plot was a first in the entire history of Computer Role Playing Games. It was the first game to offer multiple endings based on what actions the player took within the course of the game. Incorporating an exotic mix of Tolkien fantasy and traditional mythologies from a myriad of ethnicities, its visual artwork, designed by renowned illustrator Nina had a rich, dynamic style to it which would inspire later famous works.

The soundtrack was the combined effort of multi-award winning composers. Being the most powerful arrangement of musical notes ever attempted, the masterpiece set the standards for the composers' later works, Hollywood cinema and many of today's mainstream Baroque, Goth, Radio Pop and R&B styles.

The gameplay introduced many new concepts to the realm of video games, such as the first-person perspective, the real-time battle system and the 8-button controller. Action 52 was the first game to make use of pressure-sensitive buttons. Because the NES's two-button controller was severely inadequate for use in Action 52, Active sold the game together with the Boomerang of Apollo controller. The gamepad's design was licensed to Sony for use on the first two PlayStation consoles.

Action 52 has been officially recognised the Most Influential and Best Game of all time by the ESA.

edit Plot


Shrine of the Uncolored Dinosaur, the centre of the Ruined Earth

The game is about an 18-year old high school Virgin, Scorpio Vavalis (Sean Connery) and his classmate, Virgo Thyme (Britney Spears). The story begins when the duo began probing into the mystery of the disappearence several Hentai Anime High School cohorts connected to the circulation of an occult Super 9999999-in-1 Family Game cartridge being circulated among the juniors.

One fine aftertoon, after school, when Scorpio and Virgo were about to do their thang in the Student Body room, they found the cartridge in a Fitness First backpack. Curious, they ran the cartridge to investigate. The games on the multicart, despite being cheesy repeats of Super Mari 7, Road Fighter, Contra 99, Brush Roller, Joyvial Race and Mappy with the copyright messages removed, proved to be extraordinarly engaging, the loving couple forgot about their divine consummation. The two played till exhaustion, falling asleep in front of the television with the controllers still in their hands. When they woke up, they found themselves in the shrine of the Uncolored Dinosaur, said to be the centre of ruined Mars.

They met the Triune Cheetahmen: Hercules (Bobcat Goldthwait), Ares (Abber Miller) and Apollo (Mark Hamill), who told them that they were the Video Gamemasters that could revive the world from ruin. Together, the five-strong force began on their long arduous journey to find a way to recolour the Dinousaur, thus finally restoring Earth from its destruction, saving humanity, rescuing the Princess of the World, and finding back their dear deported friends.

edit Screenshots


The Shrine of Bahamut. Scorpio and friends acquire the Tear of Hope, required to colour the Dinosaur.


The Cradle of Atmos, required to resurrect him.


Under Vampira's Dragonify Chant, Scorpio and Virgo are able to force their way into the Stronghold of They.


Painting the Foot of Strength with the Seventh Arcana Poster Colour.


The Dedant's Evil Empire.


Traversing the Infinite Forest, actually an illusion cast by They.


CG Sequence of The Birth of Astrology.


One of the heated final battle scenes with Satan Hosain.


Satan Hosain's most powerful attack: The S*crement D*spising G*d.

Steve Urkel beats the crap out of Lester

edit Development


24-bit colour on the NES made possible by the SHICHIIRO chip.

Under the condition which they would produce the best game in the world, Nintendo decided to let Action and Color Dreams design their own cartridge. The gamble paid off. BIG TIME. The cartridge contained the famous Color Dreams SHICHIIRO Mapper, which was over a thousand times superior to the NES itself in terms of mathematical performance. The cartridge identical in size besides being slightly longer than any regular NES cartridge. The mapper in the cartridge had an embedded GPU which allowed the game to render remarkably detailed giga-polygon 3D graphics in 24-bit colour at 1040p high-definition resolution realtime on the NES. The mapper also had enough processing power to sample 24-bit 5-channel PCM audio at 96KHz. Because the NES did not have support for external sound channels, the cartridge had its own RCA analog and PCM Optical audio out ports. It was able to address up to 2048 Gigabits of ROM, far exceeding any computer until recently. However, despite its detailed visuals unfathomable complexity, the game data and code took just under 16 Gigabits and loaded seamlessly, due to the highly efficient programming and storage methods employed. The cartridge had to carry much less ROM than the mapper could handle. The SHICHIIRO was noted by the Guinness Book of World Records through the 1980s and 1990s as the most powerful domestic CPU. The cartridge case was as specially made frosted translucent clear plastic with a translucent rainbow and accent. This design is said to have inspired the design of first few generations of Apple's iMac. Each cartridge had a serial number embedded within it together with the autograph a key production staff for each different run.

Due to the extensive features of the cartridge and that it had to ship with the Boomerang of Ares controller, the game sold at an inevitable high price of US$200, with the next most expensive game being Ice Climber selling at only US$89. Despite its price, it sold very well, and was extremely well appreciated by the gaming community; its first two production runs of about 140,000 units sold out within hours of each issue. However, corporate politics between Color Dreams and Nintendo caused the revocation of Color Dreams's development licence. As a result, the game never made it to its third run. The sudden refusal of Nintendo to allow Color Dreams to continue producing games for the NES resulted in the hallmark Color Dreams vs Nintendo of America case, one of the most important episodes of American political and legal history. Color Dreams accused Nintendo for preventing further production of Action 52 in order to allow Super Mario Bros. to become the best-selling game, thus letting the best-selling game on a Nintendo system be a Nintendo production. Active Enterprises, in a fit of rage voluntarily gave up their NES license and made public, with patriotic overtones, their transfer to Atari. Many Americans at that time accused Nintendo for being "a Japanese second attempt at Pearl Harbour," bringing forth the inevitable Nintendo Conundrum.

edit Action 52 Today

Even nearly 20 years after its release, the game continues to be followed by a strong fan base comprising mainly of its original purchasers, celebrating it as a turning point in the history of modern art and media. Outside the United States, however, the game is known much more for the political uprising it caused than its artistic achievements, as less than 10 of all the cartridges ever made are to be found outside America. Due to the complexity of the mapper and its vast difference in operation from conventional CPUs in use today, Action 52 is not likely to be able to be successfully emulated on a most home computer systems yet. A copy of the game from the first production run along with the development systems and hard disks Active and Color Dreams used to work on the game are being kept at the Smithsonian Institute.

edit Remake


Action 52 for the Vii

Action 52 was remade in 2010 for the Chintendo Vii. It was even better than the NES version, featuring games such as Ultra-Ooze, Cheetahmen II 1/2, and Jupiter Scope II: Now there's not even any meteors!. Despite the even higher price of $1,999 to support the advanced Vii-enhancing nanotechnology embedded in the disc, over 2 million copies have been sold. Where the hell are people getting that kind of money from??

edit Cartridge Info

edit Board

  • Name: Action/Color Dreams A52-S01
  • Hosting Service: Yuku
  • Manufacturer: Chintendo Faggots
  • ROM Chips: 32x 512Mbit, surface mount DIP (Technology by Active, Manufactured by Toshiba)
    • [20 on backside, 12 on front, 4 on the floor]
  • Mapper Chip: Color Dreams SHICHIIRO (Designed by Color Dreams, Manufactured by NEC)
  • SRAM Chip: 2x 8KB SRAM (Manufactured by Toshiba)
  • Authentication: 10NES Handshake Chip
  • Onboard Power Source: CR 2450 Battery (Manufactured by Maxell) for SRAM, Secondary backup capacitor*
  • Maximum speed: 23 km/s
  • Onboard Connectors: 2x RCA jacks off to Audio Left and Right, 1x Optical PCM
  • Locks: Manual
  • Windows: Crank
  • Hubcaps: Optional with the EX package; standard with the Sport package
  • National champion: Jeff Gordon

Notes: The cartridge has circuitry to swtich to capacitor power when the capacitor has been charged and back to battery power when the capacitor has drained. This was to make it possible to change the battery without losing power to the SRAM chips.

edit SHICHIIRO Mapper

  • Packaging: BGA, 960 Connectors
  • Power: 0.3v, 4mA
  • Clock Speed: 667 MHz
  • Embedded RAM: 2MB Async Static (used for cache, shared between levels)
  • Cache: 3-level, using on-die SRAM

Notes: The mapper is remarkable for its manufacturing process and its ability to run at a reasonably fast clock speed for extended periods of time without requiring any form of thermal management, both feats only repeated on the latest (as of 2005) computers.

edit Trivia

  • First issue cartridges were autographed by the CEO of Active Enterprises.
  • Second issue cartridges were autographed by the CEO of Color Dreams.
  • Third issue cartridges were tea-bagged by the CEO of Active Dreams.
  • Out of the 10 copies of the cartridge that made it out of the U.S., the approximate whereabouts of 7 are known:
    • A52-0000010001 The first cartridge ever is in the possession of Her Royal Highness Princess Haruka Hojo of Japan. It was supposedly sent to her as a birthday gift.
    • A52-0003920001 Currently in Indonesia, under the care of Abdurrahman Wahid in his mansion.
    • A52-0010812001 Currently in Castle Dracula, under Adrian and Vlad Tepes.
    • A52-0259980001 Currently in Taiwan, exact owner unknown (or rather, name undisplayable due to technical limitations)
    • A52-0033211002 Currently in Brazil, actual owner unknown (honestly).
    • A52-0200302002 Also in Brazil, under the care of Tec Toy's CEO.
    • A52-0553470002 0wned by Nobuo Uematsu, currently in Japan. Legend has it that he was almost killed in the middle a Nintendo Incident riot after walking out of the Electronics Boutique store he collected this game from in Los Angeles. Today, Uematsu's autographed Production Crew Coupon he used to purchase the game hangs proudly on the wall in the store, shimmering with glee.
    • Locations of A52-006123001, A52-019123002 and A52-019864001 are not known.
  • In a recent poll, 11 out of 12 Americans believe Action Enterprises and Color Dreams were fucking stupid for not making their own console when in possession of several key memory technologies and the most powerful CPU of that time.
  • When you manage to beat the game in under two hours (only possible with a cheating device cause of the games immense length). You see a cut-scene of Bill Cosby taking all the colors from the shrine of the Uncolored dinosaur. this might be hinting to a action 52 2. but its most likely hinting that the remake will have a Bill Cosby boss encounter.
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