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In StarTropics, you play the part of Michael Jones. Mike's uncle (Dr. Jones, a famous archaeologist) is on C-Island looking for some lost ruins and has invited Mike to come visit him. However, shortly after arriving on the island Mike learns from Chief Coralcola that Dr. Jones has recently been abducted! Now it is up to Mike to locate Dr. Jones and find out why he was abducted.

StarTropics is an action game with light role-playing elements, played from an overhead point of view. Starting out with just an island yo-yo, Mike will need to search the island for Dr. Jones. The villagers may be able to offer some clues, there are many dangerous enemies to defeat, and along the way there are a variety of new weapons and other items to be found which will help Mike on his quest. The cartridge uses a battery backup to allow games to be saved.


StarTropics Wii How to access that letter came with the packaging.
StarTropics Wii An overworld cave passage
StarTropics Wii A lighthouse, that is some mighty thick glass.
StarTropics Wii Killing bats with a bat.

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User Reviews

A tropical adventure and a great game. NES Excellence (113)
Great Game, and great story NES Scott G (794)

Critic Reviews NES Dec, 2003 10 out of 10 100
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendojo NES 1996 8.9 out of 10 89
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 NES Jul 22, 2013 B 75
neXGam NES 2002 7.4 out of 10 74
Play Time NES Nov, 1992 71 out of 100 71
HonestGamers NES Apr 27, 2013 7 out of 10 70
Retro Game Age NES Apr 21, 2014 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Wii Jan 22, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45


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Included in the original package was a typed letter from uncle Steve printed in a unique parchment-style paper. This "feelie" served a unique purpose, as dipping it in water (as instructed in the letter) revealed a puzzle clue vital to complete the game.

Related Web Sites

  • C-Island (Excellent page devoted to StarTropics.)
  • Howard & Nester do StarTropics (A regular feature in Nintendo Power magazine, Howard & Nester was a comic strip about two game whizzes who would one-up each other, while disclosing hints and tips, in the settings of various recently-released games for the NES platform. In Volume 22's two-page installment, Howard follows the advice of friendly locals in trying to get Sub-C to submerge, while Nester and the Nav-Com robot (Nintendo's Robotic Operating Buddy, in a cameo) try a more direct approach.)
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