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Totally Rad is an action game in which you play Jake, a magician wannabe being trained by the Master Magician Zebediah. One day, during his training, Jake is attacked by surprise by unknown foes who kidnap Allison, his girlfriend. Then, Jake has to save her and discover what lies behind that attack.

This game is a side-scrolling one, with the basic controls common to many of those games that fall in the same category: moving, jumping and shooting. Your basic weapon is something like an energy ball that can be charged by holding the button for a few seconds until its maximum power. Although Jake is supposed to still be learning his magic from Zebediah, from the very beginning you can use all his magical powers. You can select which magic you want to use from a list, displayed when you press the start button.

The magical powers available include healing, time stopping, invincibility, the power of the elements (fire, watter, wind and earth) and 3 different metamorphosis. You can morph into a flying guy who throws something like a boomerang (that doesn't come back), a fish-like guy, who throws something like ninja stars and can swim, and a feline-like guy, who releases electrical shocks from his hands and becomes invincible while jumping. You do not evolve during the game, as your health and magic bar doesn't grow.

Totally Rad, as the name points out, is a game full of slang, with the constant use of words like totally, gnarly, dude, excellent, decent, righteous, etc.


Totally Rad NES Here comes the first act...
Totally Rad NES Title screen.
Totally Rad NES Jake, as the flying guy, beating an enemy.
Totally Rad NES Allison Japanese character.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Magic John" -- Japanese title
  • "マジック・ジョン" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1991 32 out of 40 80
Nintendo Power Magazine Apr, 1991 3.7 out of 5 74
Video Games Apr, 1992 71 out of 100 71 Aug 05, 2019 7 out of 10 70
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Apr, 1991 7 out of 10 70
VideoGame Nov, 1991 7 out of 10 70 Nov, 2013 B- 67
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Feb 17, 2014 3 out of 10 30


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The US "80's surfer dude" storyboard was made up by the localization team, who also changed character sprites and most cutscenes. A comparison of both cutscenes can be seen at The Rad Project.

Related Web Sites

  • The Rad Project (A detailed dissection of how the Japanese game Magic John was americanised into Totally Rad.)
chirinea (46464) added Totally Rad (NES) on Apr 17, 2006