Gomoku Narabe Renju is a Japan-exclusive video game for the Family Computer (in addition to the Virtual Console) which is based on the board game Connect Five.
This game can be found in pirated multicarts under a numerous amount of alternative titles like Chinese Chess and Five Chess. Notable examples are Power Player Super Joy III and with similar Nintendo Entertainment System hardware clones; all of which are unauthorized bootleg devices that are meant to be hooked up to the player's television in some manner.
There are three difficulty levels in addition to a two-player mode - beginner (初級), intermediate (中級), and advanced (上級). Unlike tic-tac-toe where there is usually a draw if both players pay attention, there is always a possibility to win in Gomoku Narabe. Since 1936, studies have proven that players controlling the 'black' tiles can win by playing a completely perfect game. Some rules were introduced to keep the game fair and to reduce black's advantage on the board. The game follows the Renju rules. For example, the player controlling the black tiles only wins with five pieces in a row. Rows of six or more are called overlines and will result in a loss instead. White tile-controlling players, on the other hand, has no such restrictions and can win by collecting a row of five or more tiles.
This version of Gomoku Narabe Renju was designed for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which was an eight-bit video game console manufactured
by Nintendo in the years 1983 - 2003. In that time, it was the best-selling video game console for which more than 700 licensed games and a number of non-licensed
games were created. Worldwide, approximately 62 million units of this console were sold at approximately price $ 100 per unit. More information about the
NES console can be found here.
Recommended Game Controllers:
You can control this game easily by using the keyboard of your PC (see the table next to the game). However, for maximum gaming enjoyment, we strongly recommend using a USB gamepad that you simply plug into the USB port of your computer. If you do not have a gamepad, you can buy one of these NES controllers:
Available online emulators:
5 different online emulators are available for Gomoku Narabe Renju. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Gomoku Narabe Renju are summarized in the following table:
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