Before its US
release, Monster Party was toned down a bit. Since the original
version for unknown reasons never was released in Japan, all we can
know about it is what we can learn from a couple of images swimming
around on the net. Which means all we can know is that the piranha
plant boss was slightly more realistically drawn, that he had a
Marshall amp, and that the title screen looked like it had been
manufactured by the nightmare factory. A couple of the elements that
collided with Nintendo's guidelines were for some reason left in,
like the bloody screens preceding each level and the spooky change
in the first level's graphics once you pass the halfway mark.
The plot in this
game is as follows: a kid called Mark is walking home in the middle
of the night after baseball practice when a monster called Bert
comes to tell him there is trouble in Monster World and that he
needs his help to defeat various leviathans and demons.
Apparently getting a job at McDonalds requires a higher level of competence than being the messiah of Monster World. Next, Mark and Bert fly off to his dimension. The intro runs along thus:
Bert: Mark, my planet is dangerous. So we must act together.
Bert: Like this!
Then they fused together.
At this point, Bert puts himself on top of Mark and fuses with him. This is an important gameplay element: if you eat pills you'll find along your way
that a monster will come and 'fuse' with you. OMG! HAWT
Enough beating around the bush, let's cut to what qualified Monster Party for this project:
the beating around the ass.
One of the first
enemies you encounter in Monster World is a naked ass sticking out
of the ground. It doesn't really attack you in anyway, it's just an
ass growing straight out of the ground. I don't really know what to
make of it, but then again this game is from Japan. For all I know,
there's a part of Asian mythology I haven't read about that concerns
magical asses ready for the picking. To me, all it is is the first
case ever of sado-masochism in a Nintendo game.