Super Jeopardy!

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Super Jeopardy! is a trivia video game developed by Imagineering and published by GameTek on the Nintendo Entertainment System in September 1991. It is a Jeopardy! game based on the 1990 television miniseries, Super Jeopardy! which pitted four former champions against each other. A completely unique game with the same title was made for MS-DOS which is superior in every way.

Personal

Although I found pretty much all of the game show adaptions on the NES to be pretty awful, I still wanted to beat them. Having already beat all the other Jeopardy! games, I still needed to finish this one. I the game against three other AI opponents on 2022-09-16.

I don't own this game, but I have beat it.

Review

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Best Version: NES

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • It's one of the few NES games at the time which uses a fair amount of voice samples.
  • It's one of the few NES games to support four controllers.
  • Each of the avatars is animated in a few different ways. Buzzing in, showing joy when you get a question correct, and frustration when you get it wrong.

Bad

  • Probably because they didn't want to pay to use his likeness, the game doesn't use Alex Trebek as the host.
  • The game's pacing is quite slow with long delays between each answer.
  • The games doesn't have a difficulty setting, so, if you find it to be too simple or too hard, you're out of luck.
  • Each of the AI characters always look the same and have the same name despite the game having several different characters to choose from.
  • For some reason, the game uses points instead of dollars, and increases the values significantly in the game.
  • Some of the answers and questions were a little off. For example, one answer was about what glass is made of, and I correctly entered "silicon," but the game was expecting "sand."
  • The AI sometimes buzzes in immediately even when the answer has a lot of text to read.
  • Though I prefer the multi-lined text input over the single line used in the Rare games, the developers should have had one button dedicated to backspace.

Ugly

  • Every avatar option is white, and all of them are poorly drawn. At least they had some women.
  • Although the game uses the Jeopardy theme song, the timbre is off, and there are a couple inaccurate pauses in the music.
  • Most of the sound effects are pretty bad and don't match the show. Most annoyingly, the there is a constant beeping sound as you enter your questions.
  • The voice quality is terrible, it's clearly not Trebek's voice, and, it doesn't even sound like a voice actor, just some random guy saying the lines.

Media

Box Art

The box has a promotional photo from the Super Jeopardy! miniseries with four player booths, and uses the official logo, but, is otherwise pretty boring.

Documentation

Videos

Longplay.

Representation

Bechdel test?FailThere are no named female characters.
Strong female character?FailThere are no strong female characters.
Strong non-white character?FailThere are no non-white characters.
Queer character?FailThere are no queer characters.

Links

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