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Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Rare Coin-It, Inc.
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NARC is a home console port of the hit arcade game. Player 1 takes the role of Max Force (blue cop) and player 2 takes the role of Hit Man (red cop). Max and Hit's goal is to stop drug dealers and the notorious Mr. Big, who is responsible for all of the drug dealers. The game was supposed to send players the message of not to do drugs. This was an inferior port of the game. Though, the game was pretty violent for a Nintendo game, there's blood and when you shoot people with bombs, their body parts scatter all over the place. The game's subtitle was, "No one had the guts... until now." Because of Nintendo of America's censorship policy, the blood on the cover art was changed to yellow in the NES version.



The title screen.


Blowing up baddies in stage 1, the junkyard.


Battling Mr. Big's true form.

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The music in this game is Brian Schmidt's score from the arcade version. Not all the songs are from the arcade version are present in the NES version's soundtrack because some songs in the arcade version used digital samples. The unknown song is the In-Game 4 song with different sounding drums. This may have been intended for the final boss Mr. Big because the In-Game 4 plays there instead.

David Wise wrote the music in hexadecimal like the arcade version. He used Mark Betteridge's version of the sound driver which was originally created by Chris Stamper.

The arcade version's music test gives the official names of some of the songs. According to Schmidt, Marc LoCascio, the other composer of the arcade version only worked on the NARC Rap which was not ported to the NES, probably because of its use of digitized voices.


# Title ComposerArrangerProgrammer Length Listen Download
01 The "Stick" Brian SchmidtDavid WiseChris Stamper, Mark Betteridge 3:33
02 NARC Theme Brian SchmidtDavid WiseChris Stamper, Mark Betteridge 3:08
03 Driving Music Brian SchmidtDavid WiseChris Stamper, Mark Betteridge 2:40
04 In-Game 4 Brian SchmidtDavid WiseChris Stamper, Mark Betteridge 2:09
05 Unknown Brian SchmidtDavid WiseChris Stamper, Mark Betteridge 2:09


(Source: Brian Schmidt's Official Gameography, Arcade, Verified by David Wise, game lacks credits)

Like most of Rare's NES game, this one lacks credits. This was due to the company's staff getting many job offers for other companies. We have contacted David Wise who confirmed working on the arrangements for the NES version. According to Wise, Chris Stamper wrote the first version of the NES sound driver which was later updated by Mark Betteridge.

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Title: NARC
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-08-??
Publisher: Acclaim Ltd.