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Cobra Command (NES)

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Title Screen

Cobra Command

Developer: Data East
Publisher: Data East
Platform: NES
Released in JP: October 21, 1988
Released in US: November 1988

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.

Despite the title and release date, this port of the arcade side-scrolling helicopter shooter is completely unrelated to G.I. Joe.

Unused Graphics

Unused Title Screen

Cobra Command-alt-title.png

Both versions of the game contain an entire graphics bank dedicated to an unused alternate title screen, which reads "Stiffen Wolf". Judging from the Japanese DECO logo, this was likely the original Japanese title, which was probably changed due to sounding slightly suggestive and/or completely ridiculous. Unfortunately, there's no layout data for these tiles remaining in the ROM, but it's fairly easy to guess what it may have looked like:

insert terrible joke here

It should be noted that "Cobra-Command" was the game's arcade title, even in the Japan release region. It's possible an alternate name was chosen in case of legal trouble.

Unused Ending Graphics

Cobra Command-alt-ending.png Cobra Command-kana.png

Not only did the game have an alternate title screen, it appears that there was a different ending planned as well. Neither of these two banks are used in the Japanese or US version.

Cobra Command-net.png

What appears to be a large bullet hole is stored with the intro sprite graphics. If used, it would have taken up nearly all of the 64 available sprites. Perhaps the helicopter was originally supposed to shoot the screen?