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Lunar Pool

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Title Screen

Lunar Pool

Also known as: Lunar Ball (JP)
Developer: Compile
Publishers: Pony Canyon (JP), FCI (US/EU)
Platform: NES
Released in JP: December 5, 1985
Released in US: October 1987
Released in EU: 1991

DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

Lunar Pool is a Moon-themed pool variant with some weird-shaped boards...as well as the ability to turn off all friction, making the game pretty close to impossible.

Hidden Text

The string below is used by the Reset routine to check if the game was soft or hard reset:


"Jemini" is Takayuki Hirono, the game's programmer.

Easter Egg

Press Reset (×10), and at the game over screen you'll hear a different piece of music (Track 15 in the game's NSF).

Level Skip

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Check the European version.

In the US version, press Reset (×58), then during gameplay press Select to skip the current round.

The Japanese version has the same level skip functionality, but it was used in the development stage as a debug feature. The released Japanese version checks for the "J" of the aforementioned "JEMINI DAZO!!" string and treats the game as a final version. If you change this letter with Game Genie code NYSVNEZK, the level skip routine will be re-enabled.

Regional Differences

To do:
Upload the sounds to hear the difference

The ball collision sound effect is different as the pitch is about 1 semitone higher, half-shorter and has a different timbre in the international version.

Japan US Europe
Pony Incanyon? I'm sure they appreciated that Lunar Pool (NES)-title-EU.png

The credits and Pony Canyon logo on the title screen were removed from Lunar Pool to make room for more copyright info, with the European version adding more. Plus there's a trademark symbol. Hooray!

Japan US/Europe
Your TV is not broke. Please stop crying They changed the palette but not the "TWO PLAYERS GAME"

The game menu windows were colorized for the international releases.

Japan US/Europe
OH NO Oh thank God they're all black now

One of the specks of dirt on this tile is white in Lunar Ball. Don't you feel like a better person for learning that? I hope so.