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Takeshi’s Challenge: The Famicom’s Cruel Mistress

"Takeshi’s Challenge, hailed as one of the worst games of all time, is a game released in 1986 for the Famicom system. Developed by Taito Corporation, it was designed by comedian, actor, and film director Beat Takeshi (Takeshi Kitano), who made it very clear that he was “a man who hates video games.” Critically, the reception of the game differed, with some deeming its game design abusive while others praised it for its peculiarity; regardless, it sold 800,000 copies within its lifetime. According to the first episode of the Japanese TV show GameCenter CX, rumor has it that the developers of the game met with Takeshi at a bar, and put as many of his ideas as they could into the game directly; even when he was drunk. Thus, the plot of Takeshi’s Challenge was born."

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