“The Great Gatsby” for Nintendo

By Deane Barker on February 14, 2011

The Great Gatsby for NES: Whoa.  If there was any book I didn’t think could be adapted into a video game, it’s “The Great Gatsby” (which, in an odd moment of self-improvement, I actually read just last year).  I mean, people have had trouble enough adapting this book for film.

I found it at a yard sale. I bought it for 50 cents and went home to try it out. After dusting off my NES for like, 20 minutes I got it working, and jesus. So weird. Apparently it’s an unreleased localization of a Japanese cart called “Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari”, but I haven’t found anything about that either.

I played some of the first level – “Gatsby’s Party.”  It’s a traditional 80s side-scroller.  I was avoiding waiters and collecting coins.

Kudos to this guy for putting it online.  Great find.