Ufouria: The Saga

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Ufouria: The Saga
European boxart
Director(s)Cho Musou
Yoshinori Homma
Composer(s)Naoki Kodaka
Virtual Console
  • JP: September 20, 1991
  • EU: November 19, 1992
  • AU: 1992
  • JP: March 28, 2002
Mobile Phones
  • JP: August 18, 2003
Windows Store
  • JP: April 20, 2010 (Project EGG)
Virtual Console
  • EU: July 2, 2010
  • NA: August 23, 2010
  • JP: March 29, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
  • JP: July 24, 2013
Wii U
  • NA: July 24, 2014
  • EU: October 9, 2014
  • JP: January 28, 2015
Genre(s)Action-adventure, Metroidvania[1]

Ufouria: The Saga, known in Japan as Hebereke (へべれけ), is a side scrolling action-adventure video game developed and published by Sunsoft for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in Japan on September 20, 1991, in Europe on November 19, 1992 and in Australia in the same year. It is the first game in the Hebereke series with almost every "sequel" being a completely different style of game. Hebereke is the name of the Japanese version's title character, which is colloquial and roughly translates to 'drunk' or 'untrustworthy'. The game was later rereleased in a two-in-one Sony PlayStation game, Memorial Series Sunsoft Vol.5, which also included Raf World (known outside Japan as Journey to Silius). In 2010, Ufouria: The Saga was rated by the Australian OFLC, implying a future rerelease.[2] It has been confirmed that this game would be released on the Wii Virtual Console in the PAL region on July 2, 2010 and as an import in North America on August 23, 2010.

The games design is in the style of Metroid and Blaster Master where the player traverses an uninterrupted game world collecting items and power-ups enabling the player to reach even more locations, fighting bosses and minibosses. Throughout the game the player locates the main character's three friends who each have unique skills. The game allows the player to switch between the characters at any time to utilise their skills when needed.

The game sports bright characters and graphics that are typically Japanese in design, done in the style of Bomberman, Kirby and particularly Hello Kitty.

As a result of the limited release of English versions of the NES game, it has become quite in demand, and is considered a sought after item by collectors.


English version[edit]

Bop-Louie and his friends live in a world named Ufouria, The characters stumble upon a crater, in which his friends fall in. Bop-Louie climbs in, but suddenly blanks out. He finds out that he must find all three of his other friends, all of which suffer from amnesia and take on Bop-Louie as a threat.

Each time Bop-Louie locates one of his friends, you must battle them in an attempt to help them regain their memory. Once all four are back together the game revolves around collecting keys to open a gate, Unyo The alien will then battle you to the death with a giant hovering robot, that looks like him, connected to him.

Japanese version[edit]

Long ago, Peace was in their world, now to this day, there's such a big war. The battle is involving around the world, because the space-time is so twisted, The world started to collapse.

All of the heroes are due to go and fight, They fell to the cleft of time and space. To all who are in grief, he eventually cares, now he decided to begin the adventure from their original home to their world.

Somewhere in this world, The Hero, known as Hebereke, must find his three other colleagues: Oh-Chan, Sukezaemon, and Jennifer are hiding. So to survive in this weird world, you must find your friends, determine the skills of your team, and all three must venture into this magical world. To fight against an alien mastermind named Unyo!

Ufouria: The Saga[edit]

Ufouria is the title of the game when released in PAL regions. The game had some alterations;

  • Story was changed in some parts, as the name of the game is the world name
  • Text was changed for the English audience,
  • The characters names were changed:
Hebe = Bop-Louie
Oh-Chan = Freeon-Leon
Sukezaemon = Shades
Jennifer = Gil
  • Some characters underwent design alterations:
Hebe/Bop-Louie was changed from a penguin to a more human-like appearance with clothes, big eyes, and a mouth, making him resemble a little boy snowman.
Oh-Chan/Freeon-Leon changed from a cat in an orange suit to an orange dinosaur/lizard.
  • Birds no longer drop feces, but now drop 16 ton weights.
  • The introduction screen (which included an image of the original four characters) was redesigned.
  • The character Freeon-Leon's name is spelled "Freeon-Leeon" at least once during gameplay; however, it is written as "Freeon-Leon" on the back of the Ufouria box.


Hebe (Bop-Louie)

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Penguin (Little boy)
  • Fast walker on land.
  • Average jumper.
  • Cannot swim.
  • Falls when walking on icy surfaces.
  • Can climb walls when the suction cup has been located.
  • Secret Weapon: The players head springs out and attacks the enemy.

Oh-Chan (Freeon-Leon)

  • Gender: Female (Male)
  • Species: Cat (Lizard)
  • Can walk on icy surfaces.
  • Swims on surface of the water, but not under.
  • Slow walker on land.
  • Bad jumper.
  • Secret Weapon: Freeze enemies for stepping stones.

Sukezaemon (Shades)

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Ghost
  • Can jump very high and floats down slowly.
  • Slow walker.
  • Cannot swim.
  • Secret Weapon: His eyes pop out and attack enemies.

Jennifer (Gil)

  • Gender: Male
  • Species: Frog (Angler Fish)
  • Can walk under water.
  • Slow walker on land.
  • Bad jumper.
  • Secret Weapon: Belches bombs that destroy walls.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Parish, Jeremy (June 12, 2012). "Metroidvania". GameSpite. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ufouria: The Saga". OFLC. Retrieved 2010-05-07.

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