Vegas Stakes

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Vegas Stakes
VegasstakesSNES boxart.jpg
North American box art
Developer(s)HAL Laboratory
Composer(s)Kimitaka Matsumae (SNES version only)
Manami Matsumae
Platform(s)Super NES, Game Boy
ReleaseSuper NES
  • NA: April 10, 1993
  • EU: 1993
  • JP: September 10, 1993
Game Boy
  • NA: December 1995

Vegas Stakes, known as Las Vegas Dream in Japan, is a gambling video game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in April 1993 and for the Game Boy in December 1995. The Super NES version supports the Super NES Mouse,[1] while the Game Boy version is compatible with the Super Game Boy, and features borders which use artwork from the SNES version. It is the sequel to the NES game Vegas Dream.

The game sees the player go to Las Vegas to gamble with $1000. Using that $1000, the player must try to win $10 million at different casinos.


In the SNES version, the player can choose to play either a single-player or multiplayer game. The multiplayer mode is not included in the Game Boy version. In the single-player game, a computerized friend accompanies the player around various casinos. In the multiplayer game, poker cannot be played since everyone could see everyone else's cards. At the beginning of the single-player game, a car is seen driving to Las Vegas. The various "friends" of the player are introduced as Cliff, Maria, Isabelle and Richard. All are eager to begin gambling. The "friends" are not present in the Game Boy version.

The player is given $1,000. The player's goal is to win $10 million. If the player loses all the money, the game ends, and an image is shown of a man showing his empty pockets.

The game features blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, and slot machines.[2][3] When the player wins $100,000, the Laurel Palace casino is unlocked.[2] A total of five casinos are featured in the SNES version,[3] while four are featured in the Game Boy version.[2]

Aside from gambling, the player will also have interactions with the traveling party, and with random casino patrons. The player can make or lose money, depending on the response given to these patrons. In one example, a patron may attempt to pickpocket the player's character by pretending to wipe a spot off the character's shirt.[2][3] There are no random encounters in multiplayer mode. Several additional patron interaction situations exist in the Game Boy version.

At the end of the SNES version, the player gets to type in what they plan to do with their winnings. At the end of the game, a couple drive up to a casino with the player's name on it. Also at the end of the SNES version, the game tells the player what they typed in came true.


Vegas Stakes on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System garnered generally favorable reception from critics.[7] Readers of Japanese publication Super Famicom Magazine voted to give the game a 19.2 out of 30 score in a public poll.[12] Nintendo Power praised its realistic gambling games, four-player mode, and compatibility with the Super NES Mouse, but criticized the lack of variety in the games and live interactions with other opponents during multiplayer.[9] A writer for Computer and Video Games commended the audiovisual presentation, but felt that its gameplay became dull after the first half hour.[5] Electronic Gaming Monthly's five reviewers stated that "Nintendo gives casino life a great video game feel". They noted that the game's recurring incidents at the casino added humor and variety.[6] ProGames's Chu-Chi commented that the game was "very satisfying" for fans of the genre, highlighting the unique characteristics and dialogues of each character. He also gave positive remarks to the visuals, sound, challenge and overall fun factor.[11] AllGame's Scott Alan Marriott regarded it as "an excellent example of how to do a casino game on the console format", noting the inclusion of surrounding characters during gameplay, adventure element and diverse selection of games. However, Marriott expressed disappointment with the game ending once the main goal is met.[4]

The Game Boy version carried similar response as the original Super NES release. Nintendo Power's six editors praised it for being a solid recreation of the SNES version, as well as its accessible controls and adventure element, but was criticized for featuring "only four games of chance".[10] GamePro's brief review found it fun, giving positive remarks to its variety of games, "crisp and clean" visuals, and "cheesy" music for being fitting.[13] IGN's Monica Wilbur commended its suitable graphical presentation, audio and replayability, writing "if playing classic games of chance with virtually no risk attached sounds like a good way to pass the time, Vegas Stakes offers a solid gameplay experience."[8]

Retrospective coverage[edit]

Retrospective reviews for the title have been more mixed since its Virtual Console re-release. Nintendo Life's Marcel van Duyn recommended it for gambling fans, noting that the random character events and optional advise from the player's companion added variety and extra interaction to the game, while commending the detailed backgrounds but criticized the music for being "annoying".[14] Eurogamer's Dan Whitehead found its multiplayer component more interesting than the main campaign, but he ultimately expressed that "if you peek over the fence at Xbox Live Arcade, and take a look at fully-featured online gambling games like Texas Hold 'em, you can't help feeling that games like this just highlight the shortcomings of the Virtual Console while adding little of value."[15] IGN's Lucas M. Thomas commended the overall presentation, visuals, audio, gameplay and lasting appeal, but stated that more variety and different versions for some of the included casino games would have been welcomed.[16] GameSpot's Frank Provo wrote that "When it originally came out for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993, this collection of five parlor classics was one of just a few gambling compilations available for home consoles. However, now that Nintendo has made Vegas Stakes available once again on the Wii's Virtual Console service, there are a near-infinite number of gambling collections out there for a multitude of platforms, and most of them provide a wider selection of casino staples than the ones included here."[17]


  1. ^ "Let's Get Technical". GamePro. No. 76. IDG. January 1995. p. 14.
  2. ^ a b c d "Vegas Stakes". Nintendo Power. December 1995. pp. 90–93, 105. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  3. ^ a b c "Super Casino Games: Vegas Stakes". Nintendo Power. Nintendo of America. June 1993. pp. 20–22. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ a b Marriott, Scott Alan (1998). "Vegas Stakes (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) - Review". AllGame. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 14 November 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  5. ^ a b "CVG Review: High stakes gambling hits SNES - Vegas Stakes". Computer and Video Games. No. 142. EMAP. September 1993. p. 92.
  6. ^ a b Semrad, Ed; Carpenter, Danyon; Alessi, Martin; Williams, Ken; Weigand, Mike (November 1993). "Review Crew - Major Mike's Game Roundup: Vegas Stakes (Nintendo / Super NES)". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 52. Sendai Publishing. p. 45.
  7. ^ a b "NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: ラスベガスドリーム (スーパーファミコン)". Famitsu (in Japanese). No. 248. ASCII Corporation. September 17, 1993. p. 37.
  8. ^ a b Wilbur, Monica (June 23, 1999). "Game Boy: Vegas Stakes". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2004-06-20. Retrieved 2022-06-25.
  9. ^ a b "Now Playing - Vegas Stakes (Super NES)". Nintendo Power. No. 47. Nintendo of America. April 1993. pp. 103–104, 107.
  10. ^ a b Pelland, Scott; Swan, Leslie; Bafus, Jeff; Jon; Dan; Munson, Terry (December 1995). "Now Playing - Vegas Stakes (Game Boy)". Nintendo Power. No. 79. Nintendo of America. pp. 105, 107.
  11. ^ a b Chu-Chi (1993). "SNES: Vegas Stakes — Cansado de gritaria no jogo de truco? Se seu negocio e jogar em grande estilo, Vegas Stakes e o game para voce". ProGames (in Portuguese). Vol. 1, no. 2. Editora Escala [pt]. p. 17.
  12. ^ 超絶 大技林 '98年春版: スーパーファミコン - ラスベガスドリーム. PlayStation Magazine [ja] (Special) (in Japanese). Vol. 42. Tokuma Shoten Intermedia. April 15, 1998. p. 415. ASIN B00J16900U.
  13. ^ "ProReview: Portable Systems - Vegas Stakes (Game Boy)". GamePro. No. 80. IDG. March 1996. p. 69.
  14. ^ van Duyn, Marcel (September 1, 2007). "Vegas Stakes Review (SNES) - Always bet on black". Nintendo Life. Nlife Media. Archived from the original on 2021-01-23. Retrieved 2022-06-25.
  15. ^ Whitehead, Dan (September 3, 2007). "Virtual Console Roundup: Bonk 3 and Vegas Stakes". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 2022-06-25. Retrieved 2022-06-25.
  16. ^ Thomas, Lucas M. (December 6, 2007). "Vegas Stakes Review - Discover the joys of addiction". IGN. Ziff Davis. Archived from the original on 2018-02-26. Retrieved 2022-06-25.
  17. ^ Provo, Frank (December 14, 2007). "Vegas Stakes Review — Five no-frills casino games for $8 is a raw deal considering you can play all of these games free at many Web sites". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 2022-06-25. Retrieved 2022-06-25.

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