All that the tarot is and was has been incorporated into the depth of this cartridge.
April 15, 2009 7:55 AM   Subscribe

If the 8-bit Tarot isn't low-tech enough for you, the Aecletic Mini Tarot Deck makes it look downright HD in comparison! May induce flashbacks of Taboo: The Sixth Sense, the NES' infamous Tarot simulator.
posted by hermitosis (19 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Hmph. More like the 16-bit Tarot.

is neat tho
posted by pokermonk at 8:17 AM on April 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


posted by not_on_display at 8:18 AM on April 15, 2009 [2 favorites]

I..Um...I ..had a copy of TABOO that was unhealthily invested in.

Man! It feels good to get that off my chest. Stuff like that can eat you away inside.
posted by The Whelk at 8:21 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]

Was Taboo an official Nintendo Seal of Approval game? How did it get past Nintendo's heavily moralising family policy? I thought even vague religious iconography in most games released in America was, uh, taboo.
posted by RokkitNite at 8:28 AM on April 15, 2009

Hmph. More like the 16-bit Tarot.

Yeah, piratebowling and I were discussing that last night, which is what led to this post and the naming of the Aecletic Mini as the true heir to the 8-bit legacy.
posted by hermitosis at 8:28 AM on April 15, 2009

I remember renting "Taboo" because when I was 11 years old I played every single game I could get my hands on, no matter how lame the premise.
posted by jeremy b at 8:34 AM on April 15, 2009

Is the NES version really any more stupid than "real" Tarot?
posted by DU at 8:50 AM on April 15, 2009

Yeah, I rented Taboo. I think it was even covered in Nintendo Power. What a waste of time.
posted by zsazsa at 8:52 AM on April 15, 2009

Is the NES version really any more stupid than "real" Tarot?

I don't think the NES version is stupid, FWIW. But thanks for trolling!
posted by hermitosis at 9:03 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]

When I was younger, I used to read Tarot cards in order to flirt with girls. At the church youth group. You'd be surprised at its effectiveness.
posted by jabberjaw at 9:08 AM on April 15, 2009 [3 favorites]

posted by WC_Helmets at 9:52 AM on April 15, 2009 [1 favorite]

So seeing this post on the main page reminded me of this awesome NES/SNES old school western style RPG based around a tarot theme. I've thought of this game on and off for years. So I came into the thread intending to ask if anyone else remembered it, and WC_Helmets has already posted a link. Man I love Metafilter.
posted by Caduceus at 10:05 AM on April 15, 2009

I'm in the same boat as jeremy b. I didn't get this at all, and totally wasted my one rental I was allowed weekly.

Fuck Taboo.
posted by owtytrof at 10:25 AM on April 15, 2009

Trivia: Taboo was developed by Rare, later known for hits like Goldeneye and just about every 3-D platformer Nintendo published on the N64 after Super Mario 64. Now they're owned by Microsoft.

I have a pretty amusing story about my brother convincing one of his friends that he could summon the devil with Taboo. Also, I thought the music was pretty catchy in the way good NES music is. That's the extent of my praise for it.
posted by Dr-Baa at 11:42 AM on April 15, 2009

its funny, but the second link is actually a much clearer and more decipherable deck than the first. yay color-coding, numbers.
posted by sexyrobot at 12:13 PM on April 15, 2009

It's... it's... it's the favicon Tarot!
posted by egypturnash at 3:00 PM on April 15, 2009

To really nail the 8-bit look you got to have the right palette. And use four colors at a time.
posted by tepidmonkey at 6:13 PM on April 15, 2009

another (great) archaic video game with a Tarot theme was The Fool's Errand. turns out the original author is working on a sequel even now, and in the meantime if you want to step through a truly esoteric succession of kludges you can play the original in Windows.
posted by slappy_pinchbottom at 7:59 PM on April 15, 2009

Ah, Shin Megami Tensei:Persona 3. Most ludicrous Japanese tarot-themed RPG/high school dating sim game ever.

I spent 93 hours on that game. 93 hours. And I have a copy of Persona 4 sitting on my shelf, taunting me right now.
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks at 2:46 AM on April 16, 2009

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