Playing this on the NES core of the amazing MiSTer FPGA platform. It only takes a few notes of the title music to draw the whole family in for 4 player co-op fun. The documentary video was so well explained and nothing short of inspirational for our kids.
Micro Mages (NES / PC)
A downloadable game for Windows
- native PC version (Windows)
- NES ROM, playable on a variety of platforms via emulation
Micro Mages is a platform game developed for the original 8-bit NES console. Now available as a ROM file and native Windows PC version.
You can play also on your NES! Physical version is available by our partner:
Get the cartridge, box and manual (including ROM file)
Slip into your wizard robes and enter the Demon Fortress, home of great treasure and ghastly creatures alike. Shoot and wall-jump your way up the fortress's towers and battle the evil bosses lurking at the top.
Play solo or join forces with your friends. This game supports up to 4 players. Will you help each other overcome the dangerous traps built to stop nosy adventurers or will you turn on your comrades to snatch the high score? No downtime: If you die while at least one other player is still alive, you will turn into a ghost and can help by freezing enemies. Try to open crates and treasure chests to find a Fairy or Feather that will bring you back to life.
- 1 to 4 players simultaneous
- Cooperate or compete for score
- 26 spooky levels (normal + hard modes)
- Dangerous traps, monsters and bosses
- Ancient secrets
- Password function allows you to continue your game - in classic NES fashion
If you prefer to get the Steam version, you will not miss out on the ROM file, it is included in the installation folder.
For support, consider joining our Discord Server.
PC version update (1.0.1); 2019-06-26
- fixed bug that caused the game to get stuck in the menu
Follow us on twitter: @morphcat
|Tags||2D, 8-Bit, Co-op, Homebrew, Local Co-Op, Local multiplayer, NES, NES Rom, Pixel Art|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Gamepad (any), Joystick|
|Player count||1 - 4|
|Links||Steam, Discord Server, Twitter, Homepage, YouTube, Steam, Soundtrack|
|Mentions||itch.io Recommends: Old-but-new|
In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:
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Thanks so much for contributing Micro Mages to the itch.io bundle for racial justice and equality! I've been having fun playing and reviewing games from the bundle, and this one was a gem. Really enjoyed the behind the scenes video too! 40KB is nothing.
In case you're interested in my review, here it is: https://knavegaming.com/micro-mages-review/
...but can it run on the Raspberry Pi 4?...
I have RetroPie set up on my RP4. It was able to run Micro Mages perfectly on the first try.
If it can't I'd be concerned about what is going on with the installation you have set up.
Wow, I just love your stuff guys! ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ
For me, this is a great game. Love those games who have nostalgia blasted on our faces.
this game i remember was free and i had it but now after i reinstalled windows i cant get it now because its for moni :(
I'd like to buy the game for 10 bucks and then later have the option of buying the cartridge... with a 10 bucks discount.
I've searched a bit and it doesn't seem possible. But it would make sense.
it still costs money to produce the cart
Yes of course.
If I bought the ROM for 10$ and then the cartridge for x - 10$, I would have paid full price for the cartridge.
Sorry for the late reply,
Why don't you take directly the physical version, the ROM is include. You can check on the online shop of our official partner Broke Studio: https://www.brokestudio.fr/product/micro-mages-nes/
Every dollar spent on ̶r̶e̶t̶r̶o̶ vintage games, is a dollar that can be spent on awesome indie games like this for classic consoles!
If you haven't seen it, do check out Morphcat games youtube video 'How we fit an NES game into 40 Kilobytes'. Imagine if "AAA" game devs did this? (would love to see what you would do with more space!) *cough Micro Mages 2 ? *cough
I'm ordering both a NES, and FC physical copies to play with my nieces on my AVS. :)
I think i speak for everyone when i say... I CAN'T WAIT FOR Micro Mages 2! *nudge *nudge, *harder nudge
i would love to see it in Nintendo Switch, this is awesome
That kind of game that’s calling you to buy a NES.
Are those animations real? Is the reactivity that good on the NES?
Very well done on many points. Gameplay, gamedesign, pixel art, music and sfx.
Each detail seems to have been set with care. To reach the gamer happiness.
Morphcat games studio bring to us here this feeling of modern mechanics ported back at the time.
Then you have this coop mode. Which looks to be a lot of fun according to YT videos.
You could also find on the web some speed runs that’s showing how good this game can catch you.
For sure Micro Mages is more than a 40KB NES game challenge.
man i wish this was free
Oh my! You guys even made the cartridge version for NES! This is so great :3
Wishlisting this for when i'm not broke. It's super impressive that you were able to create a game for a console that's been discontinued for 2 decades.
This game's super well done! I ordered the physical copy of the game for my bro (since he started collecting NES games to play), so I'm playing the ROM file that came with the receipt in the meantime. I'm seriously blown away by how good this game looks considering the NES's hardware, so props to everyone who worked on this! This definitely seems like it would be much more fun in multiplayer, which I haven't tried yet, but it's totally fine in single-player.
Oh by the way Mac gang, yes you can play this. The ROM works beautifully with OpenEmu, which is built specifically for Mac computers. You're welcome in advance!
This was actually a really fun experience! It feels exactly like an NES game should, and it's really fun with friends. It might get chaotic with four friends though!
4 player can get a bit chaotic at times, but you eventually develop a flow and rhythm as a group. Proof is going back to the start of the game and realizing just how much easier it is with everyone in sync.
Hey! I got your game in a bundle a while back. I downloaded it but realized it's on Steam :D. The download page didn't have a Steam key request. Any way you could teach me to activate it on Steam?
you mean the racial justice bundle? I'm fairly sure that the indie developers didn't offer activation keys for steam because they were already offering their own copies for almost nothing.
Hi team, any chance to have the game on Switch ?
Wow, that’s a great game! The art is really stunning for a NES title and you did a perfect job with the animations.
Please try an Mac version of the game
You can just download the NES ROM and use it on an emulator on mac
Heya - look up OpenEmu, it's a Mac-specific emulator that can run all sorts of console games, including NES. Just drop the Micro Mages ROM into the thing and have fun!
Is there anyway we can get a Linux port? Or Source code so I may port it? I want to buy the game, but I want a native Linux port. :)
The rom works in emulators using RetroArch :)
Just use WINE or steamplay
Is there any way I can pay for the source code so I can see how you did a lot of this stuff? I know there is a video but I'm really interested in what you did and want to see how they were done in assembly. Also did you write the Windows version in assembly too or C?
Probably some kind of wrapper / emulator for the NES rom?
I assume the Windows version is just bundling the ROM with a NES emulator.
Even without the source code, you can use a NES debugger/visualizer tool such as Mesen to see what’s going on in the CPU and PPU. Great for ROM hacking too. Read the Mesen docs for more info.
Played this on stream recently, fantastic work! It's honestly shocking how far you've pushed the NES here, and it comes together into an addictive, blast of a game, too! I'll definitely be getting more than a few screens into this one on my own time.
wow! this is awesome, make a demo version pls!!
can i purchase a free version with only the game?
You can't install this game from inside the itch.io app, i think because you havent maked the installer or the portable version as for windows.
Is it fixed now? Can you download using the app?
Can't download the rom zip file. Server problem.
This game is so fun! Even without the super interesting optimisation and design within the limitations, the platforming feels great and it's been great to play with four friends for some hectic co-op fun. Thanks so much for making this!
Is this playable on a real NES using a flashcart like Everdrive N8?
In theory yes. They made actual game cartridges i believe forthis game as an option for early backers. the game is built within the limitation of the nes and the rom works with nes emulators. I played it on an nes emulator on my psp in fact and it works great
Thanks. I'll try.
FYI. I did try on a real NES using the provided ROM on an Everdrive N8 and it does work! Very nice job!
Yes the rom is perfectly playable on a real Nes console using an Everdrive N8
(note: if you want to play with four players you will need a Fourscore adapter or a Nes Sattelite)
So, this is... uhm... genuinely great. Its not only a throwback to NES games, its an actual NES game made with the limitations of the 40k cartridge in mind. And despite that has a ton of varied environments that incrementally challenge your seemingly simple navigation possibilities further, cool boss fights/animations, simple, but very, very smart level design and cool features for a coop adventure that elevates its excellent single player content even further. Add some coop specific power ups, cool nostalgic callbacks and a hard mode on top of the perfectly snappy controls and you have a winner. 5/5
More Racial Justice bundle impressions and ranking: https://itch.io/c/915453/quick-impressions-bundle-for-racial-justice
Been incredibly interested in this project ever since I saw the video of the creator explaining working through the technical limitations to create this game. After playing for a bit, it's honestly insane how much this feels this thing came right out of the 80s. Definitely check this out.
Looks awesome but somehow i cant download it? I bought the new Bundle and this was included at a later date, which might be the reason.
No, games added to the bundle after you paid for it should also show up.
From the bundle page,
click on download at the very top left. That will show you the whole bundle. Then search for Micro Mages by title:
You'll have to go to the bundle downloads link and click on the recently added games individually to get them to associate with your account.
Seems like a cool game, but once the Installer-1.0.1.exe is installed on the itch.io desktop app it doesn't lauch the game but just opens up this page in a web browser. Am I doing something wrong? Or do you have to open it outside of the itchi.io desktop app?
Hi, did you try to download it directly on this page and install it? (not via itch.io app). Normally it will work. Please let us know if it worked.
Sorry, I'm still confused, it says "Includes: - native PC version (Windows)" but when I download all the versions on this page, click on "manage" and find the folder there is only the ROM (which you explain in the .txt file requires emulation). Unless I'm missing something, is there a "native PC version" available on itch? Could I play it on Steam instead? I would prefer not to do emulation if the native PC version is possible. Thanks!
You can also buy the game on Steam, but that's a separate purchase.
When you navigate to the download page on your PC, you don't see these four downloads?
If you download the installer, you should open it to install it on Windows.
If you instead download the portable version, just unpack it anywhere and run the game from it, without needing to install anything.
I believe the PC version is also effectively emulation, since the game is made for the NES. The PC version is probably just another emulator conveniently wrapped around the NES ROM.
Yes, I finally got it to work. You have to go to your web page not on the itch desktop app, download, then run the .exe file. Somehow I missed a step earlier. Great game!
However, just a general comment I want to make. I am not putting any blame on you, I think this is an itch problem, but their UI and explanation about issues like this is minimal or non-existent. I know they are a small team but the latest publicity they have received due to bundles and whatnot should hopefully get them some funds to work on this platform. I will continue to use it of course, I really like playing and testing indie games, but if you any influence on them please tell them - FIX and IMPROVE your platform PLEASE!
This game is amazing! And not just amazing for the NES, but amazing in general, lots of fun! It's really built with multiplayer in mind, so try to find some friends and experience the multiplayer mechanics, like bouncing off your fellow mages or being able to float around as a ghost looking for ways to come back to life.
But it's also fun to play on your own! The game isn't very long. A dedicated player can probably finish it in about two hours. It includes a hard mode, which you need to complete in order to see the true ending, kind of like classic NES games like Ghosts N' Goblins. The difference is that the second loop in hard mode has lots of little changes, from level layouts to enemy behaviour, that really are more like just the second half of the game, kind of like the inverted castle in Symphony of the Night. There are also secrets to uncover and lots of little easter eggs and small references to other games, as classic as Space Invaders and as recent as Shovel Knight.
If you like run-and-gun wall-jumping vertical action, definitely give this game a try!