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The elusive Beastie Boys Arcade Game
NBA Street 3
NBA Jam
SSX Tricky
Escape From Monkey Island
Monster Rancher 2
Wario's Woods
Beastie Feastie



The Elusive Beastie Boys Arcade Game
If things had been different in 1992, you could have been guiding Adrock, MCA or Mike D around the screen at your local video arcade. A game was actually made by the Kaneko Company where you and two friends could control each of the Beasties as they travel through different platform style levels. A prototype cabinet was made using the 'Check Your Head' logo on one side and a white picture of the Beastie Boys on the other. The control panel had each of the Beastie's names next to each joystick. A CD player inside the cabinet plays tracks from "Paul's Boutique" and "Check Your Head" and as expected any swearing is beeped out.
The different levels consisted of:
  • Dodging eggs being thrown at them for 30 seconds
  • Standing on a giant moving turntable while avoiding "The Turntable King"
  • Get their microphones back
  • Get their instruments back
  • Get back to PJ's for their live performance
When all these levels are complete you win the RIAA Award and it all starts again. [AstroBBoy: maybe they should just go and visit 9th Beastie's house - he has a stack of their awards].
The game was never released as it never received licensing from the Beastie Boys or Grand Royal.


NBA Street 3


Not only do they have "An Open Letter To NYC" included on the soundtrack, but you can also play as any of the Beastie Boys in this game by EA Sports.
Available on Playstation 2, X Box and Game Cube, to get the characters is the same. You either have to beat them in the 'Street Challenge' at Dyckman Park (NYC), or buy them for 500 points at the Rewards Screen.


NBA Jam Tournament Edition


You can play with a whole range of different secret characters - including all three Beastie Boys. You can also get other characters such as the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Bill and Hilary Clinton and Prince Charles! As the game has been produced for a number of different platforms, here is how to get the Beastie Boys to play for each system:

IBM PC

Enter the following codes to get the characters:
Adrock = F5, A, F4, D, F3, R, F2, APR, F1, 6.
MCA = F10, M, F9, C, F8, A, F7, APR, F6, 9.
Mike DD = F6, M, F7, _, F8, D, F9, JUL, F10, 1.


Sega 32X

Go to the Enter Initials screen and:
AdRock = Highlight the letter A, hold start and press B. Highlight the letter D, hold Start and press C. Highlight the letter R, and press any button.
MCA = Highlight the letter M and press any button. Highlight the letter C, hold Start and press B. Highlight the letter A, hold Start and press B.
Mike D = Highlight the letter M, hold start and press C. Highlight the letter K, and press any button. Highlight the letter D, hold Start and press C.


Sega Game Gear

Enter your initials as one of the following:
AdRock = (A) + press Start, (D) + press button 1, (R) + press button 2
MCA = (M) + press Start, (C) + press button 2, (A) + press button 1
Mike D = (M) + press button 1, (K) + press button 2, (D) + press Start


Sega Genesis

Go to the Enter Initials screen and:
AdRock = Highlight the letter A, and press any button. Highlight the letter D, hold start and press C. Highlight the letter R, hold Start and press B.
MCA = Highlight the letter M, hold Start and press B. Highlight the letter C, hold Start and press B. Highlight the letter A and press any button.
Mike D = Highlight the letter M, hold start and press C. Highlight the letter K, and press any button. Highlight the letter D, hold Start and press C.


Sega Saturn

Hold L + R and enter the following initials and dates:
AdRock = ADR April 6
MCA = MCA April 9
Mike D = M_D July 1


Sony Playstation

Hold L + R and enter the following initials and dates:
AdRock = ADR April 6
MCA = MCA April 9
Mike D = M_D July 1


Super Nintendo

Go to the Enter Initials screen and:
AdRock = Highlight the letter A and press X. Highlight the letter D, hold Start, and press Y. Highlight the letter R, hold Start, and press B.
MCA = Highlight the letter M, hold Start, and press B. Highlight the letter C, hold Start, and press B. Highlight the letter A and press X.
Mike D = Highlight the letter M, hold Start, and press Y. Highlight the letter K and press X. Highlight the letter D, hold Start, and press Y.


SSX Tricky


In the various formats for this game, you can transform yourself into Mix Master Mike.
On the title screen, enter the codes below, then select any character. When you start you will start as MMM.

Game Cube
On the title screen, hold L + R and press X, X, Right, X, X, Down, X, X, Left, X, X, Up.

Playstation 2
On the title screen, hold L1 + R1 and press X, X, Right, X, X, Down, X, X, Left, X, X, Up.

X Box
On the title screen, hold L + R and press A, A, Right, A, A, Down, A, A, Left, A, A, Up.



Escape From Monkey Island


This Playstation 2 game has a cute reference to a classic Beastie Boys track. Apparently inside the sushi-bar is a monkey character who sings "brass monkey that funky monkey".


Monster Rancher 2


In this Playstation game, you can create secret monsters by putting in various music CDs. Two of those CDs are "Licensed To Ill" and "Hello Nasty".


Wario's Woods


This older game released for the Super Nintendo had a tenth level boss by the name of "Tadrock" - hmmmm sounds familiar.


Beastie Feastie


Unfortunately this classic arcade game from 1984 does not feature the Beastie Boys despite the name.

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