Famicom Tantei Club Part II: Ushiro ni Tatsu Shoujo
The second Famicom Tantei Club game, whose subtitle translates to "The Girl in Back", is actually a prequel, taking place two years prior and telling the story of how the protagonist came under the wing of Detective Utsugi. The hero’s first investigation tasks him with uncovering the mystery of a murdered high school girl, during which he's introduced to his future partner, Ayumi Tachibana. Connected to this is another unsolved murder/kidnapping case from 15 years prior, along with a ghost story of "the girl in back", featuring a blood-soaked girl that calls students from behind. For the most part, the game is pretty similar to its predecessor, though it redoes the interface to get rid of the grey bars. Since you don't have amnesia in this game, the "remember" command is replaced with a "think" command, though fundamentally they work the same. The visuals and music are just as solid as before, and both the high school setting and the ghost story give off a nice, spooky vibe. Famicom Tantei Club Part II was remade for the Super Famicom and distributed through the Nintendo Power cartridge writing system. This version completely redoes the graphics and the music, in addition to getting rid of the load times and disk-flipping. The FDS version also had a brief 3D maze at the beginning of the second disk, which was removed here. At the ending, there's also a personality assessment and a gauge that measures your compatibility with Ayumi, based upon the actions you took during the game. More importantly, this version has been fan translated into English by Neo Demiforce and Clyde "Tomato" Mandelin, making it the only Nintendo adventure game playable in English. There was a third Famicom Tantei Club game, subtitled Yumi no Kieta Kako ("The Past that Disappeared into Snow"), with Ayumi as the protagonist, but this version was only released via the Satellaview, so unfortunately it’s impossible to play it as it was originally intended.