Hong Kong 97 (HK 97) is a shooter created in 1995 for the Super Famicom with a disk drive. Mallard and Jr take the HK97 challenge and play what turns out to be one of the worst video games ever created. The game is set around the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997. It is said that, at the time, people from the Chinese Mainland (called “fuckin’ ugly reds”, making this one of the very few games on the Super Famicom that contains cursing, extreme anti-communist views and possibly also racism) started immigrating to Hong Kong and generally increasing the crime rate. As a countermeasure, Chin (Jackie Chan in his Wheels on Meals appearance), a relative of Bruce Lee, was hired by the Hong Kong government (represented by Chris Patten) to wipe out all 1.2 billion people of China. But meanwhile, in China, research was underway to bring the dead “Tong Shau Ping” (Deng Xiaoping) back to life as the ultimate weapon.
When the game was released in 1995, Deng Xiaoping, said to be dead in the game, was still alive. However, he did die months before the handover, which is when the game’s plot actually takes place.
HappySoft Ltd. distributed the games themselves, but few retail stores were interested in getting copies of the game at the time. After this game, HappySoft was never heard from again; therefore, actual hard copies are extremely rare, and the ones commonly available are emulated ROMs.
Some teenagers in Taiwan made a spoof of HK97 called TW2001 for the PC, claiming it to be worse than HK97.
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