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It is 1986. You just came home from a skate session when a video game cartridge falls into your hands. Excited to find out what it contains, you visit your friend who just got a Nintendo for Christmas. You quickly insert the cartridge and a strange list of encrypted files appears...

What Remains is an 8-bit game for the emblematic 1985 NES console, blending visual novel and adventure elements in a story translating real events from the 80s into an epic quest to save the world. As the story unravels, your life in Sunny Peaks transforms dramatically, and you start uncovering a dark secret threatening everyone. But no despair, your best friend is by your side... as well as a very helpful cat.

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  • 27.09.2018 — What Remains RC1 released!

Installation Instructions

This is a game for the Nintendo NES and Famicom 8-bit consoles. Play it in your favourite NES/Famicom emulator or on original hardware with a PowerPak, EverDrive N8, or by making your own cartridge (instructions soon).

Recommendations for NES/Famicom emulators for popular operating systems:


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whatremains-rc1.nes 512 kB


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Since it sounded like RC1 is sort of a beta test, I took a few notes during my playthrough:

- When searching for Michael after getting the fake acid rain newspaper, I paused while in the city (after talking to the cat) and the new music reverted to the old music when I unpaused.

- Corrupt text: (The ? is a corrupt character, I assume it should have said 100%.)

- When searching for RADIO, PRINT and TV, walked into a jail cell looking room. Can walk right through the jail bars? (Does this room have a purpose?)

- I had trouble finding the PRINT / TV section of town, could have used some sort of hint that this was a new place open now.

- In video store, you walk underneath the counter.

- In the second half of the maze, there's an opening on the right hand side, about three columns in from the right, halfway up, that you can't walk through. (video)

- The exit from the first half of the maze at the bottom right has a non-intuitive hitbox. I almost thought it was a dead end because it didn't trigger when I walked down there at first.

(Feel free to delete this comment once you've seen it.)

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I played up to the point where Micheal rides away on his bike in the park and I am absolutely in love with this little game. I can't wait to play more of it!

Under the game's info box, it says that its status is on "Prototype". Is the game still be developed further or is this a demo or what?

Also who made the music? They did a fantastic job!

not on windows? 


Hi! This is a game for the NES/Famicom 8-bit consoles. You can play it on Windows, but you need an emulator, a type of software that can be used to run software from other systems. In this particular case, for Windows, we recommend to use FCEUX. You can download it for free here: http://www.fceux.com. With FCEUX you can open the file whatremain.nes and start playing! More instructions to configure the emulator can be found on their site.


ah I see, thanks!