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Beat Takeshi’s Infamous NES Game Turned Into Stage Play

Beat Takeshi’s Infamous NES Game Turned Into Stage PlayWell, here’s one we didn’t see coming. The infamous NES game Takeshi no Chōsenjō, commonly known in English as Takeshi’s Challenge, is coming to the stage, of all things.

The game, which has been driving Japanese players insane since 1986, will be adapted into a play called Takeshi no Chōsenjō Beyond by comedy troupe Europe-Kikaku.

The play is set to hit stages across Japan starting in April 2020.

Takeshi no Chōsenjō, which was released on the Famicom (Japan’s version of the Nintendo Entertainment System) in December 1986, was developed by comedian Beat Takeshi, also known as Takeshi Kitano. Virtually unbeatable, it is considered by some a case of massive trolling (kind of like Penn and Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors). It’s known as one of the worst games of all time, and has been called “abusive” and “crap.”

In other words, it should make quite a play.

Source: Dengeki Online

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.