Nintendo NES

The NES version of Elite was released in 1991 and was the only version of the original Elite to be officially released for a gaming console. Nintendo released the game in five different languages.

The following versions of software were released:
- English cartridge
- German cartridge
- Italian cartridge
- French cartridge
- Spanish cartridge

The Archives is fortunate to hold complete copies of all five versions.

All NES versions have the same image on the front cover of the box, that of the stylised Eilte logo that was first seen on the cover of the Firebird versions of The Dark Wheel novella. All versions retain the same product barcode.

Although the NES version was released in what appeared to be five different languages, it was only the packaging and accompanying manual that were treated to a full individual translation. The game itself was the same in each version, with an option to select English, German, or French from the main menu. All versions were by Imagineer.

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English Release

The English language release can be identified by the code NES-EL-UKV.

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German Release

The German language release can be identified by the code NES-EL-NOE.

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Italian Release

The Italian language release can be identified by the code NES-EL-ITA.

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French Release

The French language release can be identified by the code NES-EL-FRA.

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The French Version also included an Observer's Guide to Ships in Service, a double-sided sheet detailing pertinent information about the various classes of ship in the game. The detail and pictures coned on the sheet are the same as those found in the Flight Training Manuals that came with the earlier versions of Elite.


Spanish Release

The Spanish language release can be identified by the code NES-EL-ESP.


Gameplay

The NES version introduced a short flight training mission before the player was able to access the main game. The player has to destroy a Sidewinder, a Krait and a Mamba after which time to destroy them is reported to the player. The game proper then begins with Commander Jameson being awarded his Cobra Mk III, along with the traditional 100 credits and 3 missiles. 


Cheat Codes

When you dock at a space station you can change your name to Cheater. You will receive an additional 10,000 credits. This can only be done once and you will be unable to change your name again.