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CREATED FEB.06.2006
UPDATED FEB.07.2006
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TEXT WRITTEN BY
MARTIN NIELSEN
CROAKY KARAOKE III
3.... 2.... 1.... SING ALONG! LAAAA! OOOOH! LAAAA! LAAAA!
Last week, when browsing QXL - a danish version of ebay, I stumbled upon a cheap GB printer (US $7) that I wanted, and won the auction. Anyway, the it also included 2 microphones, some sort of a bonus I guess. I didn't have any use for these microphone, and almost wrote the seller telling her that I didn't need then included in the package. But I actually was a little curious about the microphones, as they should be connected directly to a TV, it seemed.

So, today the package arrived and the GB printer was in excellent condition, a lot better than the printer already in my collection. So after testing that the printer worked, it did, my eyes turned to the two ugly karaoke microphones, smelling badly of cigarette smoke, I can't stand cigarette smoke.

Well, the microphones are huge solid plastic tings, still with a very cheap feel to them. One microphone requires 4 AA batteries and has to connected directly to a TV, which was what made me wonder in the first place, if what I had bought could be NES related?.

So I decided to take it for a spin... sing... whatever... before I would trow them away.

When connected and powered, the karaoke microphone, also known as Croaky Karaoke 3, presented me with the picture above.... people this is definately a Nintendo Entertainment System clone! :-)

Next up is a nice menu with 16 entires, of which the first 14 are sing along songs and the last two are games. Before each of the songs start, an information page is shown, informing you of who owns the song, who published it, and that it was converted to the NES with permission, yeah sure, hehe.

Let's take a quick tour of everything on the cart...

THE KETCHUP SONG (ASEREJÉ)

Originally performed by : Las Ketchup
Year : 2002

SING

Originally performed by : Travis
Year : 2001

TAKE ON ME

Originally performed by : A-ha
Year : 1985

BROWN EYES

Originally performed by : Destiny's Child
Year : 1991

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

LONDON BRIDGE IS FALLING DOWN

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

MY BONNIE

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

OH SUSANNA

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

JOY TO THE WORLD

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

JINGLE BELL

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

SILENT NIGHT

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

O CHRISTMAS TREE

Originally performed by : -
Year : -

And finally, the two games.

PINBALL

Nintendo's very own Pinball game and what makes this a true pirate system, maybe that's why croakykaraoke.co.uk no longer exist? :-)

DIAMOND

I've never seen this game before, have you?... some sort of Arkanoid hack?

The idea of a NES based sing along is very cool, and very useless, the music is horrible. But that's not all, the unit is so badly made that you can harly hear your own voice. I should probably say that my girlfriend is very happy about it not working very well, not sure why though. On one side of the microphone is a volume and echo switch, the echo works, volume?.. mmm no. The extra microphone is for duets, how cool is that?

I accidently found out that one side of the "master" microphone had a small cartridge inserted, this probably meant that more songs were planned to be released, but most likely never happened?

Amazing what you stumble upon by accident, eh? :-)

To give you an idea of how bad (cool) thing really is, I've created a small sample, please note that it's a 10mb download!
You may download it here.

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