a.k.a. ジャイロ / Gyro / Robot Gyro / Gyro Set / ファミリーコンピュータロボット ジャイロセット / Family Computer Robot Gyro Set / ファミリーコンピュータロボット: ジガイロ

created and published by Nintendo in 1985-08-13, running on Nintendo Entertainment System
type: action/reflex, platformer
genre: Science Fiction, Packaging variations, Augmented Reality Game
perspective: side view
player options: single player
languages: eng

Personal review

Gyromite is one of two Famicom/NES game using Nintendo's (today very expensive) R.O.B. addon. You are playing a professor who has to collect all dynamite in each level. One player controls the professor, the second player controls the pillars, which block the way. Pillars can also be used to kill enemies by squishing them beneath pillar and ground or ceiling. R.O.B. can also take the role as second player. The game is quite interesting with nice graphics and music for its time. Now the problem is to get a willing second player or R.O.B. to fully enjoy the game, because alone it doesn't rise to its full potential.

# 2009-02-16 00:20:47

Official description

In this action-packed game you've got to keep R.O.B.'s gyroscope spinning in order to assist Professor Hector, the mad scientist, in defusing all the bombs in his laboratory. R.O.B. will help move the columns blocking the scientist's way so he can get to the dynamite before it explodes. Master the technique and you can get R.O.B. spinning two gyros at the same time. But don't take your eyes off the screen for two long - because anything can happen in Gyromite!
# 2017-10-11 16:28:29 - official description


1 player or 2 players simultaneous cooperative. Technically, the game is two player only, one human player only, R.O.B. being the second player.

This is a very basic platform game with the added twist of a second player having simple control over certain elements in the game world. It is intended that the first player would command ROB to spin up his gyroscopes and move them around to push buttons on the 2nd player controller to manipulate the game world on behalf of player 1. Thus human player 1 and robot player 2 would cooperate to beat the game.

The game is designed to be used with the Robot Operating Buddy (R.O.B.) Gyromite was available when the NES was launched in the USA. It was also packaged with some NES decks. Gyromite was available as a standalone game in a package with ROB parts. It was also available in a package without ROB parts inside. Some players have noted that when this game is played on an NES deck modified for stereo or an emulator with stereo out capability, that it sounds as if it were designed for it.
(Zerothis) - # 2008-08-12 08:00:24

Technical specs

display: raster

Editor notes (2)

The catalog number for the Great Britain / Italy version of this game is officially "NES-GY-GBR". However, the cartridge simply has "GBR" on the label. Some Canadian version cartridges likewise show only "CAN". Also "FRA" for some French Versions. Some USA version cartridges have no catalog number printed on the cartridge label. There exists a 'big box' USA version'. The cartridge in this box has "NES-GY-USA" on the label.

The USA R.O.B. and Gyromite boxed set shares the same UPC as the Gyromite game sold alone, 0-45496-63001-0.

The Japanese cartridge label reads:

HVC-GY ジガイロ Gyro"

Where "ファミリーコンピュータロボット: ジガイロ" seems to be the intended title

"HVC-012" Applies to the Japanese Robot without the Robot Gyro game. This box apparently has no JAN barcode.

Japanese Robot + Robot Gyro game JAN code
Robot Gyro lone cartridge JAN code.
# 2013-06-26 23:18:20
Since the average younger sibling is usually slightly smarter that ROB, they are a much better choice as a 2nd player.
(Zerothis) - # 2008-08-12 08:05:49

External reviews (2) - average: 57.5%

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Tilt 39-113fr471987-1111/2055%
Tilt 39-113fr491987-1212/2060%

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