Giana Sisters

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Giana Sisters came out sometimes in the dark ages of 1987. It was published by RainbowArts/TimeWarp. At this time it was the best Jump n Run for the c64. It was written by Armin Gessert, who recently (2009) published a remake of the game on the DS under the name of his own firm Spellbound and sadly died in the same year.
Because the main idea and especially the first two levels were heavily borrowed from Super Mario Bros. for the NES, Nintendo was pissed pretty bad at the time. Super Mario Bros was released in 1985 in Japan and America and of course a long time later in Europe, in 1987 to be precise. And because the c64 was more widespread across Europe than the NES, the sisters were too, so some people already thought that Super Mario Bros. is a rip off from the Giana Sisters.
So Nintendo got an army of lawyers together and filed all kinds of lawsuits. After this the Giana Sisters finally disappeared from shops, but the cracker scene of these days spread the game via post all over the world and the success of the sisters was unstoppable. That's why you look here even today! And of course because it was a great game and much better than Mario Bros. and much more than just a clone, it was a game of its own. And the soundtrack by Chris Huelsbeck added to the success too! And as a tribute to the Mario Brothers Giana's sister in the 2player mode is called Maria. And even on the US version of the box of the game it is scribbled: The Brothers are History!

Why the name of the game is written Gianna Sisters in the introscene in the game (with 2 'n's) or why nintendo published the sequel on the DS after all these lawsuits will stay a secret for all eternity.


the music from the Giana Sisters
On this page you find some interesting music from the game!


more about the Giana Sisters
on this page you will find much more about the giana sisters, fangames and some more interesting links!



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user comments:

1) rene      (mail hidden)
wrote on: 2012-01-04 15:37:45

Hi Selmiak

Bin auf Deine website gestossen, da ich auf der Suche nach einer 5¼" Floppy Disk für den C64 bin. Hast Du ggf. noch eine und könntest eine kopie ziehen? Ich wills unbedingt mal wieder direkt auf dem C64 zocken.
Gruss, René
2) selmiak      (mail hidden)
wrote on: 2012-01-04 16:11:18

hi Rene
ich würde dir gerne direkt helfen, geht aber nicht, da das original Spiel sehr selten ist und ich es nicht so direkt besitze. Die Levelmaps sind ja auch mit nem Emulator gemacht.
Aber schau einfach mal bei der Gamebase64 vorbei und zieh dir das Spiel, mit ein bisschen Löten kannst du das dann per SD2IEC zocken.
3) Tor      (mail hidden)
wrote on: 2016-03-21 05:57:09

Hi! I'm trying to make a Giana Sisters theme for my mobile phone and I have found all the music. Howevre I can't find the sound effects from the game. I have looked everywhere and still cant find it. The closest thing I fond was this site where you can make old school sound effects... http://www.bfxr.net Do you have any tips?


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