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This page is about the bootleg game. For the Mario lookalike character featured on the title screen, see Grand Dad. For the title screen music, see Meet the Flintstones. For Vinesauce Joel's infamous reaction to the bootleg, see Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DAD.
"I'm confused. Why do people always comment "Grand Dad" on my uploads? Are they trying to tag their grandfathers? That's not how it works."
―@giivasunner, Feb 26, 2016[1].

7 GRAND DAD is a meme frequently featured on SiIvaGunner's channel.

History Edit

Origins Edit

see Meet the Flintstones and Grand Dad for more info.

7 GRAND DAD is a Mario-themed bootleg of the 1991 NES game The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino and Hoppy. It was most likely created by the Taiwanese bootleg publisher J.Y. Company[2] in 1992.

There are very few differences between the two games. The most notable difference is the title screen, which is completely changed. The only parts that remain from the original title screen are the blue background, the salmon font color of the game title, a flashing white text saying "PUSH START BUTTON !", and a picture of Fred Flintstone in a gold star (which was originally a part of the Hanna Barbera Super Stars logo). The title screen music, a remix of "Meet the Flintstones", stays the same as well. The rest is completely changed. The title and logo are replaced with a large salmon "7", a picture of a bootleg Mario recolor (later nicknamed Grand Dad) with the character's head overlaid by the Fred Flintstone star, and a salmon "GRAND DAD" in a curious square-ish font. The credits at the bottom of the screen are replaced with white text saying "1992 1". The "1", commonly mistaken to be a bootlegger's nickname, is in fact a level select which can be used by pressing the "Select" button, which causes the number to go up (until 5)[3][4]. This level select was implemented by the bootleggers and wasn't featured in the original game.

During gameplay, the head of Fred Flintstone's sprite is replaced with the head of Super Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3. However, during cutscenes and the basketball minigame, Fred appears unedited, and he is always called by his real name. Finally, the ending credits are altered to say, "PRESENTED BY XXXXX" instead of "PRESENTED BY TAITO". The rest of the final credits are unchanged.

The game was originally distributed in its own bootleg cart, under the title 原始瑪莉[5] VII (GRAND DAD 3M). Later, it was included in a Russian Mario 7-in-1 Dendy multicart, as 7. MARIO 7.

Vinesauce Joel Edit

see Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DAD for more info.

7 GRAND DAD (specifically, the rom for the Mario 7-in-1 multicart) originally spread around the Internet with the rise of the retro game emulation community in the late 90s – early 00s. However, it was still virtually unknown outside the emulation community until 2014. On September 4, 2014, popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber Vinesauce Joel played the game as part of his "Insane Mario Bootleg Games" stream. People found Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DAD very funny and it instantly became a meme among the Vinesauce community, eventually spreading to other game-related forums and communities across the Internet.

Rips Edit

7 GRAND DAD is SiIvaGunner's most prominent meme. Interestingly, the bootleg itself is quite rarely featured in SiIvaGunner rips. Instead, it's usually referenced via one or both of its 2 sub-memes:

  • Meet the Flintstones: The iconic Flintstones theme tune, a version of which was featured on 7 GRAND DAD's title screen. In SiIvaGunner rips it usually replaces the melody of a video game track using that game's soundfont. Less often, the version from 7 GRAND DAD in its original soundfont is mashed up onto a track.
  • Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DAD: Vinesauce Joel's reaction to the bootleg, most notably his famous "GRAND DAD! FLEENTSTONES?" exclamation. In rips it's usually sampled and mashed up onto a track.

Other, less prominent references to 7 GRAND DAD in SiIvaGunner rips include:

  • Grand Dad: The Mario lookalike character featured on 7 GRAND DAD's title screen. In SiIvaGunner lore, he's one of the figments.
  • The Flintstones: A few rips feature references to The Flintstones TV show, which can be also considered an indirect reference to 7 GRAND DAD, given the channel's context.

Trivia Edit

  • The last stage of this game features a crossover with The Jetsons.
  • Interestingly, there exists a completely unrelated Super Mario Bros. 3 ROM hack called Blue Mario Bros. that features character sprites from The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy[6].

Reference list Edit

  1. https://twitter.com/GiIvaSunner/status/703268091124383749
  2. http://bootleggames.wikia.com/wiki/Mario_Pirate_Hacks#Super_Mario_Bros._7.2F7_Grand_Dad – see the Trivia section.
  3. https://tcrf.net/7_Grand_Dad – see the Level Select section.
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEaFjBZ5PE4 – YouTube video showing the level select in action.
  5. Yuánshǐ mǎlì, which means "Primitive Mari".
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6NZILOhjCA

See also Edit

External links Edit

Vineshroom Vinesauce Vargshroom
Vinesauce Joel:

7 GRAND DAD (Joel's reaction to 7 GRAND DADMeet the FlintstonesThe FlintstonesGrand Dad)
Other memes & references: Who's been drawing dicks?Puzzle Room (Felix the Cat) • You Fucking Idiot
Collaborations: File Select FusionMessage to Pesky Memers


Vinny:
Fuck Bees

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