Such a funny idea for a game, but downloading it only to experience a NES-based text terminal sure is disappointing...In [url=http://nesdev.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?p=63702#63702]this post[/url], tepples wrote:give him a gun and he could shoot himself in the foot or, worse, in the head like in Russian Roulette for NES.
So thumbs up as far as jokes go. But if you really want this to be a ROM I'd load into my powerpak when having friends over for a party, then you need to add some bells and whistles to it.
Things off the top of my mind would be:
* The ability to choose from a selected number of russian celebrities with different listed combat abilities (none of which would make any difference to the game itself of course) You can just convert public domain photos if you don't feel aesthetic, doesn't really matter if they look crappy as long as they're somewhat recognizable.
* Suggestive music... think street fighter 2 with player select, VS screen fanfare and battle tunes. Here's an area I *know* you do well in, so there's no excuse for leaving it out.
* 1 player tournament mode maybe? Classic cliche of the selected player traveling to the country of each opponent, and winning the tournament becomes a subject for probability statistics.
And gore of course... "paint capsule" sounds pretty lame. Make some good use of the NES palette's poor red color! ;)