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Like the NES ROM? Check out the enhanced edition on Steam with tons of additional features (rumble, achievements, palette swap, and more!).

The enhanced version of the game is also now available as a digital download on Nintendo Switch.


Orebody: Binder’s Tale is a linear platform shooter for the NES that takes place on the alien world of Orebody. As an orphaned battle bot named Binder, players fight their way to the Floating City of Galvanstad, a hovering A.I. fortress, to confront their makers and avenge the death of their mentor. 


  • Fast-paced run and gun gameplay!
  • Expand your move set as you progress!
    • Run, Gun, Jump, and Dash!
  • Traverse five unique levels!
  • Wield five weapon types!
  • Battle 15 vicious bosses! 
  • Uncover the secrets of Galvanstad!



Note: Orebody: Binder's Tale is best played with a (NES) controller. The Xbox controller works, too, of course, but the d-pad is less reliable.

Right/Left  -- Move Right or Left

Up  -- Aim Up

Down  - - Crouch/Prone

Down + B  - - Crouch/Prone Fire

Down + A  - - Drop through floor (contextual)

Start  - - Begin Game /  Pause

B  - -  Fire weapon

A -- Jump


Music and sfx by Jordan Davis.

Check out more of Jordan's work here: https://soundcloud.com/user-634230995-350638590


Orebody: Binder’s Tale is part of the larger Orebody transmedia narrative universe. On the planet of Orebody, life is a struggle, alien factions quarrel, and power comes from deep in the ground.

Follow the Orebody Universe on:

Twitter: @OrebodyUniverse

Instagram: @orebody_inc

Play the demo in your browser here.

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FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE: I recommend getting an original NES controller and a USB adapter for it. You can find one here or here. You can also use any gamepad for a similar, though less ideal, experience.

For really enterprising types, this game is fully playable on an actual NES. You can use either an Everdrive, a PowerPak, or flash an empty cart, as long as each has mapper 30 support.

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Orebody: Binder's Tale was made possible thanks to NESMaker, a tool developed to make NES development more accessible.

In order to play Orebody: Binder's Tale, you'll need an NES emulator. I recommend MESEN.

Once you have MESEN downloaded, start it up and open the .nes ROM that you downloaded from this game's Itch page. The game should work fine.

FOR MAC USERS: Download OpenEMU for Mac. When you open the program, right click on the Nintendo (NES) category on the left hand sidebar and select "Default Core." Then select FCEUX.


More from this developer: https://johnvanderhoef.itch.io


Buy Now$9.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Orebody_Binder's_Tale_NES.zip 764 kB

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