NES Remix-A Whirl Wind Of Nostalgia
What do you get when you combine achievements with 8-bit games? One of Nintendo’s newest titles for the WiiU does just that. No one could dispute the fact that when it comes to party games Nintendo is the king. NES Remix follows in this tradition. While the game currently only has a single player mode it begs to be played in a group setting. NES Remix hosts sections of nes black box games. Many of the challenges in this game would be included in modern games as either trophies or achievements. One example is for the original Mario Brothers arcade game which requires the player to gather 16 coins in 12 seconds. Some of the challenges however truly encapsulate the notion of a remix. Imagine a level in Donkey Kong where you are controlling Luigi and have to rescue Mario. Or a level in excite bike where you have to complete a race performing a wheelie the whole time. If the ideas portrayed in these stages intrigue you then NES Remix is going to be a perfect fit.
I really enjoyed the game as a whole but I do feel that the average player will grow bored of the game if they play it by themselves. Like many people I believe that the game needs to receive an update to incorporate a leader board. I would love to see internet rankings but I would accept a leader board within the game for local times. Nintendo while delivering on solid game play needs to learn a lesson from this that there is a market for their older games. I would love to see a sequel to NES Remix released which could encapsulate some of the best games for the famicom disk system or the snes. I realize that I am giving this game high praise and haven’t really truly critiqued it. Unfortunately that is hard to do when most of the games utilized are considered some of the best of all times. I do have one complaint. I would have liked to have seen some more obscure games from the nes library being utilized. Dynowarz for the nes is an overlooked 8-bit gem which due to it containing two different types of play styles would have complimented itself well to the game.
This is normally the part of the review where I would break my score down into specific categories. I find it difficult to do in this case. How exactly does one rate the sound, graphics, and controls of thirty year old games being emulated on a modern system? I suppose that it would be possible to play the games on their original hardware but the average gamer today does not possess these games. By that same note these games were never originally intended to be played thirty years later. This leaves us with a predicament since I could score them based off of the quality back in the 80’s or today. Instead I want you all the reader to make the judgment call. Do you personally feel that these games still hold up? For some gamers this game will pose a difficulty level that surpasses that which they are used to. For other gamers who either grew up with the titles or are fans of retro gaming Nintendo Remix will feel like coming home.
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