Game review by Steve Cullum
Game – NES Remix 2
Developer – Nintendo
Platform –Wii U eShop (MSRP $14.99)
Rating – E for Everyone
Obtained – Download Code from Nintendo of America
Late last year, Nintendo surprised fans with a collection of NES-style minigames for Wii U called NES Remix. Well, it seems like they left a few things out the first time, so they have done it again with NES Remix 2. This time, they are taking more classic NES games, remixing them, and adding in two new modes. The real question, though, is if it is worth the $14.99 for some more remixed classics.
Let’s start with the basics, for those who are new to the concept. Twelve NES classics are put together in one big collection of minigames. The goal is to complete each minigame as quickly as possible. For example, you may be asked to jump on three Goombas in Super Mario Bros. 3. As you complete these, you will unlock more from the same game, stickers to use in Miiverse posts, and remixed stages. These remixes will change up the classic games or even contain some cross-overs. One stage might have you collecting coins as Kirby in a Mario game, but another might have you defeating an invisible Birdo.
List of NES games in NES Remix 2:
- Dr. Mario
- Ice Hockey
- Kid Icarus
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Mario Open Golf
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
- Super Mario Bros. 2
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Wario’s Woods
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
While the first NES Remix did have more games (16), the collection this time around is better in quality. Also like the original, some games have a ton of minigames, while others have just a few. This time around, though, a couple minigame challenges (i.e. Kirby’s Adventure and Wario’s Woods) include watching the demo – not joking. Other than that, the basic idea has not changed from the original. You will still stive for your best time, and you will still only be able to share that time if you post it to Miiverse. There are not a big general scoreboard for the best in your friend list, region, or the world. However, they did include replays, which is nice. If you share your time on Miiverse, others can watch your playthrough. This is cool to learn from others successes and mistakes.
Where NES Remix 2 changes up the play is in the two new modes. The first is Super Luigi Bros., a recreation of Super Mario Bros, but with two big differences. Luigi is now the main character, with his high-jumping ability that comes from later games. Also, all the maps have been flipped. This is a fun mode, but as you would expect, it does play with your head. Nevertheless, it is cool to get an entire NES game, essentially, within another game. It is kind of like getting the NES games inside Animal Crossing for GameCube.
The other new mode is Championship Mode. (Disclaimer: This mode only appears if you also own NES Remix.) This mode plays off the 1990 Nintendo World Championships by giving you challenges on three NES games (Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Dr. Mario). As you complete each challenge, your score is tallied. At the end of the third, you will get a final score, which can be posted to the world leaderboard. What? An actual leaderboard? Yes, this is the only mode that has one.
The control options are quite large. You can basically play with any controller you can connect to your Wii U. In addition, all games can be played soley on the GamePad in “off-TV” mode. NES Remix suffered from some control issues, but it seems NES Remix 2 has fixed these problems, as I never found anything lagging. The only issue I had was more with the control-pad on the new controllers. On both the Wii U GamePad and Pro Controller, the control-pad rocks a bit, meaning that if you are just a bit to the right when you press up, you will go up and right. This is a problem when you are trying to be precise in an NES platformer.
The games themselves look great on the Wii U. While they are not given a high-definition upgrade, they also do not look like bad ROMs with stretched pixels. Also, just like the original, the NES games are presented in a decorative letterbox format, because they are still in their original 3:2 format. The music is also recreated well, and it brings back some great memories.
Final Score: 7.5 out of 10
NES Remix 2 takes a positive step forward from its predecessor. The better selection of games, challenging quests, and additional modes make it a great trip for anyone feeling nostalgic. The abiliity to share replays via Miiverse and compete in a Championship Mode is also welcomed. However, it would be still be nice to see a general scoreboard to compare yourself to everyone else. The real question is if it is worth the 15 bucks. Truly, the answer depends on your love for this collection of games. If it is high, be sure to download this right away. If not, you can probably pass.
Pros & Cons
+ Great collection of NES classics.
+ Super Luigi Bros.
+ Championship Mode.
– Lacking general leaderboards.
– Not much to draw in brand new players.
– GamePad and Pro Controller not precise enough.
NES Remix is set to launch April 25, 2014, on the Wii U eShop in North America.
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