NES Remix 2 is a no thrills, no fuss trip down memory lane. This nostalgia driven compilation of classic and remixed games from the NES era not only gives you bite-sized titbits of 8 bit gameplay, it in fact teaches you how the games ‘should’ have been played back in the day.
NES Remix 2 has built on its predecessor to provide challenging tasks focal to a specific section of a NES classic. This time around the various NES games features the likes of Wario’s Woods, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Super Mario Bros. 2, Dr. Mario, Kirby’s Adventure, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and more. These games are split up into challenges that generally take a few seconds at any given time. Older (erm.. I mean more seasoned) gamers shouldn’t have an issue picking up on some of the basic mechanics way back when and, in the same breath, might still manage to learn a thing or two. For those who didn’t experience the 8-bit NES generation – the opposite applies. You’ll find it awkward ‘learning’ these forms of basic gameplay but could potentially master it a lot quicker than us old toppies.
The learning curve starts off with a very slow-paced Super Mario Bros. 3 segment. You are tasked with quickly learning the very basics of the game; running, grabbing and jumping your way through a shortened level. Next you are racing through a level of Kirby’s Adventure as quickly as humanly possible. Once you get used to the original games and challenges they provide you’ll get the opportunity to delve into the Remixed versions of these games. Anything goes in these mash-ups… anything. Traditionalists will cry “sacrilege” and newbies will look around in confusion. It’s a true thing of beauty on all accounts.
The real (and possibly only) value in NES Remix 2 are the leaderboards. You might find a specific section very simplistic and finish it with the greatest of ease but seeing a friend better your time or score will have you replaying the snippet over and over until you better the proposed challenge. As you’d expect from Nintendo this is untainted fun.
The remixed levels are well constructed and overall the chosen games remind us of the importance Nintendo has stamped on the industry. In Nintendo’s current dilemma it’s always comforting to know that their licensed library can always pull them from the fire, without fans minding one bit. For what it is NES Remix 2 fulfills its task. It’s not going to be a favourite among everyone, but for those who need a fix of retro with a twist, this one’s for you. If all else fails you can have a go at Super Luigi Bros. – a mirrored version of Super Mario Bros. on the NES with Luigi as the protagonist. If anything this is a reminder of how “The year of Luigi” along with the desperate marketing campaign finally came to an end.