NES Remix Review - This Cartridge Blows

NES Remix Review - This Cartridge Blows

When exploitation of nostalgia goes too far.

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Hasn't it already gone too far with New Super Mario Bros./Wii U/2/Any other bloody game that Nintendo have released with Mario that isn't an RPG or part of their year of Luigi(discounted Super Luigi)?

If the price was more decent, this might've been a good way to preserve those old titles a la GOG, but those games aren't lost gems so it's a bit of a cynical cash grab, as you rightly said, Jim.

I've found the game enjoyable, and do not regret buying it (although I'm not gonna argue that the price is way too high for what it is. It should be 8 bucks tops).

The main issue I've found with the game is that a heavy chunk of it depends upon luck. For example, while playing a challenge that was basically winning an inning of Baseball I had the pitcher essentially run the clock by throwing at the guy on first base who was making no attempt to steal at all roughly five times in a row. Meanwhile I'm just kind of sitting there with my baseball bat wondering when I'm going to have to actually play the game. Getting less than three stars because a challenge is legit difficult is one thing. Getting one star because the pitcher decided he was going to actively cockblock you is another.

I also felt the selection of games could have used a bit of work. I don't really think the sports games really match the style of game they're going for. Especially golf. Golf is designed to be slow paced. Metroid being missing seems like a huge mistake considering what it had been replaced with. Urban Champion was another that seemed mostly unnecessary since you can't really do a lot with it, while something like Kid Icarus could have stretched a lot further.

They probably didn't focus enough on the remix stages. I think if the game was just those (while still maintaining the amount of content) it would have worked a lot better.

EDITED: To prevent further confusion from this outburst of Nintendo fanboyism (that I felt because of other people's positive opinions about this game), the original form of this post is erased. Please go to later comments.

Xman490:
Between this review and the latest Zero Punctuation, I'm starting to think that being a games critic automatically makes one hate Nintendo. It's like "Who cares if this is fun and imaginative? It costs more than PC games and I hate Nintendo, so it can go suck it."

You should probably go read my Link Between Worlds review.

And also not look at two things and apply a law to them.

Jimothy Sterling:

Xman490:
Between this review and the latest Zero Punctuation, I'm starting to think that being a games critic automatically makes one hate Nintendo. It's like "Who cares if this is fun and imaginative? It costs more than PC games and I hate Nintendo, so it can go suck it."

You should probably go read my Link Between Worlds review.

And also not look at two things and apply a law to them.

Didn't you know Jim? On this site unless you constantly praise a game company and never criticize them it means you hate that company with every fiber of your being, and any actual praise you've given them is swiftly forgotten. Heck you should see how the Gaming Forum turns out, in that place apathy or indifference also means that you hate a company completely.

OT: Can't say I'm surprised about this review, as I've played the game and it honestly felt like it was trying to be Warioware-esque without the selfawareness or parody of it. Plus at $14.99 it's way too expensive for what it's trying to be. You're better off using that money to buy Earthbound or some other game on the eShop.

Was thinking of getting this, on paper it sounds great, but at 15 quid it is a bit too much to pay for "remixed" game-play that looks like it was based off Nintendo World Championships.

At first I thought this was some kind of flash game over at newgrounds, not a RETAIL game from NINTENDO.

It's a shame, because I rather like the IDEA of a 'more mature warioware'.
Too bad most reviews of this have boiled down to "way too much for a broken nostalgia cash grab''.
:/

Jimothy Sterling:

Xman490:
Between this review and the latest Zero Punctuation, I'm starting to think that being a games critic automatically makes one hate Nintendo. It's like "Who cares if this is fun and imaginative? It costs more than PC games and I hate Nintendo, so it can go suck it."

You should probably go read my Link Between Worlds review.

And also not look at two things and apply a law to them.

I didn't notice it was you who did that review. I was going to mention it, but I thought it would confuse my point, which is how surprised I am of how critical you are of this "Remix" and how critical Yahtzee was of Super Mario 3D World. I guess I've been on "Nintendo fanboy" mode today. Sorry.

So it's like Warioware without the fun or zaniness, yet done like it's some sort of elaborate Nintendo 1990 WC romhack? ...Yeah, I could see why nobody would like this in terms of gameplay.

I'd just wish Nintendo would admit that it's so far out of the loop due to its desire to stay traditional. They really need to make some changes soon and throw out a few of those traditional "ideals" - Society's changing and they're going to find yourselves in a spot where their games don't relate to anybody.

Guys, you probably shouldn't trust Jim's review on this.

It's a bunch of mini challenges similar to Warioware and NSMBU's challenges, with a wide difficulty curve. What you see is what you get. If you think you'd enjoy playing through many objectives based on NES games, you'll enjoy this game. While it is fairly overpriced, it fulfills its intentions well. It's probably best to wait for a discount, though.

I bought it as soon as I saw what it had on offer and while I don't regret downloading it, I do realize that I should have probably waited for a price drop...then again, I've spent more money on worse things so there's that to hide behind.

Xman490:
Between this review and the latest Zero Punctuation, I'm starting to think that being a games critic automatically makes one hate Nintendo. It's like "Who cares if this is fun and imaginative? It costs more than PC games and I hate Nintendo, so it can go suck it."

Because it feels like a gross advertisement to go buy games from the VC, there is even a button to shoot you to the VC to buy the games in NES remix.

I wonder how many people are going to come here though and pretend that they want Nintendo to over all be more like Sony and Microsoft. With the irony being that Nintendo is atleast doing things different that they copy *cough*second screen gaming*cough*.

Xman490:
Between this review and the latest Zero Punctuation, I'm starting to think that being a games critic automatically makes one hate Nintendo. It's like "Who cares if this is fun and imaginative? It costs more than PC games and I hate Nintendo, so it can go suck it."

Actually, Jim is probably one of the most pro-Nintendo reviewers on this website. Just because he didn't like this game doesn't mean he hates Nintendo. He sticks up and vouches for them quite a bit in his Jimquisition series. He's always fair about it though, he doesn't mindlessly agree with everything they do, nor does he gush over every Nintendo game for just being a Nintendo game; but unlike a lot of the other reviewers and most of the forum goers on the Escapist he doesn't have knee jerk hatred for everything Nintendo does just because they're Nintendo. I think it's because he's so fair and unbiased about things is why he's one of my favorite contributors on this website.

Honestly I thought this review was very well written and fair. He pointed out that while the game had good ideas behind it in theory, in practice it was executed very poorly, and gave a comparison to another Nintendo series (WarioWare) which pulls off a similar premise only more successfully.

Madmanonfire:
Guys, you probably shouldn't trust Jim's review on this.

It's a bunch of mini challenges similar to Warioware and NSMBU's challenges, with a wide difficulty curve. What you see is what you get. If you think you'd enjoy playing through many objectives based on NES games, you'll enjoy this game. While it is fairly overpriced, it fulfills its intentions well. It's probably best to wait for a discount, though.

Wait why shouldn't we trust Jim's review on this? You never explained that part. Jim is one of the few reviewers I have seen that actually gives Nintendo a fair shake and even has a Jimquisition video that states he believes the WiiU won the console war because they are focusing on games.

I just don't follow your logic on why Jim is not trustworthy.

From all the gameplay and youtube videos I've seen, it looks fun as hell! I do agree the price is at least $5 too high, but this is also one of Nintendo's first ventures into this weird meta territory, so I don't expect them to have reasonable expectations or concept of value. Nintendo of today fumbles quite a bit when adopting new concepts. I am sure the price will go down though, not many people can be buying this at $15 a pop.

I wouldn't say Jim's review can't be trusted.

I mean, I enjoy the game and he obviously didn't. That being said if there is one thing with Jim you can count on its the fact that regardless of if the game got a 10 or a 0 Jim always gives you concrete reasons why he ranks things as he does. It isn't about making you agree with him. It's just about giving you an honest opinion so you can make a decision for yourself based upon his personal experience.

People scoffed at his Origins review, but I had a crap ton of glitches when I played through it as well.

Neigh, don't trust Jim, for he's a agent for Sony and MS. Seriously?

Jim's right on this one, and echoes my thoughts after watching the latest Nintendo Direct feed. This game seems like a quick and bad cash grab. Its uninspired and lame (like much on the feed) but I'm sure some will still excuse it.

Where are the new games, you all cry and Nintendo looks down on you from on high, and throws you these scraps of its past, that its scrapped from beneath its shoe. The big irony here that's kind of funny and yet tragic, is that while Sega to this day still use their IP stable very little and effectively, Nintendo on the other hand have done the opposite, clinging to its precious past far too much Golem like, that its like the present and future don't mean anything to them.

And as the rest of the world moves on, they are stuck in time, and fail to really try and free themselves because they don't want to compromise their vision. With the Wii U tanking and this game output lacking, what does the future hold for them. Yes, they have cash reserves in money bins, that can lift the from the Wii U TKO, but the real question is can they be trusted to use it wisely, free or gimmicks and give all gamers, not just some, what they really want?

I remember, MS had a certain vision for Xbox One, but at least they had the humility to fix it when many gamers disagreed with it.

Basically, what I'm reading here is "It's not WarioWare so it's bad...."

".....but you should buy it anyway because it's on Steam"

kyonshee77:
Basically, what I'm reading here is "It's not WarioWare so it's bad...."

".....but you should buy it anyway because it's on Steam"

I think you misread that. He's saying "It's not WarioWare so it's bad," he's saying that WarioWare did something similar but did it much better. And he's not saying it's on Steam (it's not) he's pointing out that Steam sales are going on right now, so you could almost certainly find better ways to spend $15 shopping on Steam than buying this game.

kyonshee77:
Basically, what I'm reading here is "It's not WarioWare so it's bad...."

".....but you should buy it anyway because it's on Steam"

Anta baka.

You just dismissed everything he said and misread. Good fanboyism.

Asuka Soryu:

kyonshee77:
Basically, what I'm reading here is "It's not WarioWare so it's bad...."

".....but you should buy it anyway because it's on Steam"

Anta baka.

You just dismissed everything he said and misread. Good fanboyism.

Not really. Just summing it up. I just don't find it necessary to review things like this. I'm not sure what anyone was expecting out of this. We may as well start reviewing DLC.

Also, I am by no means a Nintendo fanboy. Try to think of an actual argument next time. Spouting "fanboy" is really getting old.

If the game is so bad why did it get 2 stars? That seems somewhat inconsistent.

I'm actually surprised they went ahead with this. What's more surprising is the price they went with. If I wanted to play these games in this kinda way, I'd play NES drinking games with some of my friends. Sounds like a terrible waste of your time and money.

Instead of an internet spanning conspiracy by critics to pan Nintendo, isn't it more likely that some of their latest games just aren't up to snuff?

kyonshee77:
Try to think of an actual argument next time.

How about "Why would you think a Nintendo game is on Steam?" And "Why would you think this review was recommending buying the game in question?" Even outside of what the other person already pointed out about it currently being the Steam Winter Sale season, which is what Jim was talking about in the '$15' comment, official first-party Nintendo games have rarely ever been on non-Nintendo consoles, if at all.

OT: Sad to hear. I've never been much of a Nintendo fan anyway, but it sounds like they could've done a lot better with this than they did.

I can understand why Nintendo can coast by on the strength of their IP though. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm damn excited for the new 3DS Kirby game.

Why didn't they just sell us 1:1 ports of the original games, bundled together? It would have cost less to produce and actually have been worth the money.

OlasDAlmighty:
If the game is so bad why did it get 2 stars? That seems somewhat inconsistent.

Anything less would mean that there are playability issues not from an enjoyment standpoint, but from a technical one.

When reviewing, if you don't like a game in certain respects and don't find it fun on a personal level, you don't just give it a 1 star or less. A game that runs and can be played gets it some credit.

Besides a 2 out of 5 is a 40%, that is a failing grade. Really, what more do you want?

 

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