Published on April 11th, 2014 | by octaneblue1
Review: NES Remix
Developer(s): Nintendo EAD Tokyo, indieszero
Platforms(s): Wii U eShop
Release Date(s): December 18, 2013
During a Nintendo Direct in December, Nintendo made a surprise announcement that a new game titled NES Remix would be available to purchase from the Wii U eShop at the stream’s conclusion. NES Remix is a collection of several short challenges featuring titles originally released on the NES. With some off-the-wall-challenges, as well as the titular remixed ones, players will experience the featured retro games in a whole new way. Read on for the full review of NES Remix on the Wii U eShop!
NES Remix is similar to Nintendo’s WarioWare franchise in that they both feature short challenges with a brief description of your objective at the beginning that you need to quickly complete. In the WarioWare series, the micro-games are separated by gameplay types and are listed under different characters. In NES Remix, the stages are separated by each featured NES game. The stages in the game usually have 3 challenges each that are completed in succession, and you’ll unlock more stages along the way. There are 16 total featured NES games, which includes Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Excitebike.
The objectives given to you in each challenge varies with the featured NES game. For instance, in the Super Mario Bros. section of the game, one of the early objectives is to go through World 1-1 and collect 10 coins. Or in Donkey Kong, one of the objectives is to get Mario to the top of the construction site where Pauline is being held. There are some really funny ones here too, like having to push Luigi into enemies in the Mario Bros. section. The difficulty curve in NES Remix is great overall. For each NES game, the stages start out relatively easy, offering very simple and quick objectives, but they gradually get more difficult and a bit more complex. Several stages will take multiple tries, but going through them over and over helps you learn what to do, and what not to do, so you can eventually clear them and move on.
As you play through each stage, you’re rewarded with star rankings based on your performance. Making sure that you complete each challenge in a fast time nets you a better ranking. You can earn up to three stars, but perfect or near perfect performances rewards you with a rainbow 3-star ranking. Going through the game and earning high ranks unlocks stamps, which are used in Miiverse posts. There are 100 of them to collect, so completionists will have plenty to do here. With over 200 challenges, the game will take several hours to go through, especially if you’re aiming for those higher rankings.
And as you go through the ranks and earn stars, you’ll unlock the Remix Stages. These feature very interesting scenarios such as Link from The Legend of Zelda in the construction site of Donkey Kong, and having to control Luigi through a reversed World 1-2 from Super Mario Bros. Those that played the original versions of the games on the NES will definitely get a kick out of seeing these. The main flaw with the game though is that some of the featured games, like Pinball and Urban Champion, weren’t really that fun back in the NES era and, even now, they’re still not fun. But at least some of the remixed scenarios at least keeps things interesting, for the most part.
NES Remix features Off-TV Play with the Wii U GamePad, and the game plays nicely and comfortably with it. A new patch released a month after the game’s launch allows you to use several other control schemes, including the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller, so you can use those instead of the GamePad, if you’d prefer. Since these challenges are based on NES games, the controls are relatively simple, only requiring movement and running/jumping, so it’s really easy to get into, even for those that haven’t played some the original releases. As previously noted, the game has a nice Miiverse tie-in with the stamps that you earn. These stamps feature 8-bit NES sprites, and you can mix and match them as you please.
While some of the featured games aren’t really that great, NES Remix is still an entertaining title overall. There’s a nice amount of content here, and it has a lot of replay value. If you grew up during the NES era, or if you like mini-game collections with a creative twist, then NES Remix is for you.
+ Plenty of featured NES games and stages
+ Remixed stages are a blast
+ Good amount of replay value
– Some featured games are still mediocre
Final Score: 4.25 out of 5