So, yeah, before you could say, “I want a sequel to NES Remix,” we got a sequel announced a mere few months after the first game was released. NES Remix was a fun set of WarioWare-style games, but due to a lack of super popular NES titles, it had some potential that was left on the cutting room floor. And I mean, did we really need Urban Champion or Pinball? Luckily, the gaming line-up for the sequel has basically an all-star cast of some of the most popular games of all time for the NES. I decided to write up a quick review of the sequel since there really isn’t that much difference between the two. How about we get started?
If you played NES Remix, then you have played NES Remix 2. The game is filled with a multitude of first party NES titles that came out two or more years after the original release of the NES. Instead of including a majority of the black box games, you have a list of games including Dr. Mario, Ice Hockey, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Open Golf, Metroid, Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Wario’s Woods, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. Just like in the last game, each of the NES games listed above will have a certain set of challenges that you must complete in order to unlock more Remix stages and other NES games. For example, you will start out with about five or so of the games listed, but will be able to unlock more of them as you play.
The Remix stages this time are a lot more challenging due to the different line-up of games that are in this sequel. For example, you have a stage where you are playing Kirby’s Adventure and are fighting the first boss, but Boos from Super Mario Bros. 3 are right behind you, and you must beat the boss before those Boos get you. Another stage has you fighting Bowser from Super Mario Bros. 3 as Peach from Super Mario Bros. 2. You will have two sets of Remix stages and bonus challenges. Outside of that, you have two other game modes. The first one is an entire version of Super Luigi Bros., a mirror opposite of the original Super Mario Bros. game where you play as Luigi. The second game mode is basically a version of the infamous Nintendo World Champion carts where you play three different games in a certain amount of time, and try to get the high scores. In a sense, this is a better way to get a Nintendo World Champion experience without having to shell out $1500 or more for a physical copy of the game. It might not be the exact same games in said cartridges, but hey, I would rather not spend that much on any game. For $15 you get a lot of content and hours of challenging gameplay that will take you a couple hours to beat.
Graphically, the game is nice. Of course, some of the NES games have better graphics or art direction and hold up a little better than the others, but to me, they look good. The music outside of the NES games is pretty much the same so you will hear the same main menu music and the same victory or defeat music when you go through a stage.
So, what do I personally think is bad about this game? Well, while I did enjoy getting to see some more variety among NES games, I do think the Remix challenges are more hit-or-miss this time. A lot of them are creative, but some of them are a little forgettable. I also wish there was some kind of price reduction if you already have the first game. I think it would entice people to download both games so they can get double the amount of creative challenges. Another complaint I have is that I wish some NES games had more challenges than others. I had way too much fun with the Punch-Out!! challenges, and I was disappointed that there were only seven of them.
Final Verdict: More of the same fun!
Other than that, if you loved the first game, you will probably enjoy this game. It is $15 right now on the Nintendo Wii U eShop, and I would personally recommend it. I hope they do more of these games since they have said recently that they are interested in doing the same thing to Game Boy games, Super Nintendo games, and some of their third-party releases from said systems. That would be kind of cool if they could make them all fun in their own unique way. What else can I say, other than check this game out.