Are you hungry for some new Bizarre Bits? Well I've prepared two new episodes this week, both revolving around food. I experimented with a new format, using Google Hangout to stream my playthrough of the games with my two friends. I also made a new 8-BIT style theme song and a poster to make Bizarre Bits more unique. Bizarre Bits and the future of my videos are ever evolving. It’ll be fun to see what comes next, but for now, here are some tasty retro treats.
Panic Restaurant: Prior to playing this, I knew Panic Restaurant was one of the more rare NES games to track down. Probably one of the main reasons is its publisher, Taito, didn’t make that many copies. By 1992, Nintendo was more focused on the SNES rather than the old NES. It’s a shame too, because a lot of people missed out on some classic NES games they may not have known about and Panic Restaurant is one of those missed gems.
The game stars Chef Cookie, whose kitchen has been cursed by his rival, Ohdove. Now Cookie must face his ingredients and whip his menu and restaurant back into shape. It’s got great platforming, classic gameplay, catchy tunes, and an overall “fun” aesthetic. It’s just plain weird and that’s why it’s another great example of a classic Bizarre Bits game.
Little Nemo The Dream Master: I remembered playing this Capcom game and watching the movie, Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, repeatedly as a kid. Having neither watched nor played either of these since I was about 10, I forgot a lot. All I remembered was that the protagonist, Nemo, is swept to Slumberland to save a princess. That and he threw candy at animals in order to crawl inside them. Yes, that is accurate. The game can speak for itself in the video.
It’s not as amazing as I remembered, but it was still a fun time with friends. And like Panic Restaurant, the graphics, catchy music, and overall feel have a unique charm to it. I’m not sure if the movie holds up as well, but you can check that out on YouTube as well.