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NES Remix Initial Thoughts: Old-School Fun

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Powered by a myriad of classic games and aided by frenetic button-mashing and beat the clock gameplay, “NES Remix” is an old-school blast.

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Although it’ll never wow you visually of course, the warm, cozy feeling these games induce is timeless. Through the game’s first few objectives, which range from killing off enemies in the original Mario Bros to using the hammer successfully in “Donkey Kong,” the game manages to hook its grips around your hands. Sure, they may not impress older gamers initially, once the difficulty ramps up, the 80s kid- and their father, won’t want to share the Wii U gamepad, with anyone.

From the second that you fire up the Wii U, “NES Remix,” drenches you in old-school nostalgia. From the sound effects to control, everything that you loved about your favorite Nintendo Entertainment games is fully-intact. While many of those classic levels remain the same, the objective-fueled gameplay, although rather simple at first, becomes much more difficult than you think.

Once you progress far enough to see your favorite games remixed, well, that’s when the game truly begins.

Don’t think seeing Link traverse through a level of “Donkey Kong” isn’t cool? Think again. Like Nintendo usually does, they manage to take a successful and simple formula and put enough of a twist on it to make the new experience just new enough to warrant our full attention.

The gameplay in “NES Remix” also sets the table for youngsters who never experienced them the first time around. By the time you’re fist deep into the game, they’ll have the same type of appreciation for these classics as gamers twice their age.

At the same time, getting to experience the remixed stages with those same tikes is also the type of fun that can’t be explained and is a redeeming quality that can’t be taken for granted. A big dose of something old, with a nice slab of something new, witty and equally as charming goes a long way here.

Again, while it’s never a revolution, it’s the type of experience you’ll remember and enjoy.

A copy of this game was provided to Examiner for review purposes.

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