posted by cb80361p (YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY) Feb 12, 2009
Member since Feb 2007
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Remember the good old days when you had to blow on a cartridge to make it work. The times when racking up points was all a game was about, like Galaga or Rally X. This game is great fun in so many ways. You go back to the 80's and play different 8-bit games (a galaga like game, a racing game, an rpg etc..) and have to complete various challenges. An example would be..kill the boss in Area 2 or get 200,000 points. I also love the nostalgia of the gaming magazine that you can use to look up various cheats to make the game even more fun. If you were playing video games in the 80's you will absolutely love this game. If you were just born in the 80's...well, welcome to our world, kids.
There are eight total games spanning several genres including: rpg, platformer, shmup and racing on this little DS cart. You would be hard-pressed to come across a game that provided better value for your money. If you owned a NES or played video games in the eighties, this is a must purchase.
While some of the games on Retro Game Challenge are better than others, I wouldn't say that any of them are bad, and sheer variety ensures that you'll never get bored with any one game. You unlock these games by beating their associated challenges; each game has four challenges. Although most of the story is from a Japanese perspective, there's enough recognizable aspects to connect with an American audience. You'll also have a wide array of gaming mags at your disposal if you're searching for cheats or just want to read an article. There are various little surprises throughout, but I'll let you have the joy of discovering them on your own.
Pros: Great variety, all the games are solid, and the story is original.
Cons: Some of the voices can get on your nerves at times, and not all of the challenges save individually; sometimes you'll have to play through a series of challenges in one sitting, which isn't as bad as it sounds. Thankfully you won't have that problem with the rpg challenges. As much as I love this game, it's pretty much designed for old-school gamers like me, so not everyone may like it.
This game is a perfect example of how titles can lure you in. This game sounded really great at the start. A game that's composed of classic games, how can it get better than that? But I should've looked up what games were in there, or at least rented it first. But this was before I had GameFly. GameFly, I just gave you some free advertising. I was expecting to play Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Kid Icarus, Excitebike, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, and all those other Nintendo classics. However I didn't realize until after I bought it that it wasn't actually made by Nintendo, so none of those games I was hoping for were in there. I haven't even heard of a single game in there until I played this game. And not only that, I didn't think there would actually be challanges in it. I guess I should've seen it coming because of the title, but my first thought was that it was only an effort to make the title cool. The idea of challanges isn't so bad at first, but later on in the game the challenges get rediculous. They start off with simple things such as reach a certain level or get a certain amount of points, but later they become more and more impossible and you just want to get it out of the way and move on to the next game. At least you get to play the game normally after you complete all the challenges for it, but by that time you just get sick of it. Not that you actually wanted to play that game in the first place. If somehow you've actually heard of any of these games, than I guess you might like this. But if you haven't, don't waste your time.