I’ve had a really rushed day, but I did at least manage to sneak a half hour to download the latest 3DS Ambassador games – 10 NES ports. And I’ve played them all a bit. Here are my verdicts;
Super Mario Bros. – A timeless classic, and definitely a worthy freebie. But Yoshi’s Island will be better when we get it. 8/10
Donkey Kong Jr. – Another classic, but there is better on the 3DS Store. So really this is lip service. 5/10
Balloon Fight – Oops. 3/10
Ice Climbers – It’s a classic. But did we really need this? I mean, REALLY need it? Not convinced. 5/10
The Legend of Zelda – Still an absolute classic. Shows its age though, and better Zelda is available on the 3DS Store. But as a freebie… 8/10
Wrecking Crew – Hmm. Needs more play. 4/10 for the moment.
NES Open Tournament Golf – Why? WHYYYYYYYY?! 1/10
Mario & Yoshi – Classic little puzzler, deceptively simple and fiendishly difficult at the same time. But the music sucks balls, so mute – 8/10
Zelda II – The Adventure of Link – A little bit of an oddity, but it’s actually really not that bad, although it’s aged terribly. 7/10
Metroid – The strongest game in the whole bundle. That said though, if we do get Metroid Fusion in the GBA bundle, this is moot. However – 9/10. Still absolute gold.
So the freebies are a mixed bag, and yes I should be greatful. But tomorrow, I’m going to make a post about the games I would have preferred from the NES era – and why Nintendo should be listening even harder…