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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that NES Remix Pack is a collection of mini-games based on classic Nintendo characters and video games. The game features mild fantasy violence in the context of classic game sequences, such as boxing, shooting aliens, and attacking fantasy creatures; there's no blood, and enemies disappear when defeated. Gameplay is easy to learn and get into, but parents should be aware that the game provides access to downloads of the classic titles the mini-games are based on. Thanks to the nature of these games, parents may wind up purchasing and downloading more games than they expected.
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What's it about?
Consider this disc a collection of "remixed" moments from some of the top Nintendo games during the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) era. In NES REMIX PACK, players are challenged to play fast-paced mini-games from more than two dozen classic games, including Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Punch-Out, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and more. Using the Wii U controller, you'll fight, jump, race, and fly through pixelated 8-bit sequences. The more you play, the more you'll unlock new challenges, compete for the online leaderboards, and even share your replays with the NES Remix Miiverse online community. Gamers also can connect to the Nintendo eShop to download full versions of these timeless games.
Is it any good?
NES Remix Pack is fun, but it may be primarily for those with a sentimental attachment to the classic NES titles on which they're based. Sure, the mini-games are fun and diverse even for those who never played the originals, but the real charm is the retro appeal. Some challenges are better than others, such as playing as Luigi in a Super Mario Bros. platformer. These are enjoyable throwbacks to a simpler time with crude graphics, limited audio, and basic controls. Plus, Nintendo added new bonus features such as leaderboards, the ability to share clips, and unlockables. Although it's fun and value-priced at less than $30, it's not enough to justify buying the Wii U by itself, but overall, this highly enjoyable collection of family-friendly mini-games is a real treat for Nintendo fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the impact of violence in games such as NES Remix Pack. Is the impact lessened because of the mini-game format? Does the gameplay not seem as violent because of the older visuals compared to the more realistic images of today's games?
Discuss gameplay. Does a game need to have a story or a plot to be fun? Can you fully enjoy a game that you play for seconds at a time, or do you need to invest a lot of time to be fully engaged?
- Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release date: December 24, 2014
- Genre: Mini-games
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
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