A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This collection of mini-games doesn't have positive or negative messages for players.
Positive Role Models
No story ties these mini-games or characters together. With no backstory or plot, it's hard to say whether characters are positive role models.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to play.
Violence & Scariness
Limited violence, such as boxing, zapping aliens, shooting at creatures. No blood; fallen enemies disappear.
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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.
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.
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