February arguably the lamest month of the year. All the reject and fake holidays are crammed into this thankfully shortened month. You’ve got Groundhog Day, Valentines Day and Presidents’ Day. In a rare glimpse of sunshine in this depressing month, Nintendo dropped two huge games into the NES online service; Kirby’s Adventure and Super Mario Bros. 2.
The follow up to critically acclaimed Kirby’s Dreamland, one of the last games produced for the Nintendo Entertainment system, Kirby’s Adventure is a timeless classic. It’s a pure work of art and technical achievement what HAL Labitories was able to do with this game. The game does experience some slowdown when multiple enemy sprites are on screen, but it doesn’t impact the ultimate experience. Kirby is able to inhale enemies and obtain their powers that can be used to defeat other enemies. This game features 41 levels that are delivered through multiple “worlds”. Levels are selected by going through doors in a “room”, which for the time of it’s realease (1993) blew my mind at the time.
The premise of the game is simple; an evil entity named Nightmare corrupts the Fountain of Dreams, which provides restful sleep to the residents of Dream Land. King Dedede steals the Star Rod that powers the fountain and gives pieces of it to his friends in an effort to stop Nightmare. Kirby, the player character of the single-player game, mistakenly believes that Dedede stole the rod for evil and sets out to reunite the pieces. When Kirby defeats Dedede and returns the rod to the fountain, Nightmare goes into outer space to spread bad dreams, but Kirby follows him and uses the rod’s power to defeat him.
Super Mario Bros. 2
This is the Super Mario Bros. 2 not the “actual” SMB2 that was realeased in Japan and then later released as the “Lost Levels” in the US. This game is a classic. It plays much differently than the first Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros 3. If you’ve never played this do yourself a favor and play it. The gameplay is slightly slower and you are able to play as four different well known Mario universe characters; Mario, Luigi, Toad and Princess Peach. Each character has unique atritbutes and plays differently. The game features 20 unique levels. This game is challenging, but definitely beatable.
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