the following scenario true or a fabrication of a
reviewer's overactive imagination? You decide.
was a sunny afternoon when Maksuidioke decided to
stop at a karaoke bar on the beautiful mountainous
roads in the Japanese region of Kasai. With his cargo
of tilt sensor mechanisms destined for Nintendo, he
cautiously parked the heavily loaded truck on the
flattest section of the parking lot. He carefully
locked the doors and headed inside whereupon he ordered
several rounds of Sapporo and sang the hell out of
a couple of his favorite karaoke standards: Who Let
the Dogs Out, and If I Could Save Time in a Bottle,
which always got the women-folk misty eyed.
the middle of an encore of I Shot the Sheriff, Maksuidioke
got an urgent call on his cell phone. It was the head
developer of Nintendo wondering where his shipment
of tilt senor mechanisms is.
irresponsible, foolish clown. Where are you? I need
those tilt sensor mechanisms for the new Mario Twisted
game that we are shipping next week. Get here now
or fear the consequences."
that, Maksuidioke raced out of the bar before he got
to the part in the song explaining that he did not
shoot the deputy. Little did he realize how long he
had been in the bar since it was now nightfall and
a terrible storm was brewing. Realizing just how dangerous
the road conditions would be, he called his wife and
kids and left a message telling them goodbye. As soon
as he left the parking lot he slid off the embankment
and tumbled seven hundred yards down into a rocky
days later the wreckage was hoisted to the main road
by a powerful crane. To everyone's horror (the Nintendo
development team's at least) the tilt senor mechanisms
were completely destroyed.
can't use these now," they sobbed. "Millions
of dollars of technologies, ruined."
one little wiseass spoke up and said, "Why don't
we design a game around these broken tilt senor mechanisms?
Surely we can think of some crappy game to make. And
we can use a supporting, but popular character, to
flagship the game. Perhaps someone like Yoshi that
doesn't have his own line of games, that way when
kids find out they've been ripped off they can't take
their revenge out on Yoshi by not buying his new games
- because their won't be any."
that's just what they did. As for Maksuidioke, he
was found in a haystack, thrown clear from the wreckage.
Just kidding, he was burned alive strapped to his
seat. Man, did he look bad. I had nightmares for a
Topsy Turvy is almost guaranteed to give you nightmares
for a week. It's a platformer that uses the tilt sensor
mechanism embedded in the cartridge as the primary
gimmick controller in which you tilt the actual GBA
from side to side in order to influence gravity and
move your character and various platforming obstacles
tilt sensors are very basic. They are either on or
off, there is no sense of gradual engagement. Compared
to Mario Twisted, the tilt sensor gimmick has only
a fraction of the uses. It's too bad the game was
designed around it because it ruins what might have
been a decent platformer.
of scrolling levels, each level is presented in its
entirety on screen in one shot. That's a pretty small
level. Sure there are more than a few things to in
order to get to the other side of the screen, not
the least of which is to tilt the damn thing to move
boulders, swing pendulums and let Yoshi run up walls.
The tilt sensor is not very responsive and you could
have gotten the same results if this control was just
regulated to the D pad or the trigger buttons.
the game doesn't look bad. The environments swirl
around nicely but Yoshi's animation is stiff. There
are worlds and characters that just don't seem to
mesh with Yoshi not to mention the music which is
very simple and lacks depth in terms of layering,
counterpoint and harmonies.
really helped Yoshi lay an egg with this one. This
is a rushed job and one of Nintedo's worst in several
years. Are these games filled with broken tilt mechanisms?