NES Remix 2 Review
NES Remix 2 Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Nintendo and indieszero
Pub: Nintendo
Release: April 25, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Mild Fantasy Violence

It's problematic because it's so distracting. I wouldn't, couldn't focus on the challenges in front of me. It was as though NES Remix 2 had stacked the deck against me, because I wasn't just attempting to reach a goal in a certain amount of time. I was also trying to deal with the lag. There was a similar issue in the original NES Remix, mostly in Super Mario Bros., and it's a shame Nintendo didn't address the emulation issues for the sequel.

NES Remix 2 Screenshot

Fortunately, it doesn't cause any problems for the newly added Championship Mode, which is unlocked if people own both NES Remix and NES Remix 2. Championship Mode is inspired by the 1990 Nintendo World Championships. People get 6 minutes, 21 seconds to complete 3 challenges. The first task is to get 50 minutes in Super Mario Bros. Next, a player has to get 25 coins in Super Mario Bros. 3. Finally, a player needs to earn a high score, over 10,000 points, in Dr. Mario. Though, don't worry if you don't meet the final goal, as a Championship Mode score will be assigned even if a player doesn't get a high score.

It's actually a rather refreshing exercise. In each case in Championship Mode, you're playing through the first few levels of the three games. (You can even access the warp pipes in level 2 of Super Mario Bros.!) A score is assigned when time runs out, using the 1990 Nintendo World Championships scoring system. It's a nice nod to people who did pick up both games. I couldn't help wishing that there had been a system that changed which three levels you played each time. I feel it would have added a little extra variety. The ability to pause and have the timer stop would have been fantastic as well, but I suppose that would have defeated the point of the challenge.

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One things is clear with NES Remix 2. It is absolutely superior to NES Remix. The assortment of offered games, inclusion of a modified version of Super Luigi Bros., and Championship Mode assure it. Yet, the lag that plagues many of the challenges can be criminal and it's a shame that the emulation issues are present. Regardless, it provides more than enough reason to turn on the Wii U again and keep people busy while we wait for Mario Kart 8, and a part of me hopes that next time we'll get a SNES Remix.

By
Jenni Lada
Contributing Writer
Date: April 21, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
The games are represented in their original 8-bit glory, though the remix levels often have nifty visual effects.
4.0
Control
The control schemes are identical to NES counterparts, for better or worse.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is appropriately catchy and unchanged in the classic games.
3.0
Play Value
Fun, but the lag gets in the way and I really felt like the remix levels were the only ones I'd play more than once.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Conquer redesigned and twist-filled 8-bit challenges.
  • Features snippets of a dozen more 8-bit Nintendo games.
  • Replay stages to improve times and unlock more challenges.
  • Take on two new modes: Championship Mode** and Super Luigi Bros.
  • Share your accomplishments with Miiverse™ online communities*

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