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NES Remix 2 review: Does it blend?

Review: NES Remix 2

British VGH contributor Russ Greeno was recently coaxed out of retirement by the prospect of experiencing classic retro gaming challenges on his Wii U.


Hi, I’m Russ Greeno. You may or may not remember me from such video game reviews as Sonic in Mediocre Land or Duke Nukem 3: Suffragette Edition.

Last year, I decided to retire from reviewing games after feeling depressed about the state of “video game journalism”. I don’t want to dwell on things here, but I’d sum it up by saying that a proliferation of gaming news blogs regurgitating press releases and keeping fanboy flamewars burning made me want to quit. When I was offered an opportunity to review NES Remix 2 on Wii U, it occurred to me that this celebration of Nintendo’s history just might be the ideal title to flex the reviewing muscle in my brain (mostly just to see if it still worked).

Imagine if you could play the standout scenes from all those classic NES titles you fondly remember without having to get your old console out of the attic. On top of that, how about if Nintendo dropped all of those games into a mixing bowl and stirred everything around just a little bit. Wouldn’t that be cool? That’s the surprising premise that NES Remix delivered to the Wii U’s eShop less than six months ago. In that original outing, you could experience such things as Level 1-1 of Super Mario Bros. with different enemy placements, a lap of Excitebike in the dark, and the first stage of Donkey Kong where you control Link instead of Mario (and Link can’t jump over the barrels or use hammers!).

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VGH #123: Shiny Shiny Legs

VGH #123: Shiny Shiny Legs

Who needs next-gen consoles when you’ve got Nintendo games to play? This week, we’re unhealthily obsessed with Zelda, Link, Mario, Toad, and… is there a Wii Sports guy? Why are we talking about Wii Sports in 2013 again?

We’re taking your calls for our 2013 finale episode! Leave us a message at audioboo.fm/vghangover or by phone by calling* 1-682-999-VGH1 (1-682-999-8441).

*Long distance charges may apply.

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VGH #80: No Corndogs in Heaven

VGH #80: No Corndogs in Heaven

Are you ready for the 2012 apocalypse? We’ve got a list of the games you should play, plus a few suggestions for every gamer’s bucket list that will ensure you’ve lived a rich and fulfilled life, even away from your consoles. (OK, maybe not too far away.) In the Hangover, we’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation on the Vita, Adventure Time on the 3DS, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron, and a little more Nintendo Land. And, as always, you answer our questions (and this week, we answer yours!) in Viewer Mail.

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VGH #79: Nintendo Hard

VGH #79: Nintendo Hard

We humbly present the VGH Holiday Gift Guide (with apologies to all of the non-creepy mall Santas out there). We’ve got cool gift ideas for gamers, readers, comic book and movie lovers, and more. No one will judge you if you decide to keep the best stuff for yourself. Also on this week’s show: our (almost) final word on FTL and The Walking Dead, thoughts on the surprising new Devil May Cry, and D.J. gets his hands on Nintendo’s hot new thing.

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VGH #71: The Foxiest of the Hounds

VGH #71: The Foxiest of the Hounds

Besides pretty graphics, what do you want from next gen games? On this week’s show, we’re hoping for evolution beyond 1080p. We’ve also got talk of the Wii U, and reviews of Double Dragon Neon, Darksiders II and Demons’ Score.

We’ve got new music this week, by Niamh “Chipzel” Houston! Check out her original album, Phonetic Symphony, the Super Hexagon EP, and more at chipzelmusic.bandcamp.com.

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VGH #68: Big Fist

VGH #68: Big Fist

Couldn’t make the trek to Seattle last week? If Randy can somehow survive the intro, we might have the lowdown on all the cool stuff that D.J. saw at PAX Prime last week. We’ve also got reviews of Sleeping Dogs and the newest Walking Dead episode.

Want some cool PAX freebies from D.J.’s swag bag? Listen for details on this week’s show to find out what he’s giving away and how you can get your hands on it.

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