What Is It?
The Game & Watch is back with another set of long-forgotten gems from the 1980s. For those too young to remember anything older than a Game Boy, the Game & Watch was Nintendo's earliest portable. Using an archaic LCD screen, Nintendo created simple action games with very limited animation. As the title suggests this is the second Game & Watch collection, offering Nintendo 3DS owners a choice of six classic games.
This time around gamers are treated to Parachut, Chef, Donkey Kong, Helmet, Vermin and the unlockable Ball. These games are simple, usually requiring perfect timing in order to catch, smack, crack and jump your way to victory. Not only are these games presented in their original glory, but Nintendo managed to recreate these games and insert Mario. Although the two versions have the same ultimate goal, there's enough of a difference between the remake and original to warrant playing both.
Does It Still Hold Up?
Unsurprisingly, none of the games in Game & Watch Gallery 2 are very deep. These were small titles meant to be played for only a few minutes, simple enough to pick up and play without any instructions. The remakes are slightly more playable than the classics, but I found myself spending more time with the original graphics. To their credit, Nintendo did an excellent job recreating these ancient games. I'm glad they did, even if I quickly got bored.
Is It Worth The Money?
There are some strong titles in Game & Watch Gallery 2, but it only took a few minutes to get bored of many of the titles. The good news is that Game & Watch Gallery 3 is likely right around the corner, offering more than ten must-play releases (including my beloved Donkey Kong II). Gallery 2 doesn't quite stack up, which makes it hard to recommend. There's nothing bad about this collection, but it doesn't feel as inspired as other Nintendo releases.
The Game & Watch is back with another set of long-forgotten gems from the 1980s. Gallery 2 doesn't quite stack up, which makes it hard to recommend. There's nothing bad about this collection, but it doesn't feel as inspired as other Nintendo releases.
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