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Prince of Persia (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Sadly, Prince of Persia Classic was never released on the Wii, making this the system's best Prince of Persia game by default. Still, this is a sharp game with a lot of great ideas. You may be surprised how well some of the level designs and mechanics hold up. Forget bringing back the Sands of Time, it's time to send the prince on another 2D adventure! Rating: 64%
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What Is It? Fans of rotoscoping are in luck, because this marks the second time Prince of Persia has been re-released on the Virtual Console in 2012. You may remember me talking about this game back in June, when I reviewed the Game Boy Color port on the 3DS Virtual Console. This is the version Arsys Software Inc. made for the Super NES back in 1992. This is a competent port of Jordan Mechner's influential computer game.

Prince of Persia gives players exactly one hour to locate and rescue his one true love. This requires our hero to battle guards, avoid traps and navigate the labyrinthine dungeons. But there's no time to second guess your actions, because that time limit is always at play. This adds an important layer of urgency, which I would argue is the one thing people take away from Prince of Persia. Regardless of whether you defeat the Sultan or not, you come away from Prince of Persia having experienced something that feels significantly more important.

Does It Still Hold Up? With the exception of Ubisoft's recent Xbox Live Arcade/PlayStation Network game, this is the best Prince of Persia has ever looked. The sprites are sharp and the animation will still wow you all these years later. Unfortunately, the gameplay is a little rough. The play mechanics will take some time getting used to. Once the controls are mastered, you'll find that Prince of Persia is a deeply rewarding experience.

Is It Worth The Money? Despite the roughness of the controls, Prince of Persia is an easy game to recommend. Sadly, Prince of Persia Classic was never released on the Wii, making this the system's best Prince of Persia game by default. Still, this is a sharp game with a lot of great ideas. You may be surprised how well some of the level designs and mechanics hold up. Forget bringing back the Sands of Time, it's time to send the prince on another 2D adventure!
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