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This Week in Defunct Games - Dec. 7, 2012
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on December 07, 2012   |   Episode 211 (Show Archive)  


Welcome to another exciting episode of This Week in Defunct Games! Join Cyril every Friday as he reviews the best (and worst) retro releases for the week. Today we're looking at two classic NES games on two completely different Nintendo systems. Up first it's BurgerTime (NES) for the Wii Virtual Console. Over on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console, action fans will be swooning over Mighty Bomb Jack. Too bad it's not the good Mighty Bomb Jack. Find out now why neither of these games is worth recommending!
BurgerTime (Data East)
[ Release: December 6 | Price: 500 Points | Console: NES | Year: 1987 ]
What Is It? BurgerTime tells the story of Peter Pepper, a hard working small business owner, who is getting bullied by his next door neighbor. It seems that the local doughnut shop has decided to attack Peter's burger joint by sending foul tasting pickles, eggs and hot dogs. Even though these two eateries share very little in common, apparently one has to go down. If Nuten Doughnut wasn't such a bastard, he could see that working together is the right path to take. Can't we all just get along?

That's the set-up to BurgerTime, the incredibly successful early arcade game from Data East. BurgerTime mixes the Pac-Man style maze game with an objective, to walk across giant burger buns and patties to move them down the screen and ultimately build the perfect sandwich. As you progress through the game you'll find new level layouts and more aggressive bad guys. Now you can relive the tension with the Wii Virtual Console.

Does It Still Hold Up? BurgerTime is a simple (yet addictive) concept that still works to this very day. I was reasonably impressed with MonkeyPaw's recent update and this NES port held my attention for a few rounds. The graphics resemble the arcade original and the gameplay is just as sluggish as I remember. There's a lot about BurgerTime that feels horribly outdated, but that won't stop you from having a few minutes of fun.

Is It Worth The Money? BurgerTime is the last thing I expected from the Wii Virtual Console at this point. Six years in, I expected we would finally be getting Atari Jaguar and 32X releases. In reality we're stuck with long-overdue ports of outdated arcade games. If BurgerTime is the future of the Wii Virtual Console, then let's put it out of its misery now.

Mighty Bomb Jack (Tecmo)
[ Release: December 6 | Price: $4.99 | Console: NES | Year: 1987 ]
What Is It? Originally an arcade game, Mighty Bomb Jack is an NES port that features a small character running around picking up bombs, opening locked treasure chests and dodging annoying enemies ... and that's it. That's all you do in the entire game, you just run around and jump REAL high. As an arcade game Mighty Bomb Jack was an exciting game, as an NES port it's the type of game that can cure insomnia. This is not my first experience with the game. I first ran into it when Nintendo tried duping the Wii Virtual Console audience. Much like the first time, I was amazing by the bland experience. It would be one thing if the levels changed, but as you progress through the game you will be forced to do exactly the same thing over and over again. Mighty Bomb Jack is an interesting game, but don't confuse "interesting" with being "good".

Does It Still Hold Up? With all the amazing Game Boy and Game Gear games not on the Virtual Console, it's downright offensive to give us crap like Mighty Bomb Jack. This is a game that wasn't good two decades ago and has only gotten worse with age. A majority of the mechanics revolves around dodging unfair enemies that will kill you with only one hit. You can jump real high, but that's more of a liability than anything. On top of that the graphics are terrible (even for an NES game) and the levels don't change. The game just doesn't hold up, not even with nostalgia glasses on.

Is It Worth The Money? It's easy to be disappointed with the direction of the 3DS Virtual Console in 2012. Instead of living up to the promise of a never-ending stream of old school handheld re-releases, Nintendo has spent much of their time uploading classic NES games. It would be one thing if Mighty Bob Jack was coming out with two other retro releases, but these days we're lucky to get even one game. Where's Ninja Gaiden, Wario Land II, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels? Where are those Sega games announced last July? What had to go wrong in the world to make Nintendo re-release this crummy action game?



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