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From the start of your trek to Zoda's defeat, you're challenged to solve both mind-bending and thumb-busting puzzles. Nintendo has put a good mix together and shown NES owners that the system isn't finished yet. Star Tropics is a day in the sun.
For a total of ten bucks, it's a great idea to invest in the complete StarTropics experience on Virtual Console. Giving us the first game in the year's first update and the second in the last was a nice way to bookend 2008, Nintendo. Well done.
While the StarTropics series has certainly deserved more attention over the years and it appears that Mike Jones might never see another sequel, it is nice to finally have both of his NES adventures available for download in Virtual Console form. This sequel is just as engaging and fun as its predecessor, and its more accessible and less restrictive control style should be especially notable for those players who might have found Mike's strict movements frustrating the first time around.
When all things are properly considered, Zoda's Revenge gets a lot more right than it does wrong. The adventure might start slowly and it might not offer the most replay value unless you have the skill and patience to overcome those late-game frustrations, but it's definitely a step above the average Zelda clone. Things like that add to the fun of this title and keep the frustrating parts from being game-ruiners. It might not be an all-time classic, but the second StarTropics outing is still a worthwhile addition to the library of any fan of this genre.
StarTropics II is a great game - But while it fixes problems from the original, it introduces new ones! One of the biggest ones is the addition of pitfalls - On a few of the overworlds, you will occassionally stumble into invisible pits (They are in set locations, not random) and land in a mini-dungeon you have to fight your way out of. In fact, the game even begins with a few of these! Overall, the game is still very enjoyable and worth your money, but it doesn't beat the original.
Startropics is never going to be regarded as a leading light of its genre, but there's plenty here if you're in the mood.
I definitely enjoyed Zoda's Revenge over the first StarTropics. It has more humour, more freedom in movement, and is most assuredly the easier of the two. Though it is far from a perfect game, it has just enough oomph in it to be a solid game. Unfortunately, many NES owners had moved on to more powerful consoles and did not get the chance to experience this entry in the NES library.
NESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
For such a late game in the system's life, this is a lot meatier than a lot of other NES games. I found my self enjoying them at times and mad out of my mind at others. These are great for die hard RPG fans but casual fans and meek gamers altogether will probably want to avoid these games for difficulty alone.
NESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Zoda's Revenge is a big game, with an overhead view, plenty of action and items. The problem is this game really does'nt stand out and is too little too late for a dated system. However, if you liked the first one...
Of course, that might be a good thing, given how little the programmers obviously cared about this game. Obviously, Nintendo felt that this was such an embarrassment, they won’t bring up the game ever again. When they’re willing to reference Balloon Fight, Gyromite, and Clu Clu Land in Super Smash Bros. Melee but not StarTropics, you know how alienating this game really is. Perhaps the worst part is that Nintendo wasted resources making sure this game was released here even as they spiked any chance of EarthBound Zero being translated. Some people say that the Virtual Boy is Nintendo’s greatest failure; obviously, they never played Zoda’s Revenge. StarTropics 2 manages to be everything a game shouldn’t be, and in the process manages to kill, after the end of the first game, what appeared to be yet another solid franchise.