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PSPPSP Minis (Dec 14, 2010)
While the graphics are deliberately primitive, I think they are a bit overly so, being more comparable to Space Invaders than anything else. Solid one-color sprites, with an extremely limited color palette in most games (usually only a few colors, reminding me of the old CGA palettes for the PC). And, somehow they managed to make entering your initials on the high score table quite confusing. At the same time, they included a very friendly autosave system which is great, and the ability to start at stages you’ve beaten somewhat mitigates the lack of difficulty levels. And, $5 is not a bad price, considering you get 5 games; that’s $1 (or currency unit of where you live) per game. Of course, you have to pay for ones you don’t like, but I would probably pay $2 (each) for Troop Attack and Interceptor. So, I still think it’s a good deal all in all.
Arcade Essentials won't replace your desire to play the classic games on which these are styled. Some call this set a "rip off" of the classics - I say it's a tribute to them! These games offer a pleasing face-lift to some classic favorites.
WiiNintendo Life (Mar 03, 2011)
Arcade Essentials lacks a bit of magic, but is worth consideration if you enjoy re-living the earliest days of gaming. Like any collection, some parts are better than others, with Interceptor and Terra Conqueror the stand-outs here. However, the overall experience is underwhelming. It’s not a bad title and it's affordably priced, but it doesn’t triumph in any areas, either. The gameplay doesn’t quite match the compulsive, addictive nature of the originals that it clones, and the visuals deserve an extra level of polish. It’s a bit like a karaoke version of your favourite song – you still enjoy it, but it just isn’t the same as the original.
WiiIGN (Mar 22, 2011)
I know this is low-hanging fruit, but Arcade Essentials is decidedly unessential. This collection of five arcade knock-offs just popped on to WiiWare, and while the idea of a classic compilation sounds promising, you definitely need to keep your 500 Nintendo Points in your account.