Travis gives this an astounding "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
Travis gives this a "Must Play" on the Ghost Scale
This achieves something special, and it would be a shame to miss it.
In this episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio, we're talking all about Kirby's Adventure!

Kirby's Adventure was the sequel to Kirby's Dream Land, and is the first game to introduce Kirby's copy ability. It was developed by Hal Laboratory in 1993, late in the lifespan of the NES. Come check out our thoughts on the game and the legacy of the Kirby series in this pink and puffy episode of Cheerful Ghost Radio!

In season two of Cheerful Ghost Radio we are doing bite-sized NES Classic review episodes. We want to make you all part of these episodes, so if you want to join in the fun, head here and join in the event for next month's NES Classic review, Metroid!

While we have you here: what kind of games from the NES Classic and SNES Classic would you like to hear us review? Would you prefer the SNES era over the NES era? If you have suggestions, head over to Cheerful Ghost and let us know!

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 09/04/2018 at 02:02pm

Another fun episode!

I'll answer your last question first before talking about Kirby and the review. I love that you're going through these NES Classic games. I don't think there's many "great" games on it, but it's been fun listening to you talk about all these old games, and it's basically a curated list for you, by Nintendo. I doubt many of these games would ever make a CGR podcast, but I'm enjoying the conversation around them.

That somewhat ties into this point about the ratings you guys have been giving the NES Classic games. First, I want to say that this is a critique on your scores, but I'm not lobbying you to change your scores. Everyone has their own reasons for scoring the way they do, and all of your reasons are just as legitimate as my own reasons. BUT, I've noticed that "historical significance" (or something along those lines) often seems to bump a game from one rating to the next. I have often heard the phrase "because of the historical significance of this game, I'm going to rate it _______". Again, all reasons are equally valid, but, it seems like these games are often recommended not because they're good games, but more so because they were popular games in the past. I should give Kirby a "Meh" because it's an ok game, but not one I'd ever recommend a friend to out and buy. And I can read an article (or listen to a podcast) to find out about the historical significance. BUT, I'm not everyone. I am sure there are people out there that do want to play historically significant games, even when they're not great, so your recommendations for those people are great. I do appreciate the context you give to your scores. Just something I've noticed on most of the Classic games. Hopefully 5his doesn't read too harshly; it's meant more as an observation and opinion than a criticism :)

Playing through Kirby, you're super correct that he's overpowered lol. The first time I played it, I just flew until I got to the tree boss. It took forever and I thought "Well, this is a super boring game!" Lol. But, I've recently put some more time into it, and learned the copy command, and it definitely was more fun playing it "properly." Not super challenging, but a decent game to try, since I have the NES Classic. Like I said before, it's only a "Meh" score for me though. (Oh, one last thing, and I'm on my phone, so I'm just typing here, rather than scrolling back before my eating lol. The controls are much better than a lot of NES classic games, but Up making Kirby fly was super annoying for me at the end of levels, trying to leave through the door, and not being in just the right space, so I fly away from it lol)

(And I'm looking forward to that Disenchantment discussion lol. I've only gotten through 5 or so episodes myself and haven't found a reason to go back)

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 09/04/2018 at 02:20pm

Hmm you make good points. I’d give this one a Must Play regardless of the historical significance because of the fun and polish. When I do use that as a deciding factor I’ll usually give two scores for it. But I think as a reason to play a game it is definitely a factor. It would be for me. I feel like the people who would seek out an episode about classic NES games would be more likely to care about that history.

And historical significance is the only saving grace for Ice Climber 😂

But I kinda agree with your last parenthetical. I think we are also 5 episodes in and I haven’t felt the drive to finish them. It’s not a bad show, don’t get me wrong. There’s humor and charm there but ... there are funnier things to watch.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 09/04/2018 at 02:26pm

And also yeah, having ⬆️ be the float button took some getting used to. I’m used to games where you can float having that mapped to holding the jump button (and I think later Kirby games added this).

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 09/04/2018 at 03:56pm

Actually I take back what I said in my first reply. I wouldn’t give Kirby’s Adventure a Must Play without the historical significance. A high Rad, but there’s enough to pull it down if you don’t take that into account.

But I do stand by considering it as part of the reasoning. I want to play a lot of these games but i wouldn’t without the historical reasons.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 09/04/2018 at 04:49pm

If you have a NES Classic, I think playing all of the games makes sense to me because they are all a piece of history. I'm not sure I recommend anyone go out and buy one if they don't care about that sort of thing.

Thanks for the comments, trying to keep these reviews fresh is something I think about quite a bit! Next time i'll recommend someone play the game based on the box art alone!

10/10 Metroid art is better than new game art therefore MUST PLAY

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 09/04/2018 at 06:14pm

Some sort of Metroid guide better be a Must Read then lol

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 09/04/2018 at 06:15pm

And I totally get adding in the historical significance. I'm glad you at least state that that's part of the score :)

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 09/04/2018 at 06:54pm

Also, if anyone hasn't played Metroid, it would be interesting getting an opinion of someone who doesn't look up any tips online!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 09/04/2018 at 07:31pm

I read it out of a book. Does that count?

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 09/04/2018 at 09:41pm

I have barely played the original. I remember nothing from it. I wonder if I'd be able to get very far without looking things up.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 09/04/2018 at 10:40pm

Ha. Yeah, good luck.

You can map it but even so it's fairly hard. Knowing where to go help me out a lot.

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