Flashback Friday: The Little Mermaid

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There was plenty of buzz around the internet lately about the casting of the live-action The Little Mermaid. With all the talk of that upcoming movie, it reminded me of one of the few NES games that I remember having and occasionally playing.

The Little Mermaid was first released for the NES and the Gameboy July 19, 1991, a little over 28 years ago and just makes me feel really old. The game actually doesn’t follow the movie plot line. Instead, the opening sequence mentions that Ursula lived, somehow, and captured some of Ariel’s friends, so she tells Prince Eric, “I’ll be back later,” and turns back into a mermaid and swims off to rescue them.

There are only five levels for this game, most of which I do not remember. Really, I watched a small, 20-ish minute play through of it on YouTube and the only pull that I think this would have had for me as a kid was that it was Disney. It was simplistic in nature, but seeing the so-called story for the game also got me thinking about how Ariel just ditched Prince Eric — who she spent most of the movie getting — to save her friends. She showed initiative, which I thought was pretty cool before being a little mind-numbed by the gameplay.

Yet, if I find The Little Mermaid on Steam or on an emulator, I probably would give it another go just for the heck of it.

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Friday Favorites: NES Games

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Did you all hear about the mini NES that Nintendo is going to roll out in November? We still have the original console but, considering that the original NES came out five years before I was a thought in my parents’ minds, we don’t have too many of those games and my memories of playing said games are a bit fuzzy. However, there were a few that I definitely remembered.

4. Bugs Bunny’s Birthday Blowout

I’m going to wager a guess that we had a Bugs Bunny game mostly because my uncle and Rachel’s and my older sister loved the character. This game was rather simplistic, just running around as Bugs with a giant hammer while attempting to get to his 50th birthday party. I enjoyed playing the game mostly because of the character (and the hammer).

3. Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Disney had quite a few video games with Nintendo. Besides The Lion King for the SNES, we also had The Little Mermaid for the NES. Generally I’m not one for water levels in video games (we can probably blame Ocarina of Time’s Water Temple for that), but I remember enjoying swimming around as Ariel in the game

2. Adventure Island II

I don’t know how or when we had gotten this game. It’s about a guy in prehistoric times who quests through treacherous islands in order to rescue his girlfriend, as far as I recall. Nonetheless, I remember booting up this game often enough, mostly due to the fact that, as the protagonist, you had little dinosaur helpers after you rescued them. Flying with a pterodactyl was pretty neat!

1. Super Mario Bros. 3

Seriously, what else could take the number one spot? That’s right, probably the Legend of Zelda, but alas, we never had the originals for the NES. Therefore, Mario tops this list with his game that has been the third best-selling NES game of all time. Being able to play as Mario or Luigi, it was one of the classic side-scrolling platform games that centered on rescuing Princess Toadstool (way before her nickname Peach became her more familiar moniker) and the leaders of the seven kingdoms from Bowser and his koopalings.

What was your favorite NES game? Or are you too young to remember much of that console?