|Would you really cross that bridge?|
Game and Watch Gallery is perhaps the most fascinating release on the 3DS Virtual Console. Why? It is a port of a compilation that features remakes and ports. If that’s too bewildering to wrap your head around, it essentially means you’re playing 30 year old games. Perhaps even more bizarre, though, is that Game and Watch Gallery is arguably the one of the top values on the eShop.
|Ah, 30 year old visuals|
Fire is the least complicated game of them all, using only the A and B (or left and right on the D-Pad) buttons for movement. Toads, Yoshis, and Donkey Kong Juniors descend from a window in Princess Peach’s castle, and Mario and Luigi need to bounce them to safety. Different characters fall at different speeds, so it’s much easier when you set your priorities straight regarding who to bounce first. Despite being the simplest offering in the collection, this is arguably the most addictive.
Set under the sea, Octopus has a decent amount of depth (no pun intended [yeah right – ed]). Mario journeys through the waters, attempting to steal treasure from an octopus. You can grab a few pieces of gold and return to the surface, or you can greedily fill up your bag. Filling up the bag will make Mario move slower though, so you’ll have to evaluate things rather quickly – lest you get caught by a tentacle. This game is the easiest of the bunch, but it preys on your greed.
What music contained within Game and Watch Gallery is remarkably catchy. The tracks are nothing special by Game Boy standards, yet from the length of some of the tunes, it’s clear that substantial effort went into these compositions. As for the classic games, the so-called “soundtrack” in each game consists quite literally of “beep”, “blip-ip”, and fan-favourite, “bleep”.