Game: Battletoads in Battlemaniacs
Genre: Beat em Up, Platformer
System: Super Nintendo
Old school gaming can have a different meaning to different players, depending on the age of the person who plays them. Most gamers out there rent videogames, play them, pass them, “master” them, and then return them. There are also other type of gamers that are collectors and keep their favorite titles because they simply love to play them over and over again. The first console that I ever owned was the Super Nintendo, with that system I have so many memories as a child and all of them come back when I dust off my SNES and pop in the cartridge of any game.
Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is one of those games that take me way back, I remember playing it with my friend that used to live with me in the same street, he would come over and we would spent countless hours trying to beat the entire game and being frustrated because of its nearly impossible difficulty setting.
The younger crowd will not have a clue or even heard of this game, it is hard for young gamers to pick and play older titles just because they didn’t grow with them and frankly the presentation is much better now with the current generation.
Nevertheless it can be quite educational in how old school games changed the way we play games now and a walk through memory lane for those who are old enough to remember playing them,
This will be a quick run through of Battletoads, it’s first release was back in 1991 on the Original Nintendo console, It featured three playable toads named after skin conditions, Zitz, Rash, and Pimple, it was released to rival the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtle games. The success of battletoads spawned four sequels, one on the game boy, a crossover with Double Dragon, an Arcade game not in consoles, and Battlemaniacs for the Super Nintendo.
The story begins with Michiko Tashoku and Zitz being kidnapped by a Pig that works for the evil queen, it is up to Rash and Pimple to come to the rescue and eliminate the plans of the queen for world domination. It is a co op game with two player campaign, compared to its predecessor Battlemaniacs is slightly darker, bloodier and more graphic than the original. The difficulty is also hard to beat and it might be impossible to complete without a cheat.
It is a left to right scroller, you will encounter many enemies along with powerful bosses and several vehicle driven stages.
Overall Battletoads in Battlemaniacs is a gem that I will always hold close to my tv and stashed away in my gaming cabinet for more years to come.
For anybody that collects old school games, this title is worth buying and keeping in it in your collection.
Developer: Rare, Ltd
Amazon Used Price: $13.50