Welcome to another installment of Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that put downloadable handheld gaming on the map for Nintendo, and started a franchise that has captured the hearts of both casual and core gamers tot his very day. The title that I am referring to was a primary example of how a small idea can go a long way, Mighty Flip Champs.
Back in 2009, I was itching to find a worthwhile title on the DSiWare. Almost everything on the service at the time was one simple idea that never lasted very long gameplay wise, and eventually ended up being a disappointing experience lacking any worthwhile ideas whatsoever. Then around June of that year, Wayforward came out of nowhere with a nifty platformer by the name of Mighty Flip Champs, which focused on switching between the systems dual screens in order to survive each stage. After watching a few videos for it I decided to give the game a chance, and I have fallen in love with the game ever since.
The setup is simple, but incredibly unique to say the least. You take control of a character named Alta, who has been given the task to rescue her friends from a very dangerous world before they become lost forever. In order to do this, our hero must learn to manuever through stages that function like mirrors, and require the player to focus on two screens at once in order to survive. Gameplay basically revolves around flipping between the two screens while dodging obstacles, enemies, and so on until you have reached the end. Sounds pretty easy right? Well, the idea is easy to understand, but the level of challenge here is, in a word, epic. Can’t explain it much more than that.
So what did I think of the game? Well, I give it to you like this, it’s frustrating, but absolutely awesome. The controls are very easy to understand, the visual style was simple but beautiful in it’s own way, and the music was fast paced and exciting, which added a high level of intensity to the overall experience. Toss in a respectable amount of difficulty, and you have the makings of one the best titles to ever hit the service, period.
Mighty Flip Champs was an extremely fun adventure that made me want to pull my hair out (what I have left anyway) sometimes, but in the end it was still a satisfying adventure, and it is definitely something you should consider checking out.
That concludes my story on Mighty Flip Champs for DSiWare, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Here is a video that I found for the game, Enjoy!