Mastered The Little Mermaid
from to on 29 Sep 2023 22:09

Just made all retroachievemens in this game in hardcode mode (without save states). Probably the easiest NES game with the easiest achievement set.

If you have never played, I recommend giving it a try. The gameplay is great, nice soundtrack.

What is the easiest game for NES in your opinion?


threaded - newest on 29 Sep 2023 22:10 next collapse

Whoa what controller is that? That would be sick to just clip some joycon like things to my phone. on 29 Sep 2023 22:38 collapse

Looks like the Backbone on 29 Sep 2023 22:56 next collapse

A follow-up question, how is backbone vs. the alternatives. Haven’t explored any of them on 29 Sep 2023 23:50 next collapse

No idea. I also have a backbone and use it for steam link games with great success and there are several games that have native phone support for it. on 30 Sep 2023 11:17 next collapse

Not sure. I bought the backbone, liked it, stopped exploring on 30 Sep 2023 23:36 collapse

I bought it and the pixel 7a is too thick for it. Really at that price range it should have better attachment and hall effect sticks. on 30 Sep 2023 01:15 collapse

$140 for that? Damn.

You can get an Xbox controller for less and use it for more purposes. on 30 Sep 2023 04:21 next collapse

I agree, the price point is far, far too high.

…But then you also need an attachment between your phone and the xbox controller. Which do exist but might be on rare offer. OP and everyone else who picked it up want a particular experience, and accessories like this aren’t a wide market. on 30 Sep 2023 04:49 next collapse

Plenty of cheaper options. The Kishi is great for smaller phones and X2 is almost as nice and even cheaper. They’re perfect for emulators but suck for shooters. on 30 Sep 2023 11:16 collapse

I got mine on sale for about half that. The thing I really like about it is it plugs into the lightning port so it’s got a smaller delay in reaction. It feels good to use and reminds me of a much smaller switch/steam deck. I also have other controllers but this one is almost always in my backpack when I travel. on 29 Sep 2023 22:20 next collapse

Respect for playing without save states! on 30 Sep 2023 01:08 collapse

Second that. They don't call 'em Nintendo Hard for nothing.

Hell, I've been playing Super Ghouls N' Ghosts for damn near 25 years now off and on, and I still can't beat that mfer without save states. And that's a whole gaming generation ahead of this one, where the console actually supported saves, and games didn't really have to be as hard anymore to make back their money. on 30 Sep 2023 00:01 next collapse

Back in the day I borrowed this game from my cousin and got really good at it- I once beat it in a little over 18 minutes. on 30 Sep 2023 00:54 collapse

I think first NES Kirby was the easiest NES game for me. on 30 Sep 2023 01:04 next collapse

Early Kirby games in general seemed pretty easy coming off the Super Mario Bros games. I had Kirby's Dreamland on the Gameboy and I remember thinking about how Kirby could just inflate and float over half the enemies in the first half of the game. It got a little more technical later on but I don't think I ever really struggled to beat the game, even when very young.

In fact, growing up on the hard knocks of SMB led to some spirited conversations with my friends about Sonic the Hedgehog, as well. In Sonic as long as you have a single ring in your pocket you're immortal, and if you get hit just pick the ring back up. In Mario, if you get hit, you just fuckin' die. Maybe with one extra chance if you had a mushroom, but you don't get that second chance back until you find a new one. Now as an adult I realize the design spaces of the two games were different - Mario was actually intended to be a reasonably difficult platformer, where Sonic was arguably less about the precision platforming and more about just having fun going fast as fuck, boi. But as a kid you better believe I took every available opportunity to call Sonic fans casuals. It made me lots of friends, as you may imagine. on 30 Sep 2023 01:10 collapse

By the way, did you know that there is an unofficial port of Sonic for NES? I played it when I was a kid. on 30 Sep 2023 01:15 collapse

I had no idea, lmao. Do you mean Somari? That's all I can find when searching for it, seems like these days someone has hacked the original Somari rom into a pretty solid recreation of Sonic The Hedgehog. But the original is, by all accounts, extremely bootleg.

Thats actually pretty cool, not gonna lie. Having an earlier introduction to bootleg gaming and rom hacks might have pushed my life path in a very different direction. on 30 Sep 2023 07:57 collapse

I thought that Somari was a hack for the Sonic port :) But yes: on 30 Sep 2023 07:57 collapse

Here is an alternative Piped link(s):

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I’m open-source; check me out at GitHub. on 30 Sep 2023 01:05 collapse

I’ve heard about it, but never played it. I’ll try!