Written: 10.23.06 Acquired: 9.18.06 Status: Cart only Price: $25
Not counting Godzilla: Kaijuu Daikessen, there were three Super Famicom games that really inspired me to start importing: Majyuuou, DoReMi Fantasy and this
"The Big Three" (as one can call them) are actually quite well known in SFC circles. The day Magical Pop'n arrived, I couldn't wait to delve into it
It's a platformer with traits that are more or less reminiscent of timeless classics like Metroid, Zelda, Castlevania, Megaman etc. Your main weapon is a sword. Subweapons, each requiring a certain amount of stars per use, are available as well
Here's a look at the game's first two levels...
Sensing something foul in Denmark, your quest begins atop this roof on a dark, rainy night
A stroke of lightning reveals in the distance endless and ominous-looking hills
Escaping the frightful weather you slip through a chimney... unfortunately for you, danger aplenty still lurks
A healthy boost sends you sky high to the next floor
As you navigate the mansion you uncover creepy dungeons
Your 1st mid-boss encounter comes with this occult heathen
I bet he has no problems moving *rimshot*
After the mid-boss tangle, this dirty little goblin attempts to impede your expedition
Battle the 1st boss within the Church
Level 2 takes place in the woods... on the surface at least...
Not before long our heroine must enter a dank cave filled with critters of all shapes and sizes
Where have I seen those before...
To meet the mid-boss of the cave and claim your next sub weapon, you must cross this bit....
It's not as tricky as it may appear
Blow the mid-boss' limbs off. Be careful when it goes berserk
Now you may claim your Bionic Commando-like extension grappler
NOW WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS BEFORE?!?!
The grappler can be used unlimited, but strictly for swinging purposes
Magical Pop'n has six stages and no password/save feature. Therefore you must beat it in one sitting. It gets pretty damn tough later on. I know it may sound weird but the underground section reminded me slightly of the 2006 horror movie THE DESCENT. I kept expecting to find a pile of bones =p
Honestly, I was a little disappointed. Only because I came in expecting a masterpiece gem... a 9+ out of 10 game