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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
by Garon Cockrell
Video Game Review: Summer Carnival '92: Recca
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Sept. 8, 2013 5:06 p.m.





Platform: Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console











On the very rare occasion, we get a nice treat on Nintendo’s

Virtual Console. We saw some games that never saw a release in North America

come to the Wii through the service, giving people a chance to play them

without spending a good chunk of change on importing or going through that grey

area of emulation. I booted up my 3DS this past week to a rather nice surprise:

Summer Carnival ’92: Recca. It never

made its way to North America, as production for the cart was extremely limited,

so it’s developed a bit of a cult following and the premium prices that go

along with that.<>












If you’re interested, Hardcore Gaming 101 has an interesting

write up about Recca, so if you’re looking for some

backstory, please check that out.




















Recca is a ridiculously

challenging and fast shooter (or “shmup”) that was released for the Famicom.  It’s actually quite the impressive technical

feat considering the hardware limitations, but a game can’t survive on flash

alone. Let’s dig into it a bit more, shall we?<>








From the moment you start playing it, Recca is going to make sure you’re aware of what you’re getting

yourself into. While other shooters will attempt to ease you in so you get a

feel for the game, you’re going to be hit hard and fast almost immediately

here. Unless you dig through the manual (which I would recommend just so you

understand them), the power-ups are pretty vague. Even if you could decipher

what does what, trying to figure them out on the go is going to get you killed.

Enemies fly at you at speeds and in quantities that you wouldn’t think the

Famicom was capable of without it coming to a crawl. There’s a surprising

amount of depth and customization to your loadouts. Not only do you get a

variety of different power-ups for your ship, but you’re also given different

Option Units (support ships that fly along aside you), allowing for a fair

amount of customization.<>




















There are three different modes to play in Recca, each adding their own set of

challenges. The normal game mode is tough enough - tons of fast moving enemies,

a mid-stage boss, another wave of enemies, and then the stageboss. And there

are four stages! It took more than a few tries before I even managed to beat

the first stage, let alone being able to get anywhere near the fourth stage.

Score attack gives you two minutes to rack up as many points as you can. Once

the two minutes is up, the game ends. Well, if you don’t run out of lives

before that anyway. Finally, time attack challenges you to hit one million points

within five minutes. It’s certainly doable, but, like everything else in Recca, it’s going to take some (re: a

lot of) practice.<>












While the game is fairly simple, there are enough modes to

keep even the most skilled shooter player busy for a while. It’s almost worth

the $4.99 entry just to see what Naxat Soft wrung out of the Famicom from a

technical standpoint. Recca is an

insanely challenging game, but its beauty lies in the rewards of repeated play.

Seeing yourself progress just a little more with each try is a truly rewarding

experience. It’s certainly a product of its time, but if you can overlook the

initial frustration you may feel with the difficulty, you’re going to have a pretty

damn good time with a shooter that’s held up remarkably better than one would

think a shooter on the Famicom could have.<>








9 out of 10 NES controllers thrown through your TV












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