Wrecking Crew (Old Review)

Many gamers today want games that are easy, with little challenge whatsoever I guess, I mean all those new games out I can possibly beat (maybe Dark Souls might not be the one to easily beat), I just recently played a game that causes rage in my head (I’m not the gamer that throws his controller at the window because I died a million times).

Wrecking Crew (レッキングクルー Rekkingu Kurū), developed by Nintendo R&D1 and published by Nintendo and was released in 1985 in Japan and the US and 1987 in Europe, it’s a Mario game not many people pay attention to, I mean even a Mario fan might be puzzled about this. Oh and it’s another launch title, go figure.

So Mario is a Demolisher? So Mario had two jobs, just as manly as Terry Crews (whoever watched everybody Hates Chris, you’ll get it). So the object of the game is to smash things like walls, stairs and bombs to blow up walls and stairs quicker, but you also need to cope with enemies and even another Demolisher (who some people claim it’s Wario) at the opposite side trying to ruin your progress, if you want to go up some stairs, he might destroy them, so you’re unable to go up a floor, adding to the challenge.

You really need to be careful on how to beat the levels, one wrong move will stop you from completing a level, frustration occurs when you make many mistakes on one level, forcing you to touch the enemy and die. The graphics are basic NES graphics, this was when the NES was a child, it’s hasn’t dated well but I like the style of it. The music is just jingles but they’re memorable but they’re not the type you’ll hum on a bus. The controls are great, for a basic and simple game, it does the job. There’s a level editor and you can save up to 3 or 4 levels…if you had the Famicom Disk System in Japan, everywhere and everyone else didn’t have the save and load feature, but in the Virtual Console port the save and load feature was put back in.

Did you know? There was a sequel called Wrecking Crew ’98 (レッキン グクルー’98?) an action puzzle game released only in Japan in 1998 for the Super Famicom’s Nintendo Power download game service but was eventually released for the Super Famicom cartridges based later.

Overall, it’s a very underrated and forgotten game in the Mario series, it’s a very challenging and surprisingly original (To an extent). There’s not much to say for simple games like Wrecking Crew but if it has nothing to say but you enjoy it for what it is, it’s going to be a good game.

You can get it on the Famicom/NES, Famicom Disk System, Game Boy Advance and Virtual Console.



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