Retro Redux: NES Quest – You don’t just beat NES games…or do you?


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I know it’s been a while since the last update on NES Quest and even longer since the last report card, so this post is long overdue! First, a (very) brief update: I never did get around to playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II with a friend again, so that’s why I’ve been holding off on a report card. But I have had the time to play StarTropics, which is, of course, single player. It’s really great, but that’s all I’m going to say for now.

Today’s topic is summarized in this post’s title. I’ve heard this from at least a couple of people; you don’t just beat NES games! …Or do you? Most games are meant to be completed in some fashion, whether it’s getting 100% or just finishing the story and watching the credits roll. Many NES games are the same.

These thoughts have been rolling around in my head for a while now. I once tried to beat the original Legend of Zelda using a detailed walkthrough. The guide got me through at least 4 or 5 dungeons, but what it couldn’t do was fight my battles: I got hung up in a room with 3 Darknuts. The challenge was just too great. Unless you want me to spend all of my free time playing just 1 game, I’m not sure I’ll ever beat The Legend of Zelda.

Old games are hard. And I’ve noticed that, as adults, we have more of a drive to win than we did as kids. It didn’t matter that I couldn’t beat Super Mario Bros. growing up. It was just fun to play.

So I just want to pose some questions for you: first, how crucial do you think it is for me to “beat” the NES games I play for this project? It might be a question of how many games I tackle: would you rather have me play and experience, but not finish, a wide variety of games or should I play a smaller quantity, but work at them until I beat them? Second, how many NES games have you beaten? And which ones? This, I’m actually very curious about. It would be really nice to have some standard by which to judge my own “performance.”

Speaking of all this, I went back to DuckTales and won it! Just thought I’d throw that out there. It’s the second NES game I’ve ever beaten, behind Super Mario Bros.

In addition to being a girl gamer, Holly prides herself on being a red-head. Consequently, the blue shell in the Mario Kart series is her natural enemy. Don't worry, though: she still loves Mario Kart and is very good, despite the occasional blue shell-sabotaged race. Like any Nintendo fan, Holly also loves Zelda, Pokemon, Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, name it. But she'll try just about anything (besides horror games) and has a soft spot for unique, little-known rhythm games like Rhythm Heaven and Samba de Amigo. NNID: Aeroweth


  1. I’m in the same boat, I have played so many NES games but I haven’t beaten any of them except the Mega Man series. It doesn’t really bother me though as game endings were not a big deal back then, I mainly played them for the entertainment value.

    But here is a question for you: is Retro Redux: SNES quest a possibility? If so how far through Nintendo’s history are you planning to go?

  2. You beat Ducktales? GOOD.

  3. I was actually thinking about GameBoy Quest next, followed by SNES. Plan is to just see how far I can go. 😀

  4. Sounds good!

  5. I don’t know. Even as a kid I wanted to beat the game. Even on the NES. It didn’t always turned out that way, though. Some games were just too difficult. But I was always curious to see what the game would give me when I complete it. I think this has to do with Super Mario World. Beating the Star levels changed the game completely. I like this stuff, however most games just roll the credits. Talk about a let-down.

    Any way, I think we can all agree that the games of today are (too) easy. Everybody should be able to win – we’re all winners. Sometimes a difficulty option is even excluded. Is this message (‘You’re a real winner!’) a good one to give to kids or teenagers?

    I think games should get harder again.

    Might be a good question for Infendo Radio: what games of this generation were too hard for you to play? Can you finish them all? Do you think they should be made harder or would you keep them the way they are now?

    You could fill a show with this 🙂

  6. Ack, typo’s in my previous post. Where’s the edit button? 🙁