Gremlins 2

Mike / July 9th, 2012

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  • gamerz

    July 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Mike you strike gold yet again. your reviews of video games are fantastic. Keep it up. You are the ONLY reason i still visit this site.

  • Keine

    July 9, 2012 at 12:10 am

    My friend did the flying block spike trap part with no hit. He must be a God of some sort. :D

  • TheWad

    July 9, 2012 at 12:12 am

    The only movie-based game on NES other than Batman that was any good? Come, now, what about Willow?! Willow was one of the best damned action RPGs on the system — up there with Crystalis and Zelda! And though debatable, I’d also say Goonies 2 (and the original Goonies, though it was Japan-only save for PlayChoice 10 machines) was well worth playing — to this day, it’s one of my personal favorite NES games.

  • bignick95

    July 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

    awesome review mike

  • strider

    July 9, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I also found Robocop a very good movie-to-game adaptation. (i haven`t played so much the sequels)

    And maybe Addams Family (the first one) i someway interesting

  • BatBrain

    July 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Great review. The only reason that I could think why the menu is there after you die is to see the score…..which is still a waste of time. :P

  • July 9, 2012 at 12:33 am

    @Willow was okay I guess. I always disliked the gameplay in Goonies 2 though. It was one of my first NES games. However, the Goonies 2 NES theme was probably my favorite music on the entire system.

  • TheWad

    July 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Oh yeah, Addams Family! I loved the SNES version of that game… though I only loved it after I found the hidden 1-Up Room. The game is bone-crushingly difficult if you try to play it WITHOUT first finding the 1-Up Room, and just super-duper fun and ridiculously easy (for a while) if you play it AFTER finding the 1-Up Room. It’s amazing how much difference one little secret area can make. ;)

    I know a lot of people hated Goonies 2 for the 3D segments, but for as wonky as they were, I just absolutely loved them. The feel of that game was just fantastic — you were truly exploring the entire house and all the catacombs beneath it, knocking on every wall and checking for secrets in every corner. And every time you found something hidden — especially when it was something significant, like the diving suit or the glasses or something — you were like HELL YEAH! Best feeling in the world. ;)

    I’m just a sucker for anything Metroidvania, though. If it’s one big, explorable location that’s not split up into individual levels, I am *totally* there, always. And Goonies 2, Legacy of the Wizard and Solstice are three of the best Metroidvanias on the NES. I actually like all three better than the original Metroid, even!

  • TheWad

    July 9, 2012 at 12:58 am

    (And for the record, I know that out of those three games I just named, technically only Legacy of the Wizard would qualify as a Metroidvania by some definitions… but you know what I mean! It’s those exploration-centric games where you’re plopped in the middle of one big maze and have to find certain items in order to access new parts of it… I simply adore those types of games!)

  • Kroon84

    July 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Batman, Gremlings 2, Blaster master ect. Sunsoft had the best music for their games. My favorite one from SunSoft is “Journey to Silius” on the NES. Seems like no one have played or heard of it when i mention it and that’s just sad.

    Mike you should really give that game a try. Oh and Remember to press B 33 times at the title for a secret :)

    Good review and have a nice day!

  • angelrevelations

    July 9, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Thundercats t-shirt woot, Save Thundercats!!!

  • exploda

    July 9, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I have that same Thundercats shirt!!!!!

  • superPSWii60 3 Dude

    July 9, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Yes i have this game and i was playing it recently which made me want to request it since it was so hard! My older brother actually beat this game.

  • stahlmannen

    July 9, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Still, the music of this game is awesome!

  • Aaron1375

    July 9, 2012 at 3:44 am

    My friend played the NES version of Gremlins 2 and said that one was extremely hard as well.

  • Salculd

    July 9, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Mike, are you still going to do Monday reviews once James is able to post content again regularly? If nothing else, it’s nice to see something other than AVGN episodes have a schedule here. Also, thanks for keeping the site going during the movie filming hiatus.

  • Blackidna

    July 9, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Ah, Gremlins 2: the New Batch…what a waste of time and plastic! I still own it and I still haven’t been able to go past the stupid Bat Gremlin. That game is so frustrating it almost drove me to throw the damn console across the room.

    But you wanna talk about a frustrating game for the good ol’ white brick? Hudson Hawk (yes, ANOTHER movie-to-game adaptation!) that has the most frustrating first level I ever played and a Dragon’s Lair for NES-fairness about your health bar. Five words to hint you: Fucking Lasers Out Of Nowhere. If you have it and you never tried it, I suggest you giving it a shot (I actually completed the game, despite some asinine time-based platform puzzle in the end.)

  • natr0n

    July 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I used to have this game till some pile of shit stole it from me. always saying his home was robed.

    nice to see this and thanks

  • lauri

    July 9, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Good job, Mike! I’m so happy to come here when you have brought us new content while James is away making the movie. You are awesome!

  • diegowar

    July 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Good review. This was one of my gameboy childhood games, and I remember it to be very difficult (especially the bosses) and frustrating.

    One thing you didn’t mention was the in-between level bonus stage, where if I remember correctly, you can earn a life. The goal was like to hit the a button a hundred times in 10 seconds, and I remember that I couldn’t do it, but my brother could ^^

    Anyway, again, great review, informative and entertaining :)

  • Despair4Ever

    July 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Mike have you thought about maybe doing theatrics in your videos, I absolutely love your game and movie reviews. You don’t need a character, I’ll never forget your Castlevania Blood Moon review. Laughs like I had during that sure are hard to come by anymore.

  • July 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Mike, I noticed that MF Mike is not quite a character as the NERD. Why don´t you, instead of just doing game reviews make MF Mike a NERD type of character two continue the AVGN reviews while James is occupied with the movie edition? Or, you could invent another type of character, but still for replacing The NERD for a while and, who knows an official Sidekick for the future series. Nice review by the way!

  • fcabanski

    July 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’m going to try that throwing myself at car thing next time I cross the street. Hopefully I’ll make it across?

  • urineg

    July 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Here I am again to thank you for this great upload on the springboard player, seriously, the player is so good, there is just no way to watch videos on it

  • July 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    If i judge from the music its from sunsoft right? that wahy its so hard.

  • July 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Nice reviews, though I’m seeing something here. I hope you’re not taking over James’ job of reviewing bad games while he’s editing his movie. Or are these the ones that weren’t “Kawa-fucking-piece-of-dog-shitty” enough to be an AVGN Episode?

  • ZeroVector

    July 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    No disrespect to James, but I’m lovin’ Mike’s reviews. I know people are starving for new AVGN episodes, but the guy’s making a movie (for you), and still posting other videos at the same time. Those are time-consuming tasks, and luckily we have Mike to step up to the plate, and maintain entertainment while these tasks are achieved. Keep ‘em comin’, Mike.
    PS: Haters/trolls, fuck off. =]

  • coolman756

    July 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Good job, Mike! I’m really starting to like your videos. Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward for seeing more of it even when James is done with his movie.

  • July 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Lets just call Journey to Silius a terminator game

  • Sabrath

    July 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I really enjoy your reviews Mike though I would call them more retrospectives than reviews. Either way they bring back many a childhood memory. The best movie to video game adaptation for the NES I can think of is Willow. It was a great game and i spend many a late hour playing it.

  • AFX

    July 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Mike, I know you’ve had your problems in the past dealing with haters and trolls, but please don’t stop making videos, they’re great.

  • CDMurphy

    July 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Mike I was watching the part with the floating block. I had to rewind the video a few times, but I think the way you’re supposed to do it is jump the first spike then let the block swoop you underneath the next two. Either way that level looks stupid hard.

  • CDMurphy

    July 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Btw, great video. I really enjoy these.

  • Rojira

    July 10, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I remember playing the NES game and found it difficult as a kid, haven’t replayed it since then though.

    Maybe the gameboy game is like it is cause there’s Gremlins tampering with the game while you play it :P

  • newname

    July 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Nice video! Keep them coming!

  • culwin

    July 10, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Quick tip:
    If you drop this game in water, you get more lives.
    Also, if you play it after midnight, you become a more powerful gremlin.

  • likalaruku

    July 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I just watched this movie last week. I f**king love it.

  • JCrazy

    July 10, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Awesome review as always, Mike! :> Thanks for doin such a good job keepin up with the videos, I check back almost everyday to see if you’ve posted something new. XD
    Keep on keepin’ on!

  • July 10, 2012 at 4:12 am

    SUNSOFT. what ever happened to that company? they also made blaster master which i really enjoyed but would never touch in this day and age (ugly graphics have aged poorly and the game is just too difficult).

  • jazzman

    July 10, 2012 at 5:51 am

    always great to see a new mike movie/game review

  • July 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Great vid Mike, I’m enjoying your videogame reviews. I have to disagree about Gremlins 2 for NES though, I own it, it’s an OK game but it certainly wouldn’t fall under the ‘really good’ category. There is very little penalty for dying so you can practically run through the entire game. The graphics and cut scenes are pretty badass for NES though.

  • beavischrist

    July 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Man i’m an expert on that third stage, i had this game as a kid and i played it so many times because it frustrated the shit out of me.

    That first jump with the two springs on either side of the big spike pit is actually possible and relatively easy, you just have to stand on the absolute last pixel of the spring and then do a regular high jump. The weirdass flying block part can be done without taking any damage in theory by jumping over that first spike real fast after it goes back up rather than falling down. I’ve pulled it off but it’s really hard.

    Strangely you don’t seem to mention what i thought was the most ridiculous jump in that whole level, it’s just before the flying block where there’s two skateboarding assholes and you have to jump a gap with a block above you. There’s actually only one exact spot you have to stand, and one type of jump you have to perform to make it work or you bounce off the top block and die. I watched a let’s play of it and the guy waited like a minute just to line up that fucker properly.

    Anyway i kinda appreciate gremlins 2 because it’s the most dickishly constructed platformer imaginable, but i don’t think i ever finished the game. Strangely i never had any problems with that bat boss, but the electric gremlin boss always killed me.

  • beavischrist

    July 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Also I’d like to request Mr. Nutz for snes, and maybe a big video where either of you does all of the beavis & butthead games, including the classic “bunghole in one” golf game.

  • prequarius

    July 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    i always do enjoy watching mike and not only do i think hes stepped up, but i think this is his time to shine in his own right. i enjoyed his cartooning for this review, but i think if he would do something that would set him apart from james, it would give him a solid role next to james for any review.

    mike should possibly try and think of funny ways to dress up and do bad impressions of game characters for humor and visually entertaining the spectator. this would be time consuming, but it is a nice way to add something new to the plate. think back to the the spider-man review, or the addams family review, classics!

  • ltthatguy

    July 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Mike, just ignore all the people bitching and moaning, near enough all of them are doing it for attention anyway. Me and alot of other people think your videos are good.
    i did notice one thing with this video, i don’t know if it was delibrate because the gameboy music sucks ass so much, but the background music was from the NES version. i liked the nes versions music, but the game was a peice of shit :)

  • Ben_from_G-town

    July 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, great review. That’s a shame that Gremlins 2 for Game Boy is no good, but it’s nice that NES one is good. I never knew there were Gremlins games back in the day. If I had, I would have been all over them! I love those movies.

  • July 11, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I think I like Mike’s reviews as well as CGR’s Mark’s reviews. They’re both awesome to listen to.

  • July 11, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    I just LOVE your art, Mike!

  • Elvenking

    July 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Great job as always Mike! You got the knack. :)

  • Vitez D.

    July 13, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Awesome review Mike!Tough some pro hardcore Gremlin 2 players finished the game.

  • drdogface

    July 13, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    i hate the sony commercial

  • lotusclown

    July 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    *throws self in front of multiple onmoving vehicles*
    *lands in designated spot*
    yea a severe concussion and a few broken ribs but thats cool, i got to my destination much quicker that way… LMFAO! thats understandable logic.

  • mrgoat86

    July 15, 2012 at 6:04 am

    When I was a kis this was one of the first Gameboy games I got, and I thought it was cool until I realized that it was just fucking impossible and unfair.

  • Sushi-man

    August 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Mike, i really enjoy your reviews, always, but in this one you disapointed me, because that’s (just) my favorite gameboy game and its not (THAT) hard, as you may say, its very easy indeed. I still dont know why so thought this game was so hard?
    Why? Because:
    - The jumps are easy to do.
    - The spring jump on the 2rd stage is not that hard.
    - The bat boss, is very easy once you know the pattern of the three little bats coming down, and each time he comes all the way down, you just have to hit it.

    Just as a side note, the MOST DIFICULT move to do in this game, as in “i never made it”, is to catch the big heart in the last stage, right next to where you enter the final boss of the game.

    I hope you see my “critic” , in a constructive and not in a destructive way, as i think you and james are the best out there :-)
    Thank you !

  • titantim

    December 13, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I emailed James about this game a while back. Glad to see one of you got to it. I spent my heard earned money on this game when it first came out because I rented the NES game and loved it. I thought the portable would have been just as good. Ugh!

    You talked about the ridiculous jumps, but you missed the start of level 4 I think it was, where they have you repeat the same difficult jump 3 or 4 times in a row so that you HAVE to master it or else you start the level with half your life. And the end boss if you ever get to it is crazy! He hits you no matter how much you run around, so you have to make every hit count before you die. If you miss one, then you basically dont beat him.

  • Dement

    January 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    It only gets harder after that. I think in the next level there’s a part where you have to navigate through a maze without being able to see yourself and jump over invisible pitfalls, it’s senseless. I don’t think I ever beat this game.

  • pedropro

    September 12, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I totally agree with you Mike, as a kid I was completely frustrated with this game. It was the only game that was put on the shelf after a few runs… I don’t understand how certain comments find it “enjoyable”. And yet, I remember having a greater tolerance to this kind of “torture” as a kid, compared to now.

  • Curt90

    November 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    New Ghostbusters II on NES is IMO a nice game based on the movie. ;)

  • nammm3

    March 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Lol, before I pressed play, I thought it said ‘Gremlins 2: The New Bitch’ :-X Sweet artwork around the 4:00 mark and I can’t believe how pathetic the jumping mechanics are and the poor level designs.

  • rob wilson

    May 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    “Lets talk about the controls…..THEY SUCK”! LMAO!

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