Gekido Kintaro's Revenge
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The Switch version of Gekido Advance is a pretty good title, especially considering the price. The Italian NAPS team added a bunch of stuff and new content that will be appreciated by everyone, even by fans that played the original release.
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Gekido: Kintaro's Revenge is a love letter to the original Game Boy Advance game that many probably didn't notice was pushing the envelope as far as graphics, animation, music and presentation were expected on Nintendo's 32-bit handheld. As such and despite excellent added extras to this Switch package, it stubbornly restrains itself in the past and as is only truly recommended if you fell nostalgic towards the original game. Other players should by now have learned where to better pick your side-scrolling street fights on Switch's library. The quest for the ultimate side-scrolling Switch brawler continues…
If you love brawlers and are looking for a fun one on Nintendo Switch, then you should get Gekido Kintaro's Revenge right now! Naps Team has done a great job in bringing this Game Boy Advance up to speed with new content, new modes and a chance to mix and match the resolutions and music offerings for an entertaining experience. Fans of old school beat ‘em ups are in for a treat!
Gekido Kintaro's Revenge did not win any awards when it was on the GBA, and it won't win any on Nintendo Switch, yet there is something enjoyable about it. Perhaps it is because it was made during the golden age of game development: the late 1990s to mid 2000s. It may be a mediocre brawler of its time, but it does have a certain energy to it, and the light adventuring elements do make it unique from anything else of its ilk. The bonus dungeon mode is the real main attraction and playing with a friend makes things more interesting. Kintaro's Revenge can only be recommended, though, to gamers who understand that this is a port of a Game Boy Advance title that has not had much done to its presentation. It still looks and plays like a GBA game, for better and for worse.
Featuring some other quality of life improvements such as numerous graphic filter options and the ability to remap the controls, Gekido: Kintaro's Revenge may appeal to some. But I can't help but wonder how much more fun the game would be if its enemies weren't quite so numerous and resilient. And also if it had a hell of a lot less travelling back and forth.
The update is totally fine - the sprite graphics look great, the music is good - but the gameplay is an artifact of older days. That's fine if you just want to sit down for a challenging beat-'em-up with a friend, but if you're looking for something modern and fresh, Gekido isn't that. It's just an alright retro remake.