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D-Pad Hero 2

NES

Description:

D-Pad Hero 2 is a series of rhythm/music games for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). You know, that game console you still used to play circa 1990.

D-Pad Hero pays homage to our own favorite NES games and popular music artists. It’s our vision of what music games might have been like in the NES heyday. Now, through the wonders of emulation, you get to experience it yourself!

Enjoy the games, and remember to tell all your friends what a blast you’re having.

- The D-Pad Hero team

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Music To My Ears. Literally.

Reviewed By: Eldrethor on 10 Nov 2018

When the first D-Pad Hero was released, I was impressed by the marvel that it is: a music-based rhythm game designed for a console that existed at a time when the genre was practically non-existent. Past that initial luster, however, was a lack of content, and a clunky control scheme that I just couldn’t get a hang of. This sequel takes that idea and improves upon it in ways that make the first game look like a proof of concept.

D-Pad Hero II does away with the original’s dance-pad-esque scheme in which the beats involve hitting directions in conjunction with the B or A buttons. In its place is a five-button setup with notes rolling along a five-track rail: Left, Right, Select, B, and A. I find this system much easier to work with, as I only have to worry about which buttons to hit, and not the directions. My only gripe is that the Select button is an odd choice, when Down seems way more intuitive, but it does serve a purpose in a two-player game.

In addition to this new system are a health meter, power-ups, and skull notes that cause significant damage to you, all of which results in a much more robust experience, and I found myself happily finger-hopping along with the oncoming notes. I appreciate the Simon Belmont grunts every time I hit a wrong note as well.

There’s also a massive increase in content as well, as the number of songs have been bumped up to six, each of which has its own achievements to complete, along with controller pieces that unlock the final showdown. After about an hour, it still feels a bit short on content, but to be fair, an hour of content for a NES game is pretty decent, especially when there are three difficulty levels to beat. There’s also a Megaman motif that the developers were going for with the stage select screen and names like Love Man and Whip Man, but the mellow music and dirty brown color scheme results in an oddly melancholy aesthetic that doesn’t invoke the spirit of the Blue Bomber.

As of the time of this review, it’s late 2018, and the glory days of Guitar Hero and Rock Band have been behind us for a while now, but D-Pad Hero II is impressive feat of game development on the NES, and it’s a somewhat somber, but great, homage to that now-forgotten time in gaming history. If you haven’t tried it, be sure to give this one a go.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Music To My Ears. Literally.Eldrethor10 Nov 20181.0Yes
Liked 1 bettercuttingagent05 Aug 2014N/AYes