NESnootchie bickety bam beat-’em-up.
Can a retro modern game be too retro for its own good? This is a question we asked ourselves while playing Interabang Entertainment’s Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl as a PS4 beat-’em-up restricted by the limitations of additionally being released on a cartridge for the original NES hardware.
We also questioned that if it made us feel so frustrated, were we even having fun? Yet, upon completing its final Chapter 9 in a hair pulling, straight playthrough – which takes at least an hour starting with Jay and Silent Bob running from the security guard, LaFours, following their game show sabotage mission in Mallrats, through to a fan-pleasing return to Kevin Smith’s film roots — it hit home that this is exactly what it felt like to beat stubbornly unforgiving 8-bit games in the 1980s.
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