Now, when I first heard of this game, I was excited. As a gamer who grew up with the NES and games like Super Mario Bros, Dr. Mario, and TMNT2: The Arcade Game, I was very happy to see someone make an "ultimate tribute to the NES". After playing this game just now, ALL of my excitement was flushed down the toilet. First of all, I believe that if you're making an "ultimate tribute" to something, you should at least know the names of things you put in. For example, the "weakling" in Level 2 is called a Cheep-Cheep, and "Squidly" is called a Blooper/Bloober. Those can be found RIGHT in the manual for Super Mario Bros. 1. Another example would be "Squigly", whose real name is Trouter. This can be seen RIGHT at the end of Super Mario Bros. 2 during the cast list. I know some people are unaware of these, but I feel that you guys were just too lazy to even research those names. Next up, enemies like the shotgun guy in the first level by the blue conveyor belt are WAY too difficult. I'm not kidding, I lost 3 lives to that a**hole. Granted, a lot of enemies in some NES titles like the TMNT series are difficult and are supposed to take 1 or 2 lives, but this guy was just ridiculous. I was, however, impressed by level 3, the Zelda mockup; terrible level design, no hints or clues as to where I needed to go, shitty music that monotonously loops over and over, and best of all, after spending about a half hour on that one level, I had absolutely no f***ing idea what the hell I was playing anymore! It felt like a real Zelda game!!!
I know you guys have been working on this for years, and if you love it, and if many other people love it, that's absolutely fine. It's not a bad concept in general, it's really not. My biggest problems are based on how this game handles. By calling it an "ultimate NES tribute", you're creating massive shoes to fill, and in my opinion, it probably only comes to be, at best, about halfway full.
To all who are thinking about playing this game, my honest advice would be to either avoid this game at all cost, or just play it for fun. Don't expect to finish the game, because unless you have OUTSTANDING skill, you WILL die constantly and you WILL get aggravated. This is just one of those games to play if there's nothing else to play, and I mean, REALLY, nothing else.
I'm sorry if it sounds like I'm being an ass, but these are my honest opinions about the game, and I'd appreciate it if they were treated as opinions.