Super Meat Boy is Still King of the Brutal Platformers on Nintendo

first_img If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Ever since Super Meat Boy first launched in 2010, we in the gaming press have spent a lot of time measuring other games up against it. There had been previous 2D platformers that emphasized fast and tight controls in short but punishing levels. But now if any indie developers make a game even remotely similar to that, you better believe Meat Boy is going to get mentioned.Super Meat Boy earned its place a “masocore” gaming yardstick, and not just because the developers left a touching impression in Indie Game: The Movie. Super Meat Boy is just a fantastic video game, and I (along with lots of other folks if the initial sales are correct) recently had the pleasure of remembering that by playing Super Meat Boy on Nintendo Switch.AdChoices广告If you’ve gone this long without knowing, Super Meat Boy is a 2D platformer made of bite-sized levels that take seconds to complete but only once you overcome their ludicrously high skill curves. Fortunately, unlike a game like Dark Souls, Super Meat Boy doesn’t use its difficulty to waste your time. It’s the opposite in fact.Super Meat Boy values smooth immediacy above all else. Its controls and physics are so pitch-perfect you can, and have to, pull off incredibly nimble movements with ease on the ground and in the air. Jump off walls. Avoid dropping buzzsaws. Hop through waterfalls of salt. Rescue your girlfriend Bandage Girl time and time again. You’ll die. A lot. But that’s okay because you’ll be thrown back into the fracas before you have time to dwell on it. Be like Meat Boy and smile through your broken teeth. Plus, once you finally complete a mission you can watch a replay of all your past lives trying and failing at once, making your ultimate satisfaction that much sweeter.Once you get good enough, Super Meat Boy’s levels take no time at all, even the boss fights. Good thing there are so many of them, from the standard levels you can play in any order across a world to the hidden glitch and dark side levels that draw aesthetic inspiration from other video games. Also drawn from other video games are guest indie characters like Bit.Trip’s commander video and the heroine of Mighty Jill Off. Spiteful PETA parody “Super Tofu Boy” is still PC-exclusive.Super Meat Boy’s gameplay may have aged like fine bloody wine but I will say the visuals look more dated than I would’ve expected. I love that Super Meat Boy comes from the flat Flash gaming tradition of Newgrounds, but it’s just not as detailed as the art in later Edmund McMillen games like The Binding of Isaac and The End is Nigh. However, I do prefer Meat Boy’s less gross and scatological T-rated look compared to those M-rated games, which is weird to say considering it stars a boy with no skin fighting a fetus in a jar.Like other recent Meat Boy re-releases, this Switch version unfortunately has the inferior new music. I should also note that Edmund McMillen is no longer part of Team Meat, which is now Tommy Refenes and his collaborators.Beyond being a perfect portable game with its short addictive levels, Super Meat Boy is worth playing again a Switch because of its new features. In Race Mode, two players compete to see who can finish the most levels the fastest. Add in some random elements and this mode can test even hardened Super Meat Boy veterans. And since Super Meat Boy was first designed as a downloadable Wii game before drama over file size limits, playing the game on a Nintendo system brings things full circle in a nice way.Now that the original Super Meat Boy is on Nintendo Switch, I’ve suddenly become much less interested in playing the imitators. Even the upcoming somewhat procedurally generated, somewhat endless runner, somewhat questionable sequel Super Meat Boy Forever doesn’t appeal as much to me now, despite its superior art. Super Meat Boy is part of the Video Game Canon, and no matter what platform you pick it up for, you owe it to yourself to play it.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball FormSNES Games Officially Come to Nintendo Switch last_img

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