Mr. Gimmick

Gaming Anniversaries January 31- Mr. Gimmick

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Released January 31, 1992- Mr. Gimmick

Mr. Gimmick awed the Japanese market on this day in 1992. For the Nintendo Famicom!

Mr. Gimmick is notably one of the best games that never made it to the North American market. As a matter of fact, the game was only released in Scandinavia and Japan. This makes it one of the rarest games in the NES library. Only a prototype version appeared fully translated, this has been used for making reproduction cartridges across the internet.

The game stars Gimmick, a doll with a life of its own. One day, he is given to a little girl for her birthday. She loves Mr. Gimmick the most, at least, all the other toys think so. Therefore, in a fit of jealousy, the other toys kidnap the little girl and run away with her. Now, it’s up to Gimmick to stop them and bring her back!

The game might be one of the cutest action-platformers to exist on the NES. That said, it’s extraordinarily difficult. I myself couldn’t get past the fourth stage. (Don’t judge me!). Gimmick can jump and attack with a star power. Holding A will conjure the star and releasing it will throw it. The star can bounce around in a forward and backward motion with its own physics and is usually the key to finding secrets and finishing levels.  Furthermore, Gimmick can ride on the star to reach more difficult locations. Additionally, the star can help Gimmick knock out enemies while sending him to higher locations.

It’s most certainly a game of skill.

Mr. Gimmick is available in many different reproduction shops, but getting your hands on the PAL version is certainly gonna cost you. $1000 if you have that lying around.

Have you played it? let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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