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The Goonies 2 is a NES gem that time has forgotten, but you haven't

February 11, 2015

This is the first time in the history of doing articles for games that I've talked about this, and so it's about time. The Goonies 2 was a game released on the NES 8-bit system back in 1987 and was a sequel to the first Goonie game for the Famicom console. The first one was never released on the Nintendo console in North America except on systems like the Nintendo Vs. format and the Playchoice-10 arcade units.

Indeed, so we never got a chance to dive into that one, but not to worry as part two will make up for it somewhat.

The confusion that took place when it was first launched onto store shelves was that there might have been an actual sequel to the movie itself, which never happened. At least as I'm typing this that is. So gamers were starting to misunderstand the intention behind the game, which was to serve as a followup to the first movie, but through the game itself.

Youre goal as the character Mikey is to rescue the other Goonies from being held captive by the Fratellis, who are once again on the loose and must be defeated in the end. Along the way you will encounter areas that sort of look and feel like something out of Castlevania, and while this is a Konami game that is understandable.

You also encounter many doors along the way where the game switches to a first person perspective view similar to ShadowGate and offers you a menu selection on the left and a navigation map to find or unlock secrets, items, and discover the holding cells where your friends are. You have to also rescue a mermaid by the name of Annie.

This has to be one of the few NES gems that doesn't get enough coverage, and some are wishing that Konami would release this again on another format like PSN, Xbox Live, or the Nintendo Virtual Console.

The game itself even has a cool soundtrack, part of which is inspired by the famous Cyndi Lauper song "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough". The more I think about classic gems like this one, the more I want to tear away from present day, and go back to the 1980s where I belong.

On a side note, when you start playing this game, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FAQ OR DETAILED WALKTHROUGH BECAUSE THE GAME IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND! Trust me, you will get lost, and you will not be happy unless you have a guide to help you know where to go and what to do. That makes for a long and interesting game doesn't it? On another note, you will meet a guy named "The Konami Man", which was a character known mostly in Japan and will refill your energy. Just DON'T hit him with your fist or he will never refill your energy for the rest of the game, and we can't have that now can we? Good luck.

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