I’ve actually had the “No, his name is Alex Kidd, not Alex The Kidd” conversation twice today. It’s time for this madness to end!
Alex Kidd in Miracle World was a pretty neat game. OK it was no Super Mario Bros. but it came built into the Master System and that was great. Your parents didn’t buy you any games? No problem, just turn it on without a cartridge in it and play this fully featured platformer! Sometimes I put the cartridge in wrong and Alex Kidd in Miracle World appeared on the screen instead of Wonder Boy In Monster Land or whatever, and I’d be all ‘huh, I haven’t played this in a while” and I’d be off exploring Miracle World again.
Actually now that I think about it, the first the Master System I got had Hang On built into it, which was also cool.
Poor Alex Kidd never really got his chance to shine, I think. Just as he was about to hit the big time Sonic The Hedgehog came along and poor old Alex was permanently stuck on the video gaming celebrity D-list. Oh he got to co-star in a game with Shinobi, that was a weird little game. Why the hell would Shinobi need Alex Kidd’s help? Today I found out there was even an Alex Kidd BMX game. It looked a bit crap.
Alex Kidd in Miracle World was the first game where you beat bosses by playing rock paper scissors, and that deserves some recognition. Can you imagine if the next Metal Gear Solid does that? People would be falling over themselves to say how post modern that design decision is.
Anyway my point is more consoles should have games built into them where you get to make people’s head’s explode by playing rock paper scissors.