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COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-Bit Land Review 3DS Review

Updated: 11/13/2013 2:44 PM
Created: 11/04/2013 5:37 PM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I got the opportunity to play a review copy of D3 Publisher’s latest release for the Nintendo 3DS called “Regular Show: Mordecai and Rigby in 8-Bit Land.”

J.G. Quintel created "Regular Show,” and it premiered on the Cartoon Network in 2010. It is about a blue jay named Mordecai and a raccoon named Rigby.  In every episode Mordecai and Rigby usually find themselves going on strange adventures.

In “Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-bit Land,” Mordecai and Rigby are transported into a strange and mysterious video game land while they are playing video games one day.  They must now try and figure out how to get out of there to get back home.

I really thought the story was simple, but it was pretty good.

The graphics are excellent. The 3-D looks great, and it really adds to the game play.  The game really does look like an 8-bit game, and it brought back a lot of great memories.

The controls are very simple to learn, and people will be able to just pick up the game and play. 

You move your characters around with the d-pad or analog stick.  To jump, you push the “B” button. “X” lets you switch between Mordecai and Rigby; “Y” runs and shoots. The “L” & “R” triggers switch game modes. 

Mordecai and Rigby have their own unique abilities, and you must switch between them.  Mordecai can do a double jump, so he can reach high places and jump across large gaps.  Rigby can go through small areas and can run across small platforms if they are close together.

There is an overhead view of a map, and you move your character to different points.  As you complete a level, a new level will appear, and you can move there and play it.  At the end of each area, there is a boss that you have to fight, and they are all very challenging.

Each level is made up of a different type of classic 8-bit game styles such as platforming, side-scrolling space shooters and top-down shooters.

In the side –scrolling shooters you can fly a space ship by pushing the “L” and “R” buttons and can transform into it in certain areas.

There are many things that you can collect and find as you go through your adventure.  There is money that is scattered around the levels, and you can use this cash to earn extra lives. There is a mini game that appears when you complete the level, and you buy chips with the cash you have collected.  You place the chips on one of five spots on a grid, and if the chips land on the extra life, continue or more money, you get it.  There are also holes that the chips will fall in.

The cash is usually just lying around the levels, and if you defeat enemies, they will drop cash also.  You can defeat enemies by jumping on them or by shooting them.

You can also find fanny packs that contain continues, golden VHS tapes that will unlock extra content like art, money bags that contain tons of cash, player heads (extra lives) and power ups, like mullets that will allow your character to shoot.

I really enjoyed D3 Publisher’s “Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-bit Land” a lot.  It was fun, and the controls were easy to learn. The graphics were great and the 3D looked amazing.  It really brought back a lot of great memories from when I was a kid playing the old NES.  The levels and bosses are very challenging, and it was fun finding all of the golden VHS tapes in each level.  I would highly recommend this game if you are looking for something fun that will bring back a lot great old-school gaming memories.

“Regular Show: Mordecai & Rigby in 8-bit Land” is rated “E” for cartoon violence.

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist with KSTP.com.

Photo courtesy of Nintendo

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