GBAtemp Recommends #94: Little Nemo - The Dream Master

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    Welcome to the 94th issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This is a weekly feature where we talk about some of our past favourites. Some may be famous, others have been ignored when released against larger titles but all are a worth your time.
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    NES platformers by Capcom = win! Well mostly, They sure did some of the best back in the day and not only that also handled licensed titles quite well on a whole and Little Nemo: The Dream Master is one of their best.

    Little Nemo: The Dream Master was designed by Tatsuya Minami & Tokuro Fujiwara both of which have produced some of the greatest games of all time (and pretty much made Capcom) and was based on the animated Japanese film Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (which was loosely based on a early 20th century American comic strip) and though it was a commercial failure, it has become quite a cult hit over time.

    You play a small boy named Nemo and all of the levels revolve around his dreams where he is travelling from Slumberland to Nightmare Land to battle the evil Nightmare King. To aid Nemo in his quest, he has sweeties, which momentarily freeze enemies allowing you to bypass them at times. These sweeties also can be fed to the many helper creatures which, when fed, will let you ride them. Each of these creatures have certain abilities. On the mushroom level you get: Frog - Jumps high & also lets you bop enemies to death, Mole - lets you dig, Lizard - helps your climb to hard to reach places, Gorilla - strong, lets you punch enemies and also helps you climb, Hornet - lets you fly & shoot poisoned darts. Those are just some of the creatures you can control and each controls differently. Once you've reached Nightmare Land you can use The Royal Scepter which is a sort of wand that shoots out beams and is pretty badass.

    The games levels are very bright and colourful and are well drawn for a NES title, though when there are many enemies on the screen the sprites do tend to flicker a bit which is pretty much the standard thing for NES titles. The sound effects are very nice and do the trick but the music is extremely memorable and you end up finding yourself whistling its various tunes after playing for a while. This comes as no surprise as the composer is none other than Junko Tamiya who has composed such games as Bionic Commando, Strider, 1943 & Sweet Home.

    Though childlike in appearance and theme, some gamers will find this a touch difficult even though you have energy bars I have fount that some levels can be a right bitch to get through, even more so than some other difficult Capcom games...this is one of those "Nintendo Hard" titles. The game still hold well today, despite the flashing sprites when things get busy and really shows that Capcom really did know how to do a licensed game well. Capcom still holds the Nemo video game license so it would be great to see this on Virtual Console one day or even a whole new game.

    If you want to submit a game, please let me know first and we'll discuss it.

    For a look at all the games we have covered, please visit our Wiki page for a complete list with links.
     
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    Awesome! I'm one of the founders of the Swedish Mensa retro gaming group, and we had this game as a first "let's play a game and discuss it", much like the GBAtemp game of the week :) Stellar game!
     
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    So true. Duck Tales and Chip & Dale were among my favourite platformers on the NES. I haven't played this, though, so I might see if I can get hold of it and give it a go.
     
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    I remember when I played this game to death. Hard but good game.
     
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    I had this game as a child and didn't like it because it was too hard. For me it was the worst game I had for my Nes. So I am very surprised that this game is listed here as a good game. I never played it again after getting my SNES. Maybe I should try it again.
     
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    Love this game; got a copy on Ebay last year for about £3 or so.
     
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    Oh hell yeah! I love this game! It is a pretty hard game even as an adult. The train part gets frustrating!
     
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    Always thought it was a difficult game, but very addicting.
     
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    I had it as a kid and I loved it because it was hard. I had four games originally, this, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania & Super Mario Bros 3. I'm glad I had such difficult games as it made me the gamer I am now, though to be honest when I got Adventure's of Lolo it was nice to have a break from the stress.
     
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    Weirdest Nightmare on Elm Street game ever. What were they thinking?
     
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    never got to play this when i was a kid it was never released here
     
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    Yup, remember this one.
    I think the great thing was you could ride animals and such.

    Later I discovered it was an arcade game IP remade from scratch for NES.
    Based on the comics of Winsor McCay.
    I think the NES game was based on the Movie ( 1989 )

    Capcom did this a lot back in the NES day.
    Look at bionic commando, also an arcade game but, the NES version is completely different.
    ( not based on any movie btw )
     
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    OMG i had such a good time with this game!!!
    Always played it with my cousin, but a verry difficult game (never completed it)!
     
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    I was going to say that the engine for the gameplay looks fantastic, almost like megaman, then I remembered it was a Capcom game haha. But I wonder if it applies since Capcom USA made the game? Would they have had access to the megaman engine?
     
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    I tried it and its fun
     
  16. Hadrian
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    This was a Capcom Co Ltd title, they're based in Osaka. Capcom USA only published it.
     
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    This was one of my most favorite games as a kid. I still have the cartridge and box =). Although it used to piss me off to no end in the later levels. Not as bad as battletoads or the the first NES TMNT but pretty damn close. I think I'll pop this game in tonight for nostalgia reasons.
     
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    Awesome!
     
  19. Bryon15

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    I have this game too. I liked it. I have the movie too on vhs. Never knew it was based on a super old comic strip though. Also, is it really necessary to have it on VC when we could just play it with fce ultra gx?
     
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    VC means it gets to be in the public eye some more.
     
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