What were they thinking?
The NES version of this game was, for its time, groundbreaking. Indeed, it's still a favorite among many gamers. This may be wy Nintendo decided to rerelease it for the Game Boy Color. Unfortunately as is sometimes the case in such situations they got the idea that e original was in some way broken and so decided to "fix" it. Big mistake. Not only was the story dumbed down severely and rewritten in ways that make absolutely no sense, but the music, the glorious soundtrack from the NES version, was change. Not just a few tunes here and there but the entire soundtrack. And unfortunately the new tunes just don't cut the cracker. The NES soundtrack, particularly later in the game when things all seem to be going the enemy's way, was dark and hopeless, particularly in the town of Shiron. This is not remotely the case in the Game Boy COlor remake. The tunes might stick in your head for days at a stretch but not in a good way. The sound effects are no better, particularly the highly unnecessary and dramatic gruff voice that announces the name of each new sword each time you get it. In short stay away from thhis game if you're a fan of the NES version. And if you haven't played the NES version go for that instead, otherwise you'll likely end up with a bad impression of both versions.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls on 10/19/2011