Alex Kid in MW
Switch version tested
Review code provided
If there’s one thing Nintendo is good at, it’s breathing new life into Sega’s lost generation of video games, and Alex Kidd in Miracle World is one such example.
Cast your mind back over thirty years ago, and the big-fisted badass with a Liam Gallagher haircut was the man when it came to Sega’s grand vision. Alex Kidd had it all, and he was poised to become the face of the video game developers empire, leading the charge against those schmuck Super Mario Brothers in the now legendary console wars of the early 1990s. But then everything changed. In came a speedy blue hedgehog by the name of Sonic, and Alex Kidd was pushed from his pedestal, never to see the bright lights he had once basked in, ever again.
OK, so maybe we’re being a little melodramatic, after all, after Alex Kidd in Miracle World, was (and is) the best entry in the entire series – which when you consider it was the very first Alex Kidd game then that doesn’t say much about those which followed. That being said, gamers of a certain age generally look back on the character with fondness, and it gave us quite a thrill to see he was being resurrected on Nintendo Switch as part of the Sega Ages series.
If you’ve never played it, Alex the Kidd in Miracle World is the story of some little dude in dungarees who has to rescue a princess from a bastard in a castle. If it sounds an awful lot like I’m describing Mario, that’s because the two games have an almost identical plot, which, to be honest, we’d never actually noticed before writing this review.
The Sega Ages version of the game allows you the chance to experience Miracle World in its original 1986 format, or with a new feature that allows you to rewind the game 5 seconds whenever you make a mistake. We’d recommend you play both, but believe us when we say you’ll be grateful for the rewind option when you jump into Sega Ages mode! Alex Kidd in Miracle World was a hard game and still is, even in 2019.
The new version also includes a revamped soundtrack, and someone has taken the time to draw some pretty cool doodles for the cut scenes in between levels. It also removes the long-fabled secret continue option from the game and allows straight-up continuous playthrough without having to know the mystical code that only the savviest of gamers ever knew.
Don’t despair if you’re a purist though. The original versions (yep, multiple) of the game look almost identical to the way they did 33 years ago, and will immediately take you back to a time when life was simpler, and games were trippier.
For many of you reading this, Super Mario was the go-to hero of your formative years, but people in Europe and most of South America, the Sega Master System outsold early Nintendo by a considerable margin. Alex Kidd in Miracle World might be a blast from the past, but it won’t take you long to remember exactly why you spent so much time playing it the first time around, and exactly why for a few short years in the late 1980s, Alex Kidd was king.
If you played the game on the Master System then you’re going to want to part with your cash pronto. Alex Kidd in Miracle World is exactly why Sega Ages is such a great concept. This is a cool little throwback to the early platform era that offers fun challenges to gamers old and new and runs rings around the great pretenders of 2019.