Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX for Nintendo Switch is a Modern Remake of a Classic | Review

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a modern day remake of the original 1986 game on the SEGA Master System. Developed by Merge Games and Jankenteam, Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is a 2D platform game features a young martial artist named Alex Kidd and his battle against Janken the Great and his minions. Help free the Kingdom of Radaxian and return all its citizens back to normal. Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX takes you back to a time when platform games were deathly difficult and save points didn’t exist. Can you muster the strength to complete this game or will you admit defeat and not beat the game for another 35 year?

Let’s start with what’s different with the remake. First up, the art has been vastly improved over the original 2D art. There’s more depth, more color, and everything looks more modern. Not only that , there’s also new and remastered music to further bring Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX into the present. Of course if you’re feeling nostalgic, it’s very easy to bring back all the original graphics and sound with the simple push of a button. You can do this while playing and can switch back and forth to check out the differences. I do prefer the modern remake more as it just looks and sounds better overall.

If you decide to play in the updated version, you also get new game modes, new levels, and improved boss fights.

Now to the gameplay, this mostly has stayed the same. Alex Kidd is still a very challenging and difficult platform game and both the original and remake seem as unforgiving as always. I say unforgiving because this game is really hard to play. I mean I grew up playing games like this on the NES, SNES, and Genesis, and I can say that this is one of the hardest platform games I’ve played. There’s just something about it that makes it difficult. It could be the overly sensitive controls, the 1-hit kills, or just the placement of enemies and blocks that makes it so hard. Either way, I could not play this with the normal 3-lives. Sadly, I had to switch to infinite lives mode in order to even progress past the first level. That’s how bad I am at this game.

Of course after playing it for a few hours, you do start getting used to the twitchy controls and gameplay, so playing it on 3-lives mod ends up not being so bad. I guess like any other game, you just need to practice, practice, practice.

Another thing that makes this game so hard is the lack of a save system. No matter where you die, when the game ends, you start all the way back at the beginning. But, if you play infinite mode, it will take you back to the last checkpoint as long as you don’t start a brand new game.

I do however like the variety of gameplay elements in Alex Kidd. Most of it is straight up platformer, but you also get stuff like swimming levels, some flying levels that resemble something like Flappy Bird, boss fights that consist of playing rock, paper, scissors, and more.

I will say, if you’re a fan of the Alex Kidd series, you should be very happy with Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX. I mean from what I’ve played of the original and the remake, it seems very faithful and fans should also like the changes. Even if you’ve never played the original before, you should like this new game despite some of the difficulties. It’s still a solid platform game with an interesting story, very good art, and a great challenge overall.


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One comment

  1. I could never beat the original, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it.
    I’ll be sure to pick this up!

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