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Nintendo Quest (Movie) Review

 
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Length: 92 minutes
 
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2.5/ 5


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The quest itself lack the details to make it seem significant, and most of the games - and even the work to find them - is glossed over.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Nintendo Quest is a film about one man’s quest to acquire every game in the Nintendo Entertainment System library without using the internet – and he must do so in thirty days, and using only his money. It’s an interesting concept that will immediately pique the interest of the numerous Nintendo super-fans around the world. […]

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Posted October 29, 2015 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

Nintendo Quest is a film about one man’s quest to acquire every game in the Nintendo Entertainment System library without using the internet – and he must do so in thirty days, and using only his money. It’s an interesting concept that will immediately pique the interest of the numerous Nintendo super-fans around the world. After all, owning a complete set is every collector’s dream – but few will ever accomplish it, especially when you consider that some of the rarer games have very few copies even out there. I’ve been a Nintendo fan since childhood, so I am always up for a film that celebrates the unique company, in whatever way.

As Nintendo Quest starts, we meet the filmmaker, who explains to viewers what the film is all about. He has challenged his childhood friend (who already has a pretty significant collection of NES titles) to start from scratch and build an entirely new collection in just thirty days. Why? No reason or real motivation (other than “dare ya”) is given, and there also isn’t any downside if he doesn’t finish. Though they stress that he will be using his own money for all of the purchases and thus must haggle and budget accordingly, they also don’t actually tell you what his budget is. This feels especially off because they have a big budget graphic at the bottom of the screen after each purchase.

They also mention over and over how he has to haggle and try to get owners to give him a good price, but they don’t actually tell you how much he pays for most of the games either. On top of that, he’s supposed to find all of these games without the internet, but they don’t show how that happens either – the team obviously has a set agenda mapped out, certain stores they’re going to visit, and even special visits set up with collectors who want to be part of the film, so it isn’t like his quest for these games is independent.

The lack of any real motivation to take on the task, along with the emphasis on money without actually disclosing anything about it were both definitely negatives for me, but there are positives to be found as well. The film features some big names in the retro games circuit, and viewers get to see plenty of little game shops as well as some very impressive private collections throughout the course of the film, and the friends who star in the film are likable and easy to watch. Tons of games are collected at a time, though, and for the most part the only attention the games themselves actually get is as a tally – Contra, acquired is literally all the information you see about that title, as well as the majority of games shown in the film. There just isn’t much emphasis on the actual games – so if the games aren’t the main focus, and quest isn’t given too much detail either, it leaves you feeling like there isn’t enough cohesion to the film. While it is an entertaining watch at times, I was left feeling disappointed that so much was left out.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)