Read the review here.
“It was not quite a racing game, not quite a puzzle game, and not quite a platformer, and offering a two-player mode was icing on the competitive cake.”
– from the full review, which you can read here.
I fully admit that Marble Madness is a sentimental favorite for me, a game I perhaps spent way too much time on, but I do have a reason for that… which brings us to Nintendo Legend’s Story Time.
As a preteen boy obsessed with his NES in those ancient days long before the internet was popular, I spent countless hours playing those Nintendo games, among them a unique, appealing cartridge called Marble Madness. I found that it was quite challenging, as even with a lot of practice, I could rarely beat Track 5, the Silly Race. Even when I was “on a roll,” so to speak (pun intended), I could maybe beat it half the time, only to stare in horror at level six, the Ultimate Race.
Every time I was “on” enough to reach the Ultimate track, I grew intensely frustrated, as I usually had very little time remaining, and I would spend every second trying to make the very first jump, only to fail miserably. One time, I actually made the jump, and was so excited that I could not maintain my focus well enough to complete the track, though I did get to gaze upon the final portion where parts disappear and reappear in coordination.
Years passed, and every once in a while I would return to that Marble Madness game, racing through the levels, occasionally reaching the Ultimate stage, only to futilely fail at that first ramp jump. I began to think that it was stupidly difficult, and demanded some weird sort of superhuman precision or something.
… until, one day, I was just playing along and serendipitously discovered that the A button provided a speed boost.
Yes, for years, literally years I had owned, played, even liked Marble Madness, and never knew about that essential function. Once I learned that the A button gave you a quick little burst I blazed through the levels at breakneck speeds, found out that the ramp on the Ultimate Race was rather easy, and my Marble Madness experience was never the same.
And I eventually made a Let’s Play video: