I finally completed Shantae. I started this save months ago, but for some reason never went back to it.
An amazing achievement for a Gameboy Colour game. The sprite work is incredible, with detailed and colourful animations throughout.
The other game I had in my recent backlog was N+ for DS.
This is a pretty good port of a flash game for PC, which I played a heap of back in the day.
There are fantastic platforming mechanics, and rag doll physics, flingling your body parts around the screen when you die (which is a lot).
The controls are super tight on the DSi XL, with it’s clicky d-pad and nice face buttons.
It reminds me of Super meat Boy and VVVVVV, if only for the many, many, many deaths incurred through normal play.
Unlike many NES era games I’ve been playing recently, the instant respawns means that there’s less pressure to play perfectly the whole time.