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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Adventure Island: The Beginning comes to the Wii with exciting new skills and elements! Learn how to use new skills while exploring Adventure Island from coast to coast. Search for Golden Melons hidden throughout the stages and Mini Games. When obtaining Golden Melons, you'll be[WiiWare] Adventure Island: The Beginning comes to the Wii with exciting new skills and elements! Learn how to use new skills while exploring Adventure Island from coast to coast. Search for Golden Melons hidden throughout the stages and Mini Games. When obtaining Golden Melons, you'll be able to purchase various items to help you on your adventure. Items purchased will increase your attack power or enable you to reach places you couldn't get to before. Fulfill certain requirements while playing in any of the modes to achieve a "Master Higgins Feat". You will be awarded a Master Higgins costume for doing so. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. 70
    Adventure Island: The Beginning is an enjoyable, entertaining update to a classic franchise -- but it's one that doesn't seem to have been given much extra effort.
  2. On the one hand, the gameplay is virtually unchanged from the original game and it's still lots of fun to play, even though it's incredibly easy now. Sadly you just can't help but notice all the oversights, such as the lack of a widescreen option, the jerky animations and the lack of a "classic" mode for the main game.
  3. Adventure Island: The Beginning, developed by Hudson, returns after many years. The game, fun and engaging, is limited by some ups and downs. A very short length, balanced by a level of difficulty at times frustrating, it may not attract long-time players and even the less experienced. The idea of the upgrades is interesting and actually extends the gaming experience, but there are only five worlds. The return of Master Higgins is therefore a fun title that, despite the limitations mentioned, it is very suitable for those who appreciated the first titles in the series.
  4. 60
    The game hasn’t strayed far from the original at all, except that you don’t die after one hit like the original, unless you fall in fire.
  5. Fans should download it. The one who doesn't know the genre, it up to you. If you don't fit either profile, leave it, because there are more and better platform games on the Virtual Console for a lower price.
  6. There's nothing here that will really pull new players into playing Adventure Island: The Beginning, other than nostalgia for an audience who is familiar with the name.

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  1. AdinanAlves
    Aug 3, 2009
    5
    As an Adventure Island fan, I can't help but feel disappointed with this game. Only a few levels, new rules, bad graphics and unappealingAs an Adventure Island fan, I can't help but feel disappointed with this game. Only a few levels, new rules, bad graphics and unappealing minigames make this far from being great. Adventure Island: The Beginning looks more like it was rushed and presents a very unpolished game. It still has some nice platforming action, but not as interesting and fun as the earlier games in the series. Expand