On the subject of ”worst games we’ve ever bought” from the last episode, did anybody ever play Legacy of the Wizard on NES? I ended up getting that one for my 8th birthday. Someone had given me a game I already had, so I got to take it to the store and exchange it for any other game in the store since they were pretty much all fifty bucks. I had seen commercials proclaiming it to be ”the greatest Nintendo adventure of all time” or something like that, and being a kid, I didn’t realize the difference between objective and subjective statements. I sort of believed that video games could be like cars or watches or cameras and have a high-end luxury range that is strictly better than the typical game. Seeing that the game wasn’t actually priced any higher than any other game didn’t dissuade me from this; rather I thought that the people running this store were idiots and I’d better get out of there with my game before they realized what they’d let me get away with.
When I finally got it home and tried it out, needless to say the game did not meet my lofty expectations. It actually wasn’t terrible, a solid C-lister title, maybe even fit for someone’s ”hidden NES gems” list. And the music was fantastic, I’ll never criticize that aspect. But the game was a little complex for an 8-year-old, especially with certain aspects of its menu system for using the special items necessary for progressing, and it wasn’t nearly as polished as the Mega Man, Mario, and Castlevania games I was used to. When I was expecting to sit down with the Rolls Royce of Nintendo games, a merely above-average game in a style that didn’t appeal to me was a bitter pill to swallow.
All in all it was mostly my own fault. I had convinced myself that the game was something much more than it was, and I just couldn’t handle the complexity it offered. And while it was by no means a top tier title, it was far from the Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde level of garbage we tend to think of when we think ”terrible NES games”. But the amount of disappointment I felt with that game was just so massive that I can’t help but consider it one of the worst games I ever bought.
I wish I could find the commercial that sold me on the game so completely, but if it exists on YouTube, I can’t find it. Come to think of it, I sure hope that commercial really was for Legacy of the Wizard. If it was for some other game and I just got the titles confused at the store, then I’d really feel sheepish.