Super Metroid SP Max Save Captures The Blockbuster Experience
You start with every power-up and every item
In case you missed it, Nintendo just updated the eShop in the wake of that recent explosive Nintendo Direct, and there are some goodies to browse. One of them includes a Super Metroid SP version.
Remember these? Special Editions, or “SPs,” have been periodically dumped on the eShop for NES games in the past, and provide cheat codes of sorts so people can dive in and do something instantly. I didn’t even notice it when logging in (Thanks, All N: A Nintendo Podcast!), but it’s there next to Earthbound! Just search for the “Super Metroid PS [Special]” ribbon when selecting a game.
This kind of thing, as our own Jordan Devore mentioned when he showed me this news, really brings back memories of the “Blockbuster experience”. For all young people, people used to “rent” games physically from stores. Savage! I know you’ve probably seen Blockbuster in Captain Marvel or in one of John Oliver’s few documentaries/clips, but actually living it was pretty wild.
Among many other benefits (like going out with family, as an event, choosing a movie or a game), the Blockbuster experience also had the added benefit of saving file roulette. You never knew who was playing a rental before you, so sometimes you’d find endgame save files that previous tenants had kept – or work towards the end as a group.
One of my favorite variations was re-renting a game, only to find that someone had saved a file. adjacent in a separate location: keeping my original intact. I once had a chain game of the trigger of a stopwatch on multiple locations, with someone else doing the same thing. It all ended in the PlayStation era with memory cards (which had their pros and cons). But I will never forget it!