"You control either Ariel the mermaid or her father, King Triton. Friends like Flounder and Sebastian can also be summoned for a little helping hand."
- Type: Action
- Available: 1991
- Levels: 6
- Difficulty: Moderate
Now you can take on the evil Ursula right in your own home! Help Ariel defeat Ursula and her vile vermin followers. Ursula has placed a spell on the sea creatures and only Ariel can save them! Perhaps if she can end Ursula's threat forever, she may yet find true happiness with her true love, Prince Eric. Use Ariel's Bubble power to enclose enemies and knock them out of commission. Watch out for the bosses!
I've got to review this game with the right attitude, because after all, it is for little girls. Beyond the fact that the action is really toned down, there aren't a lot of bad things to say about Mermaid, other than it does get somewhat boring after awhile. Little girls should love it. I don't.
I have to give Capcom credit for going after a niche market. For that purpose, they have succeeded as it is a decent game. Serious players don't have to be warned about game as the title says it all. For the younger player this is a must have as it is a great nonviolent game.
A NES cart based on a romantic cartoon? Weird theme, but Capcom continues to deliver a solid game no matter what the theme. Decent graphics and sounds. Game play that is easy to grasp for younger players. A good game that is a little too easy because of its target players.
Ahhh...Finally, a true family game kids and adults of all ages and sex can enjoy! Little Mermaid has a near perfect blend of action and adventure. The music is upbeat, the graphics are good clean fun, and the theme is, of course, excellent. A must for young NES owners.
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It's an American legend, it's a Walt Disney film, and now it's a hand-held videogame, too!
Once upon a maritime, Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fairy tale called "The Little Mermaid". Then, Disney produced a blockbuster animated movie of the same name. Now, Capcom brings the seafaring saga to the NES.
As in the movie, our heroine, Ariel falls for her prince, Eric, and leaves the sea to become human. However, in this five level action/adventure game, there'll be no happily-ever-after until Ursula, the sea witch, is dealt with. She's taking over the oceans, so Ariel must become a mermaid again in order to save her fishy friends.
The Little Mermaid looks excellent! The characters are top notch Disney reproductions. The animation's similarly splendid; Ariel's movements are practically graceful!
She's also a 'maid to order for her adventure. Her powerful flipper tail stirs up a mess of trouble for the bad guys in the form of bubbles... air bubbles, that is. Two swishes trap the finny fiends.
ProTip: To kill two birds with one stone... er, two fish with one bubble, snare a fish and use it like a shield or shoot it into another fish.
Keep an eye open for Magic Shells. You can chuck them at bad sea things or use them to break open Treasure Chests, which usually contain pearly power-ups.
Some enemies can only be defeated with shells. If you just carry a shell into enemies, it lasts longer.
Search the seas top to bottom to find seashells. Swish your tail along sandy areas and you might even find other bonuses, too.
The Little Mermaid features average, multi-scrolling action that's repetitive, but it won't make you sea sick. Every level leads to fishy bosses, that you fight basically the same way: capture the fish guards and toss them at the boss.
Level One is the Sea of Coral, where Ariel teaches a school of fresh fish a lesson and meets a shark with a taste for mermaids. The Sunken Ship in Level Two looks scary, but don't be afraid of no floating ghosts. Level Three is the Sea of Ice, where frozen fish and a wily walrus try to shiver your timbers. Level Four's the Undersea Volcano where eyes in the sand mean danger and a Spanish galleon hides the sneaky Soldierfish. Finally, Ursula's Castle is a maze of dragon tunnels leading to the witch's den. As in the movie, the she-serpent blows big trouble in a titanic underwater battle.
To tip the scales in your favor versus Level Two's eerie eels, wait at the bottom and strike when you see the whites of their eyes.
To beat Ursula, stay below her body and wait for her to fire fish. Capture one and you can figure out the rest.
A Sea Breeze
The Little Mermaid's a class act all the way. However, experienced seafaring gamers will sail right through the game, and average NES swimmers will get an average work out. The game's target audience, little kids, should find it a great catch, though, especially with the "no damage" option. For some players, The Little Mermaid will make a big splash!
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) is a game developed by BlueSky Software and released by SEGA back in 1992. The game was available for SEGA Game Gear and it was considered an "Action" game. Ariel is actually the protagonist of "The Little Mermaid", a movie from 1989, and is based on the protagonist of "The Little Mermaid" story, written by the famous Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.
In this game you can control two characters, Ariel the Mermaid or her father, King Triton. Both characters have to follow their own stories in the game, and back in 1992 players used to choose both characters and play both of the stories.
However, the stories are almost similar. If you pick Ariel, King Triton has been kidnapped, and if you pick the father, you have to rescue The Mermaid. There are four stages in this game, and making it through requires a bit of assistance from several other characters. Sebastian the crab, Flounder and the digger-fish will help you if needed along all the levels.
The player will have to fight villains such as the Lava Master, the Shark Boss or the Medusa, while the final challenge, in the last level, will be against Ursula. If the player manages to rescue her, the kidnapped character will be saved. The player can collect pearls and buy different things from the seagull called Scuttle.
Ursula, which is the main villain of the game, plans to rule the Merkingdom, and is turning people into little polyps under the reign of King Triton. Not only this is not acceptable at all for the crown members, but by kidnapping one of the royal members Ursula has the upper hand.
You can rescue the kidnapped character by swimming into the victims, as they can be found in fixed places under the water. The player will have to dodge attacks and enemies like eels, clams, sharks or other sea fishes. If you can't cope with so many enemies, do not forget, you always have the helping hands of a friend.
The game wasn't received very well at that time, and got fairly poor feedback after the release. Being rated on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, Ariel was offered the following ratings after different criteria: Gameplay - 1.8, Graphics - 2.8, Personal opinion - 2.2 and Sound/Music - 2.5. Therefore, the game has an overall feedback of 2.3 out of 5, which is not that much.
There are not so many statistics about how many copies of the game were sold, but considering the game was not very popular, it seems SEGA didn't earned as much as wanted after developing and publishing this game.
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Released in 1991, this single player side-scrolling action game was published and developed by
Capcom Co., Ltd.
In Disney's The Little Mermaid for the Nintendo Entertainment System, you take on the role of Ariel. Ariel has already met Eric, and they are planning to have a wedding, but Ursala, the sea-witch, has taken control of the entire ocean and now Ariel has to become a mermaid once more and sets off to save the ocean. The game play takes place from a side view and Ariel is able to shoot bubbles to trap her foes and after that can throw them into each other. Also, she can dig through sand in search for treasure and pick up seashells to open chests using them. Usually there are only bonus points in the treasure she finds, but the treasure in chests increases her bubble's power and range.