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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!
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