Once again Guacamelee rolls around, this time with even more words tacked on! Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition. Though from what we saw, there is no difference between the so called Super Turbo Championship Edition and the Gold Edition. First off, what is Guacamelee? Guacamelee is a Metroidvania (2D platformer with exploration elements) set in the mystical world of Mexico. It’s a nice change to see Mexico getting some share of the lime light, even if it has to share with the world of the dead most of the time. The game focuses on Juan Aguacate who is a mild mannered Mexican man who promptly discovers he is a powerful luchador and must go on a quest to stop evil. The art style is based somewhat off of the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ holiday, with bright colours and designs on most things. Mostly, this design comes across through the characters whom are colourful, varied and wear their personality as much on their sleeve as much as their sleeve. The Mexican setting gives Guacamelee a perfect opportunity to use mariachi band music and it does so with great background tracks in each level. They also added the nice touch of creating remixed versions of the normal tracks for the world of the dead. These remixed tracks are slower, often lacking the happy elements of their counterparts and adding well to the ambiance. The tracks are similar enough to not drastically change the mood instantly, which helps to not distract or ruin the immersion. It is a good game, especially if you enjoy metroidvania titles; though it can be frustrating to backtrack so much. So the question is, should you buy it on the Wii U? Not for any functionality problems, not for any decrease in graphical fidelity (Both of these are untouched by the port) but for the fact it doesn’t mention you require a pro-controller to play co-op. The lack of co-op made it hard to see any reason to own the game on console when it’s been in our steam libraries for so long. We recommend Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition to the metroidvania fans and to anyone who likes the luchador/day of the dead style but unless you have no other choice, don’t get it on the Wii U. Unless of course, you don’t care about the multiplayer in which case, it is exactly the same as every other version.
About Anna BlackwellAfter completing her honours year at university (computer game development if anyone's interested) Anna makes her triumphant return to video game journalism! For more wonderful things by Anna check her website at www.blackwellwrites.com