It’s Back to the Future Day! October 21st 2015 is the day when Marty, Jennifer and Doc arrive into the future to help change the future regarding Marty’s Kids. Of course the future is a representation of what 1980s would look like if everything stayed the same, just “futurized” Hoverboards, double ties, Chicago Cubs winning the World Series, Jaws 19 in Holographic 3D. There’s a lot of things Back to the Future part 2 got right, but a lot of things wrong; Flying cars are not commonplace and the Cubs are 1 game away from being eliminated from the National League Championship Series.
The Back to the Future trilogy is considered a classic by many nostalgic fans, but unfortunately fans of the series barely have any video games to re-play out their favorite movies. The Angry Video Game Nerd laments the Back to The Future Games made by JLN so I won’t go into too much detail here, but they were terrible games that had no ties to the series other than in name only.
In 2010, Telltale games would grace us with a wonderful Back to the Future game that included Christopher Lloyd returning as the voice of Doc Brown. Also even though Michael J Fox couldn’t provide his voice to Marty, we were given to a very good impersonator by the name of A.J. Locascio. The Telltale series has received pretty good metacritic ratings and has 5 episodes for players to enjoy.
While Telltale’s Back to the Future is good, it doesn’t fall on the timeline for the original trilogy; it just builds on it. If you want the best Back to the Future movie experience in video game form, you’re going to have import it from Japan: Super Back to the Future 2 for the Super Famicom is the best game of the series.
As mentioned with the JLN series – Back to the Future has a very poor representation in the United States. The games are terrible. But Super Back to the Future 2 for the Super Famicom is dead on. The graphics of the game are very pretty and the platforming is awesome – you play Marty and you fly around on your hoverboard collecting coins and defeating enemies. The boss battles are difficult, but they follow the movie closer than any other game.
The only real problems with the game is that it is so graphically intensive that the Super Nintendo simply can’t handle a lot of the sprites so the game slows down a lot. This makes the game difficult since a lot of the obstacles in the game rely on precisely timed jumps.
If you have the means to get the cart in hand, I highly recommend picking it up. If you don’t want to spend the money to get the physical copies, there’s other means of getting this but I won’t go into it here. Most copies on eBay will ship to the United States, but beware: there are reproductions of this game online that use the American Super Nintendo cartridge – these are not official and I would purchase them at your own risk. Also keep in mind that Super Famicom carts are not playable in the North American Super Nintendo without modification. Usually this is done by removing the board from the cartridge or just taking apart your Super Nintendo and removing the plastic nubs that prevent other carts from being played.
Back to the Future is one of the best movies of my childhood and I’m glad that I found a game that brings back the nostalgia. Maybe we’ll get more Back to the Future games eventually. 2015 isn’t over yet.