If I were to try and make a list of Top 10 NES games of all time... I'd probably agonize over it for weeks, then finally proclaim said list, only to immediately feel like I botched it. BUT, my point is this - if I were to hypothetically make such a list, Maniac Mansion would without doubt be on that list. This game just means so much to me. It was my introduction to the point-n-click adventure game genre. An introduction I had a pretty young age. And as such, it remains my measuring stick for any game in the genre.
Over the years, I've played the PC game and its fan remake. I've played Day Of The Tentacle. And I've played MANY other adventure games (including my beloved Secret Of Monkey Island, which... why isn't that on Switch yet?). I'm definitely a fan of the genre.
There were definitely concessions made to get Maniac Mansion on the NES. I'm talking hardware restrictions; input restrictions; and well, Nintendo of America's strict content guidelines back in the day. Yet, FOR ME, this is the definitive version for no other reason than it's the version I first played and fell in love with.
After a tough week at work, and while dealing with some pretty big home projects, I really needed some kind of comfort food game to plop down with. So... here we are. Revisiting the Edison mansion for the umpteenth time. I fired the game up not with the intention of like BEATING it so much as to just have the comfort of messing around in a game world I adore.
So I just kind of did that - messed around for a couple of hours. Reminding myself of all the cool little details. Watching the "Mark Eteer" TV commercial, chatting up the tentacles, and so on. Everything about this game remains brilliant. Though it didn't hit the NES until 1990, it was first released on PC's in 1987. And it's just so ahead of its time with the various cut-scenes and interesting characters and all the fun little things you can discover.
I don't need to beat this game right now. I've done that before - many times. All I needed was to relax and remind myself why this game rules so much. And I've done that.