I know Sunsoft has its fans. Looking back at some of their 8-bit titles somewhat recently, I don't think I can count myself as one of those fans. One of their biggest hits (or at least, cult-hits) was Blaster Master - a game that I really couldn't get into even after enjoying it as a kid.
Gremlins 2 for Game Boy reminds me of another Sunsoft game I played in the past year: Batman The Video Game. Both were licensed games based on pretty cool properties. And both feel like really subpar platformers with horribly frustrating boss battles. Oh, and both are games that I quit in annoyance in about a half hour.
Like the Batman game, Gremlins 2 has decent graphics and some surprisingly cool static cut scenes. The platforming itself feels fine, and there's some neat little power-ups scattered through levels. But the levels feel really generic. And actually the first level feels a lot like the first level of the Batman game. It's like they just cranked out these middle-of-the-road platform games and threw in whatever licensed sprite that had to. Meh.
It's too bad. But this really isn't for me.