When I was a kid, I rented a ton of games for my various game systems as even then I really hated the idea of wasting what little money I had on a bad game. I also preferred renting the simpler action games rather than buying them, figuring something like Final Fantasy III, which took upwards of 50 hours to finish, was a better investment than a beat ’em up.
So, it was the video stores that introduced me to The Legend of the Mystical Ninja. I probably picked it because it had ninjas and sort of resembled Zelda. It plays a bit like Zelda, but if you took the serious parts of it and made it goofy. If you’ve ever seen some of the more humorous Anime shows out there, you get the idea. I’m having a hard time describing LotMN as anything but pure fun. It made a great change of pace after slogging through FF for 6 hours. And since the most likely way for people to play it now is via the Wii Virtual Console, you won’t have to write down huge, unwieldy passwords. Definitely worth a play through if you get tired of dancing to lame pop songs on your Wii (that’s what everybody is doing now, right?).