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In NES classic Wrecking Crew, Mario swaps his plumber’s cap for a hard hat as he takes on the unique role of a demolition engineer!

Your aim is to demolish every obstacle in each enemy-infested level, while working out the most destructive route through the networks of ladders and scaffolds.

Wrecking Crew was part of the NES “Programmable Series” so it also includes a mode for designing your own levels. This Virtual Console version also features the ability to save your creations, which was not possible in the original.

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Posted by Stephen Kelly

It's wrecking time!

Mario's claim to fame has often been jumping; a simple skill, but unfailingly entertaining. It can be tough to remember a time when he traded high-flying acrobatics for a hammer and an insatiable appetite for destruction, but that's exactly the case in...

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USA USA Version

Posted by Ron DelVillano

I'm gonna wreck it!

It’s common knowledge for most gamers that Mario has been in countless games over the years, in which he has taken on a bevy of different roles and occupations. From race-car driver to boxing referee, Mario has done it all. Curiously enough, just about...

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USA USA Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Wreck, not dreck

Wrecking Crew's a bit of an oddball. Despite starring Mario, it flies under many peoples' radars, partly because it launched simultaneous with the legendary Super Mario Bros. and several other titles, thus meaning it was quickly overshadowed. Wrecking...

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User Comments (37)



Mirokunite said:

Ah, Wrecking Crew. A Mario game believe it or not.

I wasn't a fan of it then, so I think I will pass on this one.



Drake said:

By the way, I kinda don't like ScrewAttack (Home of the AVGN) anymore for including this on a list of worst Mario games. Half that list is wrong, you can't take a Worst Mario Games list with Picross and SMB2 on it seriously.



I have Wrecking Crew 98 its top stuff. Will get this NES one when it turns up on VC.



jg233 said:

is it actually very good? i like nes games but is it worth 500 points? How long is it fun?



Drake said:

It's an arcadey title, but unlike games such as Donkey Kong, Pinball and all the sports games on the NES, it actually has longevity. There are 100 levels (With a level select too) and a level designer, so you'll get your money's worth for sure. And yes, it is fun.



dualj said:

This needs to come here. My sister loves this game and would flip If i had it.



Drake said:

Their list is as follows:

10. Mario is Missing
9. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Doki Doki Panic)
8. Wrecking Crew
7. Mario's Tennis (VB)
6. Mario's FUNdamentals
5. Mario Picross
4. Mario's Time Machine
3. Mario's Early Years
2. Mario Clash
1. Hotel Mario

9, 8, 7, 5 and 2 have no reason to be on there. Also, honestly, Hotel Mario isn't bad at all. My bet is they didn't play over half the games they picked.

__Mii be you


Mii be you said:

Hotel Mario deserves 2 stars. The gameplay's not bad, But the sound in the cutscenes sucks. But Bowser looks more like himself than he did in the Mario cartoon and in Super Mario Bros.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Wrecking Crew was just ESRB rated! Hopefully, it'll release next monday, because I'm tired of waiting for it while junk like Super Mario Bros. 3 comes out (you heard me right! In my opinion, Wrecking Crew was a better NES game, and anyway, I have Super Mario Advance 4 and don't need SMB3 for NES.). Europe's had it for over two months, and they complain that we get all the best stuff first!



Thomas said:

Time to get more Wii points. I remember playing this one at my cousin's house. I wonder if Nintendo will eventually release Gyromite on the Virtual Console (sans the need for the R.O.B.).



Masuyo said:

I loved wrecking crew!!! OH man. I don't know how it would hold up now but when I was a kid I absolutely loved this game. The way you use doors was so cool

I remember using the level editor! It's so great for an NES games



Beau_Skunk said:

One of my all time favorites of the obscure early NES games. The level editor is a nice feature comparible to Excitebike. (But with more replay value, if you ask me.) The 100 levels to chose from, are all very cleverlly made. You could even edit them by setting the number of the level you want to edit on the title screen, and then using pressing one of the buttons on the second controller, in the design mode to bring it up. (Somebody please confirm if this feature is in the VC version.)
The puzzle/platformer-mix genre has always seemed quite forgotten. If you're like me, and enjoy games where you use your brain like like DK'94, Adventures of Lolo, Blast Corps, Dr. Mario, ect. or old-school games in general like Ice Climber, or Kid Icarus, you should try out Wrecking Crew.



Clayfrd said:

This looks like a fantastic game. Mario puzzlers aren't the most common, particularly these days, so I'll have to download this one as soon as possible.



Drake said:

It's actually alternating (When one dies the other gets to play). An error on our part (We list all games which only have alternating 2-player as 1-player).



Clayfrd said:

I agree with the score given with the review. This game deserves praise, and it is very good. I haven't tried the level editor, but I'm sure I'll have fun with that. I've played the first several levels, and it is fun if a touch frustrating at times. It may not be the most fun game that can be bought for 500 wii points, but it is certainly worth a try.



Adamant said:

None of the games on Screwattack's list had any real reason for being there. Yes, not everyone might be interested in learning basic math with Mario and friends, but - shock! These were educational games designed for very young children who probably didn't have much of a say in what games they got to play anyway. If you don't want to play it, don't, but don't call it crap - it does exactly what it was designed to do.



pdrydia said:

Ugly graphics and sound, surprisingly fun gameplay but I don't quite find it addictive. You can skip to any level you want, which is a GREAT feature on a puzzler.



Wiimaster1 said:

Wow does this bring back memories !!

Will have to get this one....

On a side note anyone know when the mario RPG is coming for the U.S. ?



Ricardo91 said:

I didn't even know this game existed until I found that eggplant man trophy in Melee, and i've wanted to try it ever since. It's a good puzzle game, but the dark, ugly graphics bug me and the sound screams "Early NES game". The level editor's a nice addition, but it's not nearly as great as Battle Lode Runner's. a level select is nice too, something Battle Lode Runner SHOULD have.

I hope we get the Japan-only sequel, Wrecking Crew '98 some time.



Kurachi said:

i didnt really like it as much as i liked other nes games, but the thing keeping me playing was making your own levels, yes, i do it in ssbb too , that was fun, just make own levels, and sometimes even add an enemy or that luigi-looking-guy ( or maybe shadow mario )
this game also was on dunnohowmuch in 1

dont think i will download, but who knows, maybe i change my mind one day



Corbs said:

This was one of those surprises for me during the NES era. I didn't expect this game to be very good but it really surprised me.



Twilight_Crow said:

I didn't remember this game, mostly because I didn't know how it was called , but I played it in a "Family"(pirate version of the Famicom) compilation cartridge and I liked it a lot, I'm glad I remember it now , I hope to download it soon.



Capt_N said:

You can float w/ the Magic Hammer, should you acquire it, by constantly pressing a, &/or b button(s). I think it' either/or, & you don't have to press both. However, to get the item is tricky, & there's a lvl early on in the game where you can acquire it. & once you have it, as long as you don't die, you keep it, & can attack enemies w/ it. I've beaten all 100 lvls, but I go back to different ones @ random, including my favs. I also heavily use the lvl editor when playing this. Note: either resetting/powering off during play of this will erase your editor lvls. Correction: I believe now that I think about it, it is definitely powering-off. Best to simply return to the Wii menu by "save stating"/freeze-point. Great game in terms of puzzler, & replayability. Totally worth 500 pts, imo.



Beau_Skunk said:

Here's something fun to do. In design level's screen, use the second controller, (or switch to it with the L,R,Y option in the 3DS version) and press B+right (or A+right, I can't remember) at the same time, and you can customize the level you have it set to on the title screen. You can make earlier levels harder, and such now, or use any of the 100 levels as a basis for your custom levels.

You can also have other design options by pressing any other direction, paired with the A, or B button. (Like emptying the screen. or filling it with ladders, and such.) So there's actually some cool options for "Design" mode.

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