Posted by Magma MK-II in The Nintendo News Thread (Started by "Bad News" Hoffmann June 07, 2011, 09:14:28 PM
I mean, how insanely dated? I still enjoy a go at Contra every now and then.It's not just the raw difficulty, FE1 is a caveman game without the most basic QoL features. You can't see the range of units. You don't have any preview window before each fight, you have to calculate the hit rate and damage yourself. There's a lot of wonky shit that later games improved on.
And also the story is fairly basic, and the supporting characters barely get the chance to speak. Later games fixed this by giving them their own interactions and more background story.
TL;DR: It's a game from a time when players were expected to draw their own maps and find out how the game's mechanics work by themselves.