When Felix discovers that the new 2013 version of Fix-It Felix jr. has his father, Fix-It Felix Senior, as a NPC he is thrilled. The old man takes a shine to him as well. The new Felix, often called 'Junior'--which he hates--can't stand the thought of this ancient version of him hanging out in HIS game with his family. Not that he particularly LIKES their usual doting over him, in fact he generally brushes them off as annoying old people. But to see them with this...this...Pong ball makes him furious.
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When Mr. Litwack announces that he is getting a brand new 1213 versian of Fix-It-Felix jr. Felix is beside himself. He just can't wait to meet the new characters he considers 'kin'.
But despite the arcade owner's overheard promise to keep the 'retro' game as well, many of the other Nicelanders are concerned about being shown up.
And the new game is indeed impressive. Niceland is no longer one apartment building. It's an entire city with slums, suburbs, a business district and even a bridge. And detail is everywhere, from random trash on the street to the seams on characters clothes.
Many more characters are involved as well. A second player has been added for the female gamers, a sister to Felix named 'Construction-Kate'. And Felix's father has been added as a non-playable character who can give information and new tools to the player. Ralph, too, has been given a family. Much like Bowser's kids in Mario, Ralph's wife and kids do his bidding in wrecking the city.
But it isn't a hunky dory, happy-go-lucky world like the Ralph and Felix we know have created. After the arcade closes Felix 2013 is no longer the good guy who's only out to help people. He is very much the boss of his game and with his sister by his side keeps tabs on the whole city.
Of course, our quartet of a welcome party doesn't know this when they show up at the new game with friendly greetings.
Felix is shocked to see his dad, a man he has never really seen but is programmed to miss dearly. His backstory has always told him that his father gave him his hammer on his deathbed. So to see him now...even a new versian of him get's the handyman a little choked up. The old man is quite happy to invite him into the family, as his other boy hasn't exactly lived up to the moral code set out for him.
The new Felix doesn't take this well. For one thing he simply can't stand that there is an 'outdated' and clearly inferior versian of himself. And what makes it worse HIS father seems to like him. And that hammer! In the new game the golden hammer is the prize for winning the game and is locked up in the game's code and is only released if someone wins. That this old, dinosaur of a character that has the audacity to impersonate him just carries that hammer around drives him nuts.
So. Why not kill two birds with one stone? He reasons. Get rid of that embarassment of a game AND get that hammer at the same time.
Ralph and Sgt. Calhoun get a bit suspicious early on. But Felix just can't believe that his new 'family' could possibly do him harm.
He was wrong.
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