Super Mario Bros. Special
occupies a strange place in Mario history. It's one of the few Mario games produced for a system other than Nintendo's own, licensed by Hudson Soft for the Japanese
PC-8801 computer system. The system was fairly weak compared to an NES, so it didn't scroll; when Mario gets to the edge of the screen, it flips to the next. The game wasn't always designed with that in mind however, leading to a lot of blind jumps. You can play a hacked version of the original Super Mario Bros. designed to recreate this game using the patch found here
. And here's a video playthrough of the whole game: World 1
, World 2
, World 3
, World 4
, World 5
, World 6
, World 7
, World 8
, Last level & ending
. And here's a trap room in World 4
Hipsters on the Hudson.
The NYTimes is at it again, reporting on "Hipster Sprawl" (??).. yes, I made up that term.
Empire magazine tracks down
where the Colonial Marines from Aliens
Sailor Twain, Or, The Mermaid In the Hudson
is a serialized graphic novel with new installments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? Find out at The Mannahatta Project
, by navigating through the map to discover Manhattan Island and its native wildlife in 1609. [more inside]
"On Jan. 15, 2009, a few Canadian geese with bad timing became snarge, a steely pilot became a hero, and the world became fascinated with images of a jet splashing into the Hudson River and then floating calmly as passengers crowded its wings.
But until now, few people have seen the equally surprising pictures of the second half of this story: when a salvage team used the biggest floating crane on the East Coast to pluck the ill-fated Airbus A320 from the frigid water
Jennifer Holliday's seismic performance of "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going"
from the 1982 Tony Awards (YouTube link)
brought Broadway to its knees. Holliday not only captured the Tony, her recording of the song became a Billboard Top 30 hit. The new Dreamgirls
film, cast with a who's who
of modern music stars, will open this winter. "American Idol" contestant Jennifer Hudson will attempt to fill Holliday's formidable shoes.