Strategy guides, then. Some were official. Some were... less official. Unauthorized, even, free to explore a game's mysteries without the nagging presence of the developers hanging over them. Of course, being unofficial meant these guides couldn't use official artwork for their covers. They had to produce their own alternate, non-copyright-infringing cover art. Can you see where I'm going with this? That's right, here are some unofficial strategy guide covers and boy howdy are they a mess.
posted by timshel
on Dec 23, 2013 -
...Although as he self-styles
himself "King Koopa," it is apparent that he claims (or is seeking) parity of esteem with Princess Peach; that is to say that he does not regard himself as a "terrorist," but as a "freedom fighter" or entitled ruler in his own right.
posted by Navelgazer
on Apr 10, 2013 -
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
posted by JHarris
on Aug 14, 2012 -
PETA's latest public target is Super Mario 3D Land
, specifically Mario's use of the tanooki suit
, which PETA claim signify the wearing of a tanuki
skin. To raise awareness, PETA had a little flash game made: Mario Kills Tanooki
(warning: cartoon blood and gore), in which you play a skinless Tanuki trying to get your skin back from Mario
(YT, 1:19 - slightly stuttery gameplay video). But as this Kotaku article points out
, PETA's outrage is "an epic culture misunderstanding," overlooking the long, cultural history of the shape-shifting trickster
. Nintendo's quick response: "Mario often takes the appearance of certain animals and objects in his games
," that are "lighthearted and whimsical transformations." PETA clarifies: the graphic little game was just a joke
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 17, 2011 -
There are generally two approaches to thinking about games: narratology and ludology. The first emphasizes story, the second play. The next time I played Super Mario, on the Wii (you can order all the vintage games), I found myself in a narratological mode. Mario reminded me of K. and his pursuit of the barmaid Frieda, in Kafka’s “The Castle,” and of the kind of lost-loved-one dreams that “The Castle” both mimics and instigates.
The New Yorker profiles the father of modern video games, Shigeru Miyamoto.
posted by incomple
on Dec 13, 2010 -
So you've spent the holidays playing games, but now you have to be back at work. How to get your gaming fix during commutes and lunch-hours, whilst keeping up with that resolution to Learn Something New this year? Well, you could make a Sack-Boy.
You can keep your portable games device warm with a Zelda cosy
. You can knit up a Pacman scarf
or a Space Invaders bag
if you're feeling retro. Or you can make a pocket ninja
, an invincibility star
to get you through the afternoon, a maqgnetic Katamari ball
to spring-clean that desk, or a friendly companion cube
. (and if you're too cack-handed to knit, you can sew a friendly cube with the pattern here
and tutorial here
posted by mippy
on Jan 4, 2009 -
I didn't think this
would be cool but after seeing the video I am converted. Experience the original Super Mario in 3d... with a shotgun?
posted by ignorantguru
on Jul 15, 2008 -
- The complete soundtrack to Super Mario World, covered by one man using dozens of instruments. Roughly in game order, faithful to the originals, with some bizarre artistic license thrown around. A private hobby made public. Dedicated to Koji Kondo.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Aug 13, 2005 -