...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 -
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 -