shiiiiit yo. it’s like two amazing things from my youth went and got MARRIED. and it’s just so goddamn beautiful.
you know, there have been many times that i have found myself wishing for an ipad. both of my bosses have one, and i have to say that it’s honestly made our lives easier. we impress clients. we impress other employees. fuck, we even impress each other.
i’ve been holding out on getting one though, since i feel like it’s just a bit too much connectivity. you know? i mean, when i am at the office, i have the computer. i have a computer at home, like most of us do. in transit, i’ve got a blackberry.
i feel that’s enough. i don’t want to be doing work on a crowded train, watched by people. i don’t want to be doing spreadsheets and excel documents. i don’t want to be drafting a powerpoint presentation while the subway lurches and grinds its way to wherever the fuck i’m going. do i need to check email THAT badly while on the bus? honestly, no. no, i do not.
then i saw this shop on etsy called ‘hooby groovy‘ that makes me want an ipad. they’re other classic characters from the super mario games. running about $40, they’re just too cute.
the older i get, the more i realize that some things should never change. classic games are loved for a certain reason. perhaps it was a flaw. perhaps it was the strange characters. maybe it was the limitations of the console. for whatever the reason, classics are beloved for a reason.
according to cnet, along with other sources, the creator of super mario brother is – wait for it – ashamed of it. i KNOW, i said WTF too. shigeru miyamoto has a problem with the graphics specifically, but in general the whole game is a thorn in his side.
Super Mario Bros. was made for a different time. And because of that, he said, some of the flaws that were unable to be seen 25 years ago are glaringly obvious on today’s HD sets.
“Back then, with tube televisions, it was a little blurrier and the images weren’t quite so sharp,” Miyamoto said. “The places where we tried to fudge it a bit really stand out (on a current display).”
come on. maybe it’s a cultural thing, as many asians are known to be obsessed with perfection. personally, i think the man is being too hard on himself.
i have been foiled by england AGAIN. not that i am a huge wii supporter, but i hate it when one country gets something and another doesn’t. you know? like do i have time to fuck off to japan and pick up some super limited edition console? hell no. can i jet off to england and pick up this limited edition wii? of course not. i can’t possibly find the time to do such things. or leave the babies. little_nerdxo maybe, but she refuses to handle live crickets for the geckos, and that is the only food that those innocent children eat. so as you can see, i am at an impasse.
many of you probably remember when i practically had to be medicated when it turned out i couldn’t get the special edition of alone in the dark: inferno. sure, i could get it from ebay uk, but between the hassle, general unreliability of couriers, etc, i decided not to get it. there has been an ache in my heart ever since.
BAH. as part of nintendo’s big anniversary, they are releasing a red wii in england. and japan. here’s a snippet of what we across the pond are missing out on:
Nintendo DSi XL Special Edition Pack available across Europe from 22nd October 2010 which includes a red Nintendo DSi XL branded with character icons and a copy of New Super Mario Bros.
On 29th October 2010 the New Super Mario Bros. Wii Pack will launch across Europe including a red Wii, a red Wii Remote Plus, a red Nunchuk and three games. As well as New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Wii Sports, the bundle will also include the original edition of Donkey Kong pre-installed on the Wii, in homage to Mario’s first ever appearance.
UPDATE: someone from eb games wrote in and let me know that we will be getting it here after all!! head over to your local eb games and pre-order it. it releases on november 7 of this year.
lord. there are just so many good things about super mario 3 on NES. i enjoyed it as a kid. as an adult, i got even more out of it, reliving those childhood memories and not having parents around who limited my time.
for nintendo, it put them on the map. in its lifetime, it’s made them millions and established them as a game industry heavyweight. here’s some news for you: it made nintendo another $5 million last year. yes. FIVE MILLION DOLLARS. if you don’t have the original copy, those crafty bastards released it on the wii. not bad for a game that was released circa 1990.
what impresses me most about mario though is the fact that they keep it as fresh as possible, while still retaining the integrity of the game. when you play the latest chapter of super mario bros wii, you get an updated game experience, but you still get the guy you grew up with.
contrast that with other characters, like sonic. i’ve been a fan of sonic all my life, but lately his exploits have been pissing me off. i know one person’s opinion won’t change things, but sonic unleashed? what a waste.
you transform into a ‘werehog’ at night. because of this, the gameplay slows down and [i am not making this shit up] you beat the shit out of wave after wave of enemies. please, just go lie down, sonic. or at the very least, re-invent yourself so we’re not creeped out by you hanging around all the time.
let me just say this: whoever made this video is my hero. ok? straight up. this clever, well-done game video has the lone wanderer as mario, from the original super mario games. wink mario wink is going through the dunwich building, in fallout 3. i don’t know about you, but this building was terrifying. i HATE zombies. hate.
you know, so many people in society today are caught up with labels. boyfriend. job. home. everything’s gotta be defined.
no label, however, has been more elusive in definition than ‘gamer’. since the dawn of time, humanity has sought to define what it means, exactly, to be a gamer. when your grandma begrudgingly gives your wii super mario brothers game a chance, is she a gamer? when your boyfriend tries [and fails] to beat you at crash bandicoot’s tag team racing, is he a gamer? what about when your pet walks into your controller joystick and moves your character ever so slightly forward?
don’t despair. you may think that hope is lost, but the good people of joystickradio.com have come through for us. here’s a checklist of true gamer signs.
- When you think about games, love to play games, and pay more attention to your games than your job.
- When your significant other calls you a gaming nerd.
- When all of your meals take place in front of your console.
- When you have more than one of the same type of console, and both work. (2 Xbox 360s, 2 PS3s)
- When you have over $2000 invested in gaming. (Consoles, gear, accessories, games, etc.)
- When all you drink is Halo-themed Mountain Dew.
- When you admit to being “addicted to games”.
- When you can’t pass up a GameStop (or any other game store) without going in.
- When you have more than one copy of the same game.
- When you have an extra console as a “backup” in case your current one breaks.
- When you take a console on vacation.
- When someone scares you, and you scream “Zombie!” and run away.
- When games are more important to you than eating, or personal hygene…
- When you pre-order games that don’t come out for 7+ months.
- When all of your forum signatures include your Gamer Card.
- When you call your friends “noobs”.
- When you name your pets after your favorite video game characters.