Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Super Mario Twins (Also Sonic & Halo)

I still don't know the results of the GameFAQs board contest, but I'm cool about it.  Guess I'll find out tomorrow or the day after.  Go ahead guys, take your merry time...


Supposedly, on Sept 13, 1985, that's the 25th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros.  Technically, Mario was in Donkey Kong (1981) and Mario Bros (1983) but those don't count I guess.  It's all about the original release of Super Mario Bros. in Japan.

I guess I might as well say stuff about Mario.  Contrary to what a few pinheads think of me, I'm not an anti-Nintendo say you hate Mario is willingly ignorant.  Besides Pac-Man, the guy was a legend back then and he is now.  I mean, Mario games are (usually) good clean fun which is good in my book especially considering all the violent video games.  If there were no Mario, there would be no Sonic.  And I find it irritating that Zelda is considered Nintendo's best franchise, but whatever, that's just GameFAQs' adventure/RPG bias coming in.

My favorite Mario games were on the NES and the N64.  Those two and Gameboy Advance are the only Nintendo consoles I really cared about.  I loved old Super Mario Bros and Super Mario 64 is just awesome.  Also, Mario Party 2, oh man that's just so much fun, I love it. I also really liked Ocarina of Time.  I never played much SNES and I didn't really care that much about the GameCube and the Wii.
8-Bit Captain Price Icon in Modern Warfare 2.  Easily the best thing in the game.

I was never too keen on Super Mario World or Super Mario Sunshine--those felt irregular to me.  Like Mario needs a cape or a talking pack of water?  Oh geez.  Super Mario RPG was the only SNES I played the heck out of.  Great story and atmosphere, but you give Peach the Lazy Shell armor and buff Geno and that's it--game is too damn easy.  There's some mods you can download off the internet that make the game harder and raise the max level to 50, but I beat that one too and it wasn't that hard once you leveled up a lot.

Anyway, about Nintendo.  I give Nintendo some crap mostly because they're the New York Yankees of the video game world.  They just go out there being great and all, got their own consoles, they make billions of dollars, no stopping them.  And yeah, Nintendo makes good products.  But it just seems like Nintendo is way too easy to be a fan of.  I don't know, I'm making too many analogies about sports team so I better stop.  I like the N64 but after that, I kind of lost interest.

And another thing about Mario, well Mario's not going anywhere.  That's cool and all, but it just sucks that Sega's bread-and-butter series, Sonic the Hedgehog is just sucking so bad right now.  I mean, I read articles occasionally that say the Sonic series needs to go away.  Like this one.  I mean, what the hell are we supposed to do?  Getting rid of Sonic would kill Sega like a heart attack.  And Sonic was on the side of the mountain in Daytona USA, so I'd like to think Sonic's death would hurt the Sega stakeholders quite a bit, even if you don't like Sonic at all.

No, Sonic can never die.  Just kind of pisses me off that Nintendo is this unstoppable force but Sega can't deliver a coherent game for its flagship series.  This is not hate for Nintendo, they can do what they want, but you'd figure that Sega could try to play up to the competition.  Come on Sega, please DO SOMETHING, before Sonic goes away shamed and embarassed, with no honor.  And you know in Japan, they really care about honor.  I mean, you don't have to go back to 2-D or kill off all the secondary characters, JUST MAKE SONIC GAMES THAT DON'T HAVE CRAP CONTROLS, LOADING TIMES, GLITCHES, AND HOLD-YOUR-HAND-THE-WHOLE-WAY GAMEPLAY!!!  GEE WHIZ!!!


And the NY Jets suck, good job with your terrific offense gaining like 100 yards the whole game.  I was really cheering for them, but I doubt they're gonna make a dent in the playoffs at this rate.  It's sad.


And I'm gonna say something about Halo: Reach, which is getting that luxurious midnight release with all the nerds waiting outside Best Buy, GameStop, whatever.  Do I care?  Not in the slightest.  First of all, didn't they say that Halo 3 would be the last in the series?  NO, guess not, just make Halo Wars, ODST, Reach, now Halo Racing, Tournament Fighter, Puzzle Game, Debate Team, etc!  So you get to play as more Master Chiefs (Spartans, I know) and stuff...ok.  Once again, I've got to give the "this game really doesn't suck that bad" disclaimer, but it's getting on my nerves.  Little ten-year-olds whose parents buy them M-rated games are pissing their pants over this.  In all honesty, the Elites are cooler than Master Chief--oh yes, I went there.  And Sgt. Johnson is a badass, cooler than Master Chief.  Also, The Chief needs a suit of armor, The Sarge does not.

LET ME REPEAT THIS IF YOU DIDN'T HEAR IT:  Sgt. Johnson = best character in Halo.  There you go.

I mean, I thought the original Halo was ok, pistols were godly, but really, like I said, I'd rather play Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Counter-Strike, hell even Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, etc.  IN MY OPINION GUYS.  I think it just has to do with the oversaturated, dark, gritty, futuristic FPS genre.  I already touched on that subject before.  Let the stoning begin!  I'll just whip out my baseball bat and hit those stones back at you cause I'm badass like that.  Anyway, let me repeat again that Halo's not bad, don't "frag" me guys rofl


  1. Mario Kart is a favorite. The game features Mario driving Go Kart and exhibits console racing on level that is better natured compared to glitz and banal racing games that feature real & boring sports cars.

    Mario Kart Wii Nintendo Wii

  2. Want to talk about banal? Go play some Burnout or Fast and the Furious. Not a fan of those games either.

    Either way, different strokes for different folks, I guess...