The Luigi that Wanted to be a Mario

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This plushie is supposed to be a Mario one, but you can’t fool me. This is the Luigi that wanted to be a Mario. This is Luigi, no doubt. He’s thinner and has a longer face. He’s curled his mustache up and dressed up in Mario gear. Can this be a Halloween get-up?

I can tell you that of all the Mario plushies, this was is the only one looking off. So is this off-looking Mario actually Luigi in disguise?

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Glitchin’!

My NES started to act up, having a new connector and all, last time I played on it with my brother. It probably got some dust in the connector, but I was smart enough to not blow it. Learn from history, and your and others’ past mistakes, and don’t blow into the cartridges. They do remove the dust but the humid exhaled air will slowly corrode the contacts.IMG_6733

Anyhow, it seems as if the games started to glitch, and I suspect there was a glitch gremlin in there messing everything around. One could’ve said “Son of a Glitch” but instead I was amused. Seeing a glitchy version of Mario Bros. was glitchin’ and it was all fun and dandy until the game crashed. Sure, this is Nintendo we’re talking about so there was no blood, but watching a Koopa and a Crab and poor ole Luigi exploded in a whole lot of pieces was a bit weird, but still amusing. Rest in Pieces, Luigi.

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So we inserted Blue Shadow (Shadow of the Ninja in the US) instead and lo and behold: a glitchy title screen that we couldn’t get past and which read BLHAI” SHAD6”’ TM TM.
You could choose to play SPTAMER or APTAMERS, and I never knew Vatsuue published the game! I always thought it was Natsume (Serious Fun!)
Also, this game is Licevced by Vintendg CG. Sc vhat’s vvhy it’z gvichy!

You Snooze, You Lose.

2015-06-30 16.02.35I wanted to share this Nintendo 64 ad from the first Super Play issue of ’97. It basically says that tens and thousands of video game fans have marked 1st of May ’97 in their calendars, and that the interest at the introduction of the system in Japan and the US was overwhelming and that we are to see windling queues in Sweden too. And with that knowledge in our hands the people behind the ad conclude that since there weren’t enough units to meet the demands of the Japanese and Americans we will get the same issue in Sweden (hah!) and they thus recommend us to pre-order our units.

Awesome things about this ad:

  • They’ve plastered those ever-so-present 3D Marios on the ad, as a testament of that era, which is nostalgilicious!
  • They released the N64 1st of March ’97 and expected huge sales… or at least tried to build up the hype.
  • You snooze, you lose! That means Mario is losing! Oh no!
  • Hah! They really miscalculated the popularity of the system- sure, supply was scarce at the beginning, and even though the games were ace, it never sold as great as its arch nemesis, the Sony Playstation. What a revenge you had, Sony, what a great revenge…

 

Miiverse Artwork and Mii Crafting

If there’s one thing I love in MiiVerse (other than the hilarious Mii designs that pop out here and there) it’s the artwork done by the rudimentary drawing application in the system. Somehow people manage to circumvent the limitations to create amazing artwork. While I haven’t yet seen stuff that’s like Van Gogh or Da Vinci in nature, I’ve been able to gawk upon some other amazing drawings instead. Here’s some of the top ones that I just had to forward and share with you.

 

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This one is made by a allegedly bearded and long haired spectacle clad man by the name JB, or No_More_Bamboo. That’s an amazing Luigi homage there, and the attention to detail is amazing. You really have to love ole Weeg’ to be able to make something this awesome.

 

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And this Super Smash Bros. Wii U comment is gold. Hyrule sure could use the ever farting and adrenaline-packed Wario Man, which essentially is a costume clad Wario… with no actual added powers. That is to show that he doesn’t need anymore, he’s awesome enough as is!

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This one here is drawn by me, and is what you’ll see when visiting my profile. 100 points to the one who can name the reference source! If you wonder what’s off it’s that I forgot to draw his sideburns. Woe me.

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And last but not least my best attempt at creating a Mario Mii. There should be better examples out there, show me yours if you have made any!

 

Video Games in Media: Future Mario

Futurama MarioJust like in The Simpsons and South Park you can find a lot of references to video game characters in Futurama (which rocks, by the way) and here’s the referee of the Cosplay Contest in the futuristic Comic Con of 3010, in episode 99 (Lrrreconcilable Ndndifferences).

And since he’s dressed like Mario he deserves a mention here in Video Games in Media.

 

Video Game Crafting: The Infinite Race Around The Hat

Super Mario Kart It’s done! Thank you Emily King for the idea! I wanted to add some kind of bond for the hat on top of the custom Game Boy stand that I’d made, and I got the suggestion to make one with a Super Mario Kart theme (which is an awesome suggestion by the way). What took time was settling on the design and then to actually print it. The circumference was larger than the average A4 sheet, so I had to print an extra black strip and Blu-Tack them together. Enjoy the results below! I know I sure am.

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As you can see I found a Wario sprite, even though he’s not in the game. That just shows how much of a Wario fan I am!

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Nintendo World, New York City, April 2015

IMG_5502Here it is, almost two months later! While in New York City I visited Nintendo World (which Nintendo Nut wouldn’t?) at Rockefeller Center and I’m glad I did. While the upper stairs are mostly dedicated to Pokémon stuff (pretty much like the Pokémon Center of past) there are now also monters acting as a museum of sorts and an area where you could try out Mario Party 10. I’ll give you a virtual tour of sorts, though the real experience without a doubt beats this by far. Also, I haven’t photographed each and every nook and cranny in the building, so don’t expect to see everything there is in Nintendo World as I don’t want to ruin the magic for you. Click the images to make them bigger or open them in a new tab.

IMG_5487At the entrance we were greeted by Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask as they were promoting the remake on the 3DS. I was thinking to myself how much I’d like to have this cardboard cutout of one of the easily creepiest antagonists there is in video game history. And I’ve never even played the game! I do have it for the Gamecube in the Legend of Zelda: Collectors Edition, and after having read the Majora’s Mask manga adaptation and watching this revival I feel even more of a desire to play it through. Well played, Nintendo, well played… Marketing Complete. You got my attention, and would’ve got my wallet too if it wasn’t for the fact that I have a version of Majora’s Mask already.

IMG_5489The lower floor was full of merchandise, and you could find everything from the newest video games to collectible figures and figurines and even custom clothing. I got a t-shirt with the cast of Super Mario Bros. on it. Neat! They had Amiibo’s and such and I figured I’d get a Wario one, but I had misread the release date. I thought “Where else to get a newly released Amiibo early than in Nintendo World?” but that actually requires the item to have been released, evidently, as I was a month too early! Anyhow, you could try out a lot of the newer Nintendo Wii U and 3DS titles on this floor too.

IMG_5488The Upper Floor mainly housed Pokémon merchandise, as in the good ole’ Pokémon Center days (there actually is a smaller Pokémon Center in Tokyo still, but now it’s only housed in 1 of it’s original 2 floors, at least it was when I was there in 2010) but there was more this time around, as they’d added a considerably bigger Museum part with one wall dedicated to all things The Legend of Zelda and, as you can see below, a monter with all the released handheld devices thus far. I’ll show you some of the items I found interesting myself.

IMG_5490They begin in chronological order, it seems, and they even have a Nintendo Micro Vs. System. That’s not something you see to often, and I have seen one online in a tattered old box and I believe the game was Ice Hockey or something akin to that. I would’ve gotten it had it not been priced at a whooping 50 Euros… I wonder who got the task to rally these in for Nintendo World, or if they were donated or purchased… Some look to be in very good condition but others looks worse for the wear, just take a look below.

IMG_5493Couldn’t they have found a Game Boy in better condition to showcase? I’m just kidding with y’all, this is the fabled brick Game Boy that survived an explosion during the Gulf War and it still runs Tetris flawlessly. If someone launches a bazooka at you, shield yourself with the closest to you Original Game Boy system. On a more serious note I’d reckon this item is showcased as a testament to the “Nintendo Quality” and also as some sort of item of morbid curiosity. “So that’s what a Game Boy would look like in an explosion… Wicked.” And here is the original Nintendo Power article for you to read, click to enlarge (or open it in a new tab):

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IMG_5495They had a few more or less rare Game Boy systems. The Game Boy Light, which is a Pocket with a frontlight installed to it and, due to popular demand, an LED Power indicator as the original Pocket didn’t have one much to the gamer’s ire. This one to the left is a special edition Astro Boy GB Light, and you’ve just got to love the transparency. Not only does it looks awesome on it’s own, but it really fits Astro Boy well. IMG_5496 Then we have this Pokémon Center Special Edition Game Boy Color which is gold as opposed to the other standard  Special Editions released (of which I have one too).IMG_5497 There was a similar Special Edition released in Japan and you can see it to the left; a Pokémon Center Special Edition Gameboy Advance. This kind of special editions  were IMG_5498normal back in the day but have been replaced by the more commonplace units of modern times (with prints of legendary Pokémon and such) that are released everywhere or exclusively in certain chains. And last but not least we have a Famicom Special Edition Game Boy Advance SP. This is what the Japanese got instead of the Nintendo Entertainment System one we got in the west. I’d love myself the NES themed one, if ever sold for a decent price…

IMG_5499I’d have wet myself if I ever got this Mario Kart Ride-on Vehicle as a kid, and for a price tag of 199,99 USD this can be yours… I mean your kids ride… right. It’s amazing the things you can get… I had no idea this kind of custom items existed as a kid. It might have to do the fact that very little, if any, of these merchandise made their way into our country. Spoiled kids.

IMG_5501And here’s the Demo area for Mario Party 10, and it was also on the upper floor. I never got to play too much of this game since we were about to eat lunch very soon and we were a big party (heh, you see what I did there?). I’ve heard mixed reviews about this game, some say it’s good, especially when in multiplayer, some say it’s a weak entry in the franchise. Myself I’d say, based on what little I actually played the game, that it’s decent nough to buy if you don’t have a Mario party game of preference yet. But if you have one you’re very fond of and that you pick forth every time your friends are over, then chances are you will get dissapointed.