Category Archives: Video Games

The Long Toad Home

All the extra stuff on the map screen in Super Mario Bros. 3 was pretty fascinating. There were mini-games, Hammer Bros. that walked around, airships that flew, hands that could grab you as you crossed a bridge, and treasure ships … Continue reading

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No Good in the ‘Ood

I wrote about the character of Kandar from Dragon Quest III about two years ago, thinking at the time it was a little bizarre to dedicate a post to a minor recurring boss, albeit one I found memorable. It turns … Continue reading

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Hot Cross Bunyips

A book I’m currently reading makes reference to the Bunyip of Australian mythology, so I thought it would be worth further investigating this creature. The name sounds pretty tame to me as an English speaker, perhaps a combination of “bunny” … Continue reading

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Big Apes and the Big Apple

I’ve questioned before whether it’s still canonical that Mario and Luigi are from Brooklyn, as media related to the games frequently stated prior to Yoshi’s Island, and sometimes still do today. That game apparently puts the kibosh on their having … Continue reading

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Blast from the Pasta

I have neither played nor watched anyone else play Yoshi’s New Island, but I know the premise behind it is that the Stork brought Mario and Luigi to the wrong house, and when trying to find the right one he … Continue reading

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Expanding Game Worlds

I’ve long had somewhat of an affinity for media based on video games, even though most of them aren’t really that good. I grew up on the Super Mario Bros. cartoons and Choose Your Own Adventure style books, and read … Continue reading

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Kondo’s Kompositions

As with other aspects of video games, the music used in them has become much more complex and intricate. Game music has also become more generally mainstream. I’ve been to pretty packed concerts of both Zelda and Final Fantasy music … Continue reading

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