Category Archives: Mario

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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Wacky Worlds

The original Super Mario Bros. provided several different environments through which Mario (and sometimes Luigi) had to travel: largely flat worlds with trees and bushes in the background, underground caverns, water, cliffs with tops bigger than their bases, and castles … Continue reading

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A Koopa Troopa’ll Make Ya Jump, Jump

This video is two years old now, and I first watched it more than a month ago, but I thought it was worth commenting on. As it mentions, jumping in video games is kind of bizarre, because how often do … Continue reading

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The E-Turtle Struggle

Bowser is one of the most famous villains in video games, and a favorite character of mine. Mario and Luigi first face him in the original Super Mario Bros., and they’ve gone on to battle many more times. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Mean Old Mario

This Cracked article repeats a story I’ve heard elsewhere, about how Donkey Kong kidnapped Mario’s girlfriend because the plumber abused him. It credits “the manual” for this information, but it doesn’t say which one (the game was ported to a … Continue reading

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Is Your World-Building Up to Code?

While I generally find the results to be the really interesting part, I also find how fictional worlds are created to be quite intriguing. J.R.R. Tolkien is often held up as an author whose fantasy works take place in a … Continue reading

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