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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Happy 15th Post/ Birthday to Me!

Here it is, guys! I've been planning this for about two weeks! I made...

A Mario Mural!

My Mario Mural!
 
Today I'm turning twelve! Also, we're celebrating the 15th post! Congratulations to us! Well, I hope you guys like the mural and thanks for waiting five days for this!
 
Keep checking my blog for more Mario related content!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mario Maker: A New Type of Creativity

Sure, Nintendo has made creativity games before, but never like this.

Welcome back to the 15th post/ birthday celebration. Now I'm going to talk about a game that hasn't even come out yet! I know that sounds crazy, especially because this game isn't coming out until next year. Anyway, today we're talking about Mario Maker and how it's different from other creative games.

So what do you do in Mario Maker? You get to make Super Mario levels. I know, it sounds pretty fun to me just hearing that, but listen to this: You can make either the old style games or the new games. It's just a cool feature.
An old-style level.
The same level, only new-style.
Another cool feature is you can make towers of enemies. And not just Goombas. Para-Koopas, Hammer Bros., Piranha Plants,  Para- Hammer Bros., Para- Piranha Plants and more. And yes, Para- Hammer Bros. and Para- Piranha Plants. Sounds awesome.
 
The last thing is a new item that I'm actually revisiting from the very first article ever. The Luigi Shroom.
 
Here's what I said about the Luigi Shroom: "You see, this amazing yet useless item is based on a glitch that's not that famous. In the original Mario plat former, Super Mario Bros., there was a bug during development that made Mario really skinny, like Luigi. I'm pretty sure Nintendo put this in kind of as a joke, but I don't have any proof that they did. All I know is this item is based on that glitch and I don't see how it can be useful whatsoever."
 
Sure, I feel this item is useless, but I still like it. It's just neat.
 
Also Undodog comes back (Mario Paint)!
 
Tune in July 27th for my surprise to celebrate my 12th birthday and my 15th post!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Super Mario Bros. U: The Useless Acorn

The new super acorn power seems very useful when you first see it. Why would Nintendo give us a power we don't want? For marketing. That's why.

Hey guys! Welcome back to the 15th post/ birthday countdown! Today we're talking about the Super Acorn. So this power makes you able to fly. Sounds great! You can also stick to walls. Perfect! However, how is this power useful? Let's talk about this power for a second.
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The Super Acorn.

You can fly over obstacles and villains easily. Great! But what other power can you use to not only fly but also hurt enemies way easier? Oh yeah! The Tanooki and Raccoon suits! Why not just add that power, Nintendo?

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Just add the Raccoon suit again.
 
And who cares about sticking to walls? There's barely any walls in Mario games anyway! The only time sticking to walls would come in handy is to dodge the Koopalings shells. It's hard to even get through a castle with an item in tact the whole time anyway! I just feel this is useless. Nintendo, get rid of this item. The only reason this was made was to say that there was a new item for marketing. I feel this item is useless and if you disagree, please don't post flames to me.
 
However, tune in tomorrow for Mario Maker!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mario Kart 8: Best Mario Kart Game Ever?

Before we start this post, I need to say something important that will celebrate my birthday and our fifteenth post. I'm going to post a new post each day talking about Wii U games up until July 27th. Once July 27th comes, I'll have a surprise for my viewers to celebrate (once again) my birthday and the fifteenth post! Let's start with Mario Kart 8.

So today I'm going to talk about MK8 being the best Mario Kart ever. Or maybe being the worst. Or in the middle. Let's just see how it goes.

So I hate the idea of Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach. At least the other babies are in games! And Metal Mario is also in a game (although I disapprove Gold Mario (Mario Golf: World Tour downloadable pack)). I just hate these characters.


Yup. They're real.
 
Another thing I don't like is the new Rainbow Road. It's too plain. You're on a rainbow (as usual) and you go on a space station. Then you're on a rainbow for the rest of the time. You don't even use the anti-gravity feature that much! And you're in outer space! I just don't see it being that great.
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The new Rainbow Road.


However, the other courses look awesome. The one that looks coolest to me is Twisted Mansion. Probably because Boos are my second favorite enemy. Also Bouldergeist is in it! I also like Shy Guy Falls and Cloudtop Cruise. By the way, I still don't have a Wii U (I asked for this game and a Wii U for my birthday) but I played Cloudtop Cruise on a demo, so let's talk about it.
Cloudtop Cruise.
 
Cloudtop Cruise is great and I like how it's themed on Super Mario Galaxy. The music is great, the lightning is great, and I like being fired out of the cannon into the air like we're being gotten rid of. I also like how we get to explore the airships more (but not as much as Airship Cruiser from Mario Kart DS). I also like the vine coming out of the ? box. I just really like this stage.
 
So in my opinion, I do think this is the best Mario Kart game ever. I also like the anti-gravity feature, I like the Koopalings (I finally get to play as Lemmy!) and I like the new courses (and the recurring ones). So this seems like the best MK game ever.
 
Thanks for reading! Tune in tomorrow for New Super Mario Bros. U!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Super Mario 3D World: Back to the Past

As most of you know, Super Mario 3D World is chock full of references. There's (once again) too many to name, but I'll name some of the Mario ones (not Legend of Zelda).

Mario Bros.: The game Luigi Bros. is almost a exact replica of Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros.: Luigi sprites from this game can be found through out the game.

One of the hidden Luigis. Look closely in the background to find Luigi swimming on "Bowser's Highway Showdown".


Super Mario Bros. 2: Peach can float in the air for a limited amount of time like in SMB2.

Super Mario Bros. 3: The Game Over (Too Bad!) Music is shared.

Super Mario World: Chargin' Chucks and Galoombas return!
 
Chargin' Chucks return in Super Mario 3D World
 
Super Mario Kart: The level Mount Must Dash is said to take place on Mario Circuit, having the same graphics and soundtrack (well, it's remixed).
 
Super Mario 64/ 64 DS: The music that plays when riding on Plessie is the same when riding on a slide in Super Mario 64 (DS).
 
Super Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door: The Fuzzy Horde also makes a triumphant return!
 
New Super Mario Bros.: Riding in Koopa shells return, similar to the blue shell power-up.
 
New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Characters going into bubbles return.
 
Super Mario 3D Land: Tons of items, enemies and more come from this game.
 
So there's some of the Mario references in a Mario game. Thanks for reading this!
 
Also keep checking my blog for more awesome Mario posts!
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stamp Pictures: Super Mario 3D World

No, I still don't have a Wii U (reference to the first post) but that doesn't stop me! I used my computer to make an awesome stamp pictures!





 
I think I'm going to do six of these pictures for each game. Mario Kart 8, here I come!
 
Also, keep checking my blog for more awesome Mario posts!

Questions on Mario: Do Bloopers Have Mouths?

Bloopers are my favorite enemy. I know in the last post I said Boos were, but really Bloopers are. I have no idea why. But anyway, I have a question that doesn't pop up a lot: Do Bloopers have mouths?

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A Blooper. As you can see, no mouth.
 
So there you don't see a mouth. How about here?
A Blooper from Super Mario Sunshine. Wait... is that a mouth?

Sure. One game has a Blooper that has a mouth. It could just be a model that Bloopers were going to look like. But what about in Mario Kart? Take a look at this picture.
 
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That Blooper totally has a mouth. Look closely at where the ink is coming from.
Also, here's a quote from Mario Wiki (just go with a wiki this one time):

"Bloopers can squirt ink from inside its tentacles in some appearances, especially in Paper Mario, although in other appearances, such as artwork from Mario Kart, they are depicted squirting ink from a small mouth located near the eyes."

Repeat the last part.

" -in other appearances, such as artwork from Mario Kart, they are depicted squirting ink from a small mouth located near the eyes."

So, as you can see, Bloopers do have small mouths. And trust me, there's a lot more interesting stuff about these guys.

Also, keep checking my blog for more awesome posts about Mario!



My Top 5 Shy Guys

I know this is an odd topic, but I just love Shy Guys too much to turn this down. So now I'll explain my top 5 Shy Guys.

5. Dancing Spear Guy

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A Dancing Spear Guy from
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
 
I'm honestly not quite sure why I love these guys. I just kind of like the idea of a tribal type of Shy Guy and the dancing makes it funny (with the butt shaking and all). Plus, in Yoshi's New Island for 3DS, I can never get past these guys! There so hard (either that, or I'm just not good enough for these awesome villains).
 
 
4. Boo Guy
 
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A Boo Guy from Mario & Luigi: Partners
in Time
I just can't believe there's an enemy that's a Shy Guy and a Boo mixed. Boos are my favorite enemy (followed by Chain- Chomps and Shy Guys). Mixing two of my favorite enemies? This is one of the best enemies of all time in any game to me (maybe in my top 15), but we still have three Shy Guys to go. Nintendo, just saying, you made a beautiful enemy.
 
 
3. Greaper
 
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Greaper from Super Mario RPG: Legend
of the Seven Stars
This is just a neat idea. I think it's really cool to mix a famous (and creepy) mythological creature and a cute (well, not really) creature. I've never played this game, so I don't have much to talk about, but it's also cool that you find them in a sunken ship.
 
2. Shy Guy Ghost (Luigi's Mansion)
 
A Shy Guy Ghost in Luigi's Mansion
I know this is my third ghost on this list, but these were just too perfect (and this one kind of creeps me out... ugh). Well, I'm only talking about the Luigi's Mansion one, because it has no eye holes in the mask. This is cool and creepy. Plus, you can suck up the mask and see glowing eyes and a mouth- hole. This is the closest to seeing a Shy Guy's face ever.

 
And now, time for my favorite Shy Guy of all time...
 
1. Fat Guy
 
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Artwork of a Fat Guy from
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
I can't explain how much I love this character. He just looks funny, he gives you giant eggs and has made a cameo in a game (Mario Party DS). The only problem is he hasn't been in a game since 2007 and it was that one cameo. But hey, maybe Nintendo doesn't like this character. I'm just hoping he'll come back.
 
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R.I.P.
FAT GUY
1995- 2007
 
But hey, I can't blame Nintendo. They already make up for it by keeping all of these other Shy Guys.
 
Want more awesome posts? Well, if you're a blogger like me, you should know that it's hard to think of small topics related to a bigger topic. So you guys could give me ideas in the comments.
 
By the way, the reason I'm starting this comment thing is because I haven't posted in a long time so I need more ideas.
 
So start thinking of a topic and I might do it!
 
However, you can keep checking my blog for more awesome posts (if I can think of any)!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Games and Culture: The Whomp in Japanese Folklore

Whomps are one of my favorite enemies. Although they're not as famous as their Thwomp cousins, they were still good enough to have a king. However, are these the lovable, angry walking pavement pieces we all remember or a terrifying beast who tries to get harmless travelers and explorers lost? Well, let's find out.

The creature we know is a giant wall with a very mad face and is very cartoony and actually kind of funny looking. However, the creature is Japanese myths is the creepy Nurikabe, a beast with a very powerful force...

to turn into a wall.

A representation of the Nurikabe in it's purest form.
So how do you defat a giant wall blocking your path? Tap it in the bottom corner!
 
How do you defeat a giant Whomp blocking your path? Tap it's back with your backside!
 
So, Whomps could be based on these creatures in Japanese culture. There's many other Japanese culture references in Mario, but we'll save those for another time!
 
However, while you're waiting, keep checking my blog for more awesome Mario posts!

Questions on Mario: Is Mario Human?

If you remember my last post ( see "Why Mario Isn't a Hero") we hated on Mario a lot. We're continuing this anti-Mario rant with an odd topic I don't see a lot. That's why this "Questions on Mario" is on Mario not being a human.

Let's look at our subject:

Mario, Peach, Luigi and Toad in Super Mario 3D World
 
Normal, right? Well, let's look at him in the Mario Kart series:
 
Cheep-Cheep Lagoon from Mario Kart 7
 
Well, I couldn't find a picture with Mario in it, but you go underwater... with no oxygen supply or helmet or anything. You just breath in the water, like it's no big deal, like everyone does it. Then there's the space level.
 

The second newest Rainbow Road.

So you can breath in no oxygen or water. But just because someone's lungs are abnormal, doesn't mean we need to stop. Let's talk mushrooms for a second. If you eat a mushroom, do you grow big? You can see where this is going.
"NOW I CAN CRUSH ALL HUMANITY! I mean- Let's-a go!"


The final piece of evidence is... he can FLY?
 
Yep, by becoming a raccoon, a tanooki or by wearing a hat with wings.
 
So is your hero human? Well, this is just my theory. Feel free to try to back me up or prove me wrong in the comments below.
 
Also, keep checking my blog for more awesome news about Mario!
 
Due to being too lazy, just look at Mario Wiki for the references.