I want to apologize to all our listeners for our show taking a two month break. It wasn’t planned and unfortunately, couldn’t be helped. As always, thank you so much for continuing to listen. There were many games to discuss in this episode and felt good after a slow year. One of the games we discussed was Mario Kart 7 and the creation of the Wii Are Fanboys community. Above is the search code for our community. If you would like to download the show click HERE and I hope to race all of you soon.
No, the article title above is not a typo. There are a lot of characteristics from 2D Mario games that can be found in Super Mario 3D Land. As a Mario veteran, I can really appreciate this game, and how Nintendo approached game development this time around. They could have easily made Super Mario Galaxy 3(D), but they didn’t. After extensively playing this game, I can say I’ve enjoyed this game more than Galaxy 1, 2, or Mario 64. That’s saying a lot. The reason is simple. While these games have evolved the game play of Mario in 3D worlds and future-proofed the franchise, I missed 2D Mario, and I wasn’t the only one. As much as the Mario franchise gained from the groundbreaking Mario 64, and Galaxy, many of the staples, and aspects we grew up on and loved were lost. We gained some, but we lost some. Some people noticed, and some people didn’t. Why would Nintendo go back and release 2D Mario games (New Super Mario Bros. for DS, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii) in recent times? For all things that 3D Mario encompasses, it doesn’t encompass all things Mario. The Mario franchise felt more complete with both 3D and 2D titles available. However, Nintendo was very shrewd with this new recent Mario title. They combined all that was good in both types of games, and made what is essentially a Mario’s greatest hits compilation. For the first time in this era of 3D Mario (that began with Mario 64), I feel complete again about Mario. There’s no division here. It’s not either 3D or 2D styles. This new Mario title has it all, and I don’t have to play 2 separate games to have it all. I really hope Nintendo continues on this trend of unification.
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