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Another Castle

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-02-06 08:59:41

Thank You Fanboy, But Mario Is In Another Castle!

We need to put together a search party to find Mario. Sure we've had a bazillion Mario Sports titles, but it's pretty clear that that's not our favorite Italian plumber in those games, but a cheap stand-in, like when they used a cardboard cutout for Bruce Lee in Game of Death. "Paper Mario" indeed!

His performance in Super Mario 64 truly revolutionized videogaming, by ushering in the 3-D era. While many franchises, such as Metal Gear Solid, still meander in a sort of 2.5-D throwback control system, Mario set the gold standard for intuitive control a decade ago. The fact that the DS re-release sold so well speaks volumes about the greatness of this game.

But where's the Jumpman now? Since then, he's dialed in tepid performances in the Super Smash Bros. series and went on vacation in Super Mario Sunshine. Nintendo has been promising us "Super Mario 128" for over five years! It would be fitting if a true Mario platformer is being prepared as the killer app to showcase the Nintendo Revolution. Super Mario 64 unveiled the wonders of the analog stick, and I'm hoping a true Mario game will do the same for the Revolution's gyroscopic wand thingy.

We were told that when games looked their bleakest, when we needed him the most, Mario would return to save the Mushroom Kingdom. It's time, Miyamoto-san, not for cameos in DDR or NBA Street, but for a full-fledged-Princess-Peach-rescuing Super Mario outing. With Luigi online enabled co-op mode! Yes!

David Vargas David Vargas: (dave-deleteme[at]-deleteme-squishycomics [dot] com) 2006-02-07 08:02:36

Super Mario "Bros."

I'm all for what Dee just said. I just push a little more for the oft forgotten brother. I'm glad to see that Luigi's getting more spotlight time (the Gameboy RPGs, all the sports titles), but yes, I wanna see Luigi in a starring role with Mario in a more traditional platformer.

Anyway, enjoy the strip.

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