Many would agree that the height of the 8 bit era gaming rests squarely on the shoulders of Mario 3. In fact, we thought so ourselves. It did what any truly good sequel does by building on what came before but taking it to the next level. Super Mario World for the SNES used the same strategy and is still fondly remembered today.
Recently, I stumbled across a plethora of official art related to the game that I hadn’t known about depicting each of the different worlds (plus the Sunken Ghost Ship, Star World and Special World). It’s similar in tone and style to Mario 3’s strategy guide art but it’s a little more cartoony this time around. It further blurs the line between American cartoons and Japanese Manga art that would go on to be the staple of the series.
Okay guys….confession time. I know I promised you all a look at the Homonculi and Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist in this week’s Villain Spotlight, but over the course of the last couple of days, I realized that almost any information regarding them would be very spoiler heavy, and not necessarily fair to all those who have yet to see it. I am sorry, but in the wake of disappointment…..comes an absurd notion. I know you all have played Mario Kart, Mario Tennis or any of the myriad Mario titles that feature a team up/party style game, and have enjoyed all of the awesome characters that they have included in the melees/races party murder games. They’re awesome and fun right? How could any of that be deemed villainous? They’re all so cute and cuddly! Yoshi! Boo! ShyGuy! All of these guys are simply too wholesome to be evil…. However, if you have gotten a chance to listen to our Nintendo podcast, you will know that I have my doubts about a specific character in the Mario universe. Someone who hasn’t really showed us his hand yet, and who may very well be the most evil character of all time. Everyone out there in reader land…..what do you know about Waluigi?
Happy Father’s Day Evil Geeks! Dad’s come in all shapes and sizes. Geek culture is certainly in no short supply of classic father figures, whether good, bad or ugly, we got ’em all. It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Top 5 list so we thought what better time to do one than Father’s day? Consider this our tribute to all the nerd father’s out there.
5.) Norman Osborn
Genius, world class dick, criminally insane and a super villain, it would be difficult to keep Norman Osborn off this list. Well, Normy was never anyone’s notion of an ideal dad but he did pass his ridiculously strange hairline to his son Harry. Yes, Norman should have been a “better” dad, but in a very Hemingway-esque moment his wife died giving birth. That’s enough to resent your kid and lash out against him, right? It’s not, but I find Norman’s story to be an interesting one. If anything you can trace it back to his father, Ambrose the brilliant alcoholic who lost their family’s company and was down right abusive to them. Norman’s staying power within the Marvel U is no surprise, as he’s one of the most misunderstood, derided, twisted and fascinating characters. We just can’t seem to get enough of him.
If banging your son’s friend and spawning children, only to try kill her in a very public way (with Spidey inadvertently delivering the death blow) to cover up your secret and also traumatize your arch nemesis doesn’t scream dad of the year than I don’t know what does.
If you’re a regular visitor to our site you might be able to tell that lately I’ve been on a bit of an old school nintendo kick…well actually all my life, new video games scare me. As I was doing research on the Mario 3 article about that wonderful green boot I came across some of the art depicting each of the various worlds for Mario 3, each with it’s own particular theme. I have no idea where these come from, I have the original booklet that came with the game, but they aren’t in there. If anyone has any information on the artist or where these originally appeared, I’d love to know. I like how (in my opinion) it seems like japanese art that is trying to appeal to Americans by being just cartoony enough and not making the jump to full on manga.
It’s no secret that Super Mario Brothers 3 for the NES is often voted one of the greatest games on that system and is cherished amongst a whole generation of gamers. Many of us have a soft spot for it that’s hard to deny. This particularly installment to the series took everything that worked about the first two games and improved upon it in just about every way (the same can be said for its follow up on the SNES, Super Mario World). Exotic themed worlds, better play controls, crazy new suits and abilities were all welcome editions, but there’s one thing in particular that forever sticks out in my mind.