Mario. A name recognizable in almost any household. Started back in 1981 as the hero from "Donkey Kong", known then as Jumpman. Mario gained his true name before the second game came out. The story goes that the meeting to discuss possible names for the character was interrupted by the owner of Nintendo America's first warehouse looking for his back rent. Mario Segale, the owner, was calmed and convinced that he would get his money but little did he know, had just ironed his way into history forever by doing so..
Mario wasn't designed so much by luck as he was by necessity. At the time, graphics being what they were, being able to differentiate between features of the face were nearly impossible. To help distinguish his features Mario (jumpman) was given a large moustache. He was also given a large hat to hide the lack of hair detail and suspenders to better showcase his movement. Originally thought of as a carpenter due to "Donkey Kong" being on a work site he later "switched careers" to being a plumber due to his games being focused in underground settings. He got the first game of his own title in 1983, Mario Bros, where the world was also introduced to Mario's brother Luigi.
Super Mario 64 | Nintendo.com
Now all of that was before my time. The first Mario game that I remember was "Super Mario Brothers" for the NES back in the 90's. I remember running through those levels again and again but I don't remember ever completing the game. Super Mario 64 is the game that really made this character for me. Back flipping through different pictures to transport yourself into different worlds was incredible. There was even one level where how high you jumped into the picture frame reflected how much water was in the level, allowing you to reach new things. It was then that this magical plumber stood out as being a face (or moustache) that will be in my life for a long time to come.
The Original Smash Brother
Mario was one of the original characters in the Super Smash Bro's world. Having built the name on his back it's no surprise that he was in the game and is still a strong character to this day.
Although I don't tend to play Mario myself I do find him under my control from time to time while using the random selection. I personally don't find him a very strong character as I am just not good with him. He's a simple character to pick up but extremely difficult to master. Depending on how much time you intend on put into the game he may or may not be worth selecting as your main character.
Super Mario Maker
Super Mario Maker | Nintendo.com
With the Mario franchise having released Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo switch back in 2017 and Super Mario Maker 2 coming out later this year, Mario is still as active as ever. Having made appearances in several games between those two (Including SSBU) this plumber must be starting to wonder if his life would have been more relaxing if he had simply continued fixing the pipes of New York.
Whether or not you you are a fan of this iconic character you have to appreciate all the work he's put in over the years. From 1981 to now, and many years to come, Mario will continue to free our world from any evil that comes our way.
It's finally here! Hyrule Warriors: age of calamity came out today. Did you wonder what happened during those 100 years that link was napping? Get your hands on Hyrule Warriors to see what went down. Not sure about the game? Grab the free demo on the Nintendo eShop and test it out for yourself.
Darkest Dungeon is captivating as soon as you start it up but will that maintain. With so many games out there some just aren't worth your time and for me Darkest dungeon falls into the latter category.
Looking for an open world game full of quests yet with the options to craft and farm? Yonder might be what you've been waiting for! With its mix of crafting elements to build up the world and exploration you'll find yourself scouring the island to save the inhabitants from the murk that is taking over this island.
Genshin Impact: Gacha gaming that’s… good? I often find myself not knowing quite how to feel about mobile games. While capable of providing cheap thrills and alleviating temporary boredom, they generally don’t possess the sort of staying power more robust console and PC titles do.
Has gaming lost its magic? Are you unable to find a game worth your time? Do you scroll endlessly through your library and waste time watching trailers - but nothing engages you? You might have Gamer's Block! Don't worry though, there's hope for you yet.
The game is a blast to play. I am not one who tends to play these competitive first person shooters but I'm starting to think maybe I should be spending more time playing them. I did get better over the course of playing but still got obliterated each round. Some of that was due to glitching in the game but generally it was just me.
I don't play a lot of competitive first person shooters. Call of Duty specifically I haven't played since high school. That made getting Beta access to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War a little nerve wracking. I figured that I should record my first attempt at playing this game so that you can what it's all about
Most games that I remember from years past are the classics known for their great gameplay. I can confidently say that's not the case for this game. The crazy nature of this game, from animation to concept, is definitely what has kept it in my mind all these years.
I bet there is a number of you out there who are going "Finally a third Pikmin!" Well sorry to burst your bubble but the game has actually been out for a long while. Whether you've never played the third game or just haven't touched it in a while the free demo in the Nintendo Store is worth the download!
Although the game came out 9 years ago it still has a lot of playability today. Whether you're just trying to find areas that you've never explored or creating a whole new build opposite or what you normally play there's numerous ways to keep you interested. With the addition of the Amiibo it can be even more exciting.
The game reminds me of a classic arcade side scroller game but with an upgraded 3D depth to the scenery. Flying in a plane (that can also fly underwater?) while shooting the things that come onto the screen to stay alive and hopefully upgrade as you go!
While we are awaiting the sequel in the much beloved “Breath of the Wild” series Nintendo surprised us with a prequel! Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity lets you play through the war in the years previous to the adventure we’ve come to love. Get through Hyrule as any of the previous heroes!
Nintendo has adamantly stated that the DS would not be brought to an end because of the Switch. This was hard to believe as the Nintendo Switch is very similar to the DS consoles. Staying true to their word for much longer than anticipated their latest update may bring an end to the DS.