Sad news today as we here at Shigeru’s List can confirm that actor Danny Wells passed away this week at the age of 72. Perhaps best known as “Not Captain Lou Albano, that other guy,” Wells made up the green half of the Super Mario Bros. during their short lived Super Show. A series that ran from September 4 to December 1, 1989 and is fondly remembered amongst man-children for showing Zelda cartoons instead of Mario ones each Friday. It is unknown at this time whether Wells was able to 100% Super Mario 3D World before his passing, or if the attempt is indeed what killed him.
“Thank you all. Please be seated. *Ahem*. Ladies and gentlemen, like many of you here today I came across Nintendo Power at a very young age. For me personally, it was the third grade and I was eight years old when I first heard whispers of a magazine that was all about Nintendo and filled with maps, special codes and strategies. These rumors spread like wild fire across the black top during recess but that’s all they amounted to at first: Rumors. Some kid knew a guy from another school who’s brother supposedly had described some book he’d seen as having the small clay Mario you see beside me plastered across the cover. More words were spoken of free pull-out posters and comic strips as well as contests that gave away prizes like t-shirts, toys and most importantly: Nintendo Games. It all sounded too good to be true of course and these second hand (third and fourth even) stories were all I had to tide me over before the truth of the matter would finally be revealed to me. It was a cold, overcast October afternoon when this kid I knew opened his backpack to reveal the beautiful image of a grown man in full body armor holding the decapitated head of Dracula by his hair.
Well, allergies have begun to kick my face’s ass fairly regularly these past few weeks which can mean only one thing: invasion Summer time is here. And as much as I love to make seasonal playlists that usually consist of soft, sweet sounds from the 70’s, I also like to revisit certain video games that lend themselves perfectly to lazy afternoons spent drooling in front of the air conditioner. On this top 5 list that I’ve so lovingly compiled for you dear readers, some of my selections may feel like obvious choices given their settings and themes. But the primary asset required for inclusion was whether or not the game made me nostalgic for those glorious several weeks away from school, a controller in one hand and an ice cold Coca-Cola within reach of the other. As always, all of the games that made the cut are indeed playable on Wii resulting in chosen software that was made for the system, GameCube and anything on the Virtual Console.
So here we go boys and girls: I present to you our top 5 Nintendo games you should be playing before the Fall strikes back. READ MORE
We aren’t responsible in any way for the work that went into this awesome video but I did stumble across it while browsing the internet today and if you didn’t know already: This site is all about sharing.
Ever stop and think about how strange the world of Super Mario Bros. is? Floating treasure chests, people with mushrooms for heads, eating mushrooms to change size, Waluigi… if you pull back and look at everything objectively, these games and characters we’ve grown to love over the years are all kind of batshit crazy. But despite inhabiting a wildly surreal world (and often being a little weird themselves), Mario and friends have gone on to be pop culture icons, beloved all over the world. PBS’ Idea Channel has gone so far as to declare Super Mario Bros. the world’s greatest piece of surreal art. READ MORE
Last week the guys over at Stabyourself.net unveiled Mari0. If the funky spelling and logo didn’t tip you off, Mari0 is the 1985 classic Super Mario Bros.… if Mario had a Portal gun. For reals. Keep reading for video and impressions! READ MORE
So a little while back a guy named Jay Pavlina (alias Exploding Rabbit) created Super Mario Bros. Crossover, a fan-made replica of the classic sidescroller that lets players plow through the Mushroom Kingdom as Mario… or Mega Man or Samus Aran or Simon Belmont. Earlier this month he launched version 2.0 of Super Mario Bros. Crossover, and it is bigger and better in just about every conceivable way. See for yourself:
Click here to play it, or here to read up on the development of the game from the man himself. In-depth impressions after the jump! READ MORE
Our long national nightmare is over today, as Capcom and Nintendo have combined their powers to form Captain Planetbring the arcadeSega Genesis version of Strider to the Virtual Console, ending a multi-month drought of retro releases for those Nintendo fans who are waiting for a hardware revision before picking up a 3DS (*cough*.) The last VC release on Wii in North America, if I recall correctly, was Super Adventure Island II (EDIT: It was The Ignition Factor, but I was close!) back in August (Europe’s had a couple of recent releases these past few weeks, breaking an even longer drought for them.) Strider will set you back 800 points, which isn’t too bad, unless you already have the Capcom collections on the PS2/Xbox/PSP. Then it’s ludicrous! LUDICROUS!
Also, the NES classic Super Mario Bros. is now out on the 3DS Virtual Console for plebeian non-Ambassadors, at a price of $4.99, a whole cent cheaper than on the Wii. This release was anticipated, as earlier this week people with ambassador systems noted that there was an update for the game that added the full-featured interface Nintendo had promised. Care to give more info on how that looks and works, Ray?
Yeah we get it, you like the princess! Don't you have anything better to do?
You can’t have a great hero without a great villain, right? Superman and Lex Luthor, Batman and The Joker, Luke Skywalker and dear old Dad, James Bond and monogamy, Indiana Jones and Nazis, and of course, everybody’s favorite Italian stereotype and a big turtle-dragon-asaurus! It just makes sense.
But… lots of great heroes have more than one villain, too. Superman and Brainiac, Batman and Two-Face, Luke Skywalker and George Lucas, James Bond and not having AIDS , Indiana Jones and George Lucas, Mario and… who? You’d never know it judging by the main games in the Mario series for the last couple decades, but Mario does have a rogues gallery consisting of characters that don’t rhyme with “Schnauzer.” Who are they and what happened to them? Read on! READ MORE
But dammit I’ve got to draw the line somewhere, right? RIGHT!? Nintendo teamed up with Converse to produce these Chuck’s in celebration of the 25th anniversary of that Super Mario Bros. video game. You know, the one with the fatass plumber and the mushrooms and shit. READ MORE
This clip has been floating around the internet for a while but I just caught it again last night on T.V. and it gave me a good laugh. Daniel Tosh has been one of my favorite stand up comics for a few years now so you can imagine how much I geeked out when he presented this on his Comedy Central show: Tosh.O (easily one of the funniest half hours currently on the air).
Turns out Nintendo is releasing that fancy Limited Edition Console in the US after all (along with a similar themed DSi that I hadn’t heard about). Not only that but they’re sweetening the deal by packing in a copy of *New Super Mario Bros. Wii in addition to both Wii Sports and Resort. If there weren’t about five games that I want coming out in the next couple of months I’d be all over this fucker.