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Amid all the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. arrives this video from Digg that chronicles the iconic plumber’s long journey, from 1981’s Donkey Kong to Wrecking Crew ’98 to this year’s Super Mario Maker.
Before you interject with “But what about –,” Digg explains, “For the sake of your patience and our sanity we’ve excluded games from the Mario universe’s extended cast which don’t include Mario himself (e.g., Diddy Kong Racing), unaltered ports, compilation games (Super Mario All-Stars), and Mario-inspired Easter eggs.”
As difficult as it may be to conceive, the same Bit Fix Game Boy Classic modding competition that brought us the Game Boy mini-fridge, aka “Cold Boy,” has also produced … the Guitar Boy. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.
Created by Fibbex, it’s both a working electric guitar and an oversize Game Boy. The latter is run by a Raspberry Pi B+; the A and B buttons on the body are gaming controls as well as volume and tone for the guitar.
If there’s a pantheon of video-game characters, Mario and Luigi are undoubtedly part of it, alongside the likes of Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Frogger (but not Q*bert; never Q*bert). So it’s only fitting that the two brothers should be depicted as deities in a traditional Japanese screen painting commissioned by Nintendo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.
My year stuck in the university dorms would’ve been so much more tolerable if I’d only had this amazing Game Boy mini-fridge, and maybe a different roommate.
Called “Cold Boy,” it’s the work of Daniel d’Entremont, aka ModPurist, who transformed a run-of-the-mill dorm refrigerator into a super-sized, playable replica of the classic Nintendo hand-held device. Of course, it’s no longer “hand-held.”
Nintendo will bring its video games characters and worlds to theme parks in a newly announced partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts.
Details are slim, but the agreement represents the latest effort by the video-game giant to expand its reach, and follows the announcement on Wednesday of the “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” attraction at Universal Orlando.
Atlus USA will bring the Attack on Titan Nintendo 3DS game to North America, Europe and Australia in May. Watch the announcement trailer below.
An enhanced version of the Spike Chunsoft game previously available only in Japan, Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains permits players to battle Titans as one of the characters from the hit anime, based on the bestselling manga by Hajime Isayama. They can also create their own characters, head out on missions, and even transform into a Titan for short periods.
James Farr, who previously mashed up video-game characters with Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters (and that’s only for starters), now turns his attention to the Marvel Universe with the animated parody “The Wiivengers,” in which “Nintendo’s mightiest heroes must assemble to defeat the galaxy’s puniest god, and recapture the legendary power of … the NESeract!”
My favorite is easily the Mighty Thorkachu, but Farr’s list is a bit longer: “Nick Kirby (was almost So-Nic Fury), The In-A-vinc-a-ble Iron Mario, Orange Widow, Captain Kakariko, The Mighty Thorkachu, The In-A-cred-a-ble Luigi, Waloki, Kid Hawkarus and … Agent Phil Toadson. Other characters have been saved for later. Maybe.”
OK, Phil Toadson is pretty good, too …
Ever since Disney announced the purchase of Lucasfilm in 2012, virtually everyone in the comics industry knew there was a ticking clock on Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics; it’s only natural, after all, that the entertainment giant would move the profitable Star Wars license in-house, similar to how it shuffled the Disney and Pixar titles from BOOM! Studios to Marvel in 2011. Following the announcement last month that Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics line will end its 20-plus year run at the end of the year, the next obvious question concerns what will take its place.
It’s difficult to overstate how big of an impact the Star Wars comics have had on Dark Horse. In the early days 0f 2014, the publisher has two ongoing series and two miniseries — one of which, The Star Wars, was the highest-selling Dark Horse and licensed title in 2013. The company has already announced plans for a broader Aliens/Predator/Prometheus line that could fill some of the holes left by Star Wars come January 2015, but recent news in the video game world gives me another idea …
We already knew Dark Horse’s video game art book The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia was a pretty big deal. After all, it debuted in late January at the top of the Nielsen BookScan, Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists, making it clearly the No. 1 book in America that week. In addition, the publisher announced an initial 400,000-copy print run for the $34.99 hardcover.
But more than 10 months later, after all of the early buzz subsided, how did things shake out? Amazon.com gives us a bit of an idea with its rundown of its 100 bestselling adult print books of the year: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia comes in at No. 6, ahead of anything by the likes of Stephen King, John Grisham, Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and the Duck Dynasty cast.
Of course, there are no actual sales numbers, but it certainly provides a bit of context for Hyrule Historia‘s success; it charts behind such high profile books as Dan Brown’s Inferno, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus and Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed. (And who knew conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer had the kind of following to come in at No. 5?)
Featuring an introduction by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia collects historical information about the hit franchise, never-before-seen concept art, a chronology and more.
It looks like Wolverine has gone down into the sewers one to many times.
Atlanta-based artist Casey Edwards has come up with a quartet of inventive prints mashing up Marvel’s X-Men with Nintendo’s flagship heroes, the Super Mario Brothers. Wolverine/Mario, Cyclops/Luigi, Yoshi/Rogue and more are illustrated in this send-up of fodder for any kid growing up in the 80s and 90s. Check them out:
I never realized it until now, but Luigi and Cyclops truly are more alike than you think. But putting Yoshi as Rogue makes me question a lot of my thoughts as a teenager reading comics.