Mario -- This is the End? 2015-11-06 03:15:26
The year was 1994. Sitting in my living room. Nothing really to do. My Dad is watching TV, some cartoon about this strange man killing some turtles. Looked weird. Then at one point I saw that the strange man died. The screen went to black and when it came back there was this huge world! Then we were back to the cartoon.
I didn't know what was going on at first, but then it hit me. He's controlling the cartoon. Also this wasn't a cartoon. He told me it was a game and that he was trying to get Mario to the end of the level. I didn't know who Mario was, but it intrigued me nonetheless. I kept watching. He got to the end of the level. Screen fade to black and back to the world where a little man moved to another spot on the world. My Dad pushed a button and there he was... somewhere entirely different with this strange man called Mario.
That was when my Mom called my Dad into the kitchen. She's a short lady you see and my Dad a tall man. She needed something on a high shelf. My Dad said I could play the game, but to be very careful with the controller and system. Controller? System? I didn't know what these words were, I was just excited I got to play. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I beat the level, took down a castle, and entered this strange cave. My Dad was impressed to say the least... despite my many deaths in game.
That was my introduction to video games. Through a strange man named Mario. The game was Super Mario World. So naturally when Super Mario Maker was announced at E3 and then finally released (and now with Checkpoints), I am not only ecstatic, but at the same time concerned.
You see, Mario has hit a few bumps. The plumbing is starting to rust if you catch my drift. When the NES debuted with Super Mario Bros. and made a huge hit with Super Mario Bros. 3 it was simply an amazing time for the Platformer genre. Then came Super Mario World on the SNES and thus a lot of 80's kids got to see where graphics were going, and a new generation of kids were coming into the fray.
The 3rd dimension came forth next and Super Mario 64 revolutionized the gaming world again. Not only what can be done with Platformers, but what can be done with video games in this new era! Super Mario Sunshine experimented with a lot of things -- the downside is that began to split a lot of people. Nowadays Super Mario Sunshine is spoken about with great praise as an underrated gem, but keep in mind this was the year that Halo started to become really popular and Grand Theft Auto III starting to truly ask a lot of questions about what can be done with video games. It was also at a point where more homes owned a PS2 rather than a Gamecube.
So Mario kind of just sat in the back... until he revolution again with Super Mario Galaxy. This time more households had either a Nintendo Wii or a Microsoft XBOX 360. Mario was back on top! Then... Super Mario Galaxy 2 came out which seemed like a bit of a ripoff to some. Still a delightful game, but not what a lot of people expected.
Has Mario finally hit a wall and can really go no further? Sure you have Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, Luigi's Mansion 2, and the New Super Mario 3D games seem to be steps in the right direction. However... is this formula truly dead? Is there nothing else that Mario is capable of? After level editor it seems like you can't do anything else except to give people the chance to make their own Mario levels based off of the 3D Platform Mario games.
I just feel like Mario has ran his course. The strange man that introduced me to gaming will be gone. He'll just be milk money for Nintendo and nothing more. I'm not sad, because nothing really lasts forever. And although Mario was my introduction to video games I'm sure Master Chief was someone's introduction.
The only thing I could see Mario to do next would be a co-op game with him and Luigi. Where Mario would use F.L.U.D.D. and Luigi would use the Poltergust 6000. Or a proper Mario and Sonic crossover game. Doubt that will happen though.
1. What was your introduction to video games?
2. What Mario games have you played?
3. Do you think there is any way to innovate the Mario series? If so, how?
4. Who is your favorite supporting Mario character?
5. Which color is better -- red or green?