Tag Archives: Mushrooms

Super Mario 3D Land

Super Mario 3D Land

Game: Super Mario 3D Land
Start Date: February 4th, 2019
End Date: March 15th, 2019
Videos: 18

I would put up a clever description of how Bowser once again kidnaps Princess Peach, forcing Mario into another grand adventure, but I feel like the guy is running a little empty on unique ways to accomplish that feat, so I’ll just chalk it up to Bowser getting bored and that he just wanted to do something to keep himself busy. That’s right, we have another Mario game to cover and this time we are covering the 3DS classic; Super Mario 3D Land. After spending a couple of titles in the 2D platformer space, Nintendo decided it was time to try another 3D adventure with less emphasis on exploring locales or traveling through space, and more emphasis on straight-up platforming. In addition to that, this title also seems to draw a lot of inspiration from other games from Mario’s past as well, whether it’s power-ups, gimmicks, music, secrets; just a nice celebration of Mario’s past.

My initial plan was to cover Super Mario 3D Land the previous year, but due to Fire Emblem and the Oracle games taking up a huge amount of that time, I had to delay my plans a few months, but decided I wanted to get through this game as soon as possible the following year just so I could continue my streak of covering a 3D Mario “almost” every year, or at least regularly enough. This was a game I knew I could get through easily enough and finish in a quick amount of time, so even with my reduced upload schedule in 2019, I knew it would be a quick one to slip in there.

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New Super Mario Bros. 2

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Game: New Super Mario Bros. 2
Start Date: May 15th, 2018
End Date: July 5th, 2018
Videos: 18

Nintendo got on a bit of a retro-kick during the late Wii and early Wii U era, releasing many games that went back to their roots and the New Super Mario Bros. games were the most obvious candidates of that. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was the third of four NSMB titles, and is perhaps the game that gets the most flak for this type of mindset. It doesn’t change the formula very much at all and adds millions and millions of coins to compensate for it. There’s also another story of Bowser kidnapping the princess somewhere in there, but Mario might be too busy collecting coins to notice it. Oh well, at least it’s another Mario game, right?

This was pretty much the last New Super Mario Bros. game I needed to cover before being done with the series. I might go back to the Wii U and cover New Super Luigi U at some point, but as far as the main four, this was really just a matter of taking care of loose ends. I’m admittedly looking more forward to getting to the Mario 3D games, which can only mean that Super Mario 3D Land should be on the horizon at some point soon! Until then though, hope you enjoy another Mario playthrough. With all my teasing aside, I do think this is a very good playthrough and I did have a bit of fun going back to this game because I didn’t remember much of it.

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Game: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Start Date: January 1st, 2018
End Date: March 30th, 2018
Videos: 39

First we got Super Mario RPG, then we got Paper Mario, but in 2013, Alpha Dream had another idea when it decided to give us another Mario RPG, but this time on the Game Boy Advance. Little did we know, this was the start of a very well-established handheld franchise with great gameplay, a refreshing sense of humor, and some extremely memorable moments to come! So let’s take the series back to its roots and explore the Bean Bean Kingdom for all the laughs it has in store!

I was definitely not ready to continue with the Paper Mario series, knowing what title was next on the agenda, so I decided to mix it up a bit and start tackling the Mario & Luigi series, essentially giving me some more time to breathe before Sticker Star, and a title that is easily way more fun and interesting to me. Before Fire Emblem came out to America (finally) this game was easily my favorite title on the Game Boy Advance, and it’s not exactly hard to see why. So let’s take it all in, shall we?

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Super Paper Mario

Super Paper Mario

Game: Super Paper Mario
Start Date: December 5th, 2016
End Date: April 14th, 2017
Videos: 51

The Mushroom Kingdom is once again greeted by a new foe, and this one hopes to destroy the very fabric of all worlds and dimensions. Mario must once again save the day in an all-new adventure that will literally take him to places where he has never been before. But first, what has happened to Peach, Bowser and his brother Luigi?

“The mighty has fallen,” is a phrase you hear a lot when referring to the Paper Mario series. While most consider that falling point to be Sticker Star, there are some who believe this game’s departure from the traditional Paper Mario experience to be the beginning of the end. I for one do not agree with this logic as this game definitely features some charm and intriguing gameplay to boot, so I was looking forward to seeing this game in action again.

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Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Game: Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
Start Date: December 5th, 2015
Videos: 10

After releasing some of its flagship series on the Gamecube in 2002 and 2003; like Mario, Zelda and Metroid, it’s no surprise that a Mario Kart game was in the works as well. However, this game was coming in the form of DOUBLE TROUBLE! Two characters take one kart in the high speed action of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

I promised Double Dash at the end of 2015, you will get Double Dash at the end of 2015! Double Dash is definitely a milestone as far as the Mario Kart series goes for me. Kind of that point where I felt like Nintendo had a good formula down and all future additions really just needed a few tweaks in control and (obviously) an update in the graphics engine. Although it’s not my favorite Mario Kart, a lot of fun was had with this game when it was relevant.

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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies

Game: Plants vs. Zombies
Start Date: October 3rd, 2015
Videos: 21

In a world where Zombie video games are present and numerous, sometimes a quirky game like this can come out and surprise you. This game takes the silly scenario of fighting off zombies with your home-grown plants in perhaps one of the most addictive mobile puzzle games I’ve ever played.

Of all the games I own on Steam, Plants vs. Zombies is probably my all-time favorite. I might have more hours of playtime with Civilization V, but Plants vs. Zombies was the first game I bought on the system and is hands down my favorite. I had wanted to do a playthrough of this game for awhile, and although OCtober 2014 was pretty crazy and eventful, in 2015 I had a chance to come back and do this game properly.

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Donkey Kong ’94

Donkey Kong '94

Game: Donkey Kong ’94
Start Date: July 19th, 2009
Runtime: 2:40 hours
Videos: 15

We all know the classic tale and love triangle of Mario, Pauline, and Donkey Kong from the Arcade, but the Game Boy version of the game was truly the first title that flushed out this masterpiece to even greater limits! After the classic construction site, Mario chases the big ape to other locations, such as the Big City, a vast jungle, a frozen iceberg, and even an airplane! Does Mario ever get a break?

This was a Game Boy game I really loved from my youth, and the ability to take it on the go as I solved various puzzles in order to rescue Mario’s girlfriend was a challenge that I always remembered well. It was a perfect game to show to you guys and I’m glad I got the chance to.

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