Join us for our playthrough of Super Mario 64, one of THE classic Nintendo 64 titles and the original 3D Mario game! It’s time for us to explore the many rooms of Princess Peach’s Castle and defeat Bowser once again!
Mario, Princess Peach, and the Toads were hoping for a relaxing vacation to the tropical Isle Delfino, but they soon discover that a Mario imposter is running amok and covering the once beautiful island in graffiti! With the help of FLUDD, Mario must clean up the island, recover the missing Shine Sprites, and save the kidnapped Princess Peach once again!
Just recently, I have teamed up with several other bloggers (which I secretly have been calling the Q-Force after Captain Qwark’s team in “Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal”, well, it’s not a secret now) for the purposes of
world domination getting more views to our blogs. Those other bloggers are the authors of My Two Caps, Recollections of Play, and Planet Zombo (the last of which is not doing this post, though, as it doesn’t fit in with their blog). We have decided one method of making our blogs just that more awesome would be for each of us to write some posts on one single topic. So that’s what I’ll do. Are you ready?
Our first topic is which character would we most like to hang out with. The characters we decided to pick from are the well-known characters from the “Mario” series, Mario, Princess Peach, and Luigi. I am going with the “Paper Mario” versions of the characters myself because I feel those games show the characters’ personalities a lot more. And they’re adorable.
So ahem, time for my choice. The character I’d most like to spend my time with would be Princess Peach, but like I said, the “Paper Mario” version. Whichever princess you’re talking about, Peach is a sweet and kind person that I’d enjoy being friends with. And she even manages to be a princess without being a spoiled brat, which earns her a thumbs up AND a gold star. But, I like the “Paper Mario” version best, for several reasons.
Paper Peach, while still being the victim of frequent kidnappings, is a stronger person in the “Paper Mario” series. No longer does she sit back and wait for someone to save her. In this series, she manages to find ways to make herself useful and actually assist Mario, whether it was from Bowser’s flying castle in the sky or from the X-Naut Fortress. She repeatedly managed to escape from her room and investigate in “Paper Mario”, and in “The Thousand-Year Door”, she was able to talk to the computer TEC and even disguise herself as an X-Naut. In “Super Paper Mario”, she actually escaped from Count Bleck’s castle and didn’t need to be rescued. In this game, she helped Mario with his adventures. She may often be a damsel in distress, but in her very adorable and very thin paper form, she can be much more helpful than many other distressed damsels.
And there’s one more very important reason why I like Peach. The players once had her make a cake in “Paper Mario”. While that ended up being a much harder task than it should have been, I still like a character that makes cake. I like cake. It’s good. We would both make cakes and have great times.
Now as for why I didn’t choose Mario or Luigi, Mario was the first to get marked off my list. While I like him in “Paper Mario” a lot more than in the regular games (once again, paper people are adorable), Mario has always, well, creeped me out. I’m not sure exactly what it is. It could be his bizarre, stumpy proportions. It could be his terrible fashion sense. Overalls, and red and blue? What were you thinking, Mario? It could also be some deep-seated hatred stemming from how difficult the old games were and how stupid Mario slides when he lands after a jump, resulting in much of the crying and yelling I directed at the old games. I know that’s not the same version of Mario, and I shouldn’t blame poor paper Mario for the crimes of his non-paper version, but I can’t help it. I’ve been wronged by that other Mario too many times to trust this one.
And then there’s the issue of Mario’s mushroom addiction. It’s no secret that the somewhat plump plumber has been addicted to mushrooms for a couple decades now, an issue that even appears in the “Paper Mario” series. He is so desperate for the stuff, he’ll even eat those useless dried ‘shrooms! He’s out of control! Do you see the amount of ‘shrooms he consumes (rhyme) in each of his games? No one loves mushrooms that much unless something more shady is going on. That’s why everything has eyes, even the clouds and other parts of the scenery. You’re hallucinating, Mario! Admit it! Just admit you have a problem. You have people that care about you. Not me, but Peach and Luigi. Yoshi, too. Get help. And I’m not going to help you find any more coins. You’ll just spend them on more ‘shrooms.
As for Luigi, I don’t mind him as much as Mario, but I still couldn’t choose him. Nothing against him, really. Not really, really. But, he seriously needs to grow a spine and stop being a wimp. And step out from the shadow of his younger brother. Seriously, Luigi, Mario is shorter than you, how’d you even end up in Mario’s shadow in the first place? Oh, it’s a figure of speech. But, honestly, do something more with your life, Luigi. And stop wearing the same clothes as your brother! It’s creepy. Maybe it was cute when you were children or something, but you’re a grown man, for crying out loud! Once Luigi gets some semblance of bravery or self-confidence, I’ll consider being his buddy. But, for now, Peach and I are going to eat some cake.
And now that you’ve read my thoughts on the subject, why not check out the other two posts. Cary, like I, chose Princess Peach, focusing on the Peach we see in “Super Mario Bros. 2”, whose ability to float using her dress showed her appreciation for properly functioning knees (it does make sense, read the post). Peach is a sensible lady like that. My Two Caps chose our good, old hero, Mario, who may not have as much concern for his knees, but is still someone who gets to go on all kinds of adventures and never complains about always having to save people (*cough* Peach *cough*) time after time. Mario certainly has the more interesting life of the three. As for Luigi, well, no one chose him. Sorry, Luigi. If it makes you feel any better, I did think “Luigi’s Mansion” was fun.
The Duck Who is Eating Treats With Princess Peach
I think too much. But, I don’t know if it’s in a good way. You see, I couldn’t solve a mystery if my life depended on it, but I do think of things few others would. Mainly, this shows up in video games. I come up with questions the creators never thought anyone would care about. They may not have even thought of these things in the first place. Why? Because they’re not important, and yet I ponder them anyway. So I made a list of some of the silly things I’ve thought of. Let’s see if any of you guys can solve these mysteries.
1. First of all, and this is one of the most bothersome. It is so mysterious that it competes with the question of why Yoda from Star Wars talks so weird. Well, maybe not, but here it is. Tell me now, who is the mother of Bowser’s kids? You know, from the Mario games. Who could it possibly be? They just throw in some Bowser spawn with no explanation, way back in Super Mario World, I think. What female turtle beast had those kids? Where is she now? Huh? It is so simple, and yet we will probably never know!
2. F-Zero, a racing game, appears to have some racetracks over cities. I’m pretty sure at least one does. How unsafe! If there is a crash, and there are, these vehicles that can go upwards of 400 km/h are going to come screaming towards the surface like tiny, but still horrifying meteors. Every time you go over the side in that game, do you think of all the carnage caused, lives that were lost, buildings destroyed, etc. by your recklessness? No. No, you probably don’t.
3. Now this one’s a bit more obscure, so I’ll explain. In Hunter: The Reckoning, there are certain people that can see the dead. Apparently, things look normal until someone witnesses a death, and then they can suddenly see the world for what it really is. Gasp, zombies walk among us, and we didn’t even know! But, how does that work? It makes sense from the hunters’ point of view, but what about those unable to see the horrors around them? Do they see seemingly ordinary people shuffling about, awkwardly trying to attack others with their normal-appearing, but actually rotten, zombie limbs? What about the gargoyles? Do they look like regular humans to most people? Do they not notice when these statues just go missing one day? It’s bugged me. It shouldn’t, but it does.
4. There’s also something in Final Fantasy XIII that I don’t understand. You should probably skip this if you don’t want spoilers (well, not big spoilers, but still). Anyway, for those of you who haven’t played, it’s probably very confusing, but I’ll keep it simple. Some powerful creatures called the Fal’Cie can make humans into L’Cie, who are forced to complete a Focus within a certain amount of time, or they’ll turn into a monster called a Cieth. I am made to believe that all humans died off on Pulse (a planet, I guess) quite a while back. Maybe I’m wrong. But, if not, I don’t understand something. All those unlucky Cieth, after being Cieth for a while, turn into Cieth Stones and are forever tormented with the thought that they failed their Focus. It seems they were charged with killing tough creatures throughout Pulse, which your characters can then go defeat. But, that brings me to my question. How are these creatures still alive and in the same location all this time? After all these years, you’d think the creatures would be dead, or at least, would have walked somewhere else. But, that’s just me.
5. Now, this one’s a spoiler for Jak II, so don’t read if you don’t want…spoilers. Anyway, this is something also very confusing, and it has to do with time travel. Yeah, that’s already confusing in itself, but there’s another issue I have. When Jak, the main character, was a child, he was sent back to the past to be kept safe. This is the time frame of the first game, during which the bad guys, Gol and Maia, set out to flood the world with Dark Eco (which is a very bad thing) and take over the world. But, since it was Jak that stopped them, wouldn’t they have taken over the world before it ever got to the time period where Jak was born in the first place? You would think that this would keep Jak from being born in the future, and thus prevent him from being sent to the past, where he defeats the two. Without Jak to stop them originally, they would have taken over already and Jak may never have been born and sent back to the stop them! How could this be?!
I’m also bothered by the minor fact that they say Diddy of Donkey Kong is a chimp, even though he’s not because chimps don’t have tails. At least, I don’t think so. Anyway…
I’m not crazy.
An Over-Analytical Duck