According to Harold Ramis (Ghostbusters), when the film adaption of Super Mario Bros. was in the process of being made, he was asked if he wanted to direct the film. The ex-Ghostbuster loved the original game so much, he contemplated doing the film and even met with some people. Obviously in the end, Ramis didn’t like the idea pitch and turned it down.
“(Producer) Roland Joffe wanted me to direct the ‘Super Mario Bros.’ movie. I took the meeting because I loved the game. I’m glad I said no.”
The film eventually was released in 1993, then was met with miserable reviews and currently holds an awful 3.7/10 rating on IMDB. That alone could make anyone say it was a good idea not to direct the film, but there is even another reason why this was a smart move. That same year, Ramis’ other film Groundhog Day with Bill Murray hit theaters and was critically acclaimed. Imagine, if Harold Ramis decided to direct the Super Mario Bros. because of his love for the game, there would have been a chance that Groundhog Day would have never existed.
“Keyboard Cat” is one of those Internet sensations that shouldn’t even be famous, but thanks to some higher power — it is. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, than you have been living under a rock. So, if you are one of those people, click here.
Because of its ridiculous popularity, the video has spawn hundreds of spinoffs and remakes. The video up top is one of them, and just like the original clip; it doesn’t make much sense.
For some reason the video starts off with Mario running around the first level, then he is suddenly killed by a goomba. What proceeds is the ‘Keyboard Cat’ playing his instrument of choice but is now an 8-bit sprite. Not only that, his music now sounds like an NES game. Seriously, what the hell is going on?
Getting old and being thrown into a nursing home is something many people fear, as they get older. Sadly, the stars of the Mushroom Kingdom are not immune to the depressing fate of many elderly people, as this shirt depicts.
Jublin has designed the picture above, which is now sold as a t-shirt over at fuzzy-ink. The picture is telling a story of what the characters of the ‘Mario universe’ will be doing once they retire, which should be soon.
Luigi is dreaming of a better time, Browser still wants the Princess, Mario plays a game in his raccoon suite which probably smells like cotton balls and Yoshi has passed on to a ‘better place.’ Hey don’t laugh, it’s going to happen to you — sooner or later.
The shirt sells for $18.95 and is cleverly called ‘Game Over.’ If you want it, simply click here.
This isn’t the first time we have seen theremins and videogames mixed together. Although, we mainly see them being used as instruments, you know — the reason why they were made.
Youtube user conquerearth, decided to developed a program that controls old NES games using a theremin.A video up top in an example of his work and if you watch the clip, you’ll see him control the original Super Mario Bros. using his electronic instrument. He explains exactly how he did it.
“The sound from the theremin is split into its frequency and amplitude components in real time, which are then mapped to values in a linear scale representing the X and Y axis. Pitch becomes horizontal control, and Volume becomes vertical control.
The X and Y scales are then cut up into different zones. In this case, Left; Right and dead zones for the horizontal, and a single trigger and dead zone for the vertical. The trigger zones are then mapped onto a virtual joystick hooked into an emulator. The end result is a fairly usable input control for playing games like Mario. The bars give the much needed visual feedback as to how “in tune” you are, so you have a better feel of where the trigger points are.”
While it certainly is an innovative way of moving our favorite plumber in the Mushroom Kingdom, I would rather use a standard controller.
Japanese research site Macquarie, is making some strong statements about what they believe Nintendo is about to unveil at E3. According to what the website “understands,” Nintendo is set to showoff the sequel to Wii Fit called, Wii Fit Plus. They expect the title to be sold separately to financially benefit from the already 17 million boards in households. Macquarie also believes that a bundle will be available at the same time.
Additionally to Wii Fit Plus, Macquarie thinks Nintendo has learned their lesson from horrible E3 showing last year. They are reporting that Nintendo plans on focusing more on the hardcore gamer, as opposed to the causal. If everything goes according to their plan, the makers of the Wii are expected to reveal a brand new Legend of Zelda for the Wii, along with a new Mario game.
I do agree that Nintendo will show of either Mario or Zelda at E3. However, I have a hard time being convinced that they will showboat both titles at one show, never mind release them in the same year. The reason why I say this, is because Nintendo traditionally ships only one of those two titles in a span of a year. Hands down, Mario & Zelda are the company’s biggest franchises, and it is a smarter business decision to releases those games between years, rather in the same one.
Of course we’ll officially know who is right next week.
Before Mortal Kombat hit the mainstream, popular video games on the consoles were, for the most part, tame. Sure, there was a few titles that depicted blood and violence, but a lot of them were just made to just glorify the brutality of life, and didn’t really focus on gameplay. Today, gaming sings to a different tune. The industry recognized that not only do adults play games, but you can make them violent and include deep gameplay.
TastyPaints on flickr was heavily inspired by Mortal Kombat and how it changed the landscape of the video game world. He decided to create some artwork with some of our favorite innocent video game stars from our childhood, but added some realistic and gruesome violence, to the mix.
The pictures borrow elements from certain retro games, but add an adult theme to the mix. Take the Kirby picture above, for example. We all know he is a lovable fat pink monster. However when he sucks up his enemies, you really didn’t think it was a bloody mess, did you? Nintendo just censors his antics, to make him seem harmless.
After the jump, check out some more work done by the brilliant TastyPaints. (more…)
Do you think you’re playing as the same man every time you start over after one dies in Super Mario. Bros? The answer is clearly no, as this picture up top suggests.
The art was created by Bill Mudron. I think the photo is trying theorize that the ground underneath the Mushroom Kingdom is a graveyard for thousands of plumbers who coincidently wear red overalls. Strange, I know.
Entertainmentearth is taking pre-orders for a brand new Super Mario Bros. game, but don’t get to excited — because this is just a ‘remake.’ Okay, actually it’s not even a video game at all, it’s chess. USAopoly have teamed up with Nintendo to deliver a official chess set, which features the most recognizable characters from the Mario universe. As you can tell from the pictures above, the game will include “Mario (king), Luigi (queen), Princess Peach (bishop), Princess Daisy (bishop), Yoshi (knight), Toad (rook), Coin (pawn), Bowser (king), Bowser Jr. (queen), Magikoopa (bishop), Birdo (knight), Goomba (rook), and Koopa Shell (pawn).”
Wait, Luigi is a queen? Is there something we don’t know about Mario’s brother? Not only does this game suggests that he is in a incest relationship, but also a crossdresser, man things have changed recently. The same goes with Bowser and Bowser Jr., however this is to be expected, because you know… they’re dragons.
The chess set will cost $39.99 and will be available sometime later this month.
Another day, another video game inspired cake. Dragonfly Doces over at flickr created this delicious looking Super Mario Bros. cake. As you can tell, he is pretty talented of giving each character incredible detail. As much as I would love this dessert for my birthday, I would have such a hard time eating it. Wouldn’t you?