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Happy Mario Day

Mario was a huge part of my childhood so I can’t resist writing about Mario today. For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, I’m talking about the super famous, “the older sibling always got to play him”, Mario. 

mario evolution by dominicanjoker.jpg

Check out this amazing piece that DominicanJoker on deviantART put together. Even though this piece of work ends at 2009, I think the feel of it is still the same. Sevens years later and the Mario franchise is still going strong. He’s forever going to be a part of our lives as well as many people’s childhoods.

Super Mario Bros (NES)

My childhood was heavily inspired by Super Mario Bros (original, on NES, as well as 2 and 3). One of my first memories is actually playing the NES or watching my mom and sister do the same. I remember begging them to finish certain castles in the first game because I couldn’t or beating Super Mario Bros 3 just so I could have the unlimited wings on the second play through. We didn’t have cable or internet so this was my entertainment and I definitely appreciate that simple childhood. Even though I honestly don’t remember most of my childhood, the NES was definitely still ingrained into my head!

My NES just recently got brought back to me and still works, though I’m missing a cord. ):

Super Mario World (SNES)

I also had the luxury of having an SNES and hello, Super Mario World was the bomb, but I was more excited for Yoshi than Mario. I still have my SNES and this game as well, I think it’s the only SNES game I have anymore, honestly. Just like my NES, I just recently got this back aaaand just my luck, missing a cord here too.

Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3

I had a Gameboy Advance SP and you bet ya I had the game for it as well. It definitely didn’t win over the original NES version but I absolutely loved it and played it just as much as my Pokemon games (if not more and that’s saying something!).

Super Mario 64 (Nintendo DS)

I never actually  had the N64, sadly. I had a friend who had it so I got to enjoy Super Smash Bros on it, but never as my own console. Super Mario 64 was the first game I had on my DS though and I looooved it. I played it so much and so many times from the beginning.

Mario Kart (Every console possible??)

I’m a huuuuge fan of Mario Kart (yes, I will beat you and no, you have no say in that). I love Mario Kart and honestly, would love to host a Mario Kart tournament with friends (but that would require friends…). I only owned this on my DS, but I loved it on the Wii (which my friend Molly had) and on everything else possible. I love playing alone (#foreveralone) and of course friends and people and online and everything! (PS, Peach was always my gal, and Toad…)

ROMs

There for the longest time, I played a lot of emulators on my computer. I loved making my own maps for various Mario games as well as playing ones other people had made. Of course, the originals were great, but playing harder maps just made you want to succeed even though some of them seemed impossible!

 

That was a quick run through of my history with Mario and I’m sure I missed some. But hey, oh well! Happy Mario Day everyone!

 

Keep calm,

Epic