Nintendo's Big Gamble


So after playing Mario Advanced for another 20 minutes I figured out what Nintendo is thinking I think. 😊 They are counting on the fact that Mario 2 is from 1988 and that therefore almost none of their main audience, boys 8 to 14, have ever played Mario 2. It's not a bad idea I suppose. It's one of the best jump and bounce side scrollers. The biggest problem I see is the press has played it before so it may get bad reviews.

They added a bunch of digitized voiced to the characters too. They are pretty poor. They are all in English so I'm assuming they are not going to change them for their target audience but some of them are pretty awful.

I also played the *Classic* Mario Bros game up to the ice monster levels. I was a little disapponted. It was fun to play it again but it's a translation not the original so for example it doesn't feel like the original. The jump arcs are different, the crabs are a little faster, shooting for the edge of a platform is less forgiving, there are less frames of animation, I find that particularly lame in this age of tons−o−memory and finally the sounds are not nearly as good as the original.

The intermissions are also missing.

I can hear ... sometimes
another view of the subway