Despite having the Switch and Xbox One, Rachel and I have been turning our Wii back on to play Mario Party 2 on they system’s Virtual Console. After the disappointing Top 100 3DS game, going back to one of the best Mario Party games was natural. Playing Mario Party 2 and its boards reminded me of some of the best boards from the series as a whole.
Space Land (Mario Party 2)
Space Land is one of my top choices in Mario Party 2. The space aesthetics are fun, and the Bowser junction in the middle of the board can really mess up the standings. Once the countdown in the middle reaches zero, Bowser launches his Coin Beam to steal every coin from whoever may be caught in the crossfire.
Yoshi’s Tropical Island (Mario Party)
Yoshi was always a favorite character from the Mario franchise, and we always enjoyed his board from the original Mario Party game. Going back and forth between two islands for the star, there was always the chance that someone could land on a Happening space and make Bowser and the star switch places.
Goomba’s Greedy Gala (Mario Party 4)
This casino-based board is all about chances and gambling (of course). Yes, it easily got frustrating if you were never able to go the way you wanted based on the roulette wheel in the middle of the board. It was fun, though, to let chance that much control over who could reach the star space.
King Boo’s Haunted Hideaway (Mario Party 8)
Mario Party 8 is not my favorite Mario Party game due to the motion controls — I was never thrilled with them. This board was always fun, though. The night scenery and the fact that the board changed every time you played or were looking for the next star was a cool concept.
What are your favorite Mario Party boards? Which Mario Party game do you enjoy the most?
I was scrolling through the news and something interesting caught my eye. Nintendo has been working hard getting games on our smartphones and here’s the next big one.
Mario Kart Tour is going to be the next mobile app game. It’s going to be free to start and release in Fiscal Year 2018. That’s all we know so far.
I’ve added my two cents with the mobile games before, but I guess I’ll explain it again.
I don’t know how I feel about the mobile games.
I tried a few of them, but in the end, I wanted my handheld or home console. I didn’t get into Mario Run, Miitomo, or even Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
I want a brand new mainstream Animal Crossing game. Pocket Camp is cool and they did a great job with it, but I can’t sit there and play for hours.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was a great game and it’s amazing on the Switch. I still want a brand new Mario Kart game. I want more. I don’t know how I feel about Mario Kart being on mobile. It’s certainly not going to play the same. If they’re working on that, are they even thinking about a Mario Kart 9?
Mario Kart Tour is definitely something I’ll download and give a shot, but I’m not super excited about it.
What are your thoughts on Mario Kart Tour? Are you excited or don’t care too much about it? Let me know in the comments!
Title: Super Mario Kart Developer: Nintendo, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: NintendoSNES (SNES Classic Mini Edition)
Release Date: 1992 (2017 for the SNES Classic)
How we got the game: We bought the SNES Classic
I felt so old booting up this game. Super Mario Kart was one of my first introductions to the gaming world when I was first able to pick up a controller. It was amazing to play this game again and be able to actively compare it to the latest installment of the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, which was the most prominent game we played this past summer.
This game was familiar to me when we turned it on. The music especially caught my attention, though I’ll admit I barely remember playing it. I wasn’t even born when the game was originally released. In fact, I think the only reason I recognized any of the levels was because Nintendo remakes them from newer Mario Kart games.
Super Mario Kart is a simple racing game. You use the D-pad to steer and the buttons to either accelerate, brake, or throw items at opponents in an attempt to sabotage them. Super Mario Kart was also the installment that enabled you to “hop” rather than drift around corners.
You make it sound so easy. While I didn’t find myself steering the controller itself, I wished I was able to. The controls are simple enough, but I couldn’t drive straight to save my life. I gave up on hopping quickly after I jumped right off the stage a couple of times. Most of the levels have a lot of twists and turns to them as well making it hard to remain on the pathway.
This game was definitely harder than I remember it being, but then I began to wonder if it’s because the newer Mario Kart games became easier. Super Mario Kart has limited control options while the newer installments are customizable to fit a player’s preference. Not only that, but it seemed as if the computer opponents were more difficult. There were multiple times where an NPC Yoshi would be chucking eggs at us on the course when eggs weren’t an available item to us from the item blocks. Yoshi seemed to have an endless supply of them, as well (which, for the character, makes a little sense, but it seemed like cheating for a race!).
The NPC characters were brutal, I agree. Though I can’t complain because it made for a nice challenge. What shocked me was that you have lives in the game. If you get below fourth place, you lose a life. After you lose three, you’re out of the game. There were quite a few times Kris had to finish the cup for us because I kept getting a game over. It made for some good laughs if anything else.
The graphics and music are such throwbacks to the past! Compared to games nowadays, the graphics aren’t up to par, but I think the game aged rather well. The graphics are enough to paint the scene and let you follow the road well enough to keep going with the race.
The game is very bright and colorful. The sprites are hilarious to look at. The characters look as though they were stuffed into karts that are ten-times too small for them. Still, it works.
The music was very nostalgic as well, but there obviously wasn’t a different tune for every race nor a variety of instruments, if you will, due to the computer-generated tunes. Still, the music did it’s job as always, making you raring to go as a race started up.
That music will stay with me forever. No, there wasn’t much of a variety, but it was still catchy. It’s the kind of music that I could hear randomly and say, “That’s from Mario Kart.”
Like the rest of the series, Super Mario Kart has several cups for the grand prix races as well as a handful of different characters for players to try out. It’s a good challenge to best your high scores and win the gold trophy in every match of races, giving the game decent replay value.
I have to play this game again. I need some serious practice.
Super Mario Kart gets…
4 out of 5 lives.
Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!
The weekend is almost here, but there’s a blizzard today so there’s a snow day for everyone in my family. My cousins got a Switch for Christmas and they’re eager to try out the online features for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe with Kris and I.
I found it funny that I was scouring some gaming blogs and on My Nintendo News there was a quick article about Mario Kart Wii.
Mario Kart Wii was my favorite Mario Kart game ever. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is right up there with it, but the Wii version will always and forever have a special place in my heart.
Apparently, Mario Kart Wii was number 82 on the top 100 list of best sellers in the video game category on Amazon. This was just last month, December 2017.
Mario Kart Wii was originally released in April 2008. That’s nearly 10 years ago!
According to the article on My Nintendo News, some people are speculating that parents bought that version mistaking it for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Switch. I know a few people who got the Nintendo Switch for Christmas this year and I’m sure there are plenty more people and kids who got it that I don’t know of.
Could you imagine though? Getting a brand new console that takes itty-bitty cartridges the size of a pillow mint and get a game that contains a CD disc? What would be worse was if they didn’t own a Nintendo Wii either.
If it really is because people mixed up the two games, I guess I could understand. I know a lot of people who are completely clueless when it comes to games and consoles. When you buy on Amazon there’s no salesperson to tell you otherwise. You just point, click, and buy.
Then again, maybe some people are just discovering old Mario Kart routes again… I know I am with Super Mario Kart on the SNES Classic.
I haven’t turned on my Nintendo Wii in a long time though.
What do you think about this? Did some people buy the wrong game or are some people finding a love for their Wii again? Let me know in the comments below!
Kris and I recently got the SNES Classic Mini and we’ve been testing the waters with it.
Super Mario Kart originally released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo – before I was born. Yet, I remember playing the game at my grandmother’s house with Kris.
I believe our older sister used to play with us as well as did my dad on occasion. Still, I was super young and obviously not very good at it.
I’ll admit I don’t have too many memories of playing the game.
I’m great at Mario Kart now. Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, 8, and 8 Deluxe, I’m a beast at. (Usually.)
When Kris and I play those games together, I’m usually in first place and she trails behind with the items covering my back. Yet, when we played Super Mario Kart the other night…
I gamed over. How do you game over in Mario Kart? I didn’t even know you had lives.
Kris was in first place most of the time while I came in second once or twice, but I was mostly in 4th… or 8th. I got into last place quite a bit and ended up gaming over on Boo’s Haunted House on the Flower Cup. Each race after that, my half of the screen was darkened with “GAME OVER” written on it just to rub it in.
Apparently, muscle memory doesn’t work when it comes to Super Mario Kart.
Still, it was a lot of fun to play the game again as it’s been way too long. Kris and I had fun and we shared a lot of laughs… especially since I couldn’t steer and couldn’t be bothered to stay on the track.
Do you remember playing Super Mario Kart? Do you have the SNES Classic? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!
Yes, I’m doing a “Top” list on a Thursday… The end of the year is just about upon us, so here are my top ten favorite games I’ve played in 2017.
As of this post, I have played and reviewed a total of 27 games in 2017. A lot of them came out in the year 2017, some came out in 2016, and some before. It was hard to narrow down my favorites and it was even harder to put them in an “order.”
So, here you go. My top ten favorite games played in 2017:
We got a free review key from the developers through Miketendo64 on the Nintendo Switch. If I had seen this game myself, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to pick it up. While it was a tedious game, it was fun and cool to play. You’re in a submarine, gaining power-ups to destroy robotic sea monsters. It’s all one map and new monsters appear after you defeat a couple. There’s a ton of bosses, but you have to defeat them all to beat the game.
This was another game we got from the developers through Miketendo. Similar to Earth Atlantis, it’s a game that doesn’t seem to have an “ending.” You go through multiple random generated dungeon rooms defeating enemies, getting gold, freeing merchants, and finding new weapons and armor. It’s a fun, edgy game to see how far you can make it.
Such a simple, but fun game. For the Wii U, you play as Captain Toad going through multiple small stages to find green stars. You go back and forth between playing as Toad or Toadette as each is captured by a giant bird. The puzzles are simple, but I found myself dying a couple of times. It was a great low-key, casual game.
I still miss the original Paper Mario game for the Nintendo 64, but Color Splash for the Wii U actually wasn’t that bad. I still had my problems with it and it certainly wasn’t like the original, but it was a better game than Sticker Star. Maybe Nintendo is catching on and they’ll make the series better again.
While the main story was short, this was a great game. I really enjoyed exploring the new world of Mario. While the power moons were easy to come by, there are still so many hidden that I need to dig deep for. This game is filled with secrets and I feel as though there’s always something to explore. The music is catchy and it controls great. Odyssey was a great game this year.
I spent so long on this game and I was addicted to it for a while. This game was so much fun to add your own Mii along with friends and family to become a “mage” or other class and go on an adventure. The game was silly, but it was a lot of fun.
I had so much fun with this game with my sister and my cousins. I didn’t play Mario Kart 8 that much, but I played the deluxe version a lot. I enjoyed the new courses and certain the battle modes, which isn’t a mode I typically played before.
I mean… this had to go on this list. I can’t express enough how amazed I am at this game. The music, graphics, story, the open world… Nintendo really outdid themselves.
1. Pokemon Ultra Sun
Pokemon is my favorite gaming series. While Ultra Sun isn’t that much different from Sun, I did enjoy the small changes they made here and there. I have to admit if I had a choice between the two, I’d choose Ultra Sun over Sun. Even though it’s only been a year since Sun, it was nice to dive into another Pokemon game.
What were some of your favorites from 2017? Let me know in the comments below!
Hype from Super Mario Odyssey has gone down a little bit. I haven’t had a chance to go back to the game and find the rest of the moons, but I did want to talk about some of my favorite levels from the game.
5. Cap Kingdom
This kingdom isn’t very large and, especially in the beginning of the game, you don’t do too much here. Still, I think it’s a cool place. It’s unique as far as Mario games go and I enjoy the atmosphere.
4. Bowser’s Kingdom
Bowser levels are usually one of my favorites in Mario games. While I enjoyed this one, it didn’t make it too high on the list. It was certainly different and not at all what I expected. I missed the lava pits, but it was a cool level anyway. The music was excellent.
3. Snow Kingdom
This was a pretty level. I especially loved the many doors you could go through to get to smaller levels within the main level. Also, crushing the snow was the most satisfying thing ever.
2. Sand Kingdom
I’m not one for the desert levels, though this didn’t feel like a typical Mario desert. The Sand Kingdom is the second main kingdom and it’s so big that it’s almost overwhelming. But I felt like I was playing Breath of the Wild again because it was so open and there were so many things to do. Of course, the other kingdoms were big as well, but the Sand Kingdom felt the biggest and had the most stuff to do.
1. Mushroom Kingdom
Call me cliche, but I really enjoyed the throwback to Super Mario 64. The way they did the castle and the outside were awesome as well as the music and the various paintings that you could find and hop into.
What are your favorite kingdoms in Odyssey? Have you completed the game? Let us know in the comments below!
It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means a Throwback post.
I know, I know… I’ve been talking a lot about Super Mario 64. But I just can’t help myself.
Super Mario 64 was one of the first games that I remember playing. It came out for the Nintendo 64 in 1996. I was only 3-years-old at the time. Not yet big enough to hold that controller in my hand.
Still, as I grew older, I remember watching both of my sisters play it along with my dad at times.
When I did start playing the game, I wasn’t very good at it. I mean, I’m still not that great at it. I can tell you where all the stars are, but it’s hard for me to get Mario to get the stars. Mario was pretty hard to control in that game. He slid all over the place and sometimes just didn’t want to jump correctly.
This game holds a special place in my heart as it was the first 3D Mario game and it was a great game.
I especially love it because it was the very first game Kris and I reviewed on this blog. I couldn’t tell you why we chose Super Mario 64 to be the first game, but we ended up doing a full 120-star run. That was the first time I had gotten every star in the game.
This is a fun game to enjoy and get angry with at the same time. Like I said, I always have trouble controlling Mario. It’s frustrating, but it’s funny at the same time.
After playing through Super Mario Odyssey, I kind of want to go back to Super Mario 64 and play through it again. But I still have so many moons to find in Odyssey…
Is Super Mario 64 one of your favorite games? Which 3D Mario game is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
So, Mario has his own email address now. This is a thing. As part of their Super Mario Odyssey promotion, Nintendo set up the former plumber with his own email so people can send him questions and he’ll answer with video responses. That, of course, got us thinking about what we would ask Mario…
It kind of feels like sending letters to Santa in a way. I think it’s cool Nintendo is doing something like this. I honestly want to shook him an email, but I don’t know what I would say. The first question that popped into my mind was, “How did you forget to host your Mario Party games? Why don’t you party like you used to?”
I’m sure many people are curious as to that answer… I’m wondering, “Why did you stop being a plumber? What made you go off on an adventure in the first place when you had a safe job?”
Is being a plumber really a safe job, though? Is it…? How about this one: “Why did you go from red overalls to blue overalls?” I mean, he looks spiffy either way, but just curious.
Probably safer than facing a fire-breathing oversized turtle every day. I want to know, “Do Yoshis have their own names? Do you just call them all Yoshi?”
“Are you going to save that white tux and actually marry Peach before she realizes Bowser had the right idea? (Minus the kidnapping, of course.)”
Does Peach even want to get married? You would think she would have strongly suggested getting hitched to Mario by now. I wonder how many, “Dear Mario, please come to the castle. I have baked a cake for you,” letters they’re going to get.
Oh, yes! We shall write that letter! I’m actually really excited for this. I’m definitely going to write something to him if I can think of something cool enough.
Will you be sending Mario an email? Let us know in the comments below!
So, a couple weeks ago I talked about my favorite Mario 64 levels since we’ve been playing through Super Mario Odyssey. I’m sure I’ll talk about my favorite Odyssey levels at some point, but I thought I’d discuss some of my least favorite Mario 64 levels.
5. Tiny-Huge Island
While this level is super clever and I love the idea of growing big and small within the level, this is a tough one for me. It’s not even that hard of a level, but I fail miserably at it. And I get confused easily.
3. Rainbow Ride
While this level is pretty and well done, it’s definitely one of the hardest. I mean, I guess that’s why they saved it for last. Still, this level is a death trap for me.
2. Wet-Dry World
Admittedly, I hated this one when I was a kid. I appreciate it more now that I know what’s I’m doing in the level. Still, it’s not my all-time favorite. I find myself dying a lot inside this level and the water levels always confused me despite how easy they are.
2. Wing Mario Over The Rainbow
Death. This is just death. (Okay, so this isn’t technically considered a level, but it’s where you unlock the wing cap and you still get a star, so I’m counting it.)
1. Hazy Maze Cave
Is there really anyone out there who enjoys this level…? If you’re unsure, just think about getting the 8 red coins. That should infuriate you enough.
What are some of your favorite levels? Let me know in the comments below!