So, in case you somehow missed it: Super Mario Bros. debuted in Japan 30 years ago this weekend. Yes, it turns out there was a reason behind Nintendo launching Super Mario Maker on Sept. 11, even though this resulted in press releases that were careful to give the date as "the 11th of September"...
Naturally, the Retronauts podcast has taken a moment to commemorate the game's anniversary as well. As if you'd expect anything less! It's a bit of a landmark for the show, too, as long-time contributor Chris Kohler (of Wired) returns to the fold for the first time since Retronauts went indie. Also in the studio with myself and Chris are Bob (obviously) and friend of the show Jose Otero (of IGN), who calls people "friend of the show" several times in this episode. We spend nearly two hours talking about Super Mario Bros., its legacy, and of course Super Mario Maker. So give a play, won't you? The perfect thing to enjoy while you're building hateful troll levels this weekend.
Wired's Chris Kohler and IGN's Jose Otero join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. There's also some Super Mario Maker discussion. Have a listen and get learned!
Music in this episode was culled from various albums by The Minibosses and The Advantage, great video game cover bands. You should check the links below to grab a few of their albums!
- The Minibosses and The Advantage: We borrowed their music for this episode. Buy some albums! They're good!
- USgamer's Mario Series Rankings: It may be old, but Super Mario Bros. still ranks high!
- The Long Shadow of Super Mario Bros.: I Am Error author Nathan Altice on the impact of the game.
- The Anatomy of Super Mario Bros.: A few years ago I sat down to contemplate the design of this game in its entirety. Features critiques of the rarely seen world 5 through 7...