Super Mario Maker 2 and its Surprisingly Compelling Story Mode

Playing the first Super Mario Maker made me realize that I took Nintendo’s approach to 2D Super Mario level design for granted. Contrasted against most of the user-generated levels I played, Nintendo’s approach across multiple Super Mario games showcases a high level of creativity, polish, accessibility, and restraint. It’s great that players are given the tools to create whatever they want, but it turns out that I mainly want more of Nintendo’s secret sauce.

Unfortunately, the Nintendo-made levels were poorly packaged as part of the 10 Mario Challenge. In it, you’re tasked with beating as many levels as you can with only 10 lives. However, unless you beat the entire challenge in one sitting, you’re likely to have to repeat levels before experiencing all of Nintendo’s content. Furthermore, the lack of connective tissue between levels made it difficult to get invested in Mario’s travels. At the very least, prior games sort of gave you the sense of working towards saving Princess Peach. With Super Mario Maker, you were just served levels at random that you’re running through for the sake of it.

Seemingly aware of the first game’s issues with regards to the presentation of Nintendo-made content, Super Mario Maker 2 takes a very different approach. Thus far, it’s made a huge difference in the way I consume and enjoy the game.

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Let’s Play Paper Mario is Complete! What Do We Play Next?

Cross one off the bucket list! After months of streams, Paper Mario is finally complete! It was a wonderful game to play and I’m glad that so many of you shared that experience with me!

Though my schedule fluctuates from week-to-week, I like the idea of having at least one Let’s Play game going at a time. It’s an opportunity for us to experience a game together in full. Here are a few games I’m kicking around as the next Let’s Play candidate!

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Let’s Play Paper Mario – Part 18 (FINALE)

This is it! With all the stars collected, we make a final push to Bowser’s castle! What an epic end to this 18-episode Paper Mario saga! Thank you all for joining me on this ride!

Highlights

Shocking ending!

Shout-outs!

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Return to Tetris 99

We’re back from London and Paris! It’s time for more Tetris 99! We got a few wins that bookend the stream, but we also talk a lot about E3 2019, what game’s we’re currently playing, our experience with theatrical arts, and more!

Shout-outs!

    • Thank you Double Jump and Later Levels for hosting!
    • Thank you to everyone that tuned in! I appreciate your company!

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Streaming Pet Peeves

As a viewer or as a streamer, what rubs you the wrong way? Twitch streamer Gullible Gambit posed the question on Twitter and got a lot of great responses. I know this thread is a few weeks old now, but I wasn’t able to squeeze this in before my trip. The subject is still worth covering though! Thanks for the question Gullible Gambit!

Let’s do this!

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Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Review

Educational gaming’s most elusive thief is at it again! Carmen Sandiego and her gallery of rogues are stealing some of the world’s biggest landmarks, and it’s up to you gumshoes to throw them all in jail. Two-to-four players take part in this competitive deduction game where you’ll arrest members of her crew while aiming to be the one who wins the game by arresting Carmen herself. Can you track her down before she slips away again?

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A Look Back at Wave Race 64

Before Nintendo put all of their racing eggs into the Mario Kart basket, they were rather adventurous with their forays into the racing genre. One of those Wave Race 64. At the time, I vividly remember the game wowing me with its realistic water physics and simulation of Jet Ski racing. Does it still float after all these years?

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Contra Anniversary Collection Review

Who needs an army when you have one-or-two shirtless heroes with big guns? Though it doesn’t make sense that the protagonists in the Contra franchise can’t find any backup (or clothing) on the planet to help them protect the Earth from an alien invasion, the circumstances made for some great action games in the 80s and 90s. Contra Anniversary Collection compiles most of the games released during the franchise’s peak years, including the long-absent NES original and a few international versions with a few unique twists.

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Super Mario Maker 2 – Launch Day Live Stream

It’s finally here! On the morning of launch day, I gave Super Mario Maker 2 a shot! We try out a bit of the story mode, a few levels that others have made online, and a bit of competitive multiplayer!

Highlights

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10 Years of In Third Person: Strength in Numbers?

This is my car, circa 2011. I took this picture of it before driving it off the lot for the first time. Not long after, I wrote a post about it. It’s not gaming-related, but buying my first brand new car was an event worth celebrating however I wanted.

What happened after that was…unexpected.

Not long after posting, traffic to that post took off. So much so, that it’s still one of my most most popular posts. On one hand, it droves me nuts that this one off-topic post took off, while so many of the gaming posts that I care a lot more about are more deserving of the eyeballs in my opinion. However, it also served a teachable moment with regards to what the numbers can (and can’t) tell you.

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