Mario, I Forgive You

My relationship with the Mario franchise has been a rocky one.  Early games like Super Mario Bros 1-3, Super Mario World, and Super Mario 64 turned out to be some of the most troublesome games I’ve yet to own, with the latter two taking literally YEARS to beat, while the original trio has yet to…

Super Mario World Has Been Conquered

I have recently reached a huge achievement in my life.  I…finally…beat…Super Mario World!  I kid you not, over the course of my entire life, I have been attempting to beat that game, and I could never get much farther than Chocolate Island.  That level where, if you take the wrong exit, you end up going…

Listmas 2017: The Duck’s 2017 Gaming List

Merry Listmas, dear readers!  With the end of the year growing ever nearer, I thought it would be fun to look back on all the games I had played in 2017.  It’s been a great year for gaming, not to mention an extremely productive one.  I mean, wowie!  Fifteen games?  How did I manage that!

Super Mario World: Conquering my Nemesis (I Hope)

The old-school Mario games have always been the bane of my existence as a gamer.  When I first started working through my parents’ collection of Super Nintendo games many years ago, each game gave me varying levels of challenge.  Over the course of a year or two, I would eventually finish some games and progress…

Giving Thanks for (Seven) Video Games

Here in the states, we’re in the throes of another turkey day. Happy Thanksgiving! Or, happy Thursday! However you are spending today, I hope you are enjoying it. I, for one, am looking forward to spending a little quality time with family and a lot of quality time with games. (Or…maybe that’s the other way…

Community Post: The Duck’s Top 5 Mario Levels

United We Game’s February community posts continue, with today being the day the Duck will present you all with my entry on the topic of levels in the “Mario” series.  Gamer or not, pretty much everyone’s heard of Mario, and there’s a reason this squat plumber is so popular even after people have been playing…

Community Post: Mario, You Lead and I Shall Follow

No matter how many times Mario’s adventures are hashed and rehashed, games that prominently feature that famous plumber, his princess, and that evil dinosaur we call Bowser, remain fresh, fun, and playable dozens of times over. Mario games are level-driven games — you’ve got to make your way through stages or levels in a series…

Community Post: Mario, The Innovator

My childhood was dominated by Nintendo, it’s fearless red plumber and his crew. My first exposure to the world of video games came when I was very young with the Nintendo Entertainment System and of course, Super Mario Bros. It’s safe to say, I was hooked for life after pushing the jump button on the…

Community Post: A Mario Level for Every Player

My earliest experiences with the Mario Brothers were not spent playing, but reading the instruction manual while watching my younger brother play the very first game on our Nintendo Entertainment System.  As I scoured over the game controls and characters, my brother would play through this relatively new experience with the ease of a much…