Super Mario Bros is a 1985 platform video game internally developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo as a pseudo-sequel to the 1983 game Mario Bros. It was originally released in Japan for the Family Computer on 13 September 1985, and later for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America in 1985, Europe on 15 May 1987 and Australia in 1987. It is the first of the Super Mario series of games. In Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario’s brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.
The game has been highly influential, popularizing the side-scrolling genre. In 2005, IGN’s poll named it as The Greatest Game Of All Time. The game also sold enormously well, and was the best-selling game of all time for approximately three decades, until Wii Sports took that title. The commercial success of Super Mario Bros. has caused it to be ported to almost every one of Nintendo’s major gaming consoles. Nintendo released special red variants of the Wii and Nintendo DSi XL consoles in re-packaged, Mario-themed, limited edition bundles in late 2010 as part of the 25th anniversary of the game’s release.
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Nintendo Wii – Has Just Completed One Year
Can you believe that it’s already been a whole entire year since the Nintendo Wii was released? In fact, at the time of this writing, it has now been officially more than one year! Feels like just yesterday, doesn’t it? Although the Wii has been out for more than a year, it doesn’t officially make it the oldest “next-gen” system. That spot actually belongs to the Xbox 360, which in comparison, is over two years old. The incredible thing about the Nintendo console is it’s undeniable success, and how fast it’s achieved it. To give you an idea of the measure of it’s success, although the Xbox 360 was released one year before the Wii, the Wii had officially passed it’s sales this year!
The success that this system has seen up to this point, has been completely unprecedented. Even after more than a year, you would still have trouble finding this console in the stores – After a whole year! As soon as the system is put on store-shelves, there’s someone there to snatch it right up! Because of the hectic demand for the console, it may not seem to practical too purchase the system in person, unless of course you don’t mind playing the potential “chase and catch” game. If you do though, then shopping online for the popular video game system may be your best bet of grabbing it. So, over the course of the year, the Wii has been in high-demand, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Although this may not be great news for consumers that are looking to purchase the system, it most certainly is great news for the consoles manufacturer, Nintendo.
Until recently, video games in general have been geared more towards the “hardcore gamer”, leaving little room for those casual games that might entice people with less interest in video games to give it a try. The great thing about the system though, is that it essentially bridges that gap. It brings together both hardcore and casual gamers alike. Wii sports, a game packaged with the Nintendo console, has you swinging your arms, and moving your body. Instead of using complicated button combinations to play a game of tennis for example, with the Wii, all that is required of you is the motion or swing of the controller, making it easy for people of all ages to enjoy.
Just because the Wii may seem to be simple in controls doesn’t mean that you can’t play games that are more complicated. The console provides titles for both the hardcore and casual gamers. Those that have played games for several years will quickly warm up to titles like Super Mario Galaxy, The Legend Of Zelda, Red Steel, Call Of Duty, and the list goes on. Just the opposite, those that are new to the gaming scene will find fun in games like Wii Sports, Wii play, Big Brain Academy, Wii Fit, and the list goes on and on. Looking at the systems software library, it’s not hard to notice the diversity of games, thus making it easier for consumers of all ages to find what they like.
The reason for Wii’s massive success is because it has managed to reach audiences beyond those that have normally been playing games. It has simplified controls, yet at the same time is using cutting-edge technology. The software available has expanded beyond titles that are available for the hardcore gamers only. It has games that can be played online at no additional cost. Most importantly though, it’s user-friendly. It’s these combinations, and more, that have made the Wii the must-have video game system for more than a year.
The Top 3 Classic Must-Have Nintendo Wii Games
Have you ever been talking to someone about movies and heard “Oh man, how can you not have seen it?” when a classic movie comes up? Real classic movies are the kind of movie that is so good that everyone should see it at least once. Video games are the same way. With each console or handheld, a particular crop of games rises up above the rest: the true masterpieces and classics that define a console or a genre of game. Some of these are timeless classics like Super Mario Bros. For the NES and others are groundbreaking innovations that do something no other game has before like the first Pokemon Red and Blue games. Here’s a list of the truly classic games that every Wii owner should have in their library:
1. Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – In my personal opinion (sorry Ocarina of Time fans) Twilight Princess is where the series hits its peak. Link has to set out on an epic adventure across light and shadow versions of Hyrule to fight an ancient evil that’s sweeping the land in darkness. This installation in the series has a sort of gritty realism that weighs on you as you play, you can really feel how important it is that Link save the world while you play.
2. Super Mario Galaxy – Galaxy takes the old Mario formula that we’ve come to know and love and throws it a curveball. Classic free-roaming Mario open world gameplay thrown into the middle of space. Mario has tons of new worlds to explore, bad guys to beat, and challenges to conquer as he chases Bowser through space to rescue the princess and the castle. Galaxy adds so much to the classic Mario formula that there are hours and hours of replay value built straight into the main story (even more if you like 100% completion on games).
3. Wii Sports – Wii Sports came bundled with the launch consoles, but if you bought any of the newer models, you really missed out! Wii Sports was a fun game that let you try your hand at boxing, bowling, tennis, baseball, and golf. It let you really get a feel for all of the features of the Wii and was surprisingly fun for being a piece of software that was packaged with the console. It’s a little tougher to find, but just looking at the hours I’ve spent perfecting my bowling throws alone, the game is 110% worth picking up if you have the chance.
Those are the top three titles that every Wii owner should have in their cabinet, but there are dozens upon dozens of amazing games for the Wii available today. If there are any of these three games that you don’t have on your shelf, do yourself a huge favor. Go out and pick them up today at your local game retailer (or online store) and I can guarantee that you’ll be glad you picked up these amazing classic games.
On April 26, 2006, Nintendo’s addition to their line up of video game system is the Nintendo Wii system, formerly codenamed “Revolution”. Nintendo had expressed “wii” represents the answer to their idea of a video game system – something that breaks down the walls between video game players and those who deem video games as uninteresting and too complicated.
Nintendo on their Wii system (“wii” is read as “we”), would like to emphasize that the console is made for everyone else around the world, whatever tongue people speak and whether they’re video gamers or not. Nintendo’s video game guru Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that the unveiling of the “Revelation” will be in E3 2006. The Nintendo wii system comes with a remote that can manipulate movements in the video game “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” such as the bow and arrow, throwing the boomerang, as well as other actions thanks to the motion-sensor.
In a policy briefing on June 7, 2006, Nintendo revealed its plans of releasing six million console units as well as 17 million software units in the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2007. Included in this are more than four million console units that intend to ship towards the end of 2006.
The Nintendo Wii system was officially launched on November 14, 2006, in North America and along that are 21 titles that were released on that same day, while 12 more games are scheduled for release in 2006. Together with the console package in everywhere else including Japan is Wii sports.
Here are game titles together with the release of the Nintendo Wii system: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Cars, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, Need for Speed: Carbon, Red Steel, Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, Wii Play, Call of Duty 3, GT Pro Series, Madden NFL 07, Monster 4×4 World Circuit, Rayman Raving Rabbids, SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab, Trauma Center: Second Opinion, and Wii sports.
The Nintendo Wii system measures only 44mm wide, 157 mm tall, and 215.4 mm deep. If you’d like a comparison, stacking three standard DVD cases can give you an approximate size of the Nintendo Wii system. It’s 1.74 kg weight makes this the lightest console yet compared with its counterparts. The console can take in 12cm game discs specified for the wii system The console is available in silver, white, black, red, and lime green colors, however, the initially available color in the market is white.
In case you’re wondering what is inside the package of the Nintendo wii system, it includes a stand for the console to be positioned vertically, a circular clear stabilizer, the console itself, as mentioned a “wii” remote, a Nunchuk attachment, a stand for the sensor bar that is removable, a sensor bar, an external main power adapter, two AA batteries, AV cables (although other component cables may be purchased separately) and Wii sports. Let’s just hope Nintendo, this time, has inherently packed in this gaming package exciting games for the novice and pros.