Satoru Iwata: 1959-2015

Nintendo’s president will be missed

To say that I’m a Nintendo fan would be something of an understatement. The worlds that they created have always had a special kind of hold on me in the best possible way. Those worlds are more to me than just a distraction. They’ve inspired me, comforted me, and fueled my imagination for as long as I can remember. There are many people responsible for those worlds, but at the end of the day, it was one man’s job to take responsibility for them. I’ve thought a lot about what I would say to that man if I ever got the chance, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I would only need two words.

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The Road back from the Nintendo World Championships 2015

The games have begun

Well, the road back from the Nintendo World Championships qualifying round was a bit different than the road there. In the days leading up to the event, I was nervous and excited. Upon my return, while I’m still glad I went, I can’t help feeling slightly disappointed, especially as I’ve discovered how differently things went at some of the other tournament locations. 

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The Secret Decline of Mario’s Medical Career

Dr. Mario has the cure for fever and the chills, just not for lazy ports

Mario has had a considerable number of occupations over the years. He’s been a tennis player, a kart racer, a plumber, and even a boxing referee, but one of his most prolific careers is that of Dr. Mario. This puzzle franchise from Intelligent Systems has been a staple in Nintendo’s lineup since 1990, and has appeared on nearly every Nintendo console since. (Sorry, Virtual Boy) However, unlike most other Nintendo franchises, Dr. Mario has endured a strange metamorphosis over the years. Where most games obtain more features with each new iteration, Dr. Mario plays host to a different story.

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