Death of a Legend

It seems, as gamers, that Mario and his Mushroom Kingdom associates have been with us from the beginning. ย Of course, they haven’t. ย What’s important about Shigeru Miyamoto’s work on the Mario series is that it almost invalidated everything that came before. ย With some, indeed many, exceptions, mostย that preceded it suddenly seemed like mere experimental prodding towards something of greater importance. ย Perhaps i’m overstating Mario’s power but that’s, at least, how it seems on the wide open surface. ย Having already set the watermark high with his first outings, he would only continue that trend for the decades ahead – reinventing the platforming genre at every turn and outclassing his peers with ease.…   [continue reading]