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Old 09-14-2010, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TGS 2010: Happy Birthday, Mario

Waiting for a train yesterday at Akihabara Station, I looked across the tacks and noticed this fantastic billboard celebrating the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Game ads are a dime a dozen in Tokyo, but I was so struck by the simplicity and elegance of this one that I had to snap a photo of it.




Then I woke up this morning and discovered that not only is today (well, yesterday, Tokyo time) the actual 25th anniversary of the game's release, this image is the box art for the upcoming Super Mario Bros. Collection Special Pack. At least it is in Japan, anyway. I haven't heard anything about a U.S. release for the collection, and the chances of Nintendo of America using such a beautiful photograph for box art are pretty slim (even accounting for the fact that this photo is full of Japanese-region games on the Japanese Famicom). Someone in marketing would look at this and say, "Needs more renders! And angry up the eyebrows on level three, dammit!"


I realize it's pretty stupid to import a compilation of games -- especially those I already own in several different forms -- simply because the cover art is so beautiful, but, well, few games have such beautiful packaging.


In the meantime, if you're in the mood to celebrate this little anniversary, why not soak in the Mario mania by going back and listening to the 8-bit Mario episode of Retronauts or checking out this ancient artifact of a retrospective?


Edit: I'm seeing mixed information on whether or not this is actually the game's package art. Some sources say yes, some say no. I'm kind of hoping it's not. Sure, that would undermine this entire post, but it would also save me some scratch.


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Old 09-14-2010, 07:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: TGS 2010: Happy Birthday, Mario

Ah that looks cool. I don't know if I would get Super Mario Collection (or All-Stars) if it came here because my SNES works just fine with it but it's nice to see Nintendo celebrating a milestone like that. I wish Nintendo of America would do something like this.
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Re: TGS 2010: Happy Birthday, Mario

What's with the chick in the mask?
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Bad attempt at Cosplaying Dr. Mario?
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What's with the chick in the mask?
It's common in East Asia for people to wear masks in public because of fears of the bird flu, which is more prevalent in that region.
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I see people in my area with those masks on but I also live near a hospital and they could be contagious themselves.
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Safe to say we don't get too many cases these days. Still, better safe than sorry.
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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWvc-7suhvs"]The Evolution Of Super Mario - YouTube[/ame]


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