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Researcher David ‘Tater’ Totco

My Best Undercover Work

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This video impresses even me. I slipped in the front door with just the right secret catch phrase. The large blue and red guys seemed to be a focul point. I hope I set them on the path of Mushroom Men awareness. Their suits confused me.

I still have not figured out how we stop this “video game” from being created and distributed to the mass public. There seem to be so many people involved in the process of creating and distributing this digital propaganda to the masses. I send electronic mails, but they do not write me back.

I am starting to believe that there may be some kind of connection between the rise of the fungi and the fall of the stock market. In the news they are saying that there is a cloud of mushrooms hanging over the stock market. This is so much more serious than I thought.

In the comments here on my blog, I am getting reports of other sightings. I have, however, seen no evidence. Please, you must get proof! No one will believe you unless you can get photographic or video evidence of your findings. Jules and I can help if you need assistance. We are in this together. We can win!

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  1. Mario (マリオ, Mario?) is a fictional character created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo’s mascot, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though originally only appearing in platform games, starting with Donkey Kong, currently Mario appears in many genres of games, such as racing, puzzle, role-playing, fighting, and sports games, and many others.

    Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom, where he is regarded as a hero; he is best known for constantly thwarting the plans of King Bowser to kidnap Princess Peach and subjugate the Mushroom Kingdom. He has an evil doppelgänger named Wario.

    As Nintendo’s mascot, Mario is one of the most famous characters in video game history,[1] and his image has become synonymous with video games. Mario games, as a whole, have sold more than 285 million units, making the Mario series the best-selling video game series of all time.[2] Outside the platform games he is traditionally associated with, Mario has appeared in video games in other genres, including the Mario Kart racing series, Nintendo’s arcade sports games (such as the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf series), and Nintendo’s series of Mario role-playing games. Outside the original games, television shows, film, and comics, he spawned a line of licensed merchandise.

    Contents [hide]
    1 Conception and creation
    2 Appearances
    3 Characteristics
    3.1 Physical appearance
    3.2 Personality
    3.3 Occupation and hobbies
    3.4 Relationships
    3.5 Baby Mario
    4 Abilities
    4.1 Power-ups
    5 Reception and legacy
    5.1 In mass media
    6 References
    7 External links

    Conception and creation
    Mario first appeared in the arcade game Donkey Kong as a carpenter whose name was “Jumpman”[3] according to Nintendo of America. In Japan, he was known as “Mr. Video Game”. Since the Japanese name was not properly communicated to the American branch, Nintendo of America named him “Mario”, after Mario Segali, who closely resembled the character. Segali was the landlord of Nintendo of America’s office,[4] and once barged in on a meeting to demand an overdue rent payment.[5][6]

    The name stuck, and the game was successful.[7] Mario later appeared with his brother Luigi in another arcade game titled Mario Bros. When the Nintendo Entertainment System was released, Super Mario Bros. was the launch title for it with Mario as the protagonist.

    With the limited pixels and colors of arcade technology at the time of Mario’s conception, the games’ programmers could not animate Mario’s movement without making his arms “disappear”. Making his shirt a solid color and giving him overalls fixed this. They also did not have the space to give him a mouth or ears, and they could not animate hair, which resulted in Mario getting a moustache, sideburns, and a cap to bypass these problems. Mario’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, has stated when interviewed that Mario wears a cap because he finds it difficult to draw hair.[8] Mario is currently voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Luigi, their evil counterparts (Wario and Waluigi, respectively), and other characters such as Toadsworth.[9]

    Mario has taken on the role of Nintendo’s mascot and has since been extensively merchandised. Mario’s major rival was Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog who debuted in 1991. The two mascots competed head-to-head for nearly a decade afterwards, until around 2001 when Sonic Adventure 2: Battle showed up on a Nintendo console due to Sega’s new third party status, ending a lengthy rivalry.[10] Mario and Sonic officially appeared together in a crossover sports game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

    Appearances
    Main article: List of Mario games by year

    Mario in Super Mario Bros., one of the first games he starred inMario debuted in the arcade game Donkey Kong in 1981. In Donkey Kong Junior in 1982, he was the villain, and in the ending cinematic, he is knocked out. The games were so successful that he carried over into an arcade game titled Mario Bros. in 1983, which boasted a simultaneous two-player mode and introduced his taller yet younger brother Luigi. His next appearance was in Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), which would quickly be one of the most famous games on the console.

    Overall, Mario games have sold more then 200 million copies worldwide,[11] with Super Mario Bros. 3 holding the record for most copies of a non pack-in video game sold, selling well over 18 million copies.[12] Mario also appeared in the later Game & Watch games. Mario has appeared in almost every genre of video games, including platform, puzzle, racing, sports, fighting, role-playing and educational games.

    Apart from his platform-game appearances, Mario has appeared in many other games, and has made guest appearances in non-Mario games, such as in Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! where he is a referee. Apart from these guest appearances, Mario has appeared in non-platform games as the protagonist of other successful series, such as the Super Smash Bros. series. These games are published by Nintendo, but developed by another company, such as Hudson Soft or Camelot Software Planning. Mario has even appeared as a playable character in NBA Street V3 and SSX on Tour, both from Electronic Arts. In some appearances, he is not an in-game character: in both The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario appears on a portrait, and in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes he and Yoshi appear as small statues.

    After the Game & Watch title Mario Bombs Away, Mario’s first non-platformer game was released in 1990. Dr. Mario’s gameplay was similar to Tetris, which was later ported to nearly all of Nintendo’s consoles. Mario later appeared in other genres; two examples include the educational game Mario Paint, which appeared in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Mario Pinball Land for the Game Boy Advance. 1996’s Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System marked Mario’s first role-playing game; since then, five role-playing games have followed: Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for the Nintendo GameCube, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS, and Super Paper Mario for the Wii. Outside platform games, Mario has appeared in sport-based games, such as Mario Superstar Baseball and Super Mario Strikers.

    Mario made his 3D debut in Super Mario 64.Mario’s multiplayer games represent a more important sub-range of Mario games. The Mario Kart franchise began with 1992’s Super Mario Kart for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and still continues to be the most successful and longest-running kart-racing franchise today, having sold over 30 million copies worldwide.[13][14][15][16][17] Apart from racing, the Camelot sports game franchises Mario Golf and Mario Tennis also feature Mario’s visage. In 1999, the Hudson-designed video game series Mario Party began on the Nintendo 64. The games revolve around a set of mini-games and is playable for up to four players, with the most recent incarnations being Mario Party 8, released in May 2007 in the U.S. for the Wii; and Mario Party DS, released in November 2007.

    The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! TV series and live-action movie loosely based on the video game series called Super Mario Bros. brought the character into the TV and film entertainment realms. The show starred “Captain” Lou Albano as Mario, and the movie starred Bob Hoskins. Outside the original games, television shows, film, and comics, he has spawned a line of licensed merchandise and appeared in popular culture. The Nintendo Comics System series, along with the Nintendo Adventure Books, were also created.

    Characteristics
    Mario was originally portrayed as a two-dimensional sprite, but in later games he is shown as a three-dimensional, polygonal model. He is depicted as a 155 cm portly plumber who lives in the fictional land of Mushroom Kingdom. He is the older, shorter brother of Luigi, and they are both plumbers. In the television series, Mario and Luigi are from Brooklyn, although Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island implies he was born in the Mushroom Kingdom.

    Physical appearance
    Mario’s basic appearance has changed little over the years. He is consistently portrayed as a short, stubby man wearing a hat with an “M” on it, brown hair, black moustache, an abnormally large and bulbous nose, white gloves, and denim overalls. In most appearances, Mario wears a red hat and shirt with blue overalls. However in the original Super Mario Bros. video game, Mario wears a brown shirt and red overalls.

    Mario’s outfit often changes to suit the game. For example, in the Super Mario Strikers soccer game, Mario wears a football kit as opposed to overalls, and in Super Mario Sunshine, a game with multiple tropical themes, the character wears a red T-shirt and can optionally put on sunglasses and a Hawaiian-style shirt. In some games, Mario can transform into different forms, each with a different costume.

    Personality
    Mario is portrayed in games and other media as being a kind-hearted and brave hero with archetypically heroic aspects, with a love of pasta and pizza. Mario’s cheerful personality is reflected in his high pitched voice. Since Mario’s Game Gallery, it has been provided by Charles Martinet.[18] In the games, although he largely speaks in English with a thick Italian accent, he has been known to sporadically break into Italian. In other media portrayals, he has carried a more Brooklyn-styled accent. Mario’s speech is usually limited to short phrases like: “Okey dokey!”, “Woohoo!”, “Let’s a-go!”, “It’s-a me! Mario!”, “‘ere we go”, and more, though in the Mario sports titles, however, he uses full speech capabilities. However, besides these short phrases, Mario hardly ever makes any conversation in any official games, leaving the talking to other characters. He does however speak fully in the DiC animated cartoons and the anime series.

    Occupation and hobbies
    Mario’s given occupation is that of being a plumber (originally a carpenter). With the exceptions of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and the original Mario Bros., he is almost never seen carrying out his occupation in the games. Pipes have, however, remained a mode of transportation. Mario was most often seen plumbing during the animated series. He was very knowledgeable about tools and fixing pipes in the movie. In the original Donkey Kong games however, when Mario was called Jumpman, he was in fact a carpenter.[19]

    In the Dr. Mario series of puzzle games, which debuted in 1990, Mario has been depicted as a medical physician. In 2001, Mario appeared in Dr. Mario 64, an updated version of the original puzzle game. Dr. Mario appeared as a secret character in the Nintendo GameCube game Super Smash Bros. Melee, and in another updated version of the original, Dr. Mario Virus Buster, for WiiWare. In the Game Boy title Mario’s Picross, Mario was depicted as an archaeologist.

    His most time-consuming activity seems to be saving Princess Peach, the Mushroom Kingdom, and purging villains, such as Bowser, from various kingdoms. As seen through character interactions in his role-playing games, Mario has achieved a level of fame among the kingdoms’ populations due to his heroic deeds, as shown in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, where they are referred to as “superstars”, or celebrities.[20]

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis reveals Mario has a toy-making company that earns him income.

    Relationships
    Ever since his first game, Mario usually has the role of saving the damsel in distress. Originally, he had to rescue his girlfriend Pauline in Donkey Kong from the clutches of Donkey Kong. Pauline did not last long as a character and was soon replaced by new damsel-in-distress, Princess Peach, in Super Mario Bros. (she was initially referred to as “Princess Toadstool” or simply “the Princess” in English-speaking territories until 1993, when Yoshi’s Safari debuted, even though the name was not widely used until Super Mario 64 was released three years later).[21] Pauline returned in the Game Boy remake of Donkey Kong in 1994, and later Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis in 2006, although the character is now described as “Mario’s friend.”[22]

    Mario has rescued Princess Peach multiple times since Super Mario Bros., often receiving a kiss as a reward. In a bit of role reversal, Peach rescues Mario in Super Princess Peach. Although the true nature of their relationship is never revealed (as is typical of most characters in the Mario series), there is evidently a mutual affection between the two characters.[23][24] In Super Mario RPG Peach, after almost being forced into marriage with a villain, looks toward Mario and says “Although I do hope to marry someone someday”.

    Bowser is Mario’s archrival. However, the two will often reconcile and work together when they need to find a solution together, like in Super Mario RPG and Super Paper Mario.

    Luigi is Mario’s younger brother. He is usually a companion on many of Mario’s adventures and the character whom players play as in two-player sessions of many of the video games. His demeanor is sometimes that of a “scaredy cat” who sets off to help Mario but instead needs rescuing himself, though he has also had to rescue Mario occasionally as displayed in Mario is Missing! and Luigi’s Mansion. Yoshi the dinosaur is another one of Mario’s closest friends.

    Mario rescued Princess Daisy in Super Mario Land for the Game Boy. There is no evidence to suggest they were interested in each other, considering the fact they do not share chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball. Although Daisy kissed him, this was done probably to keep a classic Mario ending. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the text explaining Princess Daisy’s trophy states that “after her appearance in Mario Golf (this appears to be a trophy error, possibly referring to NES Open Tournament Golf or its Famicom release Mario Open Golf), some gossips portrayed her as Luigi’s answer to Mario’s Peach”,[25] although Luigi and Daisy were previously paired as a romantic couple in the live-action Super Mario Bros movie. In Mario Kart Wii, Luigi and Daisy hold hands in Daisy Circuit.

    Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for the Game Boy saw the arrival of Wario, Mario’s doppelgänger. Though there is no tangible relationship between the two, Wario was once referred to as Mario’s cousin in Nintendo Power. Wario is designed to act, in a way, as an anti-Mario.[26]

    Baby Mario

    Baby Mario, riding on Yoshi’s back in Yoshi’s Island DSBaby Mario is the infant version of Mario. He first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, released in 1995 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and has appeared in several titles since. Baby Mario has often appeared in Nintendo-sports titles, such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Super Sluggers, and Mario Kart Wii. These games imply Mario and Baby Mario are separate characters, but those games are considered to be outside the continuity of the main Mario series. More recently, he has appeared in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, in which Baby Mario appeared via time travel along with Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, and Baby Bowser, which could explain the separation of the two characters. Like the older Mario, Baby Mario is voiced by Charles Martinet.[27]

    Abilities
    During the development of Donkey Kong, Mario was known as “Jumpman”, named for his ability to jump exceptional heights. This ability is still described as Mario’s greatest talent in most forms of media in which he is portrayed,[citation needed] and jumping—both to access different areas of a level and as an offensive move—remains a core element of gameplay in most Mario games, especially in the Super Mario Bros. series.

    Mario’s most commonly portrayed form of attack is jumping to stomp on the heads of enemies, first employed in Mario Bros., but better known from the later Super Mario Bros. game and its sequels. This jump-stomp move may entirely crush smaller enemies on the stage, and usually deals damage to larger ones, sometimes causing secondary effects as well. Most notably, this attack often enables Mario to knock the turtle-like Koopa Troopas back into their shells, which may slide across the stage, damaging other enemies, or Mario. Jumping remains a core element of gameplay in most Mario games, especially in the platform games. Mario also possesses a considerable amount of strength, being able to lift, carry and throw the Super Mario 64’s first boss, King Bob-Omb, who was much larger than him.

    Beyond this core mechanic, subsequent games have elaborated on Mario’s jumping-related abilities. Super Mario World added the ability to spin-jump, which allows Mario to break blocks beneath him. Later, the Game Boy remake of Donkey Kong allowed Mario to jump higher with consecutive jumps, and perform a back-flip. Super Mario 64 gave Mario a variety of jumps, such as a sideways somersault, a ground pound, and the “Wall Kick”, which allows him to propel himself to higher heights by kicking off walls.

    Power-ups
    Mario makes use of many items, which give him various powers. The most prominent of these is the “Super Mushroom”, which allows Mario to grow to twice his size, becoming the eponymous “Super Mario”, and can sustain damage before shrinking back down to “regular” Mario. Additionally, collecting a “Fire Flower” transforms Mario into “Fire Mario” and allows him to throw fireballs at enemies, and a “Starman” renders Mario temporarily impervious to harm.

    A recurring theme in the Mario series’ power-ups is the fact that many items give Mario a semi-animal appearance, sometimes related to the item depiction itself, for example Super Mario Bros. 3’s Frog Suit, which turns Mario into a frog, and Super Mario Land 2’s Power Carrot, which transforms Mario into a rabbit. Other times the item may not be related to the power; for example, the Raccoon Leaf gives him raccoon ears, a tail, and the power of flight. Other power-ups are more practical; in Super Mario World, the Cape allows Mario to fly and glide, and a balloon in a later game in the series allows similar effects. New Super Mario Bros. introduced other types of Mushroom power-ups, such as the “Mega Mushroom”, which causes Mario to grow to screen-filling proportions and the Mini Mushroom that makes him shrink to a very small size.

    When Mario reached the three dimensional format, Super Mario 64 introduced a feature that made Mario take extra damage without his signature hat on; in addition to this, different types of caps granted powers of flight, invincibility, and invisibility. Along with these basic features, caps gave more practical abilities as well. For example, the Metal cap allowed Mario to sink to sea floors and the Invisibility cap allowed him to walk through thin surfaces such as iron grates.

    Super Mario Sunshine has several few power-ups with a water theme. He is granted a F.L.U.D.D. (Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device) pack that performs his primary form of attack, squirting paint and enemies with water, named the Squirt Nozzle. He has three other expansion packs including the Hover Nozzle, which allows him to hover relatively short distances, the Turbo Nozzle, allowing him to traverse faster and break through certain barriers, and the Rocket Nozzle, which charges water up, then blasts Mario a great distance into the air.

    Bee Mario has the ability to hover in Super Mario Galaxy.Super Mario Galaxy introduced several new power-ups along with a few classic items reimagined. These included the Bee Shroom, which allowed him to float short distances and stick to certain surfaces; the Boo Shroom, which made him capable of floating as well as traveling through walls; the Life Shroom, which gave him three more life wedges; the Rainbow Star, granting him brief invincibility; the Fire Flower, which made its 3D platforming debut; and the Ice Flower which allowed him to solidify water, granting him access and mobility to otherwise unreachable or deadly locations. A hidden powerup is the Flight Star, which allowed Mario temporary flight.

    Although Mario is not usually portrayed using conventional weapons in games, one exception is the use of hammers in numerous games, such as Super Mario Bros. 3, the original Donkey Kong, and Super Mario RPG. Said hammers are used offensively and for other actions, like switch activation and solving puzzles. He often picks up and throws various projectiles around him, however, starting in Super Mario Bros. 2. He tosses items such as vegetables, giant blocks, and Bob-ombs.

    Reception and legacy

    Mario in Kungsbacka, SwedenAs Nintendo’s mascot, Mario is considered to be the most famous character in video game history.[8][3] The Mario series of video games has sold more than 200 million copies, making it the best-selling video game franchise of all time.[28] Mario was one of the first video game character inductees at the Walk of Game in 2005, alongside Link and Sonic the Hedgehog.[29] Mario was the first video game character to be honored with a wax figure in the legendary Hollywood Wax Museum in 2003. In 1990, a national survey found that Mario was more recognizable to children in the world than Mickey Mouse.[30]

    Since his creation, Mario has established himself as a pop culture icon having starred in numerous television shows, comic books, and in a feature film. He has appeared on lunch boxes, t-shirts, magazines, commercials, in candy form, on Shampoo bottles, cereal, badges, and as a plush toy.[31] Nintendo of Japan produced a 60-minute anime feature starring Mario and his friends in 1986, although this film has never been released outside of Japan. The animated series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! featured a live-action series of skits starring former WWF manager “Captain” Lou Albano as Mario and Danny Wells as Luigi. There was even a book series, the Nintendo Adventure Books. In 2005, Jonathan Mann even wrote an opera based on the character, and performed The Mario Opera at the California Institute of the Arts.

    Bergsala, the distributor of Nintendo’s products in the Nordic and the Baltic countries, lies on Marios Gata 21 (Mario’s Street 21) in Kungsbacka Sweden, named after Mario.[32]

    Mario’s legacy is recognized by Guinness World Records who awarded the Nintendo Mascot and the series of platform games he has appeared in 7 world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008. These records include, “Best Selling Video Game Series of All Time”, “First Movie Based on an Existing Video Game”, and “Most Prolific Video Game Character”, with Mario appearing in 116 distinct titles (not including remakes or re-releases).

    In mass media
    Mario’s theme music in Super Mario Bros., composed by Kōji Kondō, is highly recognizable.[33] Former NHL hockey player, Mario Lemieux was given the nickname “Super Mario” by the media during his career. Mario Williams, the #1 draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, was also given the nickname “Super Mario”, as was pro-cyclist, Mario Cipollini. German international footballer Mario Basler was affectionately referred to as “Super Mario” by fans and the media. Another sportsman who received this nickname was the Brazilian soccer player Mário Jardel, famous for his jumps and headers. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario is given the stage name of “Great Gonzales” during his battles in Glitzville. Before a climatic battle, one of the audience members refers to Mario as “Jumpman”, referring to Mario’s past identity. Mario’s nickname in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is “The Jumpman”, again referring to his original name. Mario is currently voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices such characters as Luigi, both their baby counterparts, Wario, and Waluigi.[34]

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    ike714

    October 2, 2008 at 6:38 pm

  2. Luigi (ルイージ, Ruīji?) is a video game character created by Nintendo’s game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. He is portrayed as the younger brother of Nintendo’s official mascot, Mario. Luigi first appeared in the arcade game Mario Bros., where he was featured as a main character alongside Mario. Since his debut, Luigi has appeared in many games in the Mario series, often accompanying Mario as the central protagonist, but has starred as the main character of his own game, Luigi’s Mansion. In most games of the main series, Luigi is playable, occasionally as a secret revealed in-game or an unlockable.

    While Luigi was originally created as a character identical to Mario except for being colored green instead of red (in fact, the name is a pun, as the japanese ‘ruiji’ means ‘same’ or ‘identical’), his rise in prominence in the Mario series lead to the adoption of a personality and style of his own. He is normally depicted as cowardly, but when he can get the courage to step up, he can be tough. His voice is performed by Charles Martinet, the same actor who provides the voice for Mario, Wario, and Waluigi and other characters in the Mario franchise.[1]

    Contents [hide]
    1 Concept and creation
    1.1 Actor portrayal
    2 Characteristics
    2.1 Powers and abilities
    2.2 Relations
    2.3 Baby Luigi
    3 Appearances
    3.1 Mario series
    3.2 Other media
    4 References
    5 External links

    Concept and creation

    The arcade version of Mario Bros. featured Luigi (right) in his debut appearance as a palette swap of Mario.The events leading to Luigi’s creation began in 1981, during the development of Donkey Kong, where the famous Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto had created Mario (then known as “Jumpman”) hoping that he would be able to recast the character in a variety of different roles in future games.[2] Miyamoto had been inspired by the game Joust to create a game with a simultaneous two-player mode, which lead to his development of the game Mario Bros. in 1983 with the inclusion of Mario’s brother as the second playable character.[3] In accordance with Nintendo’s marketing policy of naming and promoting individual characters,[2] the new character was given the name Luigi, which was inspired by a pizza parlor near Nintendo of America’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, called “Mario & Luigi’s”.[4] This suggestion was popular with the Japanese staff as well, as they noticed a coincidence: “Ruigi” means “analogous” in Japanese. While Mario was originally portrayed as a carpenter in Donkey Kong, the duo of Mario and Luigi in Mario Bros. were styled as Italian plumbers. Software constraints of the time meant Luigi’s first appearance was restricted to a simple palette swap of Mario designed to represent the second player. Graphically and in terms of gameplay, the characters were completely identical, except for their color schemes. These constraints also played a role in determining the look of Mario and Luigi, reflected in their future appearances. The limited pixels and colors the programmers had available at the time meant they could not animate the characters’ movement without making their arms “disappear”. Making their shirts a solid color and giving them overalls fixed this. They also did not have the space to give him a mouth or ears, and they could not animate hair, so Mario and Luigi received a moustache, sideburns, and a cap to bypass these problems.[5]

    After the success of Mario Bros., Luigi was introduced to a wider audience in 1985 with the release of the console game Super Mario Bros. Once again he would function as a second-player palette swap of Mario, this time appearing with matching white hat and overalls and a green shirt and green shoes to contrast with Mario’s red cap and overalls and brown shirt and brown shoes. With the release of Super Mario Bros. 2 (known as The Lost Levels outside Japan), Luigi became more distinguished from Mario. In that title, Luigi was a better jumper than Mario; he jumped higher and fell more slowly, though with less accuracy and also had less traction when walking. In 1988, a version of Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, with the graphics altered to represent characters from the Mario franchise, was released in the United States as Super Mario Bros. 2, after the Japanese sequel was deemed to be too difficult for American audiences. In this version, the character of “Mama” was redesigned as Luigi in his new taller, thinner look, marking the introduction of the new design to English-speaking audiences. Super Mario Bros. 2 was largely spearheaded by the Nintendo of America division, and as such, the Japanese headquarters was not immediately influenced by this change in Luigi’s design. Thus, in Super Mario Bros. 3 (1989), Luigi was once again, and for the last time, a palette swap of Mario with green clothing. From the 1990 game Super Mario World onwards, Luigi’s newly distinguished appearance and color scheme were adopted by Nintendo.

    Actor portrayal
    Luigi was voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Mario, Wario, and Waluigi. When Luigi’s voice was first introduced in Mario Kart 64, it was considerably lower in pitch than Mario’s (although it was high pitched in the Japanese version); however, in Mario Party, he has a much higher pitched voice similar to Mario’s (the same voice from the Japanese Mario Kart 64). He retained this higher voice in Mario Party 2. In Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Mario Party 3, his voice returned to a lower state. Since then, with the exceptions of Mario Kart Super Circuit and Super Smash Bros. Melee, games have consistently given Luigi a medium-pitched voice. In Mario Kart Super Circuit, Luigi’s voice was the same high voice from the Japanese Mario Kart 64. In Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi’s voice is made up of clips from Mario’s voice taken from Super Mario 64, with raised pitches. In Super Mario Strikers, the beginning credits randomly have different characters say “Nintendo” or “Next Level Games”. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he has his own voice instead of a pitched-up version of Mario’s.

    Characteristics
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    As shown in the character select screen, the Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic-inspired version of Super Mario Bros. 2 marked the eventual departure of Luigi’s design from a palette swap of Mario to a more physically distinguished character.Although Luigi is a plumber, as his brother, other facets of his personality vary from game to game. In the Mario & Luigi series he is often portrayed as reluctant, cowardly and timid, whereas the Paper Mario series makes him a more laid-back, but still somewhat cowardly, personality who tends to embellish his own accomplishments and abilities in the hopes of sharing some of Mario’s fame. In Luigi’s Mansion, he was still depicted as cowardly but still managed to face his fear and save his captured brother. He also tends to be more willing to help with Mario’s quest, but does not get the opportunity to do so until Super Paper Mario. His appearance in Super Mario Galaxy has Luigi being someone awkward and a bit cowardly, but committed to helping Mario recover the Power Stars (or recover them himself) and rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. He also helps Mario find his first Green Power Star (or finds it himself), but gets himself into more trouble than the star is worth in the process. Also, if the player collects all 120 Stars with Mario, they can play through the game again as Luigi. The game replaces Mario with Luigi in the main story as the game’s protagonist, similar to New Super Mario Bros. Also, as in that earlier game, Luigi can jump higher than Mario, but has less traction on the ground. In relation to Luigi’s Mansion, Luigi has been renowned to be related with ghosts, as seen in Super Mario 64 DS.

    Luigi is generally considered weaker and inferior to his brother, Mario, in every way except for his superior jumping ability. Luigi has also been depicted as being less recognizable than his brother, and perhaps under-appreciated. A running gag in the Mario & Luigi series has most of the supporting characters (especially Bowser and his minions; in the Mario & Luigi series, he refers to Luigi as “Green ‘Stache”), apparently having difficulty remembering Luigi’s name (with the exception of Princess Peach and Toadsworth). This gag was continued into Super Mario 64 DS, Super Princess Peach, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Super Mario Galaxy. Also, in Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Corneal claims that Luigi has been “living in his brother’s shadow too long,” to Solid Snake

    In many games and game manuals, Luigi is said to be the younger of the Mario brothers. In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and more recently in Super Paper Mario, he refers to Mario as “big brother”. However, in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, it is stated that he is Mario’s twin. It includes a scene where the infant brothers are delivered by the stork to their parents. From this scene, it is possible to infer that Luigi is really the youngest of the brothers, as Mario is the first to emerge from his sling. This is backed up by the European version of the port, which has selectable languages, all of which use a term meaning “twins” or “twin brothers”. The Official European Mario Megastar website states Luigi is a slightly younger twin in his profile, while numerous Japanese sources state that Mario and Luigi are twins. Also, for the first time in North America since the original release of Yoshi’s Island, Super Paper Mario recently implies that they may be twins (Luvbi refers to Mario and Luigi as twins despite Luigi calling Mario “big bro” on more than one occasion, though in Japan, it is not uncommon for the second born twin to refer to the first one born as onii-san/onee-san [older brother/sister]). Another Nintendo source in the form of Super Smash Bros. Brawl has a trophy of Luigi that states Luigi to be, “Mario’s younger twin brother.”[6] However, Solid Snake’s Codec conversation, as well as the Paper Luigi trophy, both state that Luigi is the younger brother, with Colonel Roy Campbell even calling Luigi a “kid brother.” Despite the contradictory sources, Mario acts like a traditional older brother towards Luigi.

    Powers and abilities
    In most of his video game appearances, Luigi’s abilities are either identical to those of Mario or with slight variations. Since Super Mario Bros., Luigi and Mario have made extensive use of items to extend their abilities, such as the Super Mushroom, which allows the player’s character to grow larger, the Fire Flower, which allows him to become Fire Luigi and throw fireballs until damaged (in recent games, Luigi launches green fireballs), and the Starman, which grants Mario or Luigi temporary invulnerability.

    In Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2), Luigi is distinguished as being a better jumper than Mario, but has lower traction, making the character more difficult to control. In Super Mario Bros. 2 (later released in Japan as Super Mario USA), Luigi is again the best jumper, better than Peach (or Princess Toadstool, as she was known as in North America at the time the game was released), Mario or Toad, although he is not as fast as Mario.[7] The traction characteristic appears in Super Mario 64 DS, where Luigi can run across a small amount of water with a running start using this power. However, he has a lower speed as Mario and is less agile than the other characters. Unlike Mario, however, he cannot perform a wall-kick.

    In the Super Smash Bros. series, Luigi has always appeared as an unlockable character. In general, his moves are similar to Mario’s, but in defiance of the usual assumption that Mario is stronger, Luigi’s attacks tend to be stronger. He is better at jumping and running than Mario, but lacks coordination and traction. His special moves are similar to Mario’s, the main differences being that his fireballs are green and are not affected by gravity and his Super Jump Punch catches on fire at close range. His low traction makes him a difficult character to maneuver; however, his strong smash attacks, balanced moveset, speed, and nearly limitless horizontal recovery capacity (i.e. the ability to charge himself up like a rocket can be used as an attack or repeatedly to recover back on stage) makes him a powerful opponent under the experienced player. An enhanced form of Luigi, Metal Luigi, appears in the Adventure Mode of Super Smash Bros. Melee (as long as Luigi is unlocked) as Metal Mario’s partner. He has more attack power than the regular Luigi and is harder to knock out. Comparing both Metal Bros., Metal Luigi is a bit stronger than Metal Mario. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, when Luigi obtains the Smash Ball, he produces a field (known as the Negative Zone) of psychedelic colors and performs a dance that hinders his opponents and plagues them with negative after-effects.

    In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Luigi is given the ability to harness and release electricity with the technique known as the “Thunderhand”. Mario, on the other hand, attains control of fire with the “Firebrand” technique. Electricity may in fact be Luigi’s “element” with which he attacks (similar to Mario’s fire). Signs of this are that he gets the Thunderhand in Superstar Saga, his team symbol in Super Mario Strikers is a lightning bolt, and he adopts the name “Green Thunder” and the motto “The Green Thunder strikes like lightning!” in Super Paper Mario, during his time transformed into the evil Mr L. In Superstar Saga he also has the ability to shrink Mario with his hammer and be hit underground, and the ability to be turned into a surfboard and do a hi-jump on top of Mario. Luigi’s stats are slightly different from those of his brother’s, with Mario being the stronger and faster of the pair, while Luigi has higher defense and stache points (as is the case throughout the Mario & Luigi series, he is even referred at times as Mr. Green Stache); the latter implying that he is extremely charming (also of note is that, unlike Mario, Luigi’s artwork portrays him wearing red-white-striped socks under his overalls, which are unique to the Mario & Luigi games). This also applies to the sequel, Partners in Time.

    Another power unique to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Partners in Time is the Mole ability. While adventuring through the Beanbean Kingdom, Luigi and his brother are given two new Hammer powers- Mario can be pounded down by Luigi to become mouse-sized, and Mario pounds all but Luigi’s cap into the ground, enabling him to travel underground. This is useful in getting into otherwise closed rooms or doing things underground. He can pop up again using Jump, and he noticeably cannot travel under steel platforms.

    Luigi’s ability in Mario Golf is vastly different to Mario’s ability. Luigi hits with considerably less power but with more control than Mario. In the Nintendo 64 version, his shots curve to the left, while Mario’s shots curve to the right. In the GameCube version (Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour), Mario’s shots go straight and high, while Luigi’s shots continue to curve to the left and go lower. Luigi’s abilities resemble Wario’s abilities in the Mario Golf series more than he does Mario’s abilities. Luigi is also the first character able to be unlocked in the Nintendo 64 version, whereas Mario is one of the last characters.

    Luigi’s speed and agility differ in many games. While he is often depicted as being slower and less agile than Mario in many games, in Super Mario 64 DS he is as slower than Mario but as fast as Yoshi, and is the most agile of all the characters, and in Luigi’s Mansion, if you examine the treadmill in the gym, Luigi comments, “I’ve always been a good runner…”. While the earlier incarnations of Luigi usually featured a character of comparable strength with better jumping but lacking in overall control, Luigi is now usually attributed with superior speed, jumping, and overall maneuverability, but with hindered strength and other physical disadvantages such as being too light to perform a task, as seen most prominently in Super Mario 64 DS.

    In New Super Mario Bros., Luigi, along with Mario, gets three new abilities. The first is the blue Koopa shell. This power-up transforms him into Shell Luigi. When running fast enough, he curls into the shell. He can also duck into the shell, allowing enemies to pass by without harming him. The shell also increases maneuverability underwater. The second is the Mini Mushroom. Its effect is the opposite of the Super Mushroom, in that it shrinks Luigi to half-size. This allows him to jump higher and slow his falls. He can also run on water. The third is the Mega Mushroom. This power-up allows Luigi to crush things like enemies, pipes, even the end-of-level flag. He also gains the ability to do a wall-kick like Mario.

    In Super Paper Mario, Luigi has the highest jump ability of all the characters, similar to how he was in Super Mario Bros. 2. His abilities include an extreme jump that shoots him off the screen, enabling him to reach high areas that the other three playable characters (Mario, Bowser and Peach) could never otherwise reach, also delivering a devastating uppercut to any enemy above him. However, as is the case in the Lost Levels, Luigi has lower traction than the other playable characters. He also has a mysterious connection to the dark powers of the Chaos Heart, which Dimentio manipulates to his advantage.

    In Super Mario 64 DS, after obtaining the power flower, Luigi is able to turn into Vanish Luigi. In this form he is practically invisible and can walk through certain enemies and obstacles (similar to Vanish Mario in Super Mario 64). This would seem to further the meek and timid personality of Luigi portrayed in several games, such as the Mario & Luigi series.

    In Super Mario Galaxy he appears to have followed the Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels template, being a better jumper with lower traction and stability, as well as having superior speed. Apart from this trait, his in game abilities are the same. One difference is his animation, portrayed as being more frantic, and his triple jump, where he kicks his legs for extra height as in Super Mario Bros. 2, as opposed to Mario’s somersaults.

    Relations
    With the debut of Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, Luigi gained a rival character, Waluigi, who has a similar relationship to Luigi as Wario does to Mario. Waluigi has since appeared in the Mario Party and Mario Kart series, Mario Power Tennis, and other games featuring Mario’s supporting cast.

    A relationship with Princess Daisy is suggested in Daisy’s trophy biography in Super Smash Bros. Melee: “After her appearance in Mario Golf, some gossips started portraying her as Luigi’s answer to Mario’s Peach.”

    Baby Luigi
    Baby Luigi is the infant form of Luigi, similar to Baby Mario. His two costumes are him in diapers and baby clothes. However, he appeared in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! alongside his older self. Baby Luigi first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island where he was kidnapped by Kamek, then rescued by Baby Mario and Yoshi. Like his older self, Baby Luigi is voiced by Charles Martinet.

    In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Baby Bowser often calls them the “Diapered Duo”. Baby Luigi appears in Yoshi Touch & Go, where Yoshi must rescue Luigi by throwing eggs to hit the Toadies carrying him. In the multiplayer mode, the second player’s Yoshi carries Baby Luigi instead of Baby Mario.

    Baby Luigi’s kart of choice in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is a converted baby carriage. He also appears in Mario Superstar Baseball as an unlockable character and is a speed type player.

    Baby Luigi stars in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time with his older self, along with Baby Mario and his older self. Baby Luigi’s abilities in battle appear to be identical to those of Baby Mario. The game explains the co-existence of the two sets of brothers in this game by saying that Mario and Luigi are sent back in time after Princess Peach travels to the past Mushroom Kingdom and the travel goes terribly wrong. They must battle the evil Princess Shroob to restore order to the shattered past of the Mushroom Kingdom.

    Like Baby Mario, Baby Luigi has playable appearances in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Super Sluggers.

    Appearances

    Mario series
    Luigi’s first appearance was in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. as the character controlled by the second player. He retained this role in Wrecking Crew (dressed in purple), and in subsequent releases of the console based Mario Bros. series; Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as Super Mario World. The American version of Super Mario Bros. 2 marked the first occasion where Luigi was available as a primary character, a role he would rarely be given in later releases. Luigi appears in Super Mario Galaxy, in which he helps Mario after being rescued from the Ghostly Galaxy by collecting three power stars, except Luigi has to be rescued from the galaxies he found them in. He becomes a playable character (whose moves and attributes are slightly different from Mario’s) after all 120 stars have been found and every purple coin collected,[8] though Mario will be absent, resulting in two Luigis.

    From the mid-1990s onward, Luigi’s appearances became increasingly restricted to multiplayer-themed spin-offs of the Mario franchise. The first of these was Mario Kart and its subsequent releases, which were followed by games such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and more recently in the Mario Party series. Aside from his prominence in multiplayer spin-offs, Luigi has been featured in a starring role on two occasions; first in the 1991 educational game Mario is Missing!, then ten years later in Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. In each of these games, he is called upon to act as the hero because Mario, the typical hero of the franchise, is the one in need of help. Luigi’s solo appearances were also notable for their departure from the platforming-based gameplay of almost all games he had featured in previously. Luigi is also fully playable in Super Mario Galaxy. His latest appearances have been in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart Wii. He will also appear in Mario Super Sluggers.

    Other media
    See also: Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, Super Mario Bros. (film), and Super Mario Bros. (TV series)

    Luigi, as seen in the Super Mario World TV seriesLuigi made his animated debut in the 1986 OVA Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach. In the film, he was voiced by Yū Mizushima and had a different color sceme than he has today, sporting a blue cap, blue overalls, and a yellow shirt. This was because he was not yet given a consistent color sceme. In the OVA, Luigi was very greedy, always thinking of ways to make money, and even left Mario at one point to look for coins. He was also a little more serious than his brother Mario, who constantly would daydream about Princess Peach, although he is not as brave as his brother.

    Luigi later made an appearance in the third of a trilogy of OVAs released in 1989, in which the Mario characters acted out the story of Snow White. He appears at the end of the video to save Mario and Peach from the Wicked Queen, portrayed by Bowser (called “Koopa” in Japan).

    Luigi regularly appeared in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, airing from 1989–1990, which cast Danny Wells as both his live-action portrayal and voice. Like his brother, Luigi’s voice actor changed in later cartoons, in his case to Tony Rosato. Even though he was not the starring character in the show, Luigi managed to appear in every episode of the three DiC Mario cartoons (91 episodes in total), in one of which Mario himself did not appear.

    Luigi played a different role in the Super Mario Bros. film, where he was portrayed by John Leguizamo. He was a more easy-going character in contrast to the cynical Mario (played by Bob Hoskins) in the film. Because he was played by a younger and more relatable actor, as opposed to Bob Hoskins, Luigi was presented as the main character for the movie, gaining the affection of Princess Daisy.

    Luigi appeared in a Robot Chicken episode with Mario about going through Vice City. (Grand Theft Auto)

    References
    ^ “Charles Martinet–Voice Over”. Nintendoland.com. Retrieved on 2006-08-14.
    ^ a b Demaria, R: “High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games”, page 238. McGraw Hill-Osbourne, 2002
    ^ “Mario Bros. Arcade”. International Arcade Museum. Retrieved on 2006-08-14.
    ^ “Mario Bros. Arcade”. International Arcade Museum. Retrieved on 2006-08-14.
    ^ “Nintendo’s Shining Star: The History of Mario”. Gamecubicle. Retrieved on 2006-12-16.
    ^ “Brawl Central: Luigi Trophy Information”. Brawl Central. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
    ^ “Super Mario Bros. 2 Instruction Booklet”, pages 7-9. Nintendo, 1988
    ^ Fletcher Black, “Super Mario Galaxy Collector’s Edition: Prima Official Game Guide”, p. 336.

    External links
    Nintendo’s official website
    Mario Bros. at the Killer List of Videogames
    Luigi on Mario Wiki
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    ike714

    October 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

  3. there i wade a long comment. are you happy?

    ike714

    October 2, 2008 at 6:49 pm

  4. you can’t stop the game now tater. October 14, 2008 thats when the ds game comes out.November 11, 2008 thats when the wii game comes out.

    ike714

    October 2, 2008 at 9:46 pm

  5. The Mushroom Men video games are being developed for Nintendo on the Nintendo DS and Wii systems. Both games are being developed by Red Fly Studio and are being published by Gamecock Media Group. The story revolves around a civil war between three-inch high Mushroom Men in a human world. According to the game’s designer Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi for the Nintendo DS will be a side-scrolling platformer as well as a prequel to Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars, the Wii version, which will be a full 3D platforming game.

    Story
    The story begins when a comet passes close to the Earth, raining down a strange green dust in its wake. The space dust is harmless to humans and goes unnoticed, but they failed to notice that flora and fauna including mushrooms, cacti, and kudzu gained sentience. In order to survive, the newly conscious mushroom people soon formed into tribes, and war inevitably followed. The story of The Spore Wars on Wii also chronicles the life of the main character Pax, a lone bolete mushroom who is trying to find his place in mushroom society.

    Tribes
    In the August 2007 issue of Gamepro magazine, four different tribes of mushrooms were revealed. The names and characteristics of all the tribes correspond to the species of real-world mushrooms for which they are named.

    Bolete – The Bolete are the innocent aboriginal tribe of the mushroom universe, a shamanistic society with heavy emphasis on creative production and the well-being of their general populace. They are good melee fighters and they would prefer to live at peace with the land and their fellow mushroom men. They are the protagonists of both games.
    Amanitas – Of all the poisonous mushrooms, Amanitas are the most lethal. The Amanitas are extremely pale and very thin. They ride spiders and use small spiders as attack beasts.
    Morel – The mysterious Morel brotherhood delves into science and advancing their spore powers more than any other mushroom species. Their weapons, built primarily for defense, are technically advanced, though they are not war-like at all.
    Lepiota – The evil Lepiota use poisonous spore powers as well as dark magic to enforce their aggressive religious beliefs. They build shrines in antique human hardware like old jukeboxes and automobiles.

    Weapons
    The game will feature weapon construction, as the player finds everyday items that can be converted into weaponry. For example an axe made of a corncob attached to a popsicle stick or even a Nintendo DS stylus.

    Music
    The theme song for the games and several original tracks are being done by Les Claypool of Primus fame.He is contributing some original tracks to the game’s soundtrack, which is a groundbreaking metronome-based system developed by Gl33k, a music and sound design group located in Austin, TX.

    ike714

    October 2, 2008 at 9:49 pm

  6. you do not need a pass word to get in. i was there.-+

    ike714

    October 2, 2008 at 11:17 pm

  7. Tater, listen to me. The game is not related. I swear to you, it is coincedance. The game is fun, and very cool. I have played the demo. You just need to focus on communicating with the guys on your property. Forget about the big company for a minute, and get back to trying to communicate with the people on your land. I still tink they are peaceful, and just scared and confused.

    Justin

    October 3, 2008 at 2:13 pm

  8. The Mushroom Men are paying Tater! He is on their side! Do not believe his lies.

    Reading this blog makes me sick, seeing that its only purpose is to make people see the Mushroom Men as a joke, so they can go about their evil unnoticed by us humans!

    I’ll tell you this about me, Tater…I work for a secret organization bent on destroying the evil Mushroom Men. They will be destroyed. Helping them will do nothing.

    Penguin

    October 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm

  9. i did some more research into this too, tater. i found this youtube video of another (different) nintendo game that also has mushrooms in it. they are a different type of mushroom but still…

    randy

    October 3, 2008 at 8:40 pm

  10. i know you have emailed the big company. but mabey we should all email them. you know one email there not gonna listen too.but what about hundreds of emails? or thousands? that would have to make a difference. we may even save lives here.

    Aaron

    October 4, 2008 at 1:02 pm

  11. ohmygod. the game. is not. the issue here! before we make a huge mistake, talk to the ones on your property tater.

    Justin

    October 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  12. TATER IS A VIRAL MARKETING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111

    ike714

    October 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm

  13. I’LL BE PLAYING CONTRA.

    ike714

    October 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm

  14. hmmm…i agree with justin. and ike is getting abit annoying. but yes tater did you take notes yet? a video of them would be ah-mazing.

    i am still curious as to the kind of dog you have tater!

    i have a puppy.and a new girlfreind. shes makes meh verrry happy =].

    Aaron

    October 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm

  15. I’ll stop posting comments were i just copy and paste, but what can I say I’am a busy guy.

    ike714

    October 4, 2008 at 11:53 pm

  16. and I’am ike714(714 is the number of home runs babe ruth hit).

    ike714

    October 4, 2008 at 11:54 pm

  17. and randy that game is a snes game. nintendo is now on the wii as there system.

    ike714

    October 5, 2008 at 10:13 am

  18. Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi is a side-scrolling platformer for the DS which acts as a prequel to Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars on Wii. Following the impact of a strange comet and the emission of a seemingly harmless green dust, many plants and fungi undergo a transformation into humanoids, and soon develop terrifying levels of intelligence. The affected races soon form tribes with war on the brain.

    Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi is due out on October 14th in America.

    ike714

    October 6, 2008 at 7:47 pm

  19. It all started one night when a giant meteor crashed through the Earth’s atmosphere and spread a mysterious green dust across the land. As the dust spread and settled, it had a curious effect on everything it touched. Once cute bunnies and jack rabbits mutated into ferocious, snarling beasts. Turtles, possums, even plants mutated into very different life forms. However, not everything mutated for the worse. The fungi of the world was given consciousness and therefore made decisions of their own, much like humans. And much like humans, some became corrupt and power hungry.

    Tribes, such as the poisonous Amanitas and Lepiota, sought to rule the micro-world and bend the more peaceful fungi to their evil will. It is here that we meet our hero of the story, Pax. Pax is a member of a peaceful tribe and one day while he was training with the Bolete Sage, he managed to accidentally absorb a meteorite. The sage took this as a prophecy and banished Pax until he could obtain another meteorite that the sage believes gave them their amazing abilities. Thus starts Pax’s journey to save his new found world as he knows it.

    The environments in the game are very impressive. Because you play as such a small creature, the world looms over you in an expected fashion. Grass becomes a thick forest. Leaves become life rafts and that garden gnome your mom loves so much becomes a bizarre mountain. Because everything is so large, Pax has a special tool to help his get around. Those sticky hands that can be bought in the quarter machines at your local Wal-Mart serve as a very gooey grappling gun. Need to get to the top shelf of that shed? Simply fire off your stick arm and up you go. If you don’t want to continually use the grappler, there is almost always an alternate route. Mouse holes, pipes, anything you can think of could be a new route to another area. Just beware what may await you on the other side.

    It is obvious with such ferocious beasties wandering around that Pax will need something to fend off attacks, but what could a mushroom possibly use as a weapon? What he finds around him of course. The weapon system in Spore Wars is a unique take on using your surroundings. You will actually build weapons by finding objects that fit into one of three categories: handle, head, and connector. Say you find a small, metal rod, a corn on the cob holder, and a rubber band. Put these seemingly useless items together and creat the “Malice on the Cob” weapon good for stabbing at potential danger. With this type of weapon system, you can imagine the amount of crazy weapons that could be possible.

    The motion sensor of the game is used as you may expect such as swinging the Wii remote to swing Pax’s weapon in the game. You also have your typical block and dodge buttons to help keep yourself alive. Keeping with the sheer creative nature of the game is the health bar. You don’t actually have one on screen. Instead, as you take hits you will see damage done to the top of Pax’s head. Each blow chips away at the top of his head until his tender brain is exposed. Once completely exposed, one more blow to the brain will kill Pax. On the fli side, collecting the energy from spores of fallen enemies will restore Pax’s head to its mushroomy goodness.

    On top of having his makeshift weapons, Pax has also acquired another helpful ability—telekinesis. A small brain icon will appear to show you what things may be interacted with in this way. For example, if you have a fallen branch in your way, using your mind power you can pick it up and toss it aside with ease. But this ability can come in handy for more than just making your route easier to deal with. Say you have an enemy that’s giving you grief. Glancing around the room you may find an object you can either drop on its head or block the path to you, offering protection from having to fight the enemy at all. It’s innovations like these that make us so excited for this new Wii release. With impressive graphics, unique gameplay and a sure to be hilarious story line, Mushroon Men: The Spore Wars is looking like it may be just what the Wii needs this holiday season.

    Tater, what were you doing on g4tv.com I saw your comment that said “Fools of the world, Mushroom Men is NOT a game!!! The Mushroom Men are real! They are here with some kind of plan or mission. This game is some kind of front. The Mushrooms are getting inside the minds of humans! Watch your thoughts!!!!”

    ike714

    October 6, 2008 at 8:10 pm

  20. Shut up, ike714!

    Penguin

    October 7, 2008 at 5:43 am

  21. Yea, this whole Mushroom Men thing is a load of crap! I saw that wierd creepy mushroom guy at Nintendo World, and I just think he’s on a load of drugs. I’m sorry, wierd creepy mushroom dude, but the mushrooms are NOT REAL!!! If you want to know the truth, than go to the market and buy a bag of mushrooms, and let them sit in the sun and rot! Than you can be like “Duh, the mushrooms are dead, ha ha, I’m a winner, they’re dead. moo ha ha ha!! Ho Ho Ho!!!” I actually love mushrooms! Hey, look! A mushroom man just ran past my keyboard! He’s asking me if I want to join his cult. I’m saying yes! I love you mr. mushroom man…sitting on my keyboard. Take THIS mr. old creepy mushroom dude! ALL HAIL THE MUSHROOM MEN!!!!! LOOOOOO LOOOOOO LOOOOOO!!!!

    Brandon

    October 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm

  22. I’m part of the mushroom men cult now!! I’m a winner!!! We rule. I think that old creepy mushroom guy with the wierd sign needs to dig a hole and live in it with the mushroom men! I LOVE THE MUSHROOM MEN!!!! F that old dude and his anti-mushroom enthusists! You know the mushrooms aren’t real and ur just using this as a cheep influential game promotion!!!! They are NOT REAL and you know it!!!!! TELL THE TRUTH mr. old shriveled mushroom dude! TELL THEM! LIES WILL GET YOU NO WHERE!!! F U

    Brandon

    October 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm

  23. Hey, mr. old mushroom dude, LOOK! There’s a mushroom behind you! They’re looking at you! They’re all around you. There’s no escape!!!! FEAR THEM!!! Fear the mushroom men!!! They are on you right now. Be afraid! Be very afraid!!!!!!!!! 😦

    Brandon

    October 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm

  24. Whoever’s reading this, listen! Be aware of this old wack-job! Don’t do what he says LISTEN NOT TO HIM!!!!!!!

    Brandon

    October 7, 2008 at 2:12 pm

  25. That old @#$%ed up mushroom dude is loosing his mind! He’s probably taking mushrooms as a drug right now. Is this true mr. mushroom dude. Are you a smokin’ some shrooms? I thinks you are. LISTEN ALL!!! I saw him at Nintendo world! He was there! I heard him say to some guy that the mushroom men were controlling his brain and he needs help! He is PUI. Preaching under the influence! Nobody listen to him! He is being influenced by the mushroom men (or maybe his shroom addiction). You must not listen to him. Eject him from this cult while you still can!!!!!

    Brandon

    October 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm

  26. Dude, Brandon, stop being a douche. No one cares about your opinion.

    Justin

    October 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  27. ike714 – I read everything you wrote and all I got from it was a headache. So confusing. Mario is a plumber? And the green guy is his friend? They did look similar. I like the Luigi guy better I think.

    Justin – The game is fun? Have you played it?! Do not play this game! And what is “douche”?

    Aaron – yes, we should all email them!

    Penguin – Yes, I am working on cleaning up ike714’s long comments. I suspect he is very young. He does not seem very intelligent.

    davidtater

    October 7, 2008 at 7:45 pm

  28. They do too care about my opinion, Justin.

    Brandon

    October 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm


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