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Super Marion Is a Real Thing (Sort of)

We’ve been sifting through a lot of old gaming magazines lately. Josh recently argued against Next Generation magazine’s proclamation that Super Mario 64 was the greatest game of all time. The folks at Next Generation even held the game in high enough reverence to hilariously refer to it as “Super Marion 64.” Upon reading this, I did the only logical thing a person could to and headed straight to Google to see what the Internet had in store for this bizarro-world incarnation of the beloved Nintendo icon. I was not disappointed. I am a complete sucker for dumb retro-styled games starring basketball players, so Super Marion Bros. is just about everything I ever could have dreamed it would be. It’s a decently-enough produced marketing video highlighting an aging power forward with no charisma, complete with rival shit-talking and glaringly out-of-place corporate advertising.…
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Super Mario 64 Is Not the Best Video Game of All Time (But Don’t Tell 1996 That)

The September, 1996 issue of Next Generation magazine’s cover story was a list of the top 100 games of all time, which they promised would be “extremely controversial.” And perhaps it was, with the number one spot devoted to Super Mario 64. Almost two decades later, that seems a tad bit unreasonable. Don’t get me wrong, Super Mario 64 is one of the most important games of the 1990s, and it absolutely deserves to be on a top 100 list. But the number one spot? It makes a lot more sense when you consider the context. That game was brand new when that issue came out, and it had just ushered in the 3D era in glorious fashion. It blew our minds because it was proof that game developers had unlocked a whole new world of game design possibilities.…
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