I have a fun feature for you guys this week. Well, at least I hope you'll find it fun! You read up on the event below and I'll catch you in a few, short hours!
Let's take a moment to be honest. The internet is full of a lot of hate. It can be a not-so-nice place to spend your time. Nintendo fans know this very well, as Nintendo has been the butt of a lot of jokes for many, many years now. Couple with a never-ending deluge of 'Nintendoomed' articles and things can get really depressing! That's why I thought I'd try to change things up.
I've seen what you guys and gals are saying in the comments. You're tired of all the negativity that other outlets/mouthpieces are saying about Nintendo. You need a breath of fresh air. You'd like to hear from people that enjoy what Nintendo does. Well no worries, as I've got you more than covered.
This entire week will be GoNintendo's Week of Nintendo Love, featuring commentary from game developers, publishers and fellow journalists that share an appreciation for the Big N. I don't want to ruin the surprise of who else will be sharing their thoughts this week, but I thought it would be best to kick off the feature with Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham. He's given DS, Wii U and 3DS owners plenty to enjoy over the years. He clearly has a soft spot for Nintendo, and I wanted to know how that came about!
Thanks so much to Jools for jump-starting our feature this week. Very excited to share these comments with you, as well as the comments coming later in the week. It's time to put some smiles back on Nintendo fans' faces!
When RMC asked me to kick off GoNintendo’s ‘Week of Nintendo Love’, I started to think about the many positive impressions that Nintendo has made on me over the past 30 or so years. There have been many, so to choose just one is difficult. It has to be something that had important emotional impact on me. Not just some fluffy, “Oh, that was rad,” moment.
The first game that had a huge impact on me was Super Mario World. I immediately fell in love with the pixel art, the colors, and the sound. It was all so fresh and glorious to me. I had not seen nor heard anything like it before. And as such; Super Mario World is my ‘Nintendo Love’ moment of the week!
My infatuation with Super Mario World is not only based on love at first sight. As I got to know the game better, it continued to surprise me and take me on a journey where even my dreams had not ventured. It took me to a variety of magical places that offered creatively, innocence, wonder, and even ghostly fear!
Even the inner workings of the game, under the hood, were a thing of beauty. The game design of Super Mario World not only delivered on the second to second moments with fluid player controls, great level design, and challenging and imaginative enemies, even the player’s journey from level to level was inspired.
Offering the player choice over which levels to enter and even the ability to unlock secret paths along the way made the first play-through feel like you were venturing into uncharted territory – only to find that subsequent play-throughs maintained that same degree of enchantment.
To say Super Mario World had a positive and lasting impact on me would be an understatement. I still remember the moment I first saw the game. It held my gaze and entranced my mind. That moment will forever be emblazed on my mind, just like all true loves should be.
No time like the present, right? :)