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Jonathan

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  • Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeff Ryan
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

    Steve says: "Great read! Very informative."
    "The backstory... the origins... the reasons..."
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    Having been an avid nintendo player as a child (what 80s kid wasn't) I was immediately interested in the content and story behind the scenes of such a huge infleuence. I was not dissapointed! Moreover, I often found myself completely familliar with the various tunes, characters, backgrounds, and itterations discussed without any need to refresh my memory!

    Perhaps commonly for those who witness the decades long progress of a genre of culture, I often dispair at the complete lack of understanding among modern gamers of the long histories and development behind our favorite titles, and their changing scope and complexity over various platforms... This book, gladly, not only misses essentially Nothing I could recall, but often includes various stories that happened offstage to make the changes and moves I so often witnessed from the outside in wonder.

    With the stories of things like the origins of the names, the design of the characters, the various omages to significant actors, and all of the buisiness dramas that underly the years of change, I found this book to be both informative, and nostalgic.

    Beginning with the long years before the rise of video games of any sort, and moving step by step through the gambit of the rise of home consoles and modern gaming, this book seems to leave no yellow question mark stone unshattered!

    I mostly enjoyed the discussion of the various new techniques and breakthroughs that enabled each successive game advance, with an emphasis on what sorts of additions were made to each of the oldest game systems to squeeze out the next best thing!
    I also enjoyed hearing and remembering all of the 'new releases' and 'greatest game systems' of the past, we so fought over and despirately 'needed'... which seems funny to compare to the systems which came after... so far outshined...

    A well delivered and descriptive history, the only real issue I had with the book is the author's tendancy to string all of it together in such a way that made it Hard to Find a Stopping Place to end, and then restart the story later on. Because of this, I read the story through essentially over the course of a single day... which may itsself be taken as an endorsement, but would seem the less difficult method, and most natural way, when actually reading it.

    Ultimately, a great trip back to my childhood and a very revealing history of gaming to date...
    As we enter the period of super realistic, highly interactive, and hugely expansive games which the new systems allow, I find myself missing the pure genius and simplicity of the great games of old... valuing more from the use of less to achieve so much, than the comparatively vast and unrestricted possibilties of modern gaming...
    It's a trip! And a Tale worth telling...

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