A Super Mario Summary
I have long enjoyed the Super Mario franchise of video games, ever since my uncle bought himself an NES and let my brother and I play the first game in the late 80s/early 90s. I cannot claim to have played, much less mastered all of the Mario games, but of those that I have encountered I have enjoyed a lot of near mindless entertainment. As such, I find that I feel a certain special appreciation for A Super Mario Summary (via Kottke per-usual).
I am not all about the whole “minimalism” movement that seems to be happening to all sorts of stuff (movie posters, songs, etc.) but I think this move works very well with the Mario mechanics. At its heart Mario is an incredibly simple game – that is part of the appeal – and stripping it down to its bare essence makes for an enjoyable and surprisingly challenging game.
Anyways, for those Mario fans out there give it a shot. I made it through level three before I got frustrated at not being able to time my jumps just right (I’ll be back at it once my heart rate decreases).