09 Mar 2011
Fungi Forum moderators The Chef and Kimimaru help answer the first mailbag of 2011.
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MEGAß¥TE: I wouldn't really call that errata. It's just O'Chunks goofing again. It fits his personality.
DavidDayton: Errata is reserved for mistakes in the game. This text, as MB pointed out, was intentionally wrong -- O'Chunks is supposed to be getting Mario's moniker wrong.
Deezer: From the BS Super Mario Collection 3 intro.
DavidDayton: The Mushroom Kingdom, of course.
Sapphira: What I've always wondered about that picture is who that brunette girl(?) next to Toad is.
MEGAß¥TE: She's apparently Yūki Nae, one of the radio personalities involved with the Satellaview broadcast. Somebody actually recorded some of it, and you can view it here!
And this probably isn't her, but this is what such a broadcast looked like in real life:
The Chef: It's like Nintendo predated streamed Let's Plays by years...
DavidDayton: I was surprised by your difficulty in locating Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, but it appears that there is a high demand for the title. However, you might try the GameStop stores in Anderson Mall and Clemson Station; a quick search of the GameStop web site implies that both of those locations have a copy in stock for $19.99.
Sapphira: eBay? Something interesting/frustrating I've discovered is that Yoshi's Island DS, a DS game, for crying out loud, hasn't been carried in stores for at least a couple of years. Considering its popularity, if it was discontinued, I'm curious to know why.
The Chef: Easy: It's a crappy game. :B
DavidDayton: As far as SMB3 goes, you must remember that in game art and character art are not necessarily the same thing. The box, manual, and other character art created for Super Mario Bros. 3 created the standard "Mario look" we're used to today. (Or, at the very least, it solidified it.)
Sapphira: Previous games' art depict Mario in a blue shirt with red overalls. It wasn't until SMB3 that Mario's color scheme was flipped to his classic red shirt and blue overalls. Note that this is the artwork, NOT the sprite art. With the gloves, I figured they forgot to recolor them. They "fixed" them in SMA4, I believe.
MEGAß¥TE: The Super Mario World unauthorized Famicom port included a Mario with blue pants and outlines for his body and black for his head. That wasn't a bad idea, though like most of the game, it wasn't put together perfectly.
BP: Alternate explanation: Mario used to have several changes of clothes, overalls in blue, brown, black, red, and probably even yellow. Then something terrible that can be blamed on Birdo happened and only his blue and red outfit survived. This is canon now.
Deezer: It's there now!
DavidDayton: What's funny is that I believe I have a full press kit for the film, and that's the last big update on their site.
MEGAß¥TE: There's a lot of really cool stuff on that site like in-depth interviews -- that's why we added the link! Everybody should check it out. Speaking of the movie, there have been a few props on eBay over the past year... I thought about buying this:
BP: Who needs a security system when you have that thing in your foyer?
The Chef: I've been on that site before. Sadly quite a few of the links are broken. What bugs me most about this is that they apparently once had a full copy of the original draft of the movie's script, which was supposedly much closer to the games (It even has friggin' Kamek in it). :(
DavidDayton: I've visited The Cutting Room Floor many times. Great website.
DavidDayton: Well, first you need to swing your arms (from side to side, that is) . . .
BP: What he means is, "No way! If I do that you won't listen to mine anymore!"
Sapphira: Aw, come on! Enlighten us all! :P
The Chef: Isn't it obvious? David sold his soul to the devil in return for the radio.
Deezer: That is one crazy glitch. It's pretty amazing how people find this stuff.
DavidDayton: I remember when this was discovered. I believe I added it to my code book... which I really should update some decade.
BP: You thought right--SSBM technically isn't a Mario game...
MEGAß¥TE: Here's a video.
DavidDayton: Perhaps they had screenshots, but they were deemed to be of poor quality, especially for full color printing on the back of the boxes. I suppose someone could have taken the screenshots and sketched over them to create a more usable piece of box art.
BP: Looks like Luigi's interested in that too, he looks completely bewildered right there.
Sapphira: I remember that macaroni! Well, the commercial for it, more than anything. (Is it just my imagination, or does the shaped pasta actually taste better than normal macaroni? It tastes like EPIC!) Anyway, yeah, it looks like the screenshots were probably enlarged, traced, and redrawn.
DavidDayton: Sapphira likes eating shaped pasta.
MEGAß¥TE: Given technology back then, it's probable that either the screenshots were of poor quality or they were not in a form suitable for printing. Without digital imaging, somebody probably had to trace the designs, possibly in a larger format onto film. It's amusing how much attention was given to detail in the shots, yet the characters were given a goofy look.
Kimimaru: Very interesting! My guess is that they got some quick mock-up screenshots because it might cost more money to put some actual ones on the boxes. The characters in that first screenshot look drawn, though.
The Chef: I still remember the commercials for this. They were done in stop-motion animation and Mario traversed through these bizarre Indiana Jones-esque landscapes that had bugger-all to do with the games.
DavidDayton: I seem to recall bugs like this being in the original game.
MEGAß¥TE: Yes, these kinds of glitches come up because of some simplified math the programmers used to calculate certain events. SMB2 seems to be particularly bad about them, and SMAS didn't do much to fix them. They're hard to reproduce on demand because the "glitch" behavior only occurs in specific conditions for a small fraction of a second. TASVideos has a great run-down of how many of them work.
DavidDayton: It probably snuck in when I added Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. I'll have to remember to fix that!
Sapphira: GASP! TEH HORRORZ!!!1!!1!11!!11one!!1! YOU MUST FIX THIS NAO!!!!!!!1!!!!11!!!11!eleven!!1!
DavidDayton: Why, Sapphira, I didn't know you cared..
Sapphira: Mock hyperbole, good sir.
BP: I care!
Sapphira: (~Luke Skywalker)
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