21 Dec 2012
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MEGAß¥TE: As the arcade games were developed by Namco, Nintendo doesn't consider them a real part of the series. While it would be nice to have the tracks playable at home, in my limited experience, the tracks aren't very good, so we're not missing much.
The Chef: The track from Brawl is based on Figure 8 Circuit from Mario Kart DS, so that would be really redundant.
BP: How about a capture-the-flag shooter where the guns are Bloopers, and you unlock special inks that do different things like set your opponents on fire? And you can also unlock hats... for your Blooper...?
Kimimaru: I agree with MB on this one, but I also think it won't work out because the Mario Kart Arcade GP games have drastically different karts, characters, and items, making them quirky additions to future Mario Kart installments.
CrossEyed7: I've never played the arcade games, but from what I've seen, there's some pretty cool elements in them. The items and general gameplay are definitely pretty different from normal Mario Kart games, but if they could remake a couple of the tracks as Retro courses for Mario Kart U (possibly DLC?), I'd be up for it. And Blooper racing could totes be a thing. Mario Water Ride as a successor to Kirby Air Ride?
The Chef: I actually have played the arcade game (the second one) and I can say that the game is absolutely 100% "for arcades only" by design. The tracks are, as MB said, nothing special. They're all just basic race tracks with very wide roads, few complex turns and absolutely no obstacles whatsoever. They'd barely fit in a normal arcade racer let alone a Mario Kart game. In addition, the item system is largely based around the fact that the game is a sit-in-the-chair-and-steer-with-a-steering-wheel game. Almost all of the items have an effect that either blocks the screen, messes with the wheel or finds some other way to moderately annoy the other player rather than deliver a massive blow to their lead. Simply put, Mario Kart Arcade GP is an entirely different beast than any of the games on the systems and likely wouldn't work as a simple home port of any sort.
David: I never liked the controls for the arcade game. If we're talking about wacky changes to the series, why not Super Smash Kart?
The Chef: Because then it wouldn't be Mario Kart anymore. If they did have to make a Nintendo crossover racing game, I'd rather it not be tied to Smash Bros. It's already bothersome enough on it's own.
The Chef: Mario Wiki may be in-depth but its still really poorly written and poorly organized in several areas, not to mention the amount of misinformation if not outright conjecture it incorporates into many of its pages.
Sapphira: Mariopedia needs to be seriously updated. I think if it were overhauled and updated, it might have a real shot. I forget what it was, limitation-wise, that was holding us back. I think it currently has a wiki feature, but no one's ever used it.
BP: MarioWiki also has a really fuzzy manual of style, if any. How come Lucas has his own article but Mike Tyson doesn't?
Kimimaru: As much as I like mariowiki, sometimes it simply does not have what I'm looking for. It's also hard to find some specific things that you want. I think the Mariopedia can improve upon it by making information easier and more convenient to find as well as having even more in-depth coverage.
David: The Mario Wiki guys and gals do a good job at what they do, but I do think the Mariopedia does a better job at its entries. We just need to finish it up... I should really write a few more things.
CrossEyed7: If we're going to compete with MarioWiki, what the Mariopedia really needs is for us to preface every statement with "It is interesting to note that...".
Kimimaru: Very interesting; thanks Kara! I didn't know such a thing existed.
The Chef: I remember seeing a picture of this on either the forum or a previous mailbag...
David: I remember this.
CrossEyed7: Would that be this one? The picture on top there looks like the same Peach/Toadstool design as the Famicom cover art for SMB (that one with the blue Bowser). I'm always entertained seeing how much mileage Nintendo got out of that one picture of Mario jumping and holding a thing with the weird misplaced leg, including using it as Luigi on the side there.
The Chef: That looks like it could be a really really well-made fake.
Sapphira: Mario Matryoshka dolls, very cute. Someone should make and sell those in real life.
David: I think it might just be a test of someone's CGI skills.
CrossEyed7: I want to believe.
Deezer: Now that's what I call a "bright" idea!
The Chef: Just make sure it doesn't set off a bomb scare this time.
BP: Oh, I've seen this before. Everyone loves it.
Kimimaru: First time I've seen it and I'm in love with it! Very creative!
Sapphira: Whoa! Sweet! What a clever idea! I like how it makes a 1-up sound on the 8th tap.
David: It's hanging by a cord. Everyone knows that real ? blocks hang in mid-air.
BP: That used to blow me away when I was little. Like the game was reading my mind.
The Chef: It makes flipping through menus even quicker. More games need this feature. Some games even have it as part of the options menu.
David: I almost thought there was a difference in the way the two dealt with saved ghosts, too...
The Chef: (o ^_^)b
Kimimaru: Great to hear from you again, Jazzy! I hope you return to the Fungi Forums soon! I should really listen to WTMK one of these days...
Sapphira: Hey, I remember you!
David: Feel free to record a fanatical promo for WTMK. Please.
CrossEyed7: Yes, we are awesome.
Sapphira: Merry Christmas! What exactly do you mean by "secret door"? Are you thinking of a specific one? There are secret doors in pretty much every level of Sticker Star. You won't be able to access them right away, though...
CrossEyed7: You can buy secret door stickers at the shop in 3-6. Every level except 4-4, 6-1, and 6-3 has exactly one place to put a secret door sticker.
David: It all depends upon how zealous you are and the size of your hacksaw.
Sapphira: Yes. In Stump Glade (World 3-10). "Snifit or Whiffit."
CrossEyed7: I haven't heard of anyone else unlocking this yet, but in World 7-9, there's another quiz show, "Human or Fumin'." It's hosted by Human, with his studio audience full of Humans, and every time you get a question wrong, Human lights you on fire.
Sapphira: XD He's totally lying, but that would be hilarious! Alternatively, it could be called "Guy or Fry."
The Chef: I've always wanted to create a story where the main cast is a bunch of animals or aliens or some other type of creature, and there's one human in the group simply named Human. I think Adventure Time sorta beat me to it though.
David: Since when did Sapphira get a 3DS?
Sapphira: About a week before Sticker Star came out. I got a good deal from GameStop through Club Nintendo. :D
CrossEyed7: Sapph, you've had Sticker Star since launch and you still haven't unlocked World 7?
Sapphira: ...I'm not sure how to even respond to that.
Kimimaru: Hey Deven! I'm not sure what to think of the new SSB game yet, since we have so little information about it. I just hope it plays more similar to Melee than Brawl. I'm not picky about graphics, but I'm sure they'll be better than Brawl's. I really think Waluigi would be a good contender; he has developed a variety of moves over time in the games he has appeared in. I believe they'll have a character editor or something similar in the 3DS version, which you port over to the WiiU. A Klondike Bar...I probably wouldn't do too much XD
CrossEyed7: I love Waluigi. And if he is ever featured in an actual game, he will cease to be Waluigi. The essence of Waluigi is "that creepy loser who's never been in an actual game (other than Mario DDR I think?)". He must never stop being a creepy loser.
The Chef: 1. I think it will be a Smash Bros. game.
BP: 1. Hope the characters talk more than in the previous games. Trash talk!
David: I'd answer questions about the new Smash Bros. game; however, as you haven't provided a Klondike bar...
CrossEyed7: Best Supporting Actress.
Sapphira: Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.
Deezer: Best New Super Mario Bros. Game With "U" In The Title
The Chef: Nobel Prize in Physics
BP: All Super Mario Bros. games have "U" in the title!
David: Deezer must prefer it to the others, then.
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