06 Jul 2001
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In June 29's mailbag, someone asked about names. You might find this interesting, whether it's all
coincidential or not. There's a Japanese word "marui" that means "round like a ball." You know, like
how Mario is pudgy? Additionally, there's also the world "ruiji," which means "similar." And then I
think everyone knows about "warui" meaning bad, and some people know about "igiwarui," which
means "bad person" and is also an anagram for Waluigi. And you said the Mario characters get their
names from food? Who else besides Peach?
Deezer: Yeah, I noticed the "marui" connection while in Japanese 102. Turns out it's just a happy coincidence. As the story goes, Mario was named after Mario Segali, the owner of Nintendo's warehouse back in the day. "Ruigi" (meaning similar) and how Luigi is similar to Mario is another happy coincidence. In a Famitsu.com interview, Shigeru Miyamoto said: "That name [Luigi] was actually given by the American team as a contrast to Mario." In that same interview, Miyamoto also mentioned that Bowser ("Kuppa" in Japan) was going to be named either Kuppa, Yukka, or Bi Bim Bap (all Korean dishes). Besides Peach, I can't think of any more food-related names off the top of my head.
P.S.: The word is ijiwaru.
A few things. First of all, you have the best site on the net(well one
of them at least). So how many unique hits do you get an average day
,also, when do you plan on updating your cover page you still have to
add SMA, Dr. Mario and more to come!
Deezer: Dunno, dunno, I know.
Bowser a mean-sounding monster name? What gives...It's a Jewish Name!
Ok! I would be glad to make a Flash movie for your site, should it be a Mario
VS. something, or an intro to your site or what? And can someone "Thank" J.J.
for calling me ignorant? :(
And I also have a 56K modem, so i think it was awful rude of J.J to make that
comment, and I would get DSL, but there are poor Mario fans out there too! I
got this old computer (75 mhz) from a sleazy work-at-home computer guy my
freind's mom knew, and I got the modem from my Uncle. My new, 600 mhz,
modemless computer which I make Flash movies on (then I Email them from this
thing), I got from my School because I get to be the Webmaster next year!
Your probably thinking "How can I be a webmaster without a connection to the
web?" the answer is I CANT! So I am gonna get DSL very soon. Does this have
anything to do with Mario? nope... Well I will stick in a question to make it
1. Has Princess Peach's actual Father, King Toadstool, appeared in any game?
So far I have only seen the Chancellor in SMPRG, and the other kings in SMB3
2. That comment about Bowser using clowns to scare kids into killing Mario
was funny, And it explains why he also appears at the end of levels, when you
need to use the bathroom, so you either forget to pause when u leave or just
hold it in and lose your concentraition. This isnt a question, actually...I
had one then I forgot it while writing the first, so I put this in instead.
I dont expect you to put this in the next mailbag, because it has only 1
question. But it would be great if you did anyway!
Deezer: Make whatever you want. If it's appropriate, I might use it for an intro. If not, I'll at least use it to launch a new "Flash movies" section.
2. Yeah, who said that, David? It was pretty funny.
Deezer: You can't go to that island, but you can re-enter Ludwig's castle after you've beaten it. Just stand on the ruins and press the L and R Buttons simultaneously. This code doesn't work in the Japanese version of the game, which I keep forgetting to mention on the Super Mario World: from Japanese to English page.
Yo, whoever! I saw another Mario cameo in an episode of Dexter's Lab! It was
the episode where Dexter is having electrical problems and the electrician
comes over. He has Mario's mustache too. If his hair was brown, he'd be a
perfect Mario! So, Luigi as a janitor and Mario as an electrician. Cool, huh?
Deezer: I was watching that today, and noticed references to James Bond and Knight Rider, so I wouldn't be surprised.
In Super Mario 64, extra lives are somewhat helpful for Bowser battles. If
you die in a Bowser battle you lose a life and have to replay the fight, but
if you get a game over you have to replay the entire level to reach him again.
Deezer: True that.
I was walking down the street the other day and some guy said to me, all
out-of-the-blue-like, "Hey there! You know what I like theiving? Gimmicks
from other websites!" And that made me think of you guys; and it made me
feel all warm inside. And by warm, I mean "full of vengeful anger".
Maybe you should stop using Mr. Face on your site, A) because it's a rubbish
idea anyway, and B) because you stole him from Nintendorks, apparently
without asking, seeming as it's just wrong.
Deezer: HELLo Slime!
A) You better not let Mr. Face hear you calling him rubbish...
B) You're right, we didn't ask, but we also never claimed Mr. Face as our own. Besides, most every mention of Mr. Face leads to a link to Nintendorks.com, so as it turns out, they get more traffic from us. So now you see how great of a site Nintendorks.com is, that it had such an influence over David for him to be Mr. Face's illegal puppet master every so often.
Where can I find a copy of Mario Explains Communism?
29 June 2001 mailbag
Deezer: Pete's Pawn Shop.
Deezer: Thanks! Expect a review for it soon. :)
Hey guys how's it goin? I visit your site alot but this is the first time
I've actually submitted to the mailbag (unless u count the e-mails I always
sent to Deezer begging him to post WTMK mp3's on his site years ago). Anyway
I have a couple of questions. First, I saw that screenshot from last weeks
mailbag with Toad in SSB Melee, and I wanted to know if he's gonna be like a
secret character or is he one of Peach's attacks(it did kinda look like he
was comin out of her dress)? O yea, could someone tell me who Mr. Face is?
Is it some kinda inside joke? Sorry if this hurts your feelings Mr. Face but
did you know your kinda scary? By the way that new site intro thing with the
blurryness and stuff is cool! I just thought of another thing....what does
Deezer: I'd say Toad will be part of one or more of Peach's attacks. Mr. Face is a fictional character from Nintendorks.com. "Deezer" was just something my dad used to call me when I was young. Even he can't explain it.
Deezer: If you're still in Soundgarden, you better quit because that band broke up a while ago.
I have a couple of answers ! Probably. It exists. I don't feel like it.
What is this game? I saw it on eBay and thought it was a pirate or something.
But I can't find any information on it anywhere. Can you provide me with any
information on it?
Deezer: It is indeed a pirate. I can't believe people actually bid on that.
It's cool that mario is in so many games like mario cart 64,mario
tennis,mario golf exc. exc. but you could spice up buisiness if you could
make a Mario baseball,Mario Soccer,
&Mario Football.You should put tons of cheats in them like,automatic
homerun,extra turbos,5th and 10.Exc.Exc.I think it will really help
buisiness.Players should/might be,
Mario,Luigi,Peach,Toad,Waluigi,Wario,Birdo,Big Boo,Dk,Dk Jr.,Secret
&Creat-a-player.On Mario Baseball,you should make different colored bats to
go with caracters and a spiked bat for Wario&Waluigi.The baseballs shoud be
fireballs.The umpires should be Yoshi.There should be a scoreboard too. The
announcers should be
Bob-oms.I really hope you make these games.
-One Huge Fan
Deezer: I think you have the wrong number. Try dialing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Mushroom Kingdom,
I was playing Super Mario: Lost Levels (SMB2 in Jap.) on Super Mario
All-Stars, trying to get to world 9. I got there eventually, and while I was
playing on level 9-4, I noticed in that block platforms made up Japanese
Katakana symbols, and together, they spelt "Arigatou", which means "Thank You".
If you can, I'd like you to mention this in your Super Mario Bros. Japanese to
English section, under Super Mario All-Stars. ARIGATOU!
Deezer: That was the plan all along, I'm just lazy. Douitashimashite.
Deezer: That's easy for you to say.
I am a Brasilian boy and I have one web page about Mario.
My e-mail is: email@example.com
Deezer: Okay, so you have a website called "TML" and your e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Next you're gonna cut your hair like mine and dye it blond, right?
I was just finishing Super Metriod last night, and I made a little discovery, in the area called "Maridia"
the underwater regions of Zebes, lies a turtle that spins into the area to reach an enegry tank for you,
but to my surprise, this large turtle was surrounded by four fimilar looking characters in black shells,
very similar looking to the black shelled Buzzy Beetle from the beloved Mario Series. I thought it
was rather nice to see them in for a cameo :)
-Tim A. Brown
Deezer: It is highly possible that their similar appearance to Buzzy Beetles was not just a coincidence. I've also heard people say the big turtle reminds them of Bowser, but I don't see it. You make the call:
Personally, I'd list this as a "questionable cameo."
Deezer: That's intentional. MEGAß¥TE added it because it's like the effect on the Super Mario World map screen, except in reverse.
MEGAß¥TE: Use Mozilla.
I love WTMK!It's so great!I like every thing it plays!(Exept Mario,Save
Me With Your Charm,And Mario Land Compact Disco.Or,anything compact
disco,But I'm learning to like them.)Anyway,my questions.
1:Why is the site so slow?
2:Why does WTMK repeat so much?
3:Who's Mr. Face?
4:Why is he never wrong?
5:(This ones for Deezer)Why haven't you kicked Mario_Luigi of the Message
Deezer: Ah, no way! Compact Disco rules.
1: We ran out of food for the hamsters that are powering the server with their hamster wheels.
2: The current playlist is over four hours long...
3: Mr. Face is a fictional character from Nintendorks.com.
5: I deleted his unappropriate topics, and he seems to be behaving himself since then.
Okay, after talking for 6 months on the internet, I
finally meet my net girlfriend for the first time. We
go to E3, have to leave early third day for the prom.
Anyway, as a way of thanking me for all this, over the
course of the last month and a half(she left two weeks
ago )= ) she gave me Jet Grind Radio, Dr. Mario 64,
Paper Mario, Pong GBC and Chu Chu Rocket GBA. Only Dr.
Mario 64 was playable, and damn was she good. She
NEVER lost a game the 4 weeks she was at my house... I
felt defeated. What can I do to get better when I go
up to her uncle's house this Xmas?
-Chris "M3wThr33" Glass
P.S. Is it Mee-Lee, or May-Lay? I couldn't hear on the
screen at E3, too loud.
Deezer: You're asking the wrong person, I suck at Dr. Mario.
P.S.: The "Melee" in "Super Smash Bros. Melee" is pronounced "may-lay."
Hey I love the site keep up the good work and also I
was playing Super Mario Bros. the other night and in
the first level (world 1-1) I jumped from the first
pipeto the other (something i never did before). When
I landed the screen flashed and four free guys landed
on me as I stood on the warp pipe.It was the weirdest
thing I ever saw in a Mario game.
Deezer: Are you sure you didn't have too many "Magic Mushrooms?"
I beat the game with in the first hour of playing. ( Warps in world3,World5)
Wart was so EASY. It was funny watching Wart get tossed out by the Subcon's.
Sadly I've beaten All the Mario games. Even when SMB3 and SMW come out I'll
still probaly beat them in a hour. I one question what Mario game do I play
Have you tried getting high scores, or finding all the secret stuff? Or
kicking a friend's butt in two-player?
-Super Mario All-Star ( Super Mario Pro)
Deezer: The way that Super Mario Advance handles the scrolling in Super Mario 2 actually makes it harder for me. Same with Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. And I'm sure the same will be true with SMB3 and SMW.
No. Sorta. Yes.
You must be joking when last week you commented on, quote-UN-quote, "Paper
Mario is better than Super Mario RPG." I mean, it's an OK game, but Super
Mario RPG is WAY better. I understand if you don't print "Opinion" letters,
but I just had to point you in the right direction. Keep up the good work!
Deezer: Okay then, in my humble opinion, Paper Mario is better than Super Mario RPG.