19 Apr 2002
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Not diva dyad
Hey, Random Mailbag Answerer! (Wait, is it actually ramdomized or do you
guys have a predetermined Mailbag Duty??) Anyway, I've got a question
for you guys. I'm 15, and the other day I wore my Mario hat when I went
out. It's black, with a picture of Mario's head on the from and the 'N'
logo on the back. My family noticed the hat, laughed, and said I was too
old for it. I don't believe that's true, do you? I mean, if you're a
hardcore Mario fan, you'll never outgrow Mario, right? You guys are in
college, aren't ya? Does anyone ever ridicule you for being Mario fans?
Should I number my questions next time? Finally, is it weird to only
listen to video game music? Heh, that was more than one question......
- Blues Light
David Dayton: Of course not. It is perfectly normal. I always wear full
Mario regalia when I go out, and if I had any friends, I'm sure they'd support
Okay, let me rephrase that. It might be a bit silly to wear a Mario hat in
public, but it depends on the circumstances. I don't think I'd walk around in
a Mario hat... although a Mario necktie might work. My friends never really
made fun of me... mainly as they spent more time playing the games than I did.
But it might be wise to limit the amount of emphasis you make on the
fact you like video games, just to avoid added annoyances.
Video game music is good. So is Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of
I have to say, I'm surprised you haven't reported on Square rejoining
forces with Nintendo yet. I'm sure I'm the 8203842th email in regards to
this subject, but just in case, I had to write to ask what's up.
Subsequent final fantasy's will, in fact, be released on gamecube, or
whatever future systems there might be. Somewhere out there's a princess
that needs saving, so I'm off...
David Dayton: Square returns. The XBox is slumping in sales.
All is good.
- About the guy getting shocked by the Xbox, two problems: 1) Isn't the
controller plastic, and thus cannot conduct electricity? 2) Halo is M
rated and stores aren't allowed to have the game where kids can see it.
(that store can get in serious trouble...) More likely he was shocked by
the interact as the big useless thing has already injured me twice
(man...I should sue them...hmmmm).
-About this whole Yoshi is gay thing, here's my idea: If Birdo is male,
he is obviously tricking Yoshi and will reveal his true nature on an
upcoming episode of Jerry Springer.
-To the guy who said Mario 128 was imposable. Yeah, the Nintendo *64*
was called the Nintendo *64* because it had *64* bits. Where did you
think that number came from?
-I agree with the guy about the Sonic bashing. You need to have equal
time per system. Let's bash Crash Bandicoot, because what the heck is a
bandicoot? And those sneakers are SO last season! I'm not sure who to
bash for Microsoft, though. I want to say that Oddworlds guy, because
he's ugly as all sin and this game sucked, but he came from Sony.
Microsoft doesn't really have a mascot yet. I guess we just have to keep
making fun of Bill for now.
-My final thought: Wasn't there a mario reference in one of the
Nightmare on Elm Street movies? The teens were in the nightmare land and
Freddy put one of the kids into a video game and was controlling him
with a controller. I think it was Super Mario Bros. background and a NES
controller, but it's been so long since I've seen it...
Well, that's enough for now!
David Dayton: Hey, Amanda. Always fun to take your messages...
A) Good points about the Xbox. However, the controller does contain cables,
and the cables are made to pop out of the controllers. At some point,
then, the possibility of exposed electricity appears. Again, not a very
likely possibility, but...
B) I no longer dignify this question with a response.
C) You lost me.
D) Bill's like a mascot... he's sort of plastic...er...umm...
E) I know there was some kind of Freddy Kreuger game, but I never saw
I have heard that the mario cartoons were coming back along with a new
mario anime. but the site I found this info from was lying. I warned him
if he didn't take it down and tell everyoen eh had lied I'd spread it to
the world. so I'm spreading it.
oh, and I wanted to know if you could
say something in your reply about inserting taosted cheese into an
x-box. wouldn't it be fun......I gotta try that....
David Dayton: Knowing is half the battle. The other half is sticking
toasted cheese in an XBox.
First, I have a question. Are you planning on putting Paper Mario stuff
in the Mariopedia, and if so, when?
Second, when Jesse Salazar 3rd
emailed in about the Mario Party 2 finger puppets, I was going to email
in and tell you I've had them for over a year, but then I realized, mine
are Locks, not finger puppets, but the figures are exactly the same. I
got the exact same leaflet with my locks, except where his says in
english "5 differnt finger puppets to collect" mine has japanese
writing, and instead of "Mario Party 2" mine has the Mario Party logo,
in japanese mind you. In fact, all english on his is japanese on mine..
That might be because mine are from japan ;) . Nintendo just seems to be
reproducing the figures as finger puppets for the USA, assuming thats
where Jesse is from. I'll see if I can get mine scanned this week.
David Dayton: I'm sure Deezer has Paper Mario stuff planned for the
Mariopedia. He's just a little busy. Send him a dancing girl.
Hello, remember on Super Mario RPG, when you get to travel to
Booster's Tower to save the Princess? I just wanted to know if Booster was
originally going to be Wario, because if you look at him a certain way,
looks just like him. Thanks!
P.S. If Nintendo made a Mario RPG game for Game Cube, what would you want
most in it? I would want more original ideas in it from the past Mario
David Dayton: I have no idea if Booster was going to be Wario, but I
doubt it. Square made up many unique characters for the game. WHEN Nintendo
makes the next Mario RPG game (for any platform), I want Luigi playable.
David Dayton: Metroid is coming out for both the GameCube and the Game
Boy Advance. Please don't die.
I do have an Intellivision, and I sometimes play it. I've never tried Snafu,
though. Do you have an extra copy?
1. CAPCOM RULES!!!
2. SHIGGY RULES!!!
3. X-BOX [expletive deleted] LIKE H--L!!!
Now to the real questions:
4. Will Capcom make a Mario game?
5. Do you like DDR, and...
6. When in h--l will it come on Gamecube?
7. Will Capcom and Nintendo remake Zelda 1 for Game Boy Advance?
8. Long, but....
Residint Evil made it in second place in the box office, and the
remake Gamecube looks better then Code: Veronica X, the reason
is because Gamecube has smaller loading times. If the remake was
on PS2 it will take a very long time to load.
Capcom knows this, Nintendo knows this, there both happy :).
- Matt Koopa (Capcom fan)
David Dayton: 1-3 are interesting. 4 is a probable no. 5 is a definate
no, although I like the concept. 6 is uncertain. 7 is a possible yes.
I have a Mario Reference...in...POKEMON!?! Here's how
it begins. I was on ebay and a guy was selling 50 of
his games. I bought them and 6 of them were Pokemon
games. I decided to paly it when I was board. I picked
Pokemon Gold up and got to the 5th gym. One of the
traners had the name Blackbelt Yoshi! But I wonder why
they made him so easy to beat.
- Mario Fan 1,000,001(Hoothoot40)
David Dayton: Hmm. I suppose some Pokemon have their names pulled from
a list of random names? I dunno. I'd love a screenshot, though.
How do you make Radio Stations on winamp?
Also, do you accept GF games and Multimedia Fusion 5 on the site?
if you do check out my site
http://4eyedent.cjb.net for some cool games.
David Dayton: Check http://www.live365.com
for info on creating web radio stations. The game site of yours looks nice.
Toss Deezer an e-mail and ask about submitting the games, or perhaps just
about a link.
What is your favorite Mario game?
David Dayton: Super Mario Bros. 3.
Umm, I think I kinda got a question - why for god's sake does Wario speak
that german sentence 'So ein Mist' in Mario Party? any answer is greatly
- Studio ikiru!
David Dayton: He says, "Oh, I missed!"
David Dayton: Thanks for your support. Hopefully, we'll be around for
a while. The only problem with most fan sites (and websites in general) is
that the Net is fairly young, and most sites started with college students.
Once you're out of school... updates slow to a crawl. Let's hope all goes
well for TMK. Oh, and about the address -- no, I can't. Deezer might,
but he won't.
Do you think that Mario Kart and Mario Party 4 for the GC should be like
SSBM by having chracters from multiple Nintendo Games instead of just
Mario. JUst think of it. Link driving a car when he's from a time where
there are no cars and Fox and Samus driving cars when there from a world
where cars are pieces of junk.
David Dayton: Actually, a Mario Kart game featuring Nintendo characters
from multiple Nintendo series would be neat. The problem is that it would
cease to be Mario Kart -- but with Shigeru's joke about Sonic possibly
appearing in the next Mario Kart...
Someone wanted to know if there is a Mario Drawing Book. The answer:
YES! I have it! ^___^ Hmm, let's see.......Ah, yes. It's called "HOW TO
DRAW NINTENDO HEROS AND VILLANS." by Michael Teitelbaum. Illustrated by
Ron Zalme. Published by TROLL. Price: $3.95 U.S. $5.95 Can. A couple of
things.. Mario is tough to draw. Luigi too. He has a star on his shirt.
It has a TON of pictures from the Mario, Zelda, and DK series. it's
copyrighted 2000. Oh, and for some odd reason, Bowser (aka in Japan
Koopa) is named Kerog! Why is this?!!
- J@zzy (I know, I changed my name a bit)
David Dayton: I want it now. I am so annoyed that I don't have it.
Maybe we can get Troll to advertise on our site. ;) Any chance you can get a
scan or two from it?
David Dayton: How is this as a picture?
about two days ago a buddy of mine showed me world negative 1 on Super
Mario Brothers for NES. Is it possible to beat or is it just a death
David Dayton: Death trap.
While viewing your homepage, i saw that SMW2 will be on the GBA... is
that true, where did you find this information (will it be SMA4 for that
matter..), because them remaking all of the good games for SNES for GBA
is good, because i am one of those unfortunate people not to own a
SNES... and Yoshi's Story for N64 sucked to begin with, so why would
they remake it... (on a non-mario subject... i hope they remake Secret
of Mana for GBA so I can play it without a stupid emulator...)'
David Dayton: We don't have any secret stores of knowledge (yet), but
I do seem to recall something from about a year ago mentioning that the
Mario games were being worked on.
Ok here's a few questions.
I ordered the Super Mario Bros Cartoon DVD, I was
very very, i mean VERY dissapointed with it. I was so
excited to get it after pre-ordering it and
everything, but I was so ashamed that they took away
the live action segments. The one thing that really
upset me was that they only had ONE live segment, but
it was stupid(just like them all but it was still
The question to this is, what were your thoughts on
the Super Mario Bros DVD if you got it.
Here is a big question, why doesnt Miyamoto get off
his lazy a-- and make his games where you dont have to
read every word? I mean it's really [deleted]. If I
wanted to buy a big game waiting so long to own it, I
wouldnt want to read every [deleted] word on the thing.
Doesnt he know how embarrising it was to prove how
better GC was to X-box to my cousin when you had to
read everything?! NINTENDO AND MIYAMOTO NEED TO GET
ON THEIR FEET AND PUT SOME VOICE IN THEIR GAMES WHERE
YOU DONT HAVE TO READ!
Another question is if you could make another site
besides TMK what would it be?
- Chad Byer
David Dayton: I don't own the Mario DVD, but I plan to get it. I heard
it was basically the cartoons and the Zelda cartoon. Since you do own it, can
you give us any more info on it? Any special features?
Actually, I believe the Mario games do not feature speech because Miyamoto
prefers having text and reading. In the case of several characters (Yoshi,
Bowser, D.K.), having them speak in English (or Japanese) would simply not
fit the story stylistically. Nintendo has plenty of voice talent, but I
believe Shigeru prefers using a mix of text and audio.
I figured, since you're one of THE best Mario sites on the 'net, I
figured you'd know a bit about SSI code. I've been trying everywhere to
learn SSI, but have come up short. Any way you could direct me to a help
site, or perhaps send me the code in a notepad file?
David Dayton: Er... SSI code is basically a small programming language,
so we can't simply give you the code. I don't program/design with it myself.
SSI stands for Server Side Includes, and it means that you are running a program
on the web server that interacts with the pages. One example of such a language
is Perl -- if you've heard of Perl Scripts, they often use Server Side Includes.
My knowledge is very limited, but you can find out more by doing a search for
PERL on the internet.
i was just wandering, how do you warp to 7-2?
- nick aka luigi!
David Dayton: I'm assuming you're talking about the original Super Mario
Bros. In that game, you warp to the first level of a world only. You can't
warp to the second level, thus you can't warp to world 7-2.
Not much comments for this letter (I guess you can always
recycle comments from my last letter which didn't make it?)
Anyway, as for the Topic on Mario and Sonic..:
I'd say the best chance for Mario and Sonic would be in a Smash
Brothers-esque game. (Hey, the head of Sonic Team said himself
he'd like that) Of course, failing that, the best chance of either appearing in
the same game is in Cameo form. It'd be pretty difficult to
mistake a Sonic silouhette..
But it's mainly Shigeru's decision. As far as we know, he might
cameo Mario/Sonic as aliens if he ever makes a Pikmin 2.
- Capt. Snarf, Aspiring Fungiomancer
David Dayton: I might recycle old letters. If no one answers a message
and I stumble across it, I try to answer it. My gimmick is that I try to
answer ever single message in the mailbag. Today there were 145. I am stupid.
Uno. Hey, I just saw this in this site, katrillion.com, talking about
upcoming GCN games:
"Katrillion recently sat down with Shigeru Miyamoto
-- director and general manager of Nintendo and the creator of 140
Nintendo games -- for a guided preview of the forthcoming Gamecube line.
For those who don't know, Miyamoto is responsible for such classic
characters as Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and the Pikmin. Read on for his
thoughts on the upcoming titles.
'Mario Sunshine' This is the biggest of
the games in the works. So what's in store for everyone's favorite
plumber? 'His backpack is a water cannon,' Miyamoto noted through a
translator, adding that Mario squirts enemies and slime with it. 'The
Gamecube technology allows for many moving elements (like individual
water droplets and ocean-like slime) on screen at the same time,' he
added. The upcoming '100 Marios' will make use of this as well."
guess I was wrong about Pikmin being 100 Marios. Still, Capt. Olimar is
Ma Ri O <-> O Ri Ma...
Dos. I just read about your SSBM photo album... I
have some really cool snapshots/ideas for snapshots but I don't have a
video capture card. Fooey. How much do those cost anyway?
Apparently, at Target, where I live at least, if you buy 2
Nintendo-developed games (at the same time) you get a Mario
"bobblehead". He's got a gamecube in one hand and a controller in the
other. I can scan the ad if you want.
Cuatro. (Is that how you spell
that?) As for the commercials I am sending you, I seem to have forgotten
where the Domino's Pizza contest commercial is. I did get the Mario Kart
one though. So, I will still send you that soon.
Cinco. (Is that how you
spell that too?) Lastly, I have ROMs of Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64
and Paper Mario, and the graphics work perfectly on the first two,
almost perfectly on Paper Mario and then I have Mario Golf and Tennis
but they don't work very well graphically. My point being if you want a
picture of something from those first three games for the Mariopedia or
something, just say so and I can get it for you. I'm wondering if I
should get Yoshi's Story from the site I got the others from but my
emulator says that it doesn't work right... but it might have good
enough graphics for image-gathering purposes...
- Chupperson WEiRD
David Dayton: Yeah, I've heard from a variety of things that 100 Marios
is a unique title, although I did think it was Pikmin for a while. Capture
cards vary in prices, although either Office Max or Office Depot has one on
sale for about $80 (WinTV). We'll be waiting for all submissions, game art,
commercials, etc. Feel free to send it any and all game art you wish.
Hello TMK this is my first time mailing in. Can you please tell me how
to get the warp flute in SMB3 at world 1-3? And at Wal-Mart I'm seeing
all these Mario Kart Toys ( Mario, Luigi, Wario and Donkey Kong). To bad
I don't have any.
David Dayton: Find one of those big white blocks. Stand on it and duck.
After a few seconds of ducking, you'll fall behind it and be behind some of
the background graphics. Dash to the Goal at the end of the level and you'll
find yourself walking behind the black background. Keep moving around and you
should wander into one of Toad's Secret Shops.
The Mario Kart toys are at Wal-Mart now? I need to go down and check them out.
Which ones are they?
David Dayton: You know, I had an idea. Sega is currently developing
F-Zero for the arcade and GameCube. I wonder if the Mario Kart comment was
just a hint.
Hey, I just wanted to say I love your site, and was I board enough to
where I thought I should read each and every MailBag, there ever was (in
other words, I had to much time on my hands). I read past the MailBag
titled "J.J. makes enemies", and he did give some rude, yet
understandable responses. And in a MailBag titled "Police departments
around the globe agree: TMK is the best Mario site in the world." a Fan
fiction fan replied with anger, and Grady Martin sent an e-mail with a
retarded and harsh poem about JJ. I would like to say I know where JJ is
comeing from, I to, had a website (that was powered by Xoom.com that is
no more) and I had a lot of [edited] e-mails from half retarded
who think ignorance is an excuse to ask dumb questions. Ignorance of
Mario games comes from lack of Mario games, play more games and learn
more about them. I know it been a year but I feel this needed to be
said. I can go on and on but I think I'll end this subject with this
sentence. JJ you rule, keep practicing your American right to free
speech, I know I will. And now for the Mario related part of my e-mail,
I thought it would be cool to see a Wario Bro.s game, with Wario and
Waluigi, probably not going to happen but it would still be cool (I
don't know, I guess that was a reach), what do you think?
P.S. Fan Fiction does suck, people should leave the Mario stories to the
pros at Nintendo
A second e-mail was received later...
Hey, I e-mailed you about JJ not being a bad guy (which he isn't) and
then after I started to read more mail bags I noticed it said that JJ is
canadian. And in the e-mail I said "JJ you rule, keep practicing your
American right to free speech, I know I will." well, seeing how he is
canadian I thought I should clarify the American right part. Well,
technicly canada is a part of the American continent, and by me saying
American right to free speech, I am refereing to America the continent,
and not the U.S.A. Just wanted to clear that up. By the way, I think I
know of a Donkey Kong comeo (you might already know, I haven't finished
reading all the mailbags yet) in a cartoon called "The Cridic" Jay's
father is driving down the road, and the camera (or drawer if you
prefere) goes into his perspective, and it shows that Jay's father is
seeing donkey cong in the distance and throwing barrels at his car, and
he atempts to dodge them. Its quite a halarious scene. Well thats all
this time, keep up the good work on the site, hopefully it'll be another
5 years at least for TMK.
- Nathan aka WeaponX
David Dayton: J.J. is cool. Let's all praise him. However, some fan
fiction is ok. Oh, and not that it necessarily applies to J.J., but our right
to free speech shouldn't be confused with a right to be a pest.
hey. I don't have too many questions cause i don't want to keep you
reading all day.
1. why does nintendo always try to put new twists on old games,
like paper mario (maybe i'm alone on this but i hated that game) and
the new zelda
(the cartoon graphics are STUPID)
2. I think bowser needs his own
starring role. agreed? (maybe he already had one i dunno)
3. in SSBM, i
was doin the homerun derby, and believe it or not, i never saw the bat
until like half an hour after i started. but, i managed to use donkey
kong and hit someone 412 feet without a bat anyway. can you beat my
score? also, try hitting people with the bat backwards. they bounce back
and still go the right way. can you beat my score of 302 feet?
David Dayton: New twists on old games creates new, fresh games. I like
it. Bowser will most likely not get his own starring game, as he is still a
bad guy -- but you might have more chances to play as him, after his Super Smash
Bros. Melee appearance. Also, in SSBM, I had the same problem for the first
few minutes, then I found the bat.
Hey mailbag answers, I have a Mario reference for you, well really a
Bowser reference in the Simpson's Road Rage game for the Gamecube. In
the cemetery one of the tombstones reads Bowser.
David Dayton: I think that's a coincidence, as Bowser is also a dog's
Hello, this is the second time I write to The
Mushroom Kingdom. However, this is still the first
message that I sent to your "delicious" web site. I
believe that I sent this message to the wrong
address... I'm not that smart, ya' know.
Anyway, I have a couple
of Mario cameos for you.
The first one was on "Who's Line is it Anyway?"
Wednesday, February 20. At about 9:40pm eastern time
on ABC, the black comedian (Wayne Brady?) had to sing
a song about someone in the audience. The person that
was chosen out of the audience was a game reviewer at
DailyRadar.com. Wayne sang to him as Britney Spears,
and in his song, he acted as if he had the hammer from
Donkey Kong, and he mentioned that this game reviewer
"could become his Mario"... or something like that.
Wayne also mentioned
Pong, Jungle Hunt, and Pac-Man in
his catchy melody. Unfortunately, I didn't get a
chance to record the music, hopefully someone else
The other Mario cameo was on a little known
television show called "Maximum Exposure." It airs on
UPN on Sunday. Every show has a different topic, this
one was about people getting hurt. Even though the
people shown get badly injured, you can't help but
laugh because of the way the narrator presents their
story. Anyway, one story was about a happy couple who
went target practicing at a sand pit. The guy was
shooting at a steel-belted radial tire with his trusty
shotgun, and one of the bullets hit the steel causing
a bullet fragment to ricochet right into his love's
skull. Luckily, there wasn't much damage, and she
only needed stitches. She was smart, she covered her
wound with the best kind of bandage out there, a Mario
Bros. Band aid. I recorded this show on VHS, so I'll
try to get WAV. file out to you... as soon as I can
find the tape on the floor in my room :).
- Benjamin LaPointe
David Dayton: Welcome! It would be interesting to get those clips, so
feel free to contact us when you get that done.
HI out there Does any one know where or how I can buy Super Mario 64
Orginal Sound track CD?
David Dayton: Try eBay, or go to
Animenation and buy the imported Japanese version for $30.00
Hi, I am trying to remember the name of a Super Mario Bros. Super Show
Here is all I remember of it:
Mario, Luigi, Princess, and Toad all dress up like bad guys. They try to
sneak into Bowser's place or something. Mouser asks them for a password.
They try to guess it, but aren't successful. Then Mouser whispers
like "The password is CHEESEBALLS!" Then they all say "Cheeseballs!",
Mouser lets them in.
Also I would like to know the name of the live-action segment that was
David Dayton: I have no idea. Can anyone help out?
Is there a way to copy your save games between slots in Super Mario
World: Super Mario Advance 2?
- Sean Marsala
David Dayton: I don't think so.
Hey did you ever notice on Mario 64 on the Wet dry world that the backround
music is the same for the game "Tonic Trouble" for the 64? (U have played
Tonic Trouble, right?) Ya um, ok see ya next week!
- Sir Chris, Conquerer of all the land!
David Dayton: Never played it, but I doubt they are the same tunes, as
that would be copyright infringement. It's probably just a similar theme, but
feel free to submit a sample of Tonic Trouble music so we can compare.