In continuation with #MarioWeek at Miketendo64, it’s time to hit you with another Mario & Me, the mini-series where developers, Miketendo64 staff and even Friends of Miketendo64 reveal just how much Mario means to all of us.
Taking the stage in this instalment, is none other than the Mighty Wizard himself, Wizard Dojo. This is how he got on when we put him through his paces with our Quick Fire round:
Q1. Name and/or Known Alias? My name is Scott McCurdy, better known as TheManCalledScott (and sometimes Dr. Roscottnik), creator of Wizard Dojo.
Q2. First Mario game you played? I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve been gaming my whole life. I was so young when I started, that I can’t quite remember which Mario was first, but I did spend my early years playing Super Mario Bros. 1, 2 and 3 and Super Mario World, with World bringing the most memories to mind.
Q3. Last Mario game you played? I’m currently playing through Super Mario Sunshine and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions so I can review them. So those ones.
Q4. Favourite Power-up? In terms of sheer usefulness, Mario World’s Super Cape. Though Cloud Mario is another favorite. I love any power that lets you make your own platforms (it’s like the spider in DKC2!)
Q5. Least favourite Power-up? Hmmm, maybe the Flying Squirrel suit. I don’t hate it, but considering Mario has dressed in numerous fuzzy animal costumes that allow him to fly, a fuzzy animal costume that allows him to glide just seems like a step down. Or maybe the NSMB version of Ice Mario, since it pretty much erased Galaxy’s Ice Mario from existence.
Q6. Favourite Boss Battle? The final battle with Bowser in Yoshi’s Island. It’s simply incredible. If we’re branching out of the platformers, the fight against Smithy feels like an epic conclusion to an epic game.
Q7. Least favourite Boss Battle? The NSMB versions of Boom Boom. Give it a rest, will ya?!
Q8. Mario or Luigi? That’s just mean! I guess Mario, because I like how he’s like a combination of an old-timey cartoon character and a super hero, but Luigi is pretty hilarious.
Q9. Princess Peach or Princess Daisy? Rosalina is the best girl.
Q10. Metal Mario or Rabbid Mario? That’s not fair! One’s a powered-up version of Mario, and the other is a separate character. I guess Rabbid Mario for that very reason, he’s his own character.
Q11. Frog Suit or Racoon Suit? Although I love the Frog Suit, I’m going to have to go with the Raccoon Suit.
Q12. Goombas or Koopa Troopers? Koopa Troopas, because they come in so many varieties. Hammer Bros., Magikoopas, Lakitu, etc.
Q13. Super Mario Odyssey, physical or digital purchase? Physical. A game like this needs to be sitting on my shelf.
Q14. Playing Mario alone, or with a friend? Depends on which game. Galaxy’s co-op is decent, but it’s best as a single-player experience. But Mario Kart, Mario Party, and 3D World are insanely fun with friends.
Q15. Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2? Sorry childhood, the Galaxy games win, hands down. 64 was revolutionary, and Sunshine was fun in its own right, but the Galaxy games brought back that sense of “perfection” that the very best SNES games had.
And from short(ish) answers, it’s time we moved on to the longer answers, so here’s the Final Three round:
What does Mario and his associated franchise mean to you?
A whole heck of a lot! As stated, the Super Mario franchise has always been a part of my life, and it’s provided more “best game ever” candidates than any one franchise (sorry Zelda, Donkey Kong and Dark Souls). Mario has always provided a “defining” video game experience for every console generation I’ve lived through (and even some before I was born). Perhaps most importantly, Mario has had a major influence on my own creativity. I would like to make video games of my own one day, and don’t be surprised if there’s a little bit of Mario in them.
What is a Mario moment you will always treasure?
What, you mean just one? Well, one that always stands out is Christmas of 1996, when my siblings and I got a Nintendo 64 alongside Super Mario 64 and the four Mario plushies that were out at the time (Wing cap Mario, Bowser, Donkey Kong and Yoshi). There are really a lot of memories I can mention, but that was one great Christmas, for sure.
What are you most looking forwards to doing in Super Mario Odyssey?
Oh boy, there’s so much I’m looking forward to, I don’t even know where to begin. But if I had to choose one thing, it would be discovering all of the capture abilities and how they interact with the levels. I mean, you can control a guy controlling a toy car! You can control a T-rex! You can control classic Mario enemies! It’s like Mario has become Bob from Twin Peaks, only without the evil.
Then again, I’m also really looking forward to what the kingdoms themselves have in store. The variety of level themes is already staggering. I can’t wait to see how the rest of Mario’s world unfolds, especially considering how small the Mushroom Kingdom looks on the world map! Who knows what’s in store?!
Also, Bowser in a wedding tux. ‘Nuff said.
Scott, from the moment you joined us, you have been a valuable member of the team and you never disappoint. Thank you for taking the time to make your mark on #MarioWeek. Your answers, like all answers we receive, are most appreciated and if any of our beloved readers feel like contributing, here are the two ways you can do so:
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