Fan Service: Knowing the Basics

Sometimes, fandom forgets its basics. Here’s a need-to-know of Nintendo!

By Mel Turnquist. Posted 10/16/2012 09:00 2 Comments     ShareThis

Fan Service Masthead Column 2 Pokémon

Super Mario

NSMBU Mario & Yoshi

  • Origin: Introduced in 1981 as Jumpman in the original Donkey Kong, Mario came to star in his own set of games such as Mario Bros. and was even an antagonist in Donkey Kong Jr. where the son goes on to save Donkey Kong, who Mario has trapped. He would become the main star of the first huge franchise in Nintendo history, Super Mario Bros.
  • Plot: Mario is a plumber who is contacted to save Princess Toadstool (later given the name Peach) of the Mushroom Kingdom from the evil clutches of Bowser (or King Koopa, depending on your preference). Heroics ensue with the help of his brother Luigi (sometimes) or his trusty dinosaur Yoshi (sometimes).
  • Most Notable Games: Super Mario Bros. (1985), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988), Super Mario Land (1989), Super Mario World (1991), Super Mario 64 (1998), Super Mario Sunshine (2002), New Super Mario Bros. (2006), Super Mario Galaxy (2007), New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009), Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010), Super Mario 3D Land (2011), New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)
  • Most Notable Spinoffs: Dr. Mario (1990), Mario Sports (including golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, Olympics) (1991-), Super Mario Kart (1992), Mario Party (1999), Paper Mario (2000), Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)

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2 Responses to “Fan Service: Knowing the Basics”

  • 27 points
    shadownin says...

    That Darkrai in the picture should be a Kyurem because he is the third pokemon that goes with Zekrom and Reshiram who are right behind Darkei and Kyurem is the 13th strongest pokemon going by base stats (Slaking and Regigigas don’t count because of their awful abilitys). So it would be interesting to know why the person who made the piture put Darkrai there. It would also be interesting to see the piture redone with Kyurem there instead of Darkrai.

    • 697 points
      Adam Sorice says...

      The picture is obviously a parody of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, a famous painting depicting Jesus and the 12 disciples, and Darkrai is used in this version to take the place of Judas. While Kyurem fits more logically with Reshiram and Zekrom, I believe the artist chose Darkrai because of the more obvious connotations of doom and destructions attached to Darkrai, as well as nightmares, perceived betrayal and the fact it lives in shadow (similar to the lighting in which the original Judas was painted.)

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