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Section of the Month
Don't Panic, because uhhh, idk you're on your own with this pun. Panic!
Could Have Been
Hello everyone! I am Alex95 and welcome to Could Have Been. In this segment, I talk about features that didn't quite make it into a game's final release and see just how the cut content would've affected the game. This month, I'm introducing a new section to this segment, appropriately named "What Could Have Been?" First, I'll talk about the content that was removed or left out of the game like usual, and then I'll speculate about how that would have impacted the game. Which is…something I was supposed to be doing from the start, but, I, uh, kinda slacked on it. So, uh…yeah. Super Mario Bros. 2 everyone! Let's dive right in and take a look at what could have been! *cough* beforeIgetfiredfordoingmysectionincorrectly *cough*
First of all, the obvious stuff. Super Mario Bros. 2 was originally a Japanese-only title called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic. The game was not built with Mario in mind, so when it was converted into Super Mario Bros. 2 for western audiences, it played significantly different from the first Super Mario Bros. This conversion also gave us leftovers! In Doki Doki Panic, the characters used a Magic Lamp to create magical doors and they collected large Hearts to increase their health points. Super Mario Bros. 2 replaces these with the Magic Potion and Mushroom respectively, but the Magic Lamp and Heart sprites are still in the code. There are also a lock and a metal platform, meant to hold the captive kids at the end of Doki Doki Panic. Since no one was actually captured in Super Mario Bros. 2, these sprites go unused. There's also a smiley face for some reason; it's likely a placeholder, as it is not used in either game.
Back in 2005, there was an old prototype of Super Mario Bros. 2 that was sold on eBay for three hundred fifty dollars! Whoever bought it (I don't know who) was kind enough to dump the ROM online, dove into it, and found all sorts of things! This prototype seems to use internal batteries, like with Doki Doki Panic, meaning progress saving was possible like in The Legend of Zelda, which was released around the same time. It also offers unlimited continues, compared to the final game's two. The character sprites are also different, with Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach lacking the sclera (the white parts) of their eyes, Peach having some extra hair pixels, and Small Toad had feet. The characters are also set to holding items at the height of the original characters they replaced, which was adjusted for the final game. The prototype also made it impossible to run. Running wasn't a feature in Doki Doki Panic, so the mechanic wasn't added yet into Super Mario Bros. 2 here. Wart took four hits to defeat instead of six, and the player would get "prize money" at the end based on the total amount of times they died throughout the game. Dying more would equal less money, and the code is still in the final game, but it goes unused. The Magic Lamp from earlier was also still in use, having not yet been replaced by the Magic Potion. Some stage layouts are also different. The end also just says "The End", lacking the image of Mario sleeping.
Now then, the biggest mystery of them all (not really)! What changed between Doki Doki Panic and Super Mario Bros. 2? I don't mean like the leftover graphics that got replaced, as I mentioned above. I mean what got completely changed and overwritten, so they no longer even exist in the code? Doki Doki Panic uses a large number of sprites that are ultimately left out of the coding in Super Mario Bros. 2. The biggest change being the character line-up and story. Doki Doki Panic starred an Arabian family of six, whose pet monkey, Rusa, found a magical book and gave it to the twins, Poki and Piki. The twins fight over it and end up ripping off the last page, which frees an evil toad named Mamu (later Wart) and he pulls the twins into the book, capturing them. The twins' family then jumps into the book to rescue them. Super Mario Bros. 2 instead (SPOILER ALERT!!!!) takes place in Mario's dream. The Mario characters replace the original ones, snuffing them out of the coding and taking their attributes. Mario takes the brother, Imajin's, role and is the balanced character. Luigi takes the mother, Mama's, role and is able to jump higher. Peach takes the brother's girlfriend (fitting), Lina's, role and is able to float. Toad takes the father, Papa's, role and is able to run and lift the fastest. Despite this nothing being a Mario game originally, the character traits of the Mario characters mostly remained a part of their attributes ever since, with some exceptions. Various gameplay mechanics are also different: Alongside the aforementioned save feature and lack of running, Doki Doki Panic also had Phanto swooping in from off screen whenever a key was collected rather than being on screen at all times, the characters do not shrink when they have one hit left, and enemies scream when they are defeated.
What Could Have Been?
Welcome to "What Could Have Been?"! This new section is meant for me to talk about how the changes could've impacted the game in one convenient place. Again, let's start with the obvious: What would have happened if Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic was released as is in other areas? The only real reason why anyone knows of this game is because of the conversion into Super Mario Bros. 2. Without the Mario popularity, Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic likely would've faded into obscurity, gaining few fans. The reason why this game was given the Mario treatment is because the actual Super Mario Bros. 2, better known as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, was deemed too difficult for western gamers, so another game was quickly changed into what we now know today as Super Mario Bros. 2 (which ended up becoming Super Mario Bros. USA in Japan. Funny how that works). If Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic and the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 were released in the west back then… Well, I can't say for certain, but it may not have been good. Having beaten The Lost Levels myself, I can personally confirm that it is veeeeeerrrryy hard. Many gamers would've gotten frustrated with it back then, probably more so than they would be now, after how simple the original Super Mario Bros. was, and would've completely ignored Doki Doki Panic. If that were the case, Super Mario Bros. 3 may not have happened, as after playing Super Mario Bros. 2, many fans would've likely sworn off gaming at that point. And if Super Mario Bros. 3 did happen, no one would've wanted to play it after experiencing how difficult Super Mario Bros. 2 was, expecting Super Mario Bros. 3 to be the same or more difficult.
On the lighter side of things, what if some mechanics in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic were carried over to its Super Mario Bros. 2 counterpart? The save feature would most definitely have been helpful! Nintendo really seems to like taking out this feature for western releases, Metroid and Kid Icarus being other examples of having their save feature removed overseas. The lack of running would've made things difficult; there's a shortcut in World 1-1 that only Luigi or Peach would be able to cross if that were the case.
Well, that's all the time we have for today! There are a few more tidbits not covered here, such as unused sound effects, that you can find on our pre-release and unused content page of Super Mario Bros. 2 and the Super Mario Bros. 2 pages on The Cutting Room Floor. Until next time, see you around!
Welcome to the Anton Has Moved to Florida special where I try some Florida things, all while realizing that I’m amassing an enormous backlog of things that I have tried thanks to me now being more open to new experiences through the lens of this ‘Shroom section and am having trouble finding a way to navigate space and time in regards of when to write and post things I have tried and in what quantity with ever-changing questionable relevance.
There’s a cult following of the subs that come from this southeast American chain grocery store’s deli department, even having been recently declared America’s best sub, according to a quick google search. Ever since I began telling people that I was moving to Florida I got an onslaught of recommendations--”You’ve gotta go get a Publix sub! They’re the best! Much better than here!” I didn’t appreciate this because the subs I made at the deli were absolute perfection and I lay awake at night thinking of them and how I’ll only ever taste one maybe once or twice more ever. Being the most prevalent grocery store, and probably store in general, here in the south, being able to find one of them every few blocks akin to a Tim Hortons or Starbucks in the north, Publix is a hard institution to avoid. I have family who work there, as well, so it’s second nature knowing all of the sales, stock, inventory, and culture around it. We make a trip basically every other day, so it was pretty hard to turn down visiting the deli to see how good these were myself.
Right off the bat, getting in line for it was difficult, as the queue has way too many bends in it for such a tight space it’s in, with the line for it blocking the entire flow of the aisle. As annoying as this is, this can only be a testament for how popular these are. Finally, I get to the counter; the options seem limited from what I’m used to working at a deli myself, but it just seems to be more of a result of them having specified and named subs. You can have whatever sub you want, but it might just not be listed, and subsequently the price range and options aren’t really a known factor until you purchase it and get used to the system. After looking like a loser having to repeat myself and ask for the worker to repeat themselves as well due to how loud the oven fans were, I got The Ultimate, which is turkey, roast beef, and ham. I replaced the ham with salami because ham is a garbage meat and a bad option always, and there were apparently options for what kind of turkey, which online has a varying price structure, but in-person the lady who put together my sub didn’t care and subsequently didn’t charge me for it. So blah blah, I get home and start chompin’ on it. Pretty unimpressed. They were generous with the toppings but there’s just not really any flavor whatsoever. I will concede that I got white bread with no dressing, but I still got lettuce, onions, green peppers, black olives, and banana peppers on it, so I could feel something more to it than cold bread. If I need additional dressing and spices for something to not taste like refrigerated paper, then I may as well just dip my hand into an oil and pepper McFlurry and slurp it off of my hands. The best part of it by far is the bread, which tastes fresh and full, not deflating as soon as I wrap my hand around it. There’s definitely promise in this, as the prices are fair, so I will have to try another selection and be a bit more bold in my options.
So here I am two weeks after I typed that last paragraph out being at Publix again while also not having any set plan for dinner. This time I got the Italian sub, which had ham, cappacola--which they spelled capicola and is apparently the correct spelling even though I’ve always seen it as ‘cappacola’ and I’ve worked at a deli??? but they called it “cappy ham” anyways like babies--, and salami. I opted not to change the meats, even though ham is garbage filler and I don’t particularly like capicola, but eh, why not. I got the same veggies and stuff I usually do, but this time I also opted to get black pepper put on it, which is something I do to my own subs. The result was a “spicier” sub, in terms of me being as white as a dry-erase board, which subsequently left more of a flavor impact. It was enjoyable; I felt like I was actually eating something instead of just filling my stomach. I don’t really know how else to describe it, it just tasted like a sandwich worth the money I paid for it. I could still feel the texture of the ham which I think is disgusting, but I could at least feel it which is more than I could say for the turkey which I normally prefer. It was better and more filling than Subway if you really need a tangible comparison.
“So what exactly makes these grocery store subs so excellent? Like so much of the culture and the residents in Florida, the sub (...) migrated down south from the east coast. There is nothing about a sub from Publix that would make you immediately think of palm trees and pink flamingos; there are no ingredients that are unique to the Sunshine State. You can get the house deli meat, or you can pay a little more and get cuts from the New York-based Boar's Head. The bread, while baked in house, is just a good version of crusty white sub bread. The vegetables, all chopped fresh from the grocer's produce aisle, is your standard gamut of options that can also be found at any Subway: lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, black olives.”
As the article goes on to further explain, the appeal is mostly in the consistency (which any chain brutally enforces), customization options (like literally every sandwich shop that’s not a sit-down restaurant has), fresh ingredients (that every place but Subway will have), and that it’s just surprising that a grocery store will have something of this higher quality. If some of the main points are that it comes from the northern east coast, then perhaps in all of your journalistic expertise you’d go and try something from the northern east coast. Coming from New York I can say that Wegman’s does this already, and does it better, and there’s a plethora of mom-and-pop shops and small local chains that do it fresher and better, and that the only reason it’s a remarkable feat is that there’s nothing comparable in the south. There’s more to America than the south, so if you want to say “Best sub in the American south” then by all means go for it and I’d probably agree with you if we’re taking into account multiple factors beyond just taste and presentation, but please don’t elevate mediocrity as a legendary godsend just because the Jimmy John’s in the next plaza over was just a tinge too rushed.
Explanation: It’s really not as great as the hype makes it out to be, and unless you know what you’re doing or just don’t care, it’s pretty substandard and generic. Everyone talks about how it’s the best thing around, and that you have to try it, but it’s kinda just a basic snack that has more potential to be disappointing than it does to be enjoyable, so it’s almost not even worth the purchase until one day you’re like “wow, I haven’t had this in a while” and end up throwing more money at it.
Alongside Publix subs, another Florida sandwich staple is the cuban sandwich. Originating in cafes in Tampa and Key West to appeal to Cuban workers, it is typically made with ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and salami on Cuban bread, just like how Wikipedia says with me removing syntax. Publix also has a version, but it includes mayo, which not only is unfaithful to the original, but is disgusting. While googling up prospective places to try this, I realized that there is quite a wide variety, ranging from chains, to mom-and-pop shops, to fine dining establishments. Being in Orlando, which is not a home city for this sandwich, it was a bit harder to find places that I could realistically deem as providing an authentic meal without either being ridiculously expensive, or existing in a neighborhood
Achilles Art CafeI opted for two types: an authentic and humble shop, and this one, a well-intentioned high-brow/low-cost cafe. It’s situated in a strip mall with generic business fronts titled “Dentist” and “Nails”, with itself simply being called “Coffee Shop”, in a community that looked like it could apply to be part of the cast of a prospective Real Housewives of Orlando, but nestled in a little nook occupied by college students who you can’t tell if they’re fashionable youths with excellent thrift shop skills trying to live a life with a perfect balance of mind, body, and spirit, or if it’s swarm of heirs to golf championship-turned-advertising spokesman fortunes trying to blend in with as close to common society without having to actually smell Miller Light.
I had already researched the menu and prices so when I got there I insta-capped the sammich and a mango smoothie. I fumbled a little when I was met with confusion when i tried to pay right there, which I had done because the food order was placed at the counter like a sub shop order, rather than at the table like a traditional restaurant, which instantly marked me as The New Customer. The cashier dude must’ve mixed my smoothie in a blender for like literally 5 minutes, which was kind of aggravating because it was a blender that was on for 5 minutes, but it produced the smoothest and freshest tasting smoothie I’ve ever had, and I would hit this place back up for another one just on that alone. The cuban sandwich they made is “maple ham, swiss cheese, pickles, mayo, & mustard pressed on cuban bread (of course)”, of which I request no mayo because, again, it’s gross and also against traditionalism. It’s probably unfair to the review of it by changing up how it comes, but they also ran out of swiss and defaulted to provolone, so, eh, whatever. The sandwich eventually arrived, after me babbling on for two-and-a-half large paragraphs, in a fancier setup than I was imagining, alongside some kinda of strange goop that I could only assume was to dip the sandwich in. I’m pretty sure it was olive oil, with sun dried tomato chunks, basil, garlic, and probably something else. It tasted like nothing but I would’ve felt bad not using it so I did what I did. The bread used seemed a bit more brittle than it probably should’ve been, with each bite causing large chunks to splinter off and immediately crumble to dust, but not enough that made it wildly out of control and I instead had to just change my plan of attack. The overall taste of it wasn’t bad, but it just felt a bit off to me. I’m a fan of pickles and love vinegar, but they just didn’t really seem to mesh well with the rest of it, and it instead became a competition for which flavor would stand out the most. I’m not sure if swiss would’ve made this worse or not. Maybe if the bread was softer it could’ve absorbed some of the pickle juice or mustard or whatever, but it just all felt very isolated. Maybe it’s the fact that lettuce isn’t included on this that made it feel alien? Maybe it was how salami was excluded from this particular sandwich would’ve made it more well-rounded?
Explanation: Don’t get me wrong, I finished the sandwich, but I would lean this less on the side of “artfully prepared sandwich” and more on “should’ve been a salad”. The atmosphere is very specific and enjoyable if that’s what you like, and the food and service is good; it’s just that if you want the real thing you gotta go to the real place.
Los Autenticos Cuban CafeUp next us the authentic shop, which you can see by its name. In true Orlando fashion, it’s located at another strip mall on Colonial, which of course looks super sketchy. After sitting in the parking lot for a few minutes gathering up my anxiety I noticed that this is the cleanest and most chill-looking place in the plaza, and even in the general area. Upon going inside I noticed that it appears to be staffed by just one dude, and me being a reasonable and decent human being with basic concepts of understanding and politeness, I patiently wait as he takes a moment to get to me. This place reminds me of the deli I used to work at, having a similar vibe, and it made me feel almost at home.
Regardless, now that I have an idea of what it should taste like, I can kinda tune in better to nuances. Before I get to that, though, I’ll mention the sides. Along with the deal I got maduros, which are fried sweet plantains. They tasted pretty alright, and were definitely sweet, but felt more like a potato wedge that you happened to eat right after biting a banana. They’re not bad, but I was certainly expecting something crunchier, so it just threw me a little off. I also got a passion fruit shake for like an extra dollar instead of just getting a fountain or can soda, and it was really tasty!!!!!!! So finally, the sandwich. The bread is pretty clearly pressed, but isn’t brittle. It feels soft, like a regular sub roll that was just smashed. It’s a lot more palatable and not as jarring of flavor combinations; whereas with Achilles I could taste each ingredient as their own completely separate entity, the Los Autenticos is more cohesive. I just think being able to scarf down a compact hand-held sandwich quickly is definitely a more authentic and approachable take of a humble working class meal than it is to have to carefully nibble and dip artisan bread while taking time to process what you’re eating, and that’s that on that.
Explanation: A mixture of things that are objectively good (candy coated chocolate, chocolate chex, yogurt covered chex), alongside things that are typically kinda gross (dark chocolate pretzels, whatever those dry excuses for cookies are), somehow rendering the entire mix edible at least for once in a blue moon. I normally don’t like tomatoes, pork, or ham, and can barely tolerate mustard and pickles on a sandwich if it’s layered any heavier than wafting its essence across the room with an oscillating fan towards the direction of the sandwich, but this just somehow all works together to meld into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The atmosphere was pleasant and familiar, and will serve as a nice once-in-a-while shakeup to remind me that it’s ok to eat more than food court Chinese chicken.
Tune in next month where I review stuff! So specific! Also, tell me what to review next! It can be games, movies, shows, physical actions, trying new foods, music, literally anything and I’ll cover it eventually if it’s not too ridiculous. Just send me a message here on my talk page or PM it to me on the forum. Don't like what I have to say? That's fine, and probably bound to happen because I've been told about how much people like Super Mario 64 and how they feel about any criticism of it! We at Critic Corner will welcome your alternate review of it as a new section for the next issue!
Hello fellow wikians! It's been a while since this section has graced the virtual pages of this newsletter. I'm finally returning with a new issue, but it is with regret that I'm announcing that I'm retiring from this section until further notice. I meant to continue this section for much longer, but a lack of motivation and the relative difficulty of writing it have caused me to miss many issues. I've decided that it's better to stop writing entirely than to only release an issue every few months. I do intend to return to the Shroom most likely in the summer, but it will probably be with a different section. I hope you enjoyed this section, and be aware that it may come back someday. Until then, look out for that other section I'm thinking of doing.Now onto the actual section. This month's theme is the Top 10 Super Mario Odyssey Music. What tunes from Mario's latest escapade are the most enjoyable to the ears? That's what I've set out to determine, and I've got some very nice songs for you to add to your playlist. Obviously, this section has spoilers, particularly of the musical kind, so if you want to experience these songs for the first time in their natural habitat, avert thine eyes (and ears). With that said, let's all jump up super high to some amazing tunes, just like any self-respecting Jammin' Toad.
As the first entry on our list, we have a song that you might not expect to see here as it hasn't been talked about a lot. One thing to note with this music is that the beat bears noticeable resemblance to the beat of Super Mario Sunshine's Vs. Boss theme, a similarity that was very likely intended due to the Seaside Kingdom's many references to that game. I think what this theme captures very well is the haughtiness and arrogance of the aristocratic Mollusque-Lanceur. He clearly thinks very highly of himself, and he is enraged that you would dare interrupt the drinking of his exquisite libation. The music gets across that he is not as great as he supposes himself to be, but that he is still not a force to be taken lightly. My favorite part is the part starting at around 0:46 in the video and going on until the loop. One last observation about this song is that the first few notes really remind me of the theme song of The Flintstones, so don't be shocked if Siivagunner covers this song.
9. RoboBrood Battle
8. Shiveria Town (Snow Kingdom)
6. Bowser Battle 2
5. Forgotten Isles 2 (Lost Kingdom)
I hope you have an appetite, because this entry will make you hungry. The Luncheon Kingdom is literally made of food, so the song has to be food-related in some sense. This song does not disappoint. Throughout the entire song, you can hear what sounds like boiling liquid, which represents the stew that is the lava replacement for this kingdom. Furthermore, most of the instruments sound like pots and pans being hit with a spoon. Even the flute-sounding instrument towards the end could be a kettle whistling! This music sounds like you're in a hot place, but it differentiates itself from the standard lava music tropes. Besides the cooking aspect, the music also fits for climbing a volcano. It's adventurous and tells you that there are a lot of hazards to avoid, but it's not harsh or hostile like most volcano-themed songs. One of the highlights of the song is the flute-like portion towards the end, which is calming and certainly not intimidating. When I first came to this kingdom, I expected a more stereotypical Italian-sounding song (which is what the other song in this kingdom is like). I was surprised to find this song instead, but it quickly became one my favorites. What a delicious tune for an underrated kingdom!
3. Bowser's Castle 1 (Bowser's Kingdom)
2. Break Free (Lead the Way)
Well, that's it, folks! Agree? Disagree? Wanna capture me and toss me off a cliff because Steam Gardens wasn't on the list? Whatever the case may be, you can share your thoughts at my Countdowns discussion thread. I hope you enjoyed this list. It's been a pleasure writing Countdowns, and I'm very grateful to everyone who encouraged me and gave me feedback. Seriously, thank you all for reading this. I hope to write for the Shroom again in the future. So again, thank you very much, and I'll see you all around!
I have been reviewing films for The 'Shroom for about two years now. Never in that time have I claimed to be a professional movie critic, nor actually know what I'm actually going on about, but as this movie is so important I feel the need just to put that disclaimer here. And that is because quite simply, while this section will always be my musings on a film I recently watched, my thoughts on this movie are all genuine.
For those of you not familiar with what this movie is, it's the first romantic film with a gay lead that has been produced by a Hollywood studio, and that makes it a fairly important movie for us LGBTQ+ youth. But because of how important it was being lauded as, I was really worried going in. I had heard reports of it affecting people in incredible ways, I had heard reports of people coming out after watching this movie, so my fear was that it would all be too good to be true. And I more than happy to report that this is not the case.
We follow Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted teen, who knows that he could easily come out, but is happy to have people assume that he's straight. One day, he finds out that someone has anonymously posted on the school's social media site that they too are gay. Simon begins communication with this anonymous person, who writes under the pseudonym of “Blue”, but one day their emails are discovered by one of Simon's classmates, Martin (Logan Miller). Martin has a crush on Simon's friend, Abby (Alexandra Shipp) and proceeds to blackmail him into setting him and Abby up. To be completely honest, the plot is the plot, and it's there to move the whole movie on when it needs to be. For the most part, you are not going to bother with the main plot, as you'll be too busy trying to guess who Blue really is.
Simon is an incredibly believable and relatable protagonist. Other than the fact that he is gay, there is nothing that sets him apart from any of the other characters. And that's what makes him so great as a character. He is an average person, who is doing normal things, much like you and much like me. Because of this, there are plenty of moments where I felt that I wasn't actually watching the movie, but instead watching a screening of This is Your Life. I have been watching movies for around 18 years, and I have never been able to put myself so firmly in the shoes of a protagonist before.
One of the best things about the movie was the portrayal of homophobia, because at the end of the day being LGBTQ+ is not always a walk in the park. The movie portrayed both open and subtle homophobia through bullies and the school's vice-principal. And what is striking is how the open homophobia is tackled, either by snide remarks or authority figures, but the subtle homophobia isn't tackled. But much like how Simon is an Average Joe, this works in the movie's favour, because for the most part open homophobia is tackled, whereas the subtle parts go unchallenged, and it shows how we still need to progress on this issue.
One worry I had coming into the movie was the fact that it was being hailed as one of the most important for the LGBTQ+ community, and yet its gay lead is played by a straight actor. But once again, this isn't to the movie's detriment. Robinson manages to portray a very believable gay character, he has amazing chemistry with Blue, and I feel it was actually a clever move to have a straight man play Simon, especially for the coming out scenes. If I was an actor, I would pull that scene from my own coming out to people. Robinson was never had to come out, so when Simon comes out in the movie, both he and Robinson are doing it for the first time, much like we would have when we first came out. And as an end result, it makes those scenes more striking and powerful.
My only vague criticism is how the movie sometimes feels like it needs to hammer you on the head about how it's a gay movie. We know that Simon is gay, do we really need an admittedly funny Whitney Houston dance sequence? And the stage production that the school is putting on is bloody Cabaret. They could not have gone gayer if they tried. But at the end of the day, they're both minor parts – even if most plot-related things happen because of the stage production – that it didn't bother me, and it shouldn't bother you.
Love, Simon is cute, charming, incredible, inspirational, emotional, and so many more adjectives that I can't even think of right now. If this movie was around in my youth, I think I would have come to terms with my bisexuality so much more sooner than I did, and I would have been able to start leading a happy, open life so much more sooner.
I implore anyone who is LGBTQ+ to go and watch this movie, you will struggle to find a movie that so accurately portrays what it is like to be gay. If you are straight, I implore you to go and watch this movie for all of the adjectives that I used in the paragraph above, it is simply a sensational movie. If you a parent of a child who is LGBTQ+ who has someone stumbled across this review, I implore you to go and watch this movie, it will help you understand all of the things that your child has gone through so much better. Simply put, I implore you to watch this movie, it is without a shadow of a doubt, the best film I have seen in my life. You would be doing yourself a disservice to miss it.
Many of us are probably unfamiliar with Mario Party Advance, and I can't particularly blame you, as it's not that interesting of a game. However, one thing that it does pretty well, is having characters, and giving them an actually personality, something that for the most part is completely foreign to the Mario franchise on the whole.
Mr. E is a lazily named Toad who loves, you guessed it, mysteries. Sadly, however, he fulfills the common trope of “character who is obsessed with mysteries, only to be frightened by actual mysterious things” and this is not limited to aliens, prehistoric dinosaurs and ghosts. And that really is the full extent to his character. Proclaim a love of mysteries, and then get scared off the second one actually starts to happen.
In a game that's filled with likeable characters with fun and zany personalities, it's a massive shame that Mr. E is one of the ones who gets the most screen time. If he was consigned to the one quest where he demonstrated his timid behaviour, then that would have been fine, instead we have to have him show up multiple times, each to give off the same gag. I like how a Mario characters, especially in a Party game has been given a personality, but did it have to be so one-dimensional?
Mr. E is really just a dull character. They couldn't even come up with a decent name for him. His ending bio states that no one knows where he's disappeared to, and as long as he doesn't make a return to the overall franchise, I'm happy for him to stay wherever he is now.
Hi Guys! It’s Geeky coming at you with an adorable cartoon that you’ll be sure to love. If you’re a fan of magical high school girl animes that allow the protagonists to transform into super heroes like Sailor Moon or Tokyo Mew Mew then you’ve come to the right review. This is a huge cartoon that’s been extremely hyped up ever since its first episode was released. This is also a cartoon I had decided to revisit when I had heard news about this cartoon having a season 2.
Now that I’ve gotten to watch the episodes that had been released to America. I found the passion to write about one of my favorite cartoons. I’m going to be splitting my review of this show into two sections. I’m just going to be delving into the first season of this cartoon. Without further ado, I shall now reveal the cartoon that I’ve been so hyped about.
If you guys honestly have not gotten a chance to watch this cartoon I would highly recommend it. What’s not to love about an actiony, adorable, romantic cartoon that’s sure to please anyone. Please remember to check out all of the other writer’s sections for CC.
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