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Sunday Musing – Does Miyamoto Ever Get Angry?

Shigeru Miyamoto (who we affectionately call “Shiggy” at the One Bored Gamer offices) is the international face of Nintendo. A smiling good-natured man, from the land of the rising sun, that has created Mario, Zelda, and an iconic list of other characters. But does Miyamoto ever get angry?

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Bit Hits – Happy Birthday Koji Kondo!

Nothing pulls a video game perfectly together than an awesome soundtrack. On occasion, the simple act of jumping on a Goomba in Super Mario Bros., facing down Sagat in Street Fighter II, or exploring the strange alien landscapes in Super Metroid – wouldn’t be the same without its mood-capturing audio counterpart.

And what’s fabulous about the video game medium, is that there is a B. P. Gulf Oil Spill (too soon?) worth of selections to choose from that are, well, Bit Hits! So, sit back as your friendly neighborhood music junkie dives into the gaming abyss, and pulls out some head-boppin’ jewels from the deep.

Now for today’s Bit Hits, I had originally planned something else to cover, but then a special birthday came up today – well yesterday, or whatever day this thing gets posted. Now this merry event belongs to a very influential person in the video game industry, and if I were not to comment on it, I just wouldn’t be comfortable in calling myself your trustful guide.

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Nintendo Releasing Mario Playing Cards

It pretty easy to always just associate Nintendo with video games, seeing as they out-dominate the market so strongly, but for historians of the company, such as myself, we also remember their early beginnings as a playing card manufacturer. It’s a part of their business that has never been forgotten, and still continues today with the announcement of these wonderful Mario branded playing cards.

Being release this July, in Japan, these three sets of Mario playing cards will go on sale, and feature three unique graphical designs. The first set borrows the 8-bit motif from the classic Super Mario Bros. – personally my favorite out of the bunch, the second has a hand-drawn art style – very similar to Mario from his Super Mario Super Show days, and finally a set that represent his modern-day look from the Super Mario Galaxy games.

They’re great looking cards, and seeing as they are from Nintendo, they should be of good quality too.  Hopefully we might see these cards as a US’ Club Nintendo reward item soon in the future, so start saving those points!

Nintendo Releasing Three Sets of Playing Cards – [GoNintendo]

E3 2010: Just a Few More Weeks

In just under a month E3 will again be underway. The speculation is starting to build as all the major gaming sites post rumors relating to what we might see at the show. Somehow, it doesn’t yet seem as exciting as last year. Something’s missing.

Most of my friends think that I’m crazy for this, but I am the type who enjoys all the pre-show hype. Last year by this time we had Kojima teasing games while rumors of motion controllers and a non-UMD PSP system set the gaming blogs ablaze. We knew a bit of what was coming but is was all vaguely hinted at. It was just enough to make me want to know and guess and want to see more.

This year, we already know that the 3DS is going to debut at the show, Zelda will make an appearance and we will see more Natal. The suspense isn’t there. This is when the big three are supposed to make me giddy and tell me that “huge” things are in store for next month, but I haven’t heard much from the companies. And Nintendo head-honcho Iwata even said in an interview that he didn’t want to hype E3 because he didn’t want fans to set unrealistic expectations, then be disappointed when the real announcements weren’t what the had anticipated.

Iwata has a point, but I love riding the E3 hype and speculation train as the final weeks before the show wind down. It just doesn’t feel like the E3 I love without it.

Btw. This was written on an iPad. I wanted to test out the wordpress app while showing the OBG blog some love.

Ash Ketchum: Letters To An Absent Father

Usually Pokemon’s world of bright and cheerful decorations isn’t one to comment on the melancholy. In fact it avoids it completely, and rightfully so if you think about it. Why is a young child being sent out into the cold world to fend for himself with only a mutated chipmunk has he’s companion? What kind of parent would do such a thing to a kid?

I hate to imagine the mental psyche that such a poor kid has to be going through. Well imagine no longer, as artist Maré Odomo follows this logic in a set of cute short comics starring that Pokemon catching all-star Ash Ketchum. The concept for these comic strips is pretty self-explanatory once you see the tittle; Ash sending letters to his absent father. And while they seem lighthearted, and for the most part they are, there is a bit of an apparent depressing undertone going on throughout. Either way – I still enjoyed them.

If you want to see the rest of these charming comics, you can go to Maré Odomo’s Flickr site and see the rest there. You will certainly enjoy them. Also be sure to visit her main website where she has a lot of other awesome artwork to see too.

LETTERS TO AN ABSENT FATHER [Flickr]

The Maré Odomo Website