Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Princess Peach Can’t Get a Break

2024-04-03T13:01:43-08:00March 29th, 2024|

tags: Nintendo | Princess Peach " The release of Princess Peach: Showtime! has me bummed, I’m sad to say, because this new game makes me think Nintendo didn’t learn the right lesson from the last time they tried to give this character her own solo adventure. The [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: The Legend of Bowser’s Dead Wife

2024-03-25T19:10:09-08:00March 12th, 2024|

" I am currently working on a third part to an accidental series on Bowser that began with me guesting on a Retronauts about him. This third part will be about how the Super Mario games ended up pitting mushrooms against turtles as if they had some age-old [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Since When Is There a Simpsons Character Named Nina Skalka?

2024-03-25T18:05:30-08:00February 25th, 2024|

" If you only know me from my work on this site, you might be surprised to learn that I like more than just video games. I like The Simpsons, for example, and until a few years ago, I had not met anyone who knew more about the [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Is Valentina from Super Mario RPG a Jimmy Buffett Reference or Not?

2024-01-24T19:10:49-08:00January 22nd, 2024|

" Sometimes you connect two things and think that this link you’ve made *has* to be intentional. Sometimes it is, and sometimes it’s not. But also I’ll take any excuse to talk about a woman who wears a parrot on her head for the purposes of fashion. " Read [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Localization Strangeness in the Super Mario RPG Remake

2024-01-08T16:15:56-08:00January 7th, 2024|

"In this post, I will list off some of the notable localization changes made in the remake of Super Mario RPG as well as some of the changes that seem like they should have been made but were not. In general, the remake swaps out certain choices Ted [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Hard Hats in the Mushroom Kingdom

2024-01-08T14:34:07-08:00December 31st, 2023|

"Sometimes things are a lot like other things! This is one of these — and despite the thumbnail image telling you that there is some Mega Man content here, this is, alas, also a Mario-related post. In an early post on this site, I wrote about Pac-Man’s name [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Christmas Eve on Shooting Star Summit

2023-12-27T19:00:22-08:00December 27th, 2023|

"This is not a Mario blog, although you could be forgiven for thinking that. Personally, I blame Nintendo. The one-two punch of Super Mario Bros. Wonder and then the Super Mario RPG remake was just too much in a short amount of time, and as a result, the [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Koopa vs. Kappa

2023-12-27T18:59:45-08:00December 22nd, 2023|

"You’ve got your Koopa. And you’ve got your kappa. They sound alike. They kind of look alike. Surely, they must be related, right? Not so fast. To quickly recap the previous post, the Super Mario Bros. big bad was called Koopa in Japan but Bowser in English-speaking territories, [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Bowser vs. Koopa

2023-12-27T18:43:48-08:00December 11th, 2023|

"Last week, I was one of the guests featured on a Patreon-only episode of the Retronauts podcast about the history of Bowser. I bring this up to encourage you all to support Retronauts because they do cool stuff with old video games, but also I’m going to share [...]

Thrilling Tales of Old Video Games: Is WarioWare Hiding an Homage to a Forgotten Nintendo Heroine?

2023-12-08T15:17:55-08:00November 28th, 2023|

"Who is the first female lead character in a Nintendo game in which her gender is stated explicitly, right from the start? As opposed to a situation where you have to infer her gender or where that information is withheld from you until you beat the game, who [...]


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