2010 Jan 5, 1:47
The New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a great game. Its the fun of old school Mario with the addition of great graphics and the kind of multiplayer I've wanted for Mario since playing the original as a
child: its got up to four player simultaneous cooperative multiplayer. I recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed Mario in the past. Watch this amazing video of level 1-3 you can unlock in the game.
As noted elsewhere, multiple players attempting to navigate platforms, grab power ups, and throw turtle shells creates new
challenges but along with that there's new ways to be incredibly cheap.
A second player means a head one can jump on to reach higher locations. Jump on your friend's head at the apex of their jump while holding down the jump button yourself for maximum jumping. In
the game you can also grab other players and hold them over your head. This is useful for reaching the top of the flagpole at the end of levels. On that same line, if the player you grab has a
flying cap you can now use them to fly in the same manner you would use a flying block which makes it easy to get two players to the top of the finish flagpole if only one of you has a flying
Normal power-up blocks now spawn enough power-ups for everyone. A mushroom is spawned for each small player and full power-ups for the rest, except in the case everyone is small: then one of the
power-ups is a full power-up. If there's two players and you're both small, the full power-up always jumps out of the block to the right. Some hidden power-up blocks only give out one power-up
and in that case its a mushroom or not based on the player who hits the block - so be sure that a big player hits that if you have one.
Death & Bubbles
When a player dies but at least one other player lives the dead player comes back in a limbo bubble from which they must be released before they may play again. Because of this, in a tough spot
you can send one player in and leave a second behind. If the first dies you don't lose your place in the level and the first comes back in a bubble ready to try again. For instance, if you're
trying to get the last star coin in 2-1 which sits just above the abyss, one player can just jump to their death for it and as long as another player lives you've collected the coin. However you
need not sacrifice your life to do this: you can press down and 'a' to force yourself into a bubble saving yourself from death. This is true in general as long as you have enough time to see your
death coming. This is also useful if one player runs ahead to the right. The screen will expand a bit but then it will just move to the right following the player in the lead. Players left behind
walls or now forced into lava pits will die unless they use the bubble.
- If all players hit the ground at the same time from a ground pound it acts like hitting a pow block, killing the enemies on the screen.
- If you hold a player who has a projectile power over your head they can still use their power.
- Bubbles can be popped by hitting them with your fire or ice projectiles as well as thrown shells or blocks.
- All players get the extra lives from anyone collecting 100 coins or finishing a level with more than 7 enemies on the screen.
2009 Apr 27, 3:47
FYI: the official title of the 'backslash' is 'reverse-solidus', according to Unicode, ISO 10646, etc. Much cooler name IMO.
2009 Mar 6, 1:21
"BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate honor Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik for their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of hospitalized children worldwide through
their creation and continued work with Child's Play Charity"
2008 Aug 10, 3:33 2008 Jul 16, 8:38
Dungeons and Dragons podcast which includes recorded sessions of the Penny Arcade and PvP webcomic creators playing D&D.
2008 Apr 2, 6:21
Recommended by PA guys: "Crayon Physics Deluxe is a 2D physics puzzle game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical
objects. Solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creati
2008 Apr 2, 6:13
Greenhouse is the digital distro. method for the pending Penny-Arcade game.
2007 Oct 22, 4:47
I purchased the Orange Box
off of Steam a bit ago and like
others before me who have discussed elsewhere
, I already owned two of the five games that come from the Orange Box. However, the combined price of
HL2E2 and Portal, the two games I actually wanted was supposedly equivalent to the price of the Orange Box bundle. Incidentally, if anyone would like HL2 or HL2E1 I can gift
them to you.
HL2E2 was excellent of course but the big surprise for me was Portal. (Mild spoilers follow) It has a sort of zen simplicity: there are a few simple game-play mechanics, a handful of textures and
objects, and a deceptively simple story all used well and tied together to produce an entertaining and polished game. It seems a bit short but its probably better to end with the gamer demanding
more. The humor and the sort of play within a play
aspect of the game is what really sold me though. It has the funniest ending theme
I've heard (also blogged
by the creator
). The voices of the automated turrets are so adorable I would feel compelled to hug them if they weren't always trying to kill me. Additionally the weighted companion cube
seems like an experiment in understanding gamers' attachment to NPCs. In this case the NPC is a box
and yet I still felt awful incinerating it. The whole time I was vaguely reminded of Solitary
the reality show that sticks contestants alone in small rooms
forcing them to endure various tests all the while being watched by a humorous computer with a female voice. Someone should sue...
RPS has articles on Portal including a Portal review
, a page suggesting Portal is a tale of
, and others
2007 Mar 26, 10:20
A website where you can search through Penny Arcade comics using terms set by the community.
2006 Jan 18, 12:30 2006 Jan 4, 12:41 2005 Dec 5, 6:14 2005 Dec 5, 12:25 2005 Apr 3, 5:50
Tetris See the new shape of fear Summer 2004
2005 Apr 3, 5:42
Surge protector has overzealous marketing
2005 Apr 3, 5:37
Gabe plays with UT bots and doesn't know it
2005 Apr 3, 5:33
Yahoo Maps gives questionable directions
2005 Apr 3, 5:28
Linux zealots attempt to get Linux on the X-Box but are foiled when forced to talk to a woman
2005 Apr 3, 4:31
Webcomic about gamers
2005 Mar 27, 5:54
Introduction of the Bad Boys of Punctuation