Super Mario is 25 years old… well, 25 and a day. The first Super Mario Bros. game came out in Japan in 1985 on September 13th, and while I might not have mentioned it yesterday, by mentioning it late today I get to post this retrospective video Nintendo put out, in case you’d somehow forgotten all the Super Mario franchise games that have come out over the past two and a half decades.
I’ve probably mentioned this before, but one of my nerd shames is that I suck at every 2-D Mario game except 2. The 3-D games? No problem. Super Mario Bros. 2? I know every secret, can get every mushroom. Super Mario 1, 3 and World? I suck on toast. I’ve beaten SMB1 like once. So happy birthday, Mario. Thanks for reminding me I’m a shitty nerd. Again. Bastard. (Via ToysREvil)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.