Thursday, July 30, 2015

MLP:FIM Review - Friendship Is Magic (Pilot)


For over 3 decades now (nearly as long as Mario), My Little Pony has become a huge toy success and later afterwards in media. From movies to TV, the franchise has become more popular over the years with each new generation like gaming has. And for nearly half a decade now, its most recent series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has been famous for its animation, plot, songs, and lessons of friendship. And this show's first episode is no exception.

Part 1 - Mare in the Moon

Twilight Sparkle learns that the evil Nightmare Moon will return during the upcoming Summer Sun Celebration after one thousand years of imprisonment in the moon. She tries to warn her mentor Princess Celestia, but the princess ignores her and sends her to Ponyville to check on the preparations for the celebration. There Twilight reluctantly meets Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Pinkie Pie for the first time. At the celebration, Nightmare Moon appears in place of a missing Princess Celestia and decrees everlasting night.

Part 2 - Elements of Harmony

After Nightmare Moon decrees eternal night, Twilight Sparkle, with the addition of her new friends, ventures deep into the Everfree Forest to find the Elements of Harmony, a set of artifacts used to defeat Nightmare Moon in the past. Nightmare Moon creates obstacles to stop the six ponies, but each of Twilight's friends helps the group overcome them using their own strengths. Once they find the Elements, Nightmare Moon appears and shatters them. Twilight realizes that she and her new friends embody the Elements of Harmony—Honesty (Applejack), Kindness (Fluttershy), Laughter (Pinkie Pie), Generosity (Rarity), Loyalty (Rainbow Dash), and Magic (Twilight Sparkle)—and the six wield them to defeat Nightmare Moon, returning her to her original form as Princess Celestia's younger sister Princess Luna. Princess Celestia returns and forgives Luna, and orders Twilight to remain in Ponyville to continue studying the magic of friendship.

For a pilot episode, Friendship Is Magic has offered a good depth of a story, and I will admit it was quite the way to start the show off. The first thing that makes it detailed with its story was how the first part was narrated about the events of an entire millennium ago, being when Celestia sadly had to banish her sister up and into the moon for her evil form of Nightmare Moon (and before you ask about it, I'm going to explain that in a later review). As for the second part, the best part was towards the end when the Mane Six finish off the episode's antagonist. So overall it's one of Season 1's finest episodes, if sightly a little flawed with a few plot holes inbetween the middle of this two part storyline and a bit of unoriginality within this episode's villain. But bottomline, this is still a great one.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Mario Game Review - Super Mario Bros. (NES, 1985)

For saving the gaming industry back in the late 80s after the immense video game bust of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on the Atari 2600, the original Super Mario Bros. has since then gained huge popularity among gamers and critics alike. Selling over 40 million copies and being both the best selling Mario game of all time and one of the top ten best-selling video games of all time, the game itself undoubtably became one of the best overall video games of all time.

Super Mario Bros.' story takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom where Mario's archenemy Bowser kidnaps Princess Peach (for the very first time) and it's now up to Mario and his younger twin brother Luigi to stop him and save Peach from the King of the Koopas.

As for the gameplay of this game, it's basically like every other side-scrolling 2D platformer, where you try to reach the end of the level within the time limit, collect power-ups to survive throughout the levels, (like mushrooms, fire flowers, and even invincibility stars,) collect coins for 1-Ups, and head stomp on enemies like Bowser's goombas, koopas, piranha plants, etc.

The graphics of this game are not necessarily the best by today's standard, or on the NES in general what with the game's sequels taking a bigger step forward in terms of design. But its concept of the different environments of the game, like the Mushroom Kingdom and Bowser's various castles throughout the game's levels surely were impressive back then when the franchise grew towards more popularity.

The sound in Super Mario Bros. is spot on as well. The music in the game was played out wonderfully what with the most unforgettable overworld theme as well as both the underground and underwater themes throughout the game, so much so that they've even been recycled in numerous sequels of both this series and the entire franchise in general. The sound effects are memorable, suitable, and spot on just as the music is. So to top this section off, the sound in this game is pretty much perfected despite that the sound effects, in my eyes, can sometimes annoyingly overshadow the music.

Super Mario Bros.' controls:

D-Pad Sides: Move; Change position on a Beanstalk
D-Pad Down: Duck; Enter Warp Pipe
D-Pad Up AND Down: Climb Beanstalk
B: Jump; Swim upwards
A: Dash; Throw Fireball; Restart the game at the end; Select a world
Start: Pause; Confirm selected on title screen
Select: Select number of players on title screen

Because it's in my blog name The Super Mario Brony as you may know, I'm a huge sucker for Mario games and some other franchises from Nintendo in general. So to be clear on this one, Super Mario Bros. is instantly one of the best games of all time, and easily one of my favorites. With 8 worlds and 32 levels to zone through (4 per world), the game itself is truly worth replaying from time to time. It does have an immense amount difficulty, some of which I couldn't really complete or get past, and it might be a little too short, but hey, it's only one of the first games of the plumber, but obviously not THE first (that would be the original 1981 arcade game version of Donkey Kong). It might be one that some new-school gamers would turn off just for how simple, short, and a little too difficult it was (because the NES has the most amount of hard video games), but if you look past all of that, it's one you'll surely enjoy.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Posts on this Blog

Everypony has different subjects and themes on their blogs, mine as you may know is comprised mainly of both the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cartoon and the ever-so-popular, and most iconic video game franchise of everyone's favorite italian-accented plumber Mario. So here's a little description of each different blog category...


Everyone has known of Nintendo's mascot since the 80s, and because I'm like a big fan of him, I've decided to post different subjects on and about Mario. One of them happens to be reviews of his games (most of them). I'm also going to be discussing the very worst and the very best things about Mario along with my favorite things about Mario, whether they're countdowns, rants, or just any particular topics people would discuss most about him. So just basically anything Mario-related.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

As a brony, I'm also going to be reviewing every episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. And like Mario, I'm also going to be discussing the very worst and the very best things about it, along also with my favorite things about the show, be it through (again) countdowns, rants, or any other particular topics about this new generation of MLP. And keep in mind I'm looking at this 4th generation of My Little Pony only, so no previous ones from the 80s (being the same decade Mario originated).

So if you want either My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic or Mario topics to read and stream through then my blog is just your type. I'm the Super Mario Brony, and have fun checking my blog out. (And thanks for reading.)