It is much to my regret that at this most joyous time of year, i.e. the release of a new Mario title, that I am unable to really sit down and put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) and talk about my history with the franchise and what it means to me. And it really disappoints me, but I’ve got late reviews owed, and… well, I’m going to be playing the new game as well, come tomorrow.

Nonetheless, there are some rather fond remembrances of the series popping up around the web, including this one on

But don’t worry, Mario’s like an old friend, and I will definitely give him his due, though I have pondered whether or not to save such a potentially lengthy article (or series of articles) for his 30th anniversary. Ah, decisions, decisions.

–LBD “Nytetrayn”