Oh, right, I should probably post this before it gets any later.

A couple of weeks ago, someone on Twitter pointed out that hey, it’s the 23rd anniversary of the release of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins! Yeah, the 23rd anniversary is kind of an odd number, but I really enjoy the game, so I was willing to go with it. But that was for the Japanese release date, October 21st, 1992, and I decided — for reasons I can’t recall, but perhaps just because I live in North America — to wait for that region’s anniversary, November 2nd. Then I got hit with crunch time and completely forgot all about it.

At this point, I just want to acknowledge it; I can write something bigger and better later, and if there’s sufficient interest, I might even do it sooner (though I’ve still got one for the first game that’s been sticking in the back of my mind for a couple of years now, oy. Sorry, but the paying work has to come first). As I said, I love this game — I consider it among my favorites, even within the Mario franchise, and it’s available on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for less than five U.S. dollars — hard to beat that!

In observance of the occasion, I present to you the original television commercial which introduced North America to Wario (provided you weren’t reading Nintendo Power at the time):

Plus, if you’re interested in Wario’s origins, feel free to check out my vintage 15 Years of Wario article, written back when the game turned… well, 15, obviously.

Thumbnail/banner from Nintendo Power magazine, via Super Mario Broth.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.