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The Short Version:

Any type of gamer will enjoy New Super Mario Bros. Wii, especially if you have any nostalgia for Mario games in general.

The Long Version:

How much you like New Super Mario Bros. Wii is gonna depend on how much you like older games in the ridiculously popular Mario series. Now don’t get me wrong, I think everyone is going to enjoy this game, but some more than others. My girlfriend can’t stop playing it and she has no prior Mario experience. I played them a lot as a lad and enjoyed almost all of them. I am of the generation of kids who’s first video game experience was the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt cartridge that came packed with our (Regular) Nintendos. In the classic Fred Savage/Beau Bridges/Christian Slater/Rilo Kiley flick THE WIZARD revealed Super Mario 3 during the climactic videogame battle, I, like just about every other kid, was frothing at the mouth with anticipation. Super Mario World, the next game in the series and the pack in game for the Super Nintendo, is probably the game I played the most in my whole childhood. Mario 64’s graphics and large levels blew my mind. The games that followed were quality for sure, but continued in the style of Mario 64 3D landscapes and gameplay. New Super Mario Brothers Wii’s 2D gameplay is a welcome step back to the older games styles.

One of the aspects of the game that I find to be spot on, is it’s level of difficulty. Just challenging enough at first to make it fun, increasing steadily as you progress until you really have to work at it in order to finish. Along with the normal mission of beating levels in order to reach the end there are lots of other things for you to do as well. There are special coins to collect in each level, alternate level exits to find, warp cannons that shoot you to worlds that are yet to be reached, as well as missions that have you go back through levels you’ve beaten already in order to save Toad, who is hidden in the level somewhere.

Another aspect of the game that I find to be pretty awesome, is that its a sort of mish-mash of all the games that came before it. The map area where you navigate to the levels you want to play is pulled from Mario 3/Super Mario World, there are some jumping and manuvering controls that are pulled from Mario 64, POW boxes from Mario 2, and enemies culled from all of them. Along with this mish-mash are a wide array of new aspects that fit in perfectly and feel quite natural amidst all of this. The new power-ups are a good example of this. Theres a propeller hat, ice flower power, a penguin suit, and a mushroom that shrinks you down to tiny size, which makes my girlfriend keep going on and on about how cute the character is.

One new feature of the game is the simultaneous multi-player. There are advantages and disadvantages to playing through the game with 1, 2 or 3 friends and for the most part its a blast. One thing about it that I was disappointed by however was the selection of characters for multi-player. You get Mario, Luigi, Yellow Toad, and Blue Toad and they all control exactly the same. This is pretty boring to me. I would have liked it if you could have chosen between Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess (or someone else since I guess Princess is captured by Bowser in the game) and, just like in Mario 2, they would all have different jumping abilities or something. I feel like this was a missed opportunity to make the multi-player something quite special. Despite this, it is still fun.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic game that I would recommend to anyone, but especially those who grew up playing the other games in this series.

For Cheats, and Hints for New Super Mario Bros. Wii, IGN has a very helpful page:
IGN Cheats


This song is great, and the movie is cheesy as they come.

Although I have been on 2 compilation albums with The Punk Group, this review will not be biased toward them in any way. You will only find a hard hitting, nail biting exclusive review of the latest album from Portland’s best Slam Pop Duo in the NW. Their latest release is a self titled album worthy of its name, which features 10 tracks dripping synth pop goodness.

The album starts off right with Creamed Spinach, and is a great reminder why we all love The Punk Group. “Salt and Butter, Sour Cream…” is an infectious line that will make you wanting to actually eat spinach after. (If not then you are not a healthy person and you know it). Track 2 BF Jeff  is a synth explosion of sorts, that is so thick and layered with awesome synths and kick ass drums, kinda like sombody loaded a potato gun with a Mini Moog and a Nord and fired into a 70’s porno flick.  Quota Liotta sounds raw and discharged, and well, I must admit I love this song. The drums again are amazing. Very cool break beats, with enough low end drops to make your tail shatter. Quota beautifully fades into Fred Schneider which is my favorite song on the album. It is so f’n catchy and cool. The melody is very reminiscent of Kraftwerk and of course the B52’s harmonies. Track 5 is Fish Sticks for Jesus and starts with a tight bassline that will have you dancing before you know how fast your feet could actually move.  The vocals on this track deserve a mention as I really liked the arrangements leading up to the end of the track. Ok so we are halfway through the album, and I feel like this might be a good time for a snack. Maybe I’ll have Deep Fried Pumpkin Through a Gravy Tube! Oh how bizarre that is the name of track 6! Well thank god I am not alone with my obsession of Deep Fried Pumpkin Through a Gravy Tube. OK so remember how I said that Fred Schneider is my favorite track on this album? Yeah well, I was wrong Track 7, Skull Country has just made it to my top favorite. Eat my Ass Fred Schneider! Skull Country has an obliterating sweet melody and features some rad vocals that sound as though they were recorded underwater. Also there is a percussion instrument of some kind, possibly a marimba or vibraphone and is a super cool touch to the already amazing song. Alright so we have convered the basics so far, Spinach, BFF’s, Quota (whatever the hell that is), Fred and Gravy. What about Zombies? Oh shit here they come! Track 8 is full of those f’n bastards! This track has an amazing chorus and for anybody who loves Zombies as much myself will marvel at the actual Zombie sound effects. Also the bass track is worth mentioning for driving out the massive line in the nick of time! Alright now let’s talk about Neanderthals. The next song is called Travis is An Orangutan, oh wait not it not. Its called Homewreckin’ Alcoholic, and yes this song is also pushing the limits of syncopated vocal tracks! I mean holy shit guys this vocal breakdown is pure genius! I hope this song is about a real person so I can egg them!  Alright last track ladies and gents! The song is Frosty, and by the time you get to this song you will hopefully be toasty (I know I was). “Bow Chi-ca Bow Wow…”  is an amazing chorus line and don’t forget the awesome mid song drop out that may trip you up on the dance floor. Hell yeah guys, this album was great. I really think it sounded great as well, so nice work on the overall production.

Here is a link where you can buy this crazy shit!

The Punk Group Official Web Site

Here’s a free download of the Quota Liotta song!

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My Search was going to be, what black spiders live in Oregon

Here’s what Google suggested before I started typing the word spiders.

Wow thanks Google, I guess, hmm, why yes! I would like to search for What Black Bears Eat. Oh wait a minute! Look at all these other helpful suggestions!

Seems a little bizzare that What Black People and What Blackberries are the two highest searched phrases. I like the “what blackberry does Obama use” suggestion.

Arent people searching for any of this stuff below?

what black spiders live in Oregon
what black tarp is best to make a slip n’ slide
what black belt should I have by the time I am 30
what black top is best for Skateboarding on Acid
what black metal band Small Mazda – Small Dog
what black toner tastes like

I loved the old toy commercials from the 80’s, I had this guy Modulok, and Yes it was every but as cool as the ad implies. Long live He-Man!!!

I think this guy was terrific and hilarious, his sense of humor is beyond anybody at american idol because they took him seriously. Nice work Andrew I like your tracks.
Check out his RAD audition…

Sometimes people start a war. Sometimes people smoke some drugs.

I feel stupid saying this, but this was the first time I saw Henry Rollins. I really liked this song and the video, I remember when Beavis and Butthead featured it. I have since seen Mr Rollins twice and really enjoyed his spoken word live shows. I love the apology part of the song, SUCKER AHH HAHAHA!

Not sure if it’s the sweet voice of this gal, or the cougar in the back but I really like this video.

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