Wow, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these Nintendo unknown facts and trivia articles! But returning at last, here are five more interesting facts about Mario games that you probably didn’t know about the series. So if you want to find out about interesting beta content, a strange Mario cameo in a recent Nintendo title and the strange situation of Wario World’s final boss, keep reading!
No, that title isn’t a joke or incorrect. Nintendo UK really is doing some deal with Amazon where you can buy a 3DS XL and get a completely free digital copy of Super Mario 3D Land immediately afterwards. Want to know how this thing works? Well, keep reading and you’ll find out!
In a part of the Nintendo Direct that many people may not have noticed (because only Nintendo of America covered this in their presentation at all), there’s talk of ‘exclusive content for Mario Kart 7 and Mario 3D Land’ coming soon to the 3DS. Yes, DLC/content for games that’s been out nearly two years.
No, the title is not a lie. Thought the old media were over this whole ‘video games are evil’ thing and learnt to do actual research when discussing them? Well apparently this isn’t the case, since this new Guardian article is just plain ridiculous in how badly researched and thought out it is. Here’s the address (not linked to avoid helping their search engine rankings):
So let’s see where this whole thing falls apart. First of all, we’ve got a ridiculously misleading claim, namely that:
a Guardian analysis of the top 50 video games sold in 2012 found more than half contain violent content labels
Except take one look at what types of games the Guardian chart lists alongside the likes of Call of Duty and Battlefield as ‘violent’ games:
- Pokemon Black and White Versions 2
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Wii Sports
- Mario Party 9
- Wii Sports Resort
The Guardian’s ‘violent game’ choices are questionable at best.
I’m sorry, but what? When the hell was Super Mario 3D Land ever seen as a violent game? In fact, I’ll check the box right now:
Age Rating: 3+
Content Warnings: None
Above: Totally a violent video game.
Okay then. Similarly, from what I can tell, the likes of Pokemon Black and White 2 got the same age rating too. Can’t see any content warnings here either. Maybe I should check the PEGI site…
Nope, don’t see much here (then again, the site doesn’t seem to be responding at all where I am, which is probably kind of ironic in a sense). So off the bat it seems this article is using misleading or false data to back up a misleading headline.
And even if ‘comic mischief’ or ‘cartoon violence’ is mentioned, this is obviously no reason to list a game as violent. They do say if it’s excluded over half are still considered ‘violent’, but from what I can tell it seems like this clearly wouldn’t be the case.
For that alone, it seems like they’re presenting this data in a deliberate misleading way to draw in visitors, counting things that aren’t even taken seriously by their data source (the ESRB itself) and throwing them in with games with actual violent content to inflate statistics.
Above: Pokemon Black and White 2 violent? When did The Guardian side with PETA?
The suggested audience thing is kind of hilarious too, if only because it pretty much says that ‘mature’ games don’t actually make up that large a portion of the market. Yet they don’t mention this data at all, completely trying to ignore how more than 60% of all best selling games in 2012 were rated Teen or under.
Above: The title implies many best selling video games are violent, include guns, etc. Or that most do.
The very stats however show a different story. Only about 50% of top selling games are ‘violent’, most are not M rated and most don’t have guns.
What the headline implies and what the (extremely misleading) stats point out do not correlate in any real fashion. It’s pretty much tabloid style writing for hits rather than analysising the facts in a fair and unbiased manner. It’s also a terrible article in that only a paragraph and video actually has anything remotely like an opinion being stated, with no real ‘analysis’ of the data whatsoever.
Bad reporting all round I say.
Is that a good thing? Hard to really say given the much better reception Super Mario Galaxy got compared to 3D Land. Either way, Super Mario 3D Land has apparently outpaced Super Mario Galaxy in terms of sales and gone well past the eight million mark in recent weeks. Here’s a chart comparing how well each game is selling:
As you can clearly see, Super Mario 3D Land seems to be selling for longer periods of time after the initial burst of popularity back on launch day, and is significantly more popular in Japan than Super Mario Galaxy was. There’s still time to go before 3D Land stops selling well (it’s been in the charts for quite a while), but it seems like the game will eventually outsell Galaxy by quite the margin (putting it only second to Super Mario 64 in terms of most popular 3D Mario title).
Perhaps Japanese gamers just seem to like or be more tolerant of super linear gameplay compared to those over in Western countries? I mean, I’ve heard quite a few theories about this based on the lack of a frontier and Wild West in Japan or the culture being more focused on following the crowd than the likes of US culture, but you have to admit that more linear games do seem to do quite a bit better over there than they do in other regions.
But what do you think? Are you impressed that Super Mario 3D Land has done better than Galaxy as far as sales go? Or are you a bit surprised that the game with the generally worse reviews and critical reception is the one that seems to be more of a long term hit?