The release of a new Nintendo console has always been a very special time for me. I got my first NES for Christmas in 1986, and it truly changed my life. Nintendo has had its ups and downs, and its most recent down was the release of the Wii U. Although I am firmly in the minority, I actually really loved the Wii U. It has some of my favorite games of this current generation. So, when it failed to find a sustainable market, I was devastated, but not surprised. Now, with the release of the Switch, their newest console, Nintendo is attempting to right the ship, with what is essentially a DS/Wii U hybrid with better technology. It released yesterday, and I got mine right after a very, very long day at work.
When I was 9 or 10, living in Missoula, MT, I had a friend who had the fastest Packard Bell on the block. On that amazing computer he had a little program where he could make his own Mario levels. They were crude, but amazing. Around the same time, Mario Paint came out. I remember thinking, “If they did this except with Mario levels, it would be the most amazing thing ever.” Well, they did, and the result is Super Mario Maker, a ludicrously simple release that probably has more fun packed into it than the past 10 years of AAA titles.