As I write this, I’m listening to my wife plow her way through Mass Effect in the living room. While this is awesome, it also means the big daddy TV is off the table. And instead of lugging the consoles around the house, I’m taking this opportunity to do some retro gaming.
Right now I am playing another of my all time favourites, and that’s Super Mario Kart for the SNES. I have to say, this little gem never loses its lustre. Playing it today, it’s hard to believe it’s now twenty (YES, TWENTY!) years old. I remember waiting in line at the local Toys R Us just to get my five minutes in with this baby, and when I got it for Christmas it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. My parents even played it with me. Good times.
Even though I come back to this game every couple of years, it’s a little surprising how well it holds up, even by today’s standards. The Mode 7 graphical scrolling technique that Nintendo used, while very simple, provides a degree of control that was way ahead of its time in 1992. I guess that’s part of what makes it a classic. Without such precision you would be pretty screwed with all of the bananas and shells flying around.