Mario has never been known as "Mr. Video Game". That's likely to be a misunderstanding about his iconic status as the most famous videogame character of all time.
I noticed that the big Japanese fansite All Super Mario (translation) tells that he was known by names such as Jumpman... and Mr. Videogame. As said, it's a fansite, but I think the owner knows his stuff, and it also claimed this back in 2005 (as proved by the Internet Archive). The Japanese Wikipedia also mentions "Mr. Videogame." Nintendo.co.jp isn't helpful on this, since it almost completely ignores Mario's original name(s). So confused...
Post by Shrikeswind on Oct 8, 2009 10:13:03 GMT -5
I thought about Humpman, but I figured Nintendo would NEVER go for it. It's a kid's game, after all, and no matter what he does in Jumpman Soccer Strikers, Humpman would have NEVER gone over so well. I also thought about Stumpman (intended as irony, but it sounded stupid,) Pumpman (which didn't really make sense by any means,) and Rumpman (as in "Rumpelstiltskin," but you can guess why I opted out.) In the end, "Thumpman" ended up my choice. I don't really know why, but it seemed like the only name that made sense.
Why are all the Japanese fansites for Mario horribly made?
I actually think that this site looks simple, but clear. But I wonder about why I've seen almost no Japanese Nintendo fans participating in international (English-speaking) boards so far (like this here).
I'll hazard a guess and say it's because we're so Western. I mean, most of the members here are from countries influenced by Western culture. Just a guess, of course.
Hm, might be true. But actually, the discussions aren't that much focused on specific cultures, but games that are often beloved in both the West and Japan. And even people that are all from Western cultures can have very different tastes.
When I see how Western fans try to translate Japan-only Nintendo content for audiences outside of Japan, they and/or their helpers usually speak Japanese as a foreign language, and often do research without help from native speakers. But I think that it would be great if Western and Japanese Nintendo communities shared information rather than isolating from each other. I mean, they all share the love for video games.
Post by wanderingshadow on Nov 25, 2009 13:57:35 GMT -5
Hey, it turns out that the New York Times might not have been wrong after all. From the latest Iwata Asks:
Iwata: So the entire design was a case of form being dictated by function. You can really see that your specialist field, industrial design, is evident in the final result. Then, because he jumped up and down, he became known as "Jumpman", right?
Miyamoto: Well, I called him "Mr. Video". My plan was to use the same character in every video game I made.
Does anyone know if people in Japan use the term "Video" to refer to video games? I've come across the terms "gemu" and "famicom" as generic terms. Before anyone asks, I realize that famicom is the Japanese NES.
The answer is probably no. Japanese people call those "TV Game" and Miyamoto really outstands by looking into foreign things for making games. This largely explains why most Nintendo games are not Japanese-themed.
Nester the Lark: ^ Reminds me that Xanadu Next also had a randomly-generated post-game dungeon. You needed to go into it many times, getting a little further each time, but it was different every time you re-entered. It was very grindy. I never did finish it.
Mar 11, 2022 10:53:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: DIVA FT Meiteki Cybernetics EXEX perfect. Finally got it.
Mar 20, 2022 15:36:23 GMT -5
Spud: Lol, Imagine spamming a sleepy little forum like this.
Mar 27, 2022 9:11:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I have a tendency to dislike a game because it's popular, or at least, I give popular games a harsher, more critical look.
Apr 12, 2022 15:07:04 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: ^ I think I do something similar in that I tend to favor less popular things. It's not something I do intentionally or even consciously; I think it's just part of my personality.
Apr 14, 2022 8:56:37 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Official pairings in games sometimes surprise me. Like <spoiler> in BLUE REFLECTION 2. Or Astrid and Makalov in Fire Emblem 10 which is less shocking but still unexpected. For a non-romantic example, Meta Knight and Dedede in KF2 work so well together.
Apr 16, 2022 8:49:20 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: BLUE REFLECTION: Second Light is a… shocking experience. I'm at the start of Chapter 9 (so 3 more to go), and considering the side quests and maxing out character Talent Points, I'm about 70% done.
Apr 18, 2022 12:11:29 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I'll say this: I'm glad it's not a popular game. I don't need to worry about spoilers. Is it worth playing? Yes for story, no for other elements. An overall huge yes for me, because I really like the story so far.
Apr 18, 2022 12:15:00 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Almost anything I can say is spoiler, and I really think it's best to jump into it blind, not even reading the official website. I'll probably write a review on it, so stay tuned.
Apr 18, 2022 12:17:07 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I was done with BLUE REFLECTION: Second Light… two days ago, actually. It's quite difficult to put my thoughts in words, but at the same time, it's similar to what others would say about the game.
Apr 23, 2022 9:07:18 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: My old computer died, on the same day I got my new one. The timing isn't exactly a coincidence, as it started showing symptoms a long time ago. I got very lucky that I did my backup and bought the new PC today. (Game review about 1/3 done, by the way)
Apr 24, 2022 15:10:51 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Now I'm not sure if I should post the review as is. I basically typed out the whole story, but that's exactly what I don't want potential players to read.
Apr 25, 2022 10:39:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Writing too little would make it difficult to appreciate why is the story good, but writing everything out would defeat the point. Umm…
Apr 25, 2022 10:40:25 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: And it's done! I decided to cut most of the story and only leave in a few examples. The cut part is even longer than the full review, but if anyone wants to know the story they should play the actual game or at least watch videos of it.
Apr 25, 2022 13:57:21 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I like that we keep posting cameos, even though Fry has no intention of ever updating the site again. But I guess the forum is still an archive.
May 11, 2022 8:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Looks like it's been a minute since TV Eye's been here, so I'll go post that in the thread as well. It looks like he made it to around the halfway mark, but now it's been 4 years.
May 14, 2022 0:46:16 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: I was thinking about it because the thumbnail for JRose11's Red/Blue Dugtrio-only run reminded me of Hidden Depths' Dugtrio.
May 14, 2022 0:52:06 GMT -5