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: Also, I know YL isn't into speedruns, but he might be interested to know that RPG Limit Break is having a Gust marathon all weekend, including several Atelier games.
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nocturnal YL: Ah… Bad timing. I didn't read this until now, when it's almost over.
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Nester the Lark: Well, if you're still interested, they'll be uploading the replays to their YouTube channel later this week.
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Shrikeswind: I like that Mayles put her back in her kneepads. What's the last game they were in? One of the Kongas? It was a good look for her, albeit very 90's.
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Shrikeswind: The jokes call to me, their siren song a temptation I can hardly bear, yet I must stay my tongue. Confound my dirty sense of humor.
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Nester the Lark: The replies I see to anything Nintendo posts on Twitter are probably an indication as to why they abandoned Miiverse and decided that social media should be someone else's responsibility.
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nocturnal YL: As mentioned in Twitter, I'm currently playing Atelier Meruru DX. I'm thinking about writing reviews for the Arland series afterwards, as well as making a second Nintendo Switch review video after I finish either this or my next game.
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Nester the Lark: ^ I would be interested in seeing your reviews of the Arland games.
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Nester the Lark: So, there's been Hyrule Warriors and Fire Emblem Warriors. But guys, how about this: Punch-out Warriors! It's like Punch-out, but you fight all of your opponents at once!
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Shrikeswind: Sounds punchy, but unless it's a real knock-out I don't think it'd be a hit.
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