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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:18 pm    Post subject: Kids today can't beat world 1-1 of the original Super Mario. Reply with quote

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/new-gamers-cant-beat-first-level-of-original-super-mario-game-nintendo-boss-says/article13100742/

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90 per cent of participants in a test couldn’t finish the first level on the original Super Mario Bros. game on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

“We watched the replay videos of how the gamers performed and saw that many did not understand simple concepts like bottomless pits,” he was translated as saying. “Around 70 per cent died to the first Goomba. Another 50 per cent died twice. Many thought the coins were enemies and tried to avoid them. Also, most of them did not use the run button. There were many other depressing things we noted but I cannot remember them at the moment.”

The report went on to say that when Nintendo asked test participants what they could do to make the game better, many said they “wanted the game to be easier.” Some of them were said to have mistaken it for a new game, and said they wanted better graphics. Others purportedly still said Mario should start the game off with a sword or a gun.



TL;DR kids are dumb.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not able to play the New Super Mario Bros, but I'm sure the concept is similar. So, how to kids feel about the New Super Mario Bros?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear God that is depressing.

"So you mean you don't fling Mario at things and break them?"
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Start Mario off with a gun, haha.

I'm not all that surprised, video games have gotten easier and easier. The point in New Super Mario Bros Wii U is to collect coins. I think by the time I got through the first world I had almost 50 lives. Kids today have no concept of limited continues and when it's Game Over you have to start all the way from the beginning.

Also when I was 6 I found Super Mario Bros to be really hard. However I could still get through 1-1 LOL.

Now The Lost Levels (aka Super Mario Bros 2 in Japan) was retarded. I played it in All-Stars when I was a kid and could not get pass world 1-1. To this day the furthest I ever got was 1-3
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not just kids. I've gotten worse myself. =(

I remember when I was a kid I beat Super Mario 2 and it was a huge deal to me cause that game was such a pain in the ass. Fast forward a couple of years and the same deal with Sonic & Knuckles.

I bought both of them off the wii console for some good ol fashioned nostalgia and I can't get through them again. I was like, wow when did I start to suck so bad at games?

But you also have to remember that a lot of those early games were ports of arcade games. They were designed for you to die a lot so you'd keep putting quarters in the machine.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How old were these testers? Were they 4?
Because seriously, my 7 year old niece kicks wholesale ass in Minecraft. She lures creepers into TNT traps to see what sort of explosions she can get, so she could probably figure out the concept of 'avoid monster things, collect coins'.

Also, there is no run button. It's a myth, designed to make people who can't get past 1-3 feel bad.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article doesn't seem to disclose some important info. I not convinced it's real. However, I wouldn't be surprised if kids these days can't play Super Mario Bros, or simply don't want to.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys the kids tested were gamers and it's meant to show how easy games are today that they can't even defeat the first level of Super Mario Bros. I am also very rusty and there are many NES games that are impossible for me to finish. But not completing world 1-1 is just embarrassing.

And De-Ting, The Globe and Mail is a very credible newspaper that serves all of Canada.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shouldn't it be .ca?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do I look like, a fucking nerd?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Update: The original article that reported translated quotes from Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata was intended as satire.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My kid beat super Mario Bros on his DS.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I never got far in mario games, but I did better than that. I did beat Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2 though for the SNES, those fuckers were hard.


I'm currently stuck on Bongo Bongo in Zelda....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original mario 1 game? I've beat it but its a lot less enjoyable than the way Mario Bros 3 handled.

Every couple years I fire up Super Mario World in a snes emulator and 100% it. Such a good game.


I'd like to watch anyone today finish battletoads without getting angry.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sourdeez wrote:
The original mario 1 game? I've beat it but its a lot less enjoyable than the way Mario Bros 3 handled.

Every couple years I fire up Super Mario World in a snes emulator and 100% it. Such a good game.


I'd like to watch anyone today finish battletoads without getting angry.


I would like to see anyone finish battletoads
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eyebrowsbv31 wrote:
I never got far in mario games, but I did better than that. I did beat Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2 though for the SNES, those fuckers were hard.


I'm currently stuck on Bongo Bongo in Zelda....


How the hell did you manage the minecart ride in DK1, and not Bongo Bongo?! God dammit man...that minecart ride.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think about it, did you get past World 1-1 on the first try? I know I didn't do it probably because my dad kept sabotaging my attempts to jump a pit.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So... has anyone caught the fact that the article said the report is fake? Here are some articles from the website this quote came from:

"Using Babysitting Mama as a Babysitting Guide Leaves 25 Babies Dead Annually"

"Female Protagonist Game Jam Cancelled After Devs Spend Most of Their Time on Breast Jiggle Physics"

"Children Who Pick a Side in Console Wars Are 90 Percent More Likely to Join a Gang"
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FrozenBacon wrote:
"Children Who Pick a Side in Console Wars Are 90 Percent More Likely to Join a Gang"

Perfectly represents the childhood i can remember.

All those west side punks with their xboxes...
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