It’s occurred to me that this idea of enumerating my favorite games may be ill-conceived. Even so, I want to finish now that I’ve started, so I’m just going to keep doing it. It’s helpful for when I don’t have stuff to write about (because for some reason I really feel like I have to post every day). Anyway….
Super Mario Kart is, in a relative sense, a new addition to my collection. Having grown up playing Mario Kart 64, I only learned of the existence of Super Mario Kart in the last year or two, when I had huge SNES marathons with my friend who had one from his childhood. The first thing I remember about SMK is that being used to the N64 version predisposed me to being very bad at the SNES version. I picked up the controller expecting it to feel pretty much the same as playing the 3d version, and it certainly isn’t – for the longest time playing this game, I would just get murdered every time I attempted to take on my friend. Even on 50cc (the lowest difficulty) I could get 3rd place at best in the grand prix, despite having mastered Mario Kart 64 years prior. Lesson learned: that kind of assumption makes no sense.
I still find SMK really hard actually; I am reliably awesome at the mushroom cup on any difficulty, but I’ve once again hit a snag with the flower cup on 150cc. I swear they make Luigi cheat on purpose. He wins every race on 150cc, uses about three super stars per lap, and knows how to position himself right in front of you to make you hit him and spin out. Luigi has robbed me of so many victories on the highest difficulty level that I’ve gotten to the point of actually yelling at him when he pulls some jerk move like that. I’ve never really felt that way about a video game before, where one character in particular is the reason that it’s hard. That’s the thing: in my mind, it’s not that SMK is a hard game, it’s just that Luigi is a cheating scumbag.
Screw you, Luigi…seriously. Stop cheating, and stop making me play Super Mario Galaxy 2 twice.