While I was moments away from calling this “Gabe-solutely,” I think I’ll refrain. To Hell with your titles!
A few days ago, a typical Skype call between myself, Javi and good friend Devon Snethen turned into a discussion on what we all want to love so much: Nintendo.
This conversation got sparked by the infamous “Bah! Bah!”s that infect the music of 2D Mario games. The most recent offender being New Super Mario Bros. U. It doesn’t help that the name of the game is offensive, too, but that’s besides the point.
These damn “Bah”s are possibly the most symbolic representation of Nintendo’s current state. These small “musical” instances show us all what Nintendo gives us, instead of what we ask for. Now, I must sound whiny saying that Nintendo doesn’t give us (or me) what we want, but I feel pretty justified. Nintendo has shown us what they can give us, but they refuse to keep doing it or event try to do it.
At this point in the conversation, we’ve moved to talk about arguably the last all around amazing thing Nintendo has done, Super Mario Galaxy. It’s music, it’s look, it’s style, fucking everything about that game makes us happy. While I admit to enjoy Super Mario Sunshine more, and I honestly can’t fully explain why, there’s no denying that Galaxy is spectacular.
What we focused on, though, was the music of the game. It’s not the gameplay that matters in this talk, it’s the music. The gameplay between games like Galaxy and 2D Mario games are of a different style while the music between both could be universal.
Notice I used the words “could be” in that last sentence. I did that because Nintendo will not give us what we want. Hell, at this point it’s what we deserve (Insert Mass Effect 3 entitlement debate here). What we deserve is beautiful, orchestrated music, which we know Nintendo is fully capable of doing. We know this because they’ve done it before in Mario games. More specifically, they did it in Super Mario Galaxy.
On a side note, I think I’ll nominate Super Mario Galaxy as “Biggest Damn Tease of This Generation” because not since then has Nintendo seemed to really excel at everything in one of their games. Instead of progression, we’re brought right back to those lovely “Bah! Bah!”s that make you cringe every time you hear them.
But why is that? Why do they withhold such amazing potential? To tell you the truth, I don’t know. No one does. Actually, maybe someone does, I don’t know too many people.
The reason doesn’t really matter at this point. We have to expect that we won’t get what we want from Nintendo and frankly, we probably won’t get their best effort all too often either. All we can hold onto is what they tease us with and what they did for us in the past. We can’t count on them for the future. We just can’t. Well, you can go ahead and do it, but I’m out. I’m done. Kaput!
I can’t deny what they’ve done for us in the past, and gosh darn it I’m going to hold onto it forever!