Tagged With blue shell

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You're in first place and the finish line is in sight. Everything is going just fine until you hear that weird electronic whirring coming from behind. Someone's dropped a blue shell and you think you're doomed when all of the sudden it hits the person just behind you instead. Sacré bleu!

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As fanfiction, Super Smash Bros/em> takes bits and pieces from many different Nintendo games and weaves them together into a uniquely chaotic patchwork. It remains faithful to its source material, but only to a point. Some of the most interesting stuff the newest Smash repurposed came from Mario Kart, of all places.

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There's nothing worse than fighting tooth, nail and banana peel for first place in Mario Kart, only to lose it because a blue shell decided to saunter up and explode on your parade. Would you believe, though, that it's actually one of the best things about Mario Kart?

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Briefly: "Victory and defeat are just lies told out of two sides of the same mouth. This is the Blue Shell of collapse, the Blue Shell of financial crisis, the Blue Shell of the New Gilded Age." That's game designer/academic Ian Bogost on the most hated and feared pick-up in the Mario Kart series. His essay at Gamasutra is a great, enlightening read that looks, in part, at how the design and marketing of Nintendo's racing franchise has been informed by the times they were made in.