Mario’s 35th

I have been playing a TON of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury. 3D World was a game that I loved when it came out **checks notes** nearly EIGHT YEARS ago. I wrote about it in my obituary of the Wii U, and said that it was in my top echelon of Mario games. After playing through it again, I can cement it there a while longer.

Bowser has been fast, but now he’s furious. (Image from Nintendo)

The addition of Bowser’s Fury is a great bonus. While many are predicting this bonus game to be the future of Mario, I won’t hold my breath. It’s a fun and fantastic experiment.

If you got burned out on the more traditional Mario games from the New Super Mario Bros. series, or wasn’t one of the seven people who owned a Wii U, I’d recommend this over the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection in a heartbeat.

Mario is old enough now that I don’t know if we need to celebrate every five years, but this has been fun. The 3D All-Stars Collection was fun to play through Sunshine again, but with the 1-2 Combo of 3D World and Odyssey on Switch, I think that’s enough new* Mario to last for a bit.

*Obviously over half the Mario games on Nintendo Switch are from older systems. Maybe we’ll get super Mario Odyssey 2?

Video Game Ornaments

The holiday season and video games are intrinsically tied together in my memories. It was always when the games to play were released. I had always wanted to have a video game focused tree, and fortunately we’ve had one the past few years. My wife was a huge supporter of this idea (and wants me to get a larger one) and has helped procured a lot of these ornaments. Also, kudos to Hallmark for tapping that nostalgia market and making some incredibly high quality ornaments.

My Top Music 2020

Man, a lot of people use Spotify. Until they allow me to upload my own music (like Apple Music does) it’s never meant to be. You can’t play the Donkey Kong Land soundtrack on Spotify.

(And before someone busts in here telling me about the local files option… yeah I know, it’s dumb. I’m talkin’ cloud music library baby.)

My top albums/artists/songs for 2020 include:

  • Zelda and Chill II – Mikel
  • Zelda Dark Side of the Triforce – Epic Game Music
  • The Donkey Kong Land OST
  • Playing With The Boys – Kenny Loggins
  • Carrisa – Desert Star
  • River City Girls OST
  • ZeroRanger OST
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
  • Tetris Effect OST
  • Hamilton

You guys are sleeping on that Donkey Kong Land soundtrack… just sayin’

Fall Colors

Autumn is generally not one of my favorite seasons. But I’ll have to say with everything going on in 2020, I am welcoming it with open arms with it’s cool nights, and beautiful colors. I should probably go somewhere this weekend to capture the peak colors before they are gone.

Return From Vacation

Guess who’s back. Back again. Jared’s back. TELL NO ONE!

2020 is a year that we will not forget. But fortunately Erica and I were able to get some much needed reprieve. Beach Jared lived again this year. I didn’t do much other than chill, take photos, read, and rest, and play with our friend Alison’s doggos. It was time well spent.

Will this be enough to get through to the end of the year? I don’t know, but I will say every evening had an almost magical sunset. The first night we arrived, we were greeted by more stars than I can remember seeing in about a decade.

Here are some of the photos I took during the trip. I kept a couple of the sunsets to myself.

I hope you have made time for yourself if possible. We’re not out of the woods yet.