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Sorry Mario Bros
Say what you will about Anita Sarkeesian, you gotta admit that people do take note of what she says for good or ill. In this piece of news, it's for the good.

As you might already know, in her latest video she outlined a simple "damsel frees herself" video game. Nothing too spectacular but it showcased how one can subvert the typical trope and make a strong female character out of it. While many were quick to criticize her for not making the game herself (given her kickstarter success), others took a more direct approach and actually made a game in 2 weeks.

The game is called "Sorry Mario Bros," and the plot is that Princess Peach decides to rescues herself by leaving Bowser's castle in world 8-4. You progress right to left through familiar, but slightly altered, original Mario Bros. worlds working your way backwards towards world 1-1. Along the way you can take detours and use Peach's float ability to reach hidden areas and collect "princess coins." There are 10 coins in the game and they are often well hid, giving you incentive to take your time and roam these redesigned version of classic levels.

The game is humorous too, as you'll pass Mario on his way to rescue you while you're stomping goombas and traversing through levels he's already cleared. It's the little touches like that that make this sort of game more than just a quick gimmick. It is a rather short game, the controls are a little slippery, and the graphics are modified to be recognizable but not exact (probably to avoid any copyright infringements), but outside that it's still a very admirable attempt and I'm sure we'll see more like it soon!

The game is available for FREE on Mac, PC, and Linux systems and can be found here: www.thewildeternal.com/2013/07…

PS: Sorry about all the journals recently... it's been busy!
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gilotyna815 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds awesome, I'll definitely try that :D. Already downloading.
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Nintendomain Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, for a minute you had me convinced this was a real game.
(It wouldn't surprise me if Nintendo pulled something like this :XD:)
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NotMolo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Free? So I don't have to donate money to play this "female empowerment fantasy" game?
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EmilyRees Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Praise the forthcoming game industry crash and total 'geek' apocalypse that purges the cancerous scum.
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villamar Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Umm... I think they could have done better by using SMB2's Peach and real SMB1's levels. I mean... it's not like they didn't use real pixels for Super Mario Bros Crossover and they didn't have any copyright issue. It's a good game. If you haven't tried it, you totally should: www.explodingrabbit.com/games/… . It's fun to play Super Mario 1 with many different characters from different games. You can also use skins to make it look like NES, SNES, GB, etc. ^^
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llirbwerdnadivad Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
XD That sounds fun.
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needtogetfriends Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
i looked at the first couple lines then skimmed 
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Atata Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it was a cute game lol, liked the concept, but I somewhat feel that if this was made also in support for the damsel in distress problem, I think that it still has it's one issue... it was too easy. and more in the fact that if you didnt want to land somewhere, you didnt have to land there, you'd just float. I feel like the game becoming oversimplifying, creates the idea that even supporters think that gamer girls aren't capable of going through as many difficulties as male protagonists go through.

Like, maybe it would have been cool if princess peach was actually at mushroom kingdom, and the reason mario set out to save the princess was because she went missing and the only way Mario could possibly think could have happened was she was kidnapped by bowser, who had kidnapped some of the other townspeople already. So princess peach would dress combat ready in tomboy clothing (overalls and cap), knowing mario put himself in danger, to follow him and make sure he doesn't get hurt, use same physics and powerups and at the end, stage herself as captive... I know I can't make games myself, and stuff like this would be stretching it, but think they should still keep the same difficulty levels so that it doesn't belittle women's capabilities when trying specifically to support it.
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Lynxclaw Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
I'm glad that there are people out there actively making stuff! That's how things get done.
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jijikit Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome!!!!  I'll have to go check this out!  :XD:
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