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S.H. Figuarts – Mario

Nintendo has long been weirdly stingy with the license for their properties.  Sure, there has always been merchandise for Super Mario Brothers, but only recently have they really opened it up, at least for more toy style merchandise.  They seemed to have opened the flood gates too, between the Amiibo figurines, and the World of Nintendo toy line.  There is also a line put out by Bandai under their S.H. Figuarts lineup.

World of Nintendo is alright, but if you want the “Cadillac level” of figure, you’re going to want to spring for the Figuarts Mario.

SH Figuarts Mario

Figuarts Mario is a bit of a departure from the standard Human figures put out in this line.  Sure Mario is human, but he’s considerably shorter and ore stocky than your average anime school girl.   The joint system all around also feels a lot more study than the other Figuarts I’ve handled.  I’m not saying the others are garbage, just that Mario here definitely seems to have a different mindset in mind on his design choices.  It kind of feels like that whole “Nintendo Quality” hand was probably involved in the design of this figure a bit to make sure he looks nice and solid in most poses.

SH Figuarts Mario

This also is almost a determent however.  He can make a lot of “classic Mario poses” but he’s also limited in a lot of ways due to his sculpt.  He can’t stick his arms out from his sides, for example, due to how his shoulders work.  He doesn’t have any alternate faces either.  In fact eh doesn’t have any alternate parts at all, though there are some alternate hands included in one of the accessory packs.

SH Figuarts Mario

What he does include is a Power Mushroom, one coin with stand, and a ? Block.  There isn’t even a stand (That is also in an accessory pack).  He’s plenty solid enough to stand without the stand though having one to do jumping poses would have been nice.

SH Figuarts Mario

There is an upside to the lack of extra parts however, and it kind of makes the whole argument moot.  Mario costs considerably less than your average Figuarts toy.  In fact Mario plus the two initial “Playset” packs, probably puts him about your average Figuarts price, with an above average number of accessories.

SH Figuarts Mario

Accessory woes aside, the figure is really nice.  It’s build solid, as mentioned and the sculpt and paint are all spot on perfect for a modern Mario.  Despite his limited articulation, he can pill off a lot of very Mario-like poses.  Mario isn’t exactly a Ninja after all, he’s a fat, squat plumber.  SH Figuarts Mario pulls this off nicely.

Review – Super Mario 64 (N64)

1 Player

Graphics: 9/10
For being one of the first is not THE first N64 game it still has some pretty nice graphics.
The character movement is very nice and dynamic.  Pario is quite fun to watch as he runs
all over.  All the old 2 dimensional enemies make the transition to 3D very well.  The
effects are also very cool.  My one complain is the camera.  It can often move in wierd
angles making it difficult to navigate the world.  This happens the most when you are

Music and Sound: 8/10
The music is pretty good.  Some of the old familiar tunes show up in new formats. The
sound effects are pretty nice too, You can usually hear the sound of enemies approaching,
though it can sometimes be hard to find exactly where they are approaching from.  Mario
yells a lot of stuff as he jumps around but it’s not repetitive or bad enough to get
annoying.  There are only two voices in the game, Mario and Princess Toadstool.  They
are OK I suppose, it’s more that the dialogue is kind of crappy.

Gameplay: 10/10
The great thing about this is that I think almost anyone could play this game.  Also it’s
a lot of fun.  I replayed this game for this review and I had forgotten how fun it was.
Mario has so many moves and combinations you may find yourself just running around jumping
on things for the sake of running around jumping on things.  The early levels are also
easy enough that the game keeps your attention early on.  The later levels get a bit more
difficult and do tent to sort of repeat the earlier levels only more difficult.  Also it’s
easy enough that you shouldn’t get stuck anywhere for long and if you do then chances are
there are a dozen other levels you could play instead.  The controls are pretty nice but
tend to seem a bit too loose for tight situations that require precision movements.

Overall: 9/10
This game was released to sell the N64 and it does a good job of it.  It shows off a lot
of the abilities of the system.  It’s probably one of the better N64 games and it’s one
that anyone could play and have fun.  I would recommend this game if you have an N64.

Tip: There are 120 stars all together.  Then you collect them all look for a new cannon
and head to the top of the castle for a meeting with an old friend.