My Skills are Varied
One of my favourite parts of New Super Mario Bros. Wii is the "Super Skills" movies -- video clips that show off hilariously elaborate trickery to earn piles of lives or beat levels incredibly fast. Of all the clips I've seen so far, this is probably my favourite, but there's one for every level of the game.
For years, you've been able to find videos similar to these all over YouTube. But those videos were of the classic Mario titles, and they were made by fans -- crazy fans, dedicated to completing these games in the fastest or most outrageous ways possible. At times, the "secrets" these guys uncover look like they are practically breaking the game. After all , surely the developer never intended to have folks earn infinite lives, or beat the entirety of the original Mario Bros. in under six minutes.
But with the "Super Skills" videos, Nintendo have tipped their hand. They're not just aware that these kind of gamers exist. They are deliberately designing the levels to facilitate all those ridiculously esoteric tricks and perfect speed runs. On purpose!