Magazine article USA TODAY

Mario Is the Man Then and Now

Magazine article USA TODAY

Mario Is the Man Then and Now

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It's amazing to think how far video games have come since we were kids. Remember the little white ball that used to bounce back and forth after being hit by a moving dash in what then was considered state-of-the-art technology. If you had told us that handheld devices someday would produce vivid color graphics and allow an individual to play hundreds of games, we'd have declared you certifiable. Continuing the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages, Nintendo of America, Redmond, Wash., has some exciting new releases for its Game Boy Advance.

A great game with a tough name, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, Bowser and his troublemaking kids wreak havoc by transforming all the local kings into animals. It's up to Mario and his brother Luigi to stop them. In the comedic role-playing game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, players simultaneously control the brothers through an action-packed journey to the Beanbean Kingdom, where they attempt to recover Princess Peach's stolen voice. …

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