Tuesday, August 23, 2011

8/22: Super Mario Jenga

Note: writing two today, but I'm dating this one as yesterday to keep the shattered illusion of continuity.

One of the funniest earthquake Tweets I saw today was RTed by Patton Oswalt, along the lines of 'Man, what a terrible Jenga player I've become." My personal joke contribution made no sense if you didn't watch the WWF in the 1980s, and knew who Tugboat's tag-team partner in the natural Disasters was.

But bringing up Jenga is a doggone perfect way to introduce a brand new Mario game, Super Mario Balance Block. it's basically Jenga -- but then again Boom Blox was basically Jenga, and that found a way to make Jenga a Steven Spielberg action movie. This is an actual physical game, with rows of question blocks and rows of bricks and some mushrooms, and you have to remove them without making the whole tower topple.

I'm running out of ways to say Jenga here. But it looks like it's not going to be sold in US stores, not unless there are a hundred thousand people who are all thinking "I've held off buying Jenga for years because it doesn't make me think about 1986 enough."