Excerpt: For those of you who dream fondly at
night of days past when Nintendo was the alpha male of the video game
pack, thoughts of their AAA titles probably drifted through your mind.
A fire spewing Italian plumber on a never ending quest to save his
girlfriend, a sword wielding elfin boy with a similar hobby, and an
inflatable, pink balloon-thing probably come foremost to mind when
reminiscing of the roots of current franchises.