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Super Mario Bros. for the iPhone?  Finally!!  What in the world took them so long?  My love for video games began a long long time ago when my friends and I began playing games together on our Atari 2600, ColecoVision, and IntelliVision Game Systems.

Remember those?  Several of my friends who lived in my neighborhood all saved up and we bought several different systems and a selection of games that we could trade back and forth.

We would decide what we wanted to play, and that would determine whose house we would be at for the moment!  Or…we’d just put all the games in one box, and head to the lucky person’s house.  I think my Mom secretly liked it when we all ended up at our house.  I think…

Man…we thought we were living large – playing Pong, Missile Command, Adventure, Combat, River Raid, and many other games on these old systems, and at some of the houses on a black and white television.  Remember those?

My kids call them “grey movies.”  Any time I turn on a classic like Leave it to Beaver, my kids always comment on my grey tv show!  The Atari system that I had was first released in 1977 by Atari, Inc.  I was…well…I was much younger then…

We all spent many hours playing our games during our summer breaks on many different systems throughout our childhood, and in about 1983, the game Mario Bros. was released for Nintendo.  This game was created by Shigeru Miyamoto.

In this original game, Mario is an Italian-American plumber who works with his brother Luigi to defeat creatures from the sewers in New York City.  The brothers flip the creatures on their back and kicks them away.  This game was very well received by critics.

Then between the years of 1985 and 1987, a sequel to the 1983 game was released called Super Mario Bros. developed again by Nintendo.  This would be the first in a series of many Super Mario games put out by Nintendo.

If you’ve been living under a rock, and you don’t know what Super Mario Brothers is all about, you can check on Wikipedia and learn that in Super Mario Bros., the player controls Mario and in a two-player game, a second player controls Mario’s brother Luigi as he travels through the Mushroom Kingdom in order to rescue Princess Toadstool from the antagonist Bowser.

This game has often been considered the greatest game of all time, and I would be the first to agree with that.  From the very first version, to those that we play today on Wii, Nintendo DS, and of course at the arcades on the big machines, but we have never seen Super Mario Bros. for the iPhone!

For those of you still reading this, I have some great news!  Super Mario IS coming to the iPhone!  Finally!  What has taken so long?

Look at that - don't they look good together? Mario and the iPhone - together at last!

Look at that – don’t they look good together? Mario and the iPhone – together at last!

In an article titled Super Mario is Coming to iPhone at Last, on the CNet Website, I learned that Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto just showed off Super Mario Run, an official Nintendo game coming to iPhone and iPad this December, at Apple’s San Francisco event.

At the event, Minamoto shared with the crowd that “Mario is running toward his next goal:  iPhone.”  And to no one’s surprise, the crowd went wild!

In the game, Super Mario Run, you won’t have just a single-player experience.  Apparently, there will be a battle mode to compete against your friends, and other players from all over the world.

Super Mario Bros. for the iPhone

Here is one of the screen shots from the game, Super Mario Run, the new Super Mario Bros. game for the iPhone!

What?  This is gonna be fun!  You will also be able to expand and customize your Mushroom Kingdom.  I can hardly wait for this.  Not sure who will be playing it more in my house – my  husband and me, or our kids!

For more details, you can read Nintendo’s Press Release from the Business Wire’s Website.  And there’s more good stuff to come from Nintendo for the iPhone!  All the details are in the press release.  This is a game changer (at least for me)!

I’ve missed Mario – I spend lots of time playing silly games on my phone while waiting on my kids at practice, play dates, etc…., and now I’ll have my good friends, Mario and Luigi to entertain me sometimes now too…

If you’re not sure about playing Mario on your iPhone, and you want to play with the whole family, I highly recommend the WiiU Game Console.  That is what we play on at home.  It is a great game system with so many games for the whole family.

The best deal is to get the Wii U Deluxe Set (see below).  This bundle comes with the Wii U console, the Wii U GamePad, and Wii Remotes.  These consoles work with most games from the original Wii console, as well as the Wii Remotes and other Wii accessories.

But…if you prefer to kick it old school, you can always get an Atari Flashback system.  Yes…you can flashback to your childhood and play 100 of the classic games that come built in to the system!  Pretty cool, right?  If you have a Playstation 4, you can also get classic Atari games for that system.

Don’t worry if you went with a ColecoVision system way back when (my buddy did this when we were 9), because you can now also get the ColecoVision AtGames Flashback Classic Game Console!  Yes…it’s true.  This is similar to the Atari Flashback – it comes with 60 classic games built in featuring titles such as Venture, Zaxxon, Space panic and Jumpman Jumper.

And we mustn’t leave out IntelliVision.  Remember that one?  Didn’t do quite as well as the Atari.  I only had one friend who went with this system.  Needless to say, he spent most of his time at my house playing on my Atari!  I was always happy that I went with Atari, but it was fun to have a friends with a ColecoVision and IntelliVision game systems, just for something different.

Now you can have them all once again!   And surprisingly, my kids are quite enthralled with these old school games, which is good, because I can actually play these old school games.  Some of the new ones just don’t suck me in like the oldies but goodies!

Whatever game system you choose, be sure to tell me all about it.  Were you Team Atari, Team ColecoVision, or Team Intellivision?  And get your iPhones ready – sources say Super Mario Run will be available in the App Store sometime in December!  Let me know what game you’re playing!  And have fun.  Until next time…