Nice Plays: Super Mario Bros. 2 [Japan] (1986)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off!

In this episode, Martha (and then Stephen) are tortured by bad level design and user-hostile game mechanics in the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2, while Mark praises the oft-misunderstood American version of the game.

NOTE: Mark was wrong. There *were* mid-level checkpoints in the original Super Mario Bros.

Game: Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan)
Developer/Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Famicom Disk System
Year: 1986
Genre: Platformer

Notes:

  • This game is exhaustively detailed at Super Mario Wiki.
  • Mark really loves the American version of Super Mario Bros. 2, which you can read a lot about.

Nice Plays: Color Jumper (2017)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode, Mark plays a new indie release by a Twin Cities developer. He dies a lot, and it’s only partially the controller’s fault.

Game: Color Jumper
Developer/Publisher: Tall Beard Studios
Platform: Windows / Mac / Linux
Year: 2017
Genre: Precision Platformer

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Nice Plays: Thirty Flights of Loving (2012)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode (Nice Games Club’s 50th!), Martha plays (and finishes!) a game Stephen once recommended to Mark (but Mark forgot about). A first-person narrative, Thirty Flights of Loving is a 5-year old game written in a 10-year old engine, but still holds up, according to your nice hosts, anyway.

Game: Thirty Flights of Loving
Developer/Publisher: Blendo Games
Platform: PC (Windows, Mac)
Year: 2012
Genre: First-person Narrative

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Nice Plays: Pajama Sam 2 (1998)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game for 17 minutes, then an egg timer goes off.

In this episode, Mark plays one of Martha’s favorites, the classic PC point and click adventure Pajama Sam 2, and learns why she loves and is inspired by this game’s development studio so much.

Game: Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t So Frightening
Developer/Publisher: Humongous Entertainment
Platform: PC (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Year: 1998
Genre: Point & Click Adventure

Notes:

  • We mentioned, but didn’t show, the game’s intro cutscene.
  • As it happens, Pajama Sam was voiced by one of Mark’s favorite comic actors, Pamela Adlon, although she’s more famous for voicing Bobby on King of the Hill. She is currently starring in the show Better Things, which she created and produces, and for which she was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy in 2017.
  • This game includes references to other Humongous titles, including Backyard Sports.
  • Boris Karloff played Frankenstein’s monster.

Nice Plays: Solomon’s Key (1987)

“Nice Plays” are video episodes where your nice hosts play and talk about a game, and after 17 minutes, our egg timer goes off and we give our final thoughts. In this episode, Stephen plays the NES port of the classic arcade game Solomon’s Key!

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Game: Solomon’s Key
Developer: Tecmo
Publisher: Tecmo
Platform: NES
Release date: July 1987 (US)
Genre: 2D Puzzle-Platformer

Summary: “You and Dana, the wizard of Lyrac, must unlock Solomon’s scroll of secrets to restore peace in the constellations. With Dana’s magic, fire, and mystical powers, you will help release the imprisoned Princess of the Fairies and harness the evil forces within the constellations. But first, you need the key!”