Super Mario Land 2 is a somewhat forgotten entry in the series, but well worth the $4 investment on the 3DS Virtual Console. It stands out as one of the most unique Mario experiences to date, a short but fun romp that captures the charm and quality of its console brethren in a pocketable form.
The new Toonami recently finished its first full series on the air, showing that the block is back to business as usual-- at least as far as programming goes. The old Toonami was a trailblazer in innovation, experimenting with new forms of entertainment like transmedia, online streaming, and browser-based games. Toonami even helped cement the popularity of anime music videos and quirky video reviews, both of which have since grown thriving ecosystems on video sites like Youtube. Both of those have returned for Adult Swim's Toonami, so let’s take a look at some other things we might see return in the future.
Demon King Daimao, a romantic comedy with science fiction and fantasy elements, was released on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2011 by Sentai Filmworks. Offering a mix of action and comedy and a decent, if somewhat shallow and rushed, story that puts some slight twists on the harem anime formula. It's a decent show that will definitely find an audience with fans of the genre, but has little in the way of crossover appeal or lasting value.
In today's market, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft are all vying for control of viewers' money and interest-- not just for gaming, but for digital entertainment throughout the home. Nintendo has always delivered unique products that combine robust engineering, innovative concepts, and a stable of characters that lend themselves to periodic reinvention. The Wii U continues this tradition, and it's exciting to explore how it draws from the company's past and where it could take them in the future.