Happy 25th Birthday Final Fantasy!!! (Post 1 OF 2)
NOTE: These are the final revisions of the posters I’ve been creating since Sept. 2012. Due to tumblr’s picture limit per post, the remaining posters are in the following post.
Due to this anniversary occurring this year, one of my best childhood friends for life Max of 17 years and I got together this past summer to reflect on Final Fantasy. I fondly remember of the days when him and I first met at the back of a school bus. We found a strange bond through our talk of video games and reading video game magazines on our journey home from school. One day, I saw him reading a white book that got me curious. It was the strategy guide for Final Fantasy VII, a new game that just had come out. I was curious because the only Playstation game I had owned at the time was “Crash Bandicoot”, and I played that disc to death. The memories “Wow, this guy sure has bright, spikey hair!” and “What is that big, glowing green thing he’s facing?” immediately come to mind flipping through the pages of his guide. He showed me the game case on our walk from the bus stop to his driveway at the end of the street. “Man, that is a BIG game case! This game must be epic!” I stared in amazement. “I’m only at the beginning, but it’s pretty fun so far” Max replied.
Little did we know how much that game would impact our lives and our bond of friendship for years to come…I ended up beating Final Fantasy VII 100% complete during the ENTIRE course of my summer in Junior year of high school. That was a crowning achievement I’ll never forget.
We all made friends through Final Fantasy: we talked about all the different games as they released in game stores, we drew fan art, we made fan fictions, we watched the movies, bought the figurines, listened to the gorgeous soundtracks, and even cosplayed as the favorites who remind us just a little bit of ourselves. To think, this magnificent video game series almost never was…if if wasn’t for a little hope and faith of game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy would never have existed, and he would’ve went back to the university to continue studying electrical engineering. Thank you Hironobu Sakaguchi. Thank you Square. You gave me a best friend, and now I’m giving my appreciation through these vintage posters.
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From one video game fan to many others,
Bonus Level Facts about Super Mario
- Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and appeared in the 1981 arcade platformer, Donkey Kong.
- Mario was originally known as Jumpman. However, when Nintendo’s US office were trying to think of a better name, they were interrupted by their landlord Mario Segale, after whom they christened the character.
- Mario was originally a carpenter, not a plumber.
- The look of Mario is all about the graphical limitations of the hardware at the time. He has a hat, because realistic hair was difficult to portray, a moustache to accentuate his nose, and dungarees to make his arm movements more noticeable.
- Bowser was originally sketched as an ox by Miyamoto, but his drawings were misinterpreted by animator Yoichi Kotabe as a turtle.
- Wario first appeared as a nemesis in the Game Boy title, Super Mario Land 2. Wario’s name blends Mario with the Japanese adjective ‘warui’ meaning evil.
- The first Super Mario Bros game has sold 40.24 million copies to date.
- The main theme in Super Mario Bros, known as ‘Ground Theme’, is one of the most recognizable pieces of game music ever recorded.
- A early nineties study revealed that Mario was more recognizable to American children than Mickey Mouse.
- The Chain Chomp enemies in Super Mario Bros 3 were inspired by an incident in Miyamoto’s childhood when a neighbor’s dog chased the terrified genius, before it was yanked back by its chain.
- Released in 1989, the Game Boy title Super Mario Land was the first major Mario game to be developed without Miyamoto.
- Since 1995, the voice of Mario has been provided by American voice actor Charles Martinet.
- The Super Mario bros series is in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful gaming franchise of all time. It now boasts global sales of over 240 million units.
- Mario has appeared in over 200 video games and a recent study showed that kids recognized better than Mickey Mouse.
“I have to go now. My planet needs me.”