The annual Tokyo Game Show has this special event each year called “Sense Of Wonder Night.” It always struck me that the best way to guarantee that your event will not instill a sense of wonder is to designate it the official “Sense Of Wonder Night.” I was thinking about wonder recently as I read Scott Jones’ review of New Super Mario Bros. 2. A new sequel used to fill me with such excitement and awe, the Mario games perhaps most of all. Now Mario feels so pedestrian. Are the games really so tiresome, or have I just become jaded? That’s the trouble with wonder—it’s tough to pin down whether you’ve simply gotten too old for this shit. That said, there are still games that give me that giddy anticipation, and Fez, pictured above, is one recent example. Anyway, Scott and I talk it over on the latest edition of the podcast.
In the second segment, my mom joins us again for another Facebook game review. This time: The $100,000 Pyramid, a rather slapdash adaptation of the legendary game show. Plus we talk about this NES knitting machine prototype recently featured on Kotaku: