Labeled Harsh. I may be partial but I speak the truth. Sorry guys, this review is a negative one, spoiler alert. Here we go:
Most Gamers who play games mostly online call people that play mostly Nintendo games (The Nintendo fans) a Niche or "Casual Gamers". I disagree with this because it belittles the fandom of Nintendo games. He acted throughout the book to lean more to that grouping of people, the people that are against Nintendo all together. Jeff Ryan said in his book that Mario is apart of core gaming at one point; yet also made it known throughout the book that the "Hardcore" Gamer's thought process is what he has. Nintendo is not a Niche, it's a form of Gaming just as Microsoft and Sony. We Nintendo fans don't (or shouldn't) go around saying things against other people's favorite Gaming platforms so why is it so easy for us to be labeled a niche and not even a part of Gaming at all, just because we don't all like bloody shoot-em-up games (as described by Miyamoto). By page 273 I wanted to burn the book, it was very vulgar and the author even (in a way) claimed Mario was bland. He may or may not have meant it as though he thought this way himself.. But it still made me mad as ever.
By the way, this may make me sound dumb but it's true; The mushrooms in Super Mario aren't drugs, they're magic. I find referring to them as so is insulting towards Super Mario fanatics. This is definitely not a book I would recommend to any Mario fan, the writer dislikes Nintendo and Mario for their sucess.