Season of Switch: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Over a month has gone by since the debut of the Nintendo Switch (the inspiration for Season of Switch), and it looks like it’s a runaway success – Nintendo’s latest console has sold around 1 million units since March 3, making it the fastest-selling Nintendo console! Also, the company announced some new games for the Switch in its April 12th Nintendo Direct.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (also known as Luigi’s Mansion 2 in some regions), released for the 3DS in 2013 as a part of the Year of Luigi, had some big shoes to fill as the successor to Luigi’s Mansion for the GameCube, released in 2001. The original brought Luigi out of his brother’s shadow as he explored a haunted mansion, guided by Professor E. Gadd (pun intended), inventor of the Poltergust 3000 (another pun intended) that Luigi uses to capture ghosts inhabiting the mansion. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon brings Luigi to the aptly-named Evershade Valley, where he is recruited again by E. Gadd to explore not one but five different mansions (Gloomy Manor, Haunted Towers, Old Clockworks, Secret Mine, and Treacherous Mansion) to capture ghosts that went out of control after the Dark Moon was shattered.

Part of the beauty of this game is that there are all kinds of secrets and surprises scattered throughout each mansion. Unsuspecting pots may contain money (in the form of Mario-style coins as well as bills), Boos, or nothing at all, and Luigi can use the new-and-improved Poltergust 5000 to suck up carpets on the floor and “fake walls” that can lead to treasure or secret rooms. There are also gems hidden in each mansion; some are obvious, but others require quite a bit of searching. In fact, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon takes secret-searching so seriously that the Poltergust even has a new function: the Dark-Light Device, which can uncover hidden objects and Boos.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is a worthy successor to the original and adds even more enjoyable aspects to Luigi’s ghost-hunting adventure. Check out the first mission of the game in Gloomy Manor:

Season of Switch: Super Mario Galaxy

Welcome to the first-ever Season of Switch post! Kicking off this season is, of course, the launch of the Nintendo Switch itself four days ago; it’s been sold out almost everywhere since then. In fact, it’s said that the Switch has sold faster than the Wii did in its first few days after launch! While there have been a few hardware (screen bezels scratching when docking) and software (Joy-Con syncing) issues, reviews are mostly positive. The console has real potential, and that will continue to be shown through software fixes and new games that will be released over time.

Anyway, it’s time for the first game feature: Super Mario Galaxy!

Super Mario Galaxy, released in 2007, holds special significance for me: it’s the first Mario game I ever played. I was drawn in by its stunning, bright graphics, motion-control-powered gameplay, and the story, and I had to know more about and play more of the Mario series. Plus, two years after its release, I created The E Club, which was (and still is) about Mario.

While the story is rather simple, it is compelling at the same time: Bowser attacks the Mushroom Kingdom during the Star Festival and kidnaps Peach. Mario is thrown out into space where he wakes up on a mysterious planet. Eventually, he finds his way to a crippled Comet Observatory, the hub of the game. He learns that Bowser stole its power supply, Power Stars, to travel the universe. Peach is in the center of the universe with Bowser, and the only way to get there is to restore power to the Observatory by getting the Power Stars back. It’s not the most complex plot, sure, but throughout the game it’s not only Peach you’re trying to save – the fates of Rosalina, the creator of the Comet Observatory, the Lumas, her star-shaped companions, and the entire universe (which Bowser’s trying to conquer) are in your hands. Plus, Mario (and, if you do enough, Luigi) utilizes his new spin power to travel across galaxies and planetoids within those galaxies, discovering unique life forms, anomalous Prankster Comets, and yes, Star Bits to collect. But Super Mario Galaxy still feels like a Mario game – just on a more cosmic level.

Though the Wii and one of its flagship titles may seem aged at this point with the launch of Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Galaxy (along with its sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2, released in 2010) hasn’t aged at all; no other game quite captures the mixture of the lightheartedness of Mario, new 3D gameplay mechanics, and a surprisingly epic and intense story embodied by Super Mario Galaxy. But when Super Mario Odyssey comes out later this year, we’ll see.

To finish off this feature of Super Mario Galaxy, here’s one of my favorite galaxies in the game: Buoy Base Galaxy.

Mario Sports Mix Continued

I’m back in the month of February! You know what that means…Mario Sports Mix came out yesterday in the UK, and will come out in TWO DAYS in North America. Mario Sports Mix already came out in January at Australia, Asia, and Europe, and came out in NOVEMBER 2010 in Japan! As the last Mario Sports Mix article said, Mario Sports Mix allows you to play four sports as all of your favorite Mario characters, in some familiar Mario places. You can also play as your Miis from the Mii Channel on the Wii. There are also some guest appearances from characters of Square Enix games. Check it out! Find out more about Mario Sports Mix at its website, http://mariosportsmix.nintendo.com, and the Super Mario Wiki page about it, http://www.mariowiki.com/Mario_Sports_Mix.

NY Times Crossword: Luigi (Again?), and…STAR TREK?

Happy Martin Luther King Day and 2011! Sorry it has been so long since I last wrote (in 2010).

Back in good old Summer ’09, I wrote a Blog entry on the old The E Club, since Luigi was in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle of that day. If I remember correctly, the clue was “Brother of Nintendo’s Mario”. Who wouldn’t be able to figure that one out? Too bad I accidentally deleted the original entry.

So, in today’s NY Times Crossword (January 17, 2011), I saw another clue about Luigi. It said something like, “Video game Mario’s brother”. It basically says the same thing, right? So, why did I post this entry all along?

Right next to that clue, there was another clue, that said something like, “Adventure with Captain Kirk”. Wow! A Mario clue and a Star Trek clue…right next to each other! It took me a while to figure out that clue, but I realized the answer was “Trek”. It’s weird…two clues that had to do with what The E Club was all about…

NEW 2011 MARIO GAME: MARIO SPORTS MIX!

Nintendo just keeps thinking of ideas for new games! As a big Mario fan, I, E, am updating myself for new Mario game updates. If you are like me, you should get the same answer in this question:

Is Super Mario Galaxy 2 the last Mario game released for a while?

A. True | B. False

If you picked B, surprisingly, you are correct! Today, I searched Nintendo’s data to find a new Mario game that will be released in 2011. It is called Mario Sports Mix! It is another one of those jazzed-up Mario sports games for the Wii, that features basketball, volleyball, hockey, and dodgeball, played Mario style, with power-ups and Mario characters. In this game, you can play as: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Toad, Wario, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. You will also see non-playable characters like Shy Guys and Lakitus. The setting of these sports are played at familiar places, such as Mario Stadium, Peach’s Castle, and Bowser’s Castle.

Also, check out the official Mario Sports Mix E3 2010 Trailer below, and check out the Mario Sports Mix website, at http://mariosportsmix.nintendo.com.

Exciting new Events are here this September!

Today was an exciting day for me, even though it hardly started, because I finally got the 242nd Star in Super Mario Galaxy 2! As shown in the last Blog entry, Grandmaster Galaxy is the last galaxy in the whole game, after you collect all 120 stars and green stars, it’s unlocked. It took me a long time to beat the Grandmaster Prankster Comet, The Perfect Run with Mario, but a Nunchuk glitch made Mario fall off. Finally, I beat it as Luigi.

Also, this September, It’s Mario’s birthday and the release of the first “unofficial” Star Trek episode! In November, it’s Luigi’s birthday!

To organize all of these events, The E Club is using Google Calendar, Google’s free service for organizing events.

Want to see The E Club’s Events Calendar? Click here!

Super Mario Galaxy 2: Revealed!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing on here or The E Club World lately. That is because I was playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 for a very long time, and in fact, beat it! Here are some things that may help you in this game.


The Final Galaxy: Grandmaster!

How to get it: Get 240/242 Stars, Green Stars included, and the secret galaxy will open up in World S. This is unlike Super Mario Galaxy, where Grand Finale Galaxy, unlocked after all 120 Stars are collected, is the easiest galaxy in the game; Grandmaster Galaxy is the HARDEST galaxy in the game! (See videos below)


Grandmaster Galaxy: The Ultimate Test


Grandmaster Galaxy: The Perfect Run

The E Club Special Report: Super Mario Galaxy 2

As you may know, the sequel to the famous Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, is out NOW. Did you reserve it in advance, like video game stores like GameStop provide for only $5, and are curious of the NEW, cool worlds that await you? Well, I was also curious, and I have done some research on it, starting when I searched “Mario” in the first Yahoo! Search bar and the Super Mario Galaxy 2 Website came up. It has provided The E Club with secret Super Mario Galaxy 2 “Transmissions.” Here are the “Transmissions,” some cool clips from the game.


Transmissions 1-6


Transmission 15 (Looks Familiar?)


Transmission 16: THE LAST ONE!

New: The E Club’s Mario Arcade!

NEW: IF YOU WANT FUN GAMES, CHECK OUT THE NEW MARIO ARCADE!

Now that The E Club is very known, all it needed was a cool, Mario-themed arcade. Now, you can now access the new Mario Arcade! You can play lots of Mario games that are approved by me, and you can share them on sites like Facebook and Twitter!

The point of The E Club’s Mario Arcade is for you to be entertained with almost no ads, especially inappropriate ads or popups. No viruses or scams are in these games, making it safe for computers of any type and people of all ages. Mario fans, ENJOY!

*The E Club is not responsible for any defective or “broken” games. All games are legally uploaded to The E Club by HTML embedding from www.dailyfreegames.com. All rights reserved. © 2010 The E Club, The E Club Lite, and The E Club’s Mario Arcade Division. Also Copyright to Arcade Cabin, Invalid Mob, and respective owners.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii! (More on The E Club Lite)

Do you like the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii? Well, this article and the New Super Mario Bros. Wii article on The E Club Lite are dedicated to this new game and will show you videos of each world! Here’s how the system of the videos goes:

  • If the world has 4 parts to it, 2 parts of the world will be shown on The E Club, and the other 2 will be shown on The E Club Lite.
  • If the world has 3 parts to it, two parts will be shown on The E Club and 1 will be shown on The E Club Lite, and if there’s another 3 part world, The E Club Lite will have 2 parts on it, and The E Club will have 1. Enjoy!

World 1: 2 Parts

See the other two exciting parts of W-1 on The E Club Lite!


World 2: 2 Parts