Nintendo Canada's Super Mario Bros Wonder Launch Event: A 1-Up Adventure!

Last night, I had the incredible opportunity to enter the iconic world of Super Mario Bros at the Ontario Science Center, courtesy of Nintendo Canada's Super Mario Bros Wonder game launch event. The event was a treat from start to finish, and I'm excited to share my experience with you.

Upon arrival at the event, we were warmly welcomed by the Nintendo Canada staff, who had prepared a treasure trove of goodies. Super Mario Bros Wonder posters, exclusive keychains, Mario-themed hats, and game-themed cookies, as adorable as they were delicious, were up for grabs. Nintendo had also arranged a scavenger hunt, where attendees could explore the event space while solving clues related to the game world. This was a fantastic way to learn more about the game world and provided a fun activity for kids and families in attendance

As someone relatively casual to the Mario universe, I was pleasantly surprised by Nintendo's thoughtful approach to making the game accessible to both casual and hardcore players of the Mario games. One of the standout features was the ability to choose from various playable characters with various levels of difficulty, each offering a unique playstyle for players.

I decided to give Yoshi a whirl, and it didn't disappoint. With the adorable dino, I enjoyed the advantage of a flutter jump right from the get-go, although I couldn't use power-ups. This trade-off was a brilliant addition, ensuring players of all skill levels can find their perfect fit, while playing together, in the Flower Kingdom. Other playable characters included all the nostalgic picks such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Dairy, Nabbit, Yoshi(s), Toad(s), and more.

The game was a visual and auditory delight. Each level retained that nostalgic Mario platforming feel a seasoned Mario Bros player would want, but the updated graphics and the enchanting music transported me to another level and even deeper into the game. I loved exploring the demo levels, getting to use the Poplin Shop, and trying to collect all the Wonder Seeds I could find (Elephant Mario's included in our search).

What truly made the event special was the chance to meet the man of the hour, Mario himself. He graciously made guest appearances for photo opportunities, spreading joy and nostalgia among all the older and younger fans alike. I was also fortunate to catch up with some familiar faces in the Toronto gaming community, including my fellow A Gaming Podcast castmates Camille, Steve V, and Caboose.

Super Mario Bros Wonder has already received acclaim, boasting an impressive 93 score on Metacritic, and it's easy to see why. Nintendo Canada also delivered a memorable launch event that mirrored the magic of the game itself. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Nintendo Canada for inviting me to this enchanting event. See you in the Flower Kingdom; it will be a 1-up of an adventure!