No big spiritual lesson here but I am digging on playing a 2D platformer again, especially one as beautiful as Mario. Last year I spent some serious time with Braid (a 2D platformer that is wicked hard, but ultimately very rewarding) but other than messing around on my SNES with Nathan it has been years since I have played a game like this.
Within moments I was holding down the “1” button so I could run fast and letting my thumb press the “2” button to jump as I ran. It took probably 2 worlds for me to really remember how to play these sorts of games, but once I did I found myself taken back to those days right after high school sitting with my Nintendo or my SNES and finding ways to get through castle after castle.
It may not be a perfect game, and it is very hard in a few places (the addition of Luigi popping up to show you how to beat the level if you die a bunch of times in a row is pretty cool) but all in all it has been a fun few days playing games like those of my youth.
I bet in 20 years someone is going to make a game just like Modern Warfare 2 and all my students are going to gush over how much fun it is to play a game like that again.