So THAT’s why Pols Voice hates loud noise.

If the title of this entry comes across to you as some AI’s feeble attempt to parse language, feel free to skip the rest. However, if you understand the reference and, like me, have had this cryptic clue from the original Legend of Zelda lingering for years in the recesses of your mind as an unsolved mystery from childhood, you might be interested in this, Link*. Hint: The second player controller on the Famicom had a built-in microphone.

I quite unexpectedly stumbled upon the answer not that long ago. It’s a strange feeling, randomly coming across the answer to a question that had caused me no small amount of confusion and frustration as a kid, only to be forgotten as time went on, then suddenly, years later, experiencing surprise, delight, and even a little relief, as old feelings come rushing back and are finally resolved.

Pols voice

The bow would one-shot these guys, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. But I still wanted to know what the hell that clue meant!

 

*Pun unintended. But that just makes it better.

 

Mario-thon 2016

My daughter and I have been dabbling with Mario games on the Wii U for the past few weeks. We started with New Super Mario Bros. but recently switched over to New Super Mario 3D World, which she says is her favorite. I suspect that her preference is not so much due to the gameplay, but because of the cat suit powerup and the ability to play as Princess Peach.

We had our first ever Mario-thon today, consisting of playing “Kitty Mario” (her name for Super Mario 3D World, which I now regret correcting her on) all day. In reality, it was really four game sessions of about 30-45 minutes each, interspersed with meals, yardwork, and other activities. What made this event even more special is that although I picked  this game up the day it was released back in 2013 with the intent of playing it with my wife’s family over Thanksgiving, I’ve barely touched it since then. This means that almost all of the game is still new to me, so we’re playing through it together for the first time.

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