This week on All Things Nintendo, Brian is joined by Game Informer community member Nolan Filter to talk about the Mario series’ evolution. After discussing the new Christmas movie, 8-Bit Christmas on HBO Max, and running down all the latest Nintendo-related news, Brian chats with Nolan about his grad-school research paper on the evolution of Mario’s gameplay mechanics and about what they would like to see from Nintendo’s flagship franchise in the future. If you’d like to follow the people from this episode on Twitter, hit the following links: Brian Shea (@brianpshea), Nolan Filter (@NolanFilter), Nolan’s upcoming game, Silly Seance (@SillySeance) The All Things Nintendo podcast is a weekly show where we can celebrate, discuss, and break down all the latest games, news, and announcements from the industry’s most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what’s happening in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they’ll share personal stories, uncover hidden gems in the eShop, and even look back on the classics we all grew up with. A new episode hits every Friday! Be sure to subscribe to All Things Nintendo on your favorite podcast platform. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:01:38 – First Nintendo Game/Favorite Nintendo Game 00:12:20 – Airing of Grievance/Pro Travel Tip for Switch 00:16:00 – 8-Bit Christmas Spoiler-Free Review 00:25:23 – Switch and Shin Megami Tensei V Sales Numbers 00:26:47 – New Pokémon Legends: Arceus Trailer and Info 00:32:18 – Nintendo Indie World Presentation 00:38:09 – Switch End-of-Year Player Stats 00:40:27 – The Evolution of Mario’s Mechanics 01:00:33 – What Could Be Next for Mario? 01:13:58 – Super Mario Run’s 5th Anniversary 01:17:15 – Definitive Ranking: Mario Bosses 01:28:00 – eShop Gem of the Week: Sumer If you’d like to get in touch with the All Things Nintendo podcast, you can do so by emailing [email protected], tweeting to Brian (@BrianPShea), or by joining the official Game Informer Discord server. You can do that by linking your Discord account to your Twitch account and subscribing to the Game Informer Twitch channel. From there, find the All Things Nintendo channel under “Community Spaces.” For more Game Informer podcasts, be sure to check out The Game Informer Show, which covers the weekly happenings of the video game industry, and Video Gameography with host Ben Reeves, which explores the history of video games – one series at a time!