пятница, 15 мая 2009 г.

[Wikipedia] May 16: New Super Mario Bros.

New Super Mario Bros. is a side-scrolling platform video game published
and developed by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console.
The game was released in North America and Japan in May 2006, and in
Australia and Europe in June 2006. It is the first original
side-scrolling platform game starring Mario since Super Mario Land 2: 6
Golden Coins in 1992, and it is the first game to be a part of the main
Mario series of video games since Super Mario Sunshine in 2002. The
game's story is similar to those of other side-scrolling Mario games.
New Super Mario Bros. follows the titular Mario as he fights his way
through Bowser's henchmen to rescue Princess Peach. Mario has access to
several power-ups that help him complete his quest, including the Super
Mushroom, the Fire Flower, and the Starman, each giving him unique
abilities. While traveling to eight worlds with ten levels in each,
Mario must defeat Bowser Jr. and Bowser before finally saving Princess
Peach. Reviews were generally favorable towards the game, which
received an aggregated score of 89% from Metacritic. Praise focused on
improvements made to the Mario franchise, while criticism targeted the
game's simplicity. New Super Mario Bros. received several honors,
including Game of the Month awards from Game Informer and Electronic
Gaming Monthly, and Editors' Choice Awards from IGN and GameSpot. In
Japan, the game broke the record for the best-selling debut for a
Nintendo DS game. Overall, the game has sold 17.63 million copies
worldwide.

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Today's selected anniversaries:

1204:

Fourth Crusade: Count Baldwin IX of Flanders was crowned the first
Latin Emperor in Constantinople.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldwin_I_of_Constantinople>

1811:

Peninsular War: An allied force of British, Spanish, and Portuguese
troops clashed with the French at the Battle of Albuera south of
Badajoz, Spain.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Albuera>

1877:

President Patrice de Mac-Mahon dismissed Jules Simon and installed
Albert, Duc de Broglie as Prime Minister, triggering a political crisis
in the French Third Republic.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16_May_1877_crisis>

1929:

The first ceremony of the Academy Awards were held at the Hollywood
Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award>

1975:

Based on the results of a referendum held about one month earlier,
Sikkim abolished its monarchy and was annexed by India, becoming its
22nd state.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim>

2003:

In the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history, a series of
suicide bombings in Casablanca killed 33 civilians and 12 out of the 14
bombers.
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2003_Casablanca_bombings>

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Wiktionary's word of the day:

draconian (adj):
1. Very severe, oppressive or strict.

2. (in fiction) Of or resembling a dragon
<http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/draconian>

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.
--Marcus Aurelius
<http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Marcus_Aurelius>


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