Jeff Ryan – Super Mario

The story of Nintendos rise and the beloved icon who made it possible

Nintendo has continually set the standard for video game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market. Lawsuits, Hollywood, die-hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama. Find out about: Marios eccentric yet brilliant creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was tapped for the job because he was considered expendable; Minoru Arakawa, the son-in-law of Nintendos imperious president, who bumbled his way to success; and the unexpected approach that allowed Nintendo to reinvent itself as the gaming system for the nongamer, especially now with the Wii.

Even those who cant tell a Koopa from a Goomba will find this a fascinating story of striving, comeuppance, and redemption.

Author: Jeff Ryan
Narrator: Ray Porter
Duration: 8 hours 20 minutes
Released: 11 Apr 2008
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Language: English

User Review:

immensity shredded

Jeff Ryan’s style is rather akin to the kind of writing one finds in the A.V. Club or Wired magazine–smart, brisk, and lightly sarcastic. And this is the kind of story you’ll read in places like those, too–just expanded into epic full-length book form.

This is the first Ray Porter narration I’ve listened to. His voice and rhythm reminds me a lot of James Spader for some reason. This is certainly no complaint.