Sorry for the late start today; not only is the internet connection at Casa Robot mysteriously down, but my local coffee shop also suddenly closed, forcing me to do my nerd work at a goddamn McDonald’s. If only I could cut through my problems like Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu cuts through Goombas, bricks, Koopas, etc., as the newest entrant in the already awesome Super Mario Crossover game. No joke, if I had seen this video as an NES-playing kid, I might have actually died from its awesomeness. (Via Kotaku)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.