Playing with Power: Super Mario Bros. 2

Anyone looking through the games released on the Nintendo Entertainment System would notice there’s something odd about some sequels released for many long-running series people are familiar with.

In 2018, the video games industry posted $43 billion in sales and of the top 10 best selling games of the year, “Marvel’s Spider-Man” was the only game that wasn’t either a sequel or reboot of a previous game. The top five best sellers were western outlaw sim “Red Dead Redemption 2,” followed by military shooter “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4,” sports sims “NBA 2K19” and “Madden NFL 19,” with Nintendo’s...


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