An ... interesting choice by Nintendo, to say the least :
Mario and Luigi Hire Comedian Kathy Griffin to Help Find the Funniest Joke
Having rescued the princess for years and mastered his plumbing skills in the Mushroom Kingdom, longtime hero and defender Mario announces his latest quest: a search for the funniest knock-knock joke. Mario and his comical brother, Luigi, who co-stars in the new game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance, have hired comedienne Kathy Griffin to help them in this mission.
"Everything that Luigi does makes me laugh; I'm surprised we ever complete a level," says Mario. "With Kathy Griffin as our judge, we'll depend on her to keep us in line while she determines a winner."
The contest runs now through Nov. 16; contestants can submit jokes online at www.gameboy.com/marioandluigi. Each week, a finalist will be chosen from the week's entries. On Nov. 17, Griffin will select a grand prize winner from among those finalists.
"I know Nintendo will receive thousands of entries, so I hope Mario and Luigi will help me sort through these," Griffin said. "I'll be a tough knock-knock judge so make entries original, because I won't hesitate to throw those who write bad jokes into knock-knock jail."
Mario chose a knock-knock joke contest because the brothers' back-and-forth patter reflects the kind of slapstick humor that gamers will find in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. For the first time, players control both Mario and Luigi simultaneously in this hilarious, action-filled role-playing game.
"An evil witch steals Princess Peach's voice and replaces it with explosives, of all things," says Mario. "Luigi and I work together to recover her stolen voice. Even bad-boy Bowser helps us - probably so he can kidnap her later."
Players can control Mario and Luigi separately or team them up for superhero-style combination moves. The involved storyline, puzzle-solving challenges and points system common to classic role-playing games combine with the jumping challenges and action battles of more traditional Mario games. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is Rated E for Everyone, and will be released Nov. 17 at an MSRP of $34.99.
The grand prize winner of the knock-knock joke contest will receive a Game Boy Advance SP, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga game, Nintendo GameCube system and more. For official rules and prizes, go to www.gameboy.com/marioandluigi.
I don't know what's weirder, the fact that there are "quotes" from the Mario Bros. (I've always wondered, if they are the Mario Bros., are they Luigi Mario and Mario Mario?), or the fact that they have chosen the unfunniest comedienne alive to be the judge.
(edited by astrobstrd on 18.10.03 0027) Ph-nglui mgwl'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl.
Is this an Onion story or something, because it sounds too bizarre to be true.
Knock-knock jokes are considered to be snappy patter? Jesus.
Second of all, who's this Princess Peach? Don't tell me that Mario is cheating on Princess Toadstool.
Of all the gizmos forced upon us by the modern world, is any more melancholy than the leaf blower? The device is manifestly useless. It blows leaves from one place to another, and then the wind blows them back again. -- Roger Ebert
Watching that movie was like watching a young child be repeatedly punched in the face.-- my friend Dave after watching Bad Boys II
Your children will laugh when you're dead!-- Jason Robards in "A Thousand Acres"
I can tell you with no ego that this is my finest blade. If you should encounter God, God will be cut.-- Sonny Chiba in "Kill Bill: Volume 1"
By the way, the irony is that now the main princess is named Peach, and her friend from the Mario Party and Mario Golf game is Daisy. But the name Daisy was used as the main princess' name in the Super Mario Bros. movie in 1993. I can see why people would get confused (and that movie by the way is pure BS...I just watched it on Encore about two days ago).
Molly, Stacy and Daffney all in WWE? I suddenly lost all my will to complain about anything regarding the WWE. Hope I don't lose my street cred for this.
TS, the greatest Wiener rated 6.1554 ever to live!! Oops, I mean 5.5...4.5?? Oh, dammit! I guess Notorious FAB was right.
Sorry I am late in responding to this, but I was in the store today looking at this and then read this thread. So, James, what makes this worth my $20? Why should I part with my money for this arcade game? Convince me!