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11-Year Anniversary
December 18, 2017

Apologies for the radio silence as of late! I don't know where the time goes anymore. All of a sudden, another one of these birthday things have come along, which also coincides with a Bowser Shrine anniversary! I launched The Bowser Shrine (incomplete) on my 21st birthday. 11 years later, it still manages to be incomplete with sparse updates! Arg, that's just the way life can be sometimes!

I've been busy with a few things as of late. One, I was working on a pretty challenging work project. After months of intensity, it was finally delivered succesfully last week. What a huge relief that was! After all went well, I decided to take the rest of the year off. However, there's no rest for the wicked! I will be using this time to buy my very first property, which is quite a daunting experience that takes weeks/months of intense work!

After 25,000 Toads, 80,000 coins, unlocking the Thwomp statue, and unlocking Daisy in the new "Remix 10" upgrade, I think I've beaten Super Mario Run as much as I want to. It was a very fun and enjoyable game, and I just wish it had a little more of a positive rep! I downloaded Geometry Dash as my new mobile gaming quick fix, but it might be a game that's too difficult to be enjoyable. Super Mario Run wasn't like that. The challenges were quite enjoyable.

While being a homeowner will have its extra duties and responsibilities, ultimately I think it might even improve the productivity of my hobbies. I've been renting a 13" x 11" room all this time, and while decently spacious, I've never gotten good viewing angles with my 40" TV and queen sized bed in front of it. There never was a comfortable console gaming setup, and that might be why I'm years behind in my console gaming. When I have a proper living room setup, I plan to catch up on a lot of console gaming I've deferred over the years!

I'm also way behind on my email and communications, stretching back weeks/months. The combination of a high pressure work project and house hunting left me almost no time for anything else. I will try to slowly catch back up though with my time off if I can find the time.

Despite being 32 years old now, I still haven't lost my love for Nintendo, and for the greatest character of all, Bowser. At work, I do little to hide my gamer geekness! Two big Bowser & Bowser Jr. plushies sit on top of my desk, with Gunnar glasses on each in case I'm about to do some aggressive programming and need to switch the glasses out. I'm sure I'm known in the office as the "weird Bowser guy" or something, haha!



Bowser Powered

 


Super Mario Run Bowser Statue "Render" Re-Created
August 13, 2017

As alluded to in a more recent update, I was looking to have the Bowser statue from Super Mario Run re-created by somebody with much better image editing skills than myself. After unlocking the 8-Bit Bowser statue in Super Mario Run, I remembered that the buildings will temporarily "bounce" and pop out towards the viewer when pressed. It's also possible to zoom in a little bit on the Mushroom Kingdom screen. This gave me the idea that I could theoretically get an even higher quality image of the tough-looking Bowser Statue I really liked from earlier.

The other dependency was having the statue clear of any pesky Toads that get in the way, which seems totally luck-based. After many attempts, I was able to get all these stars in alignment: a zoomed-in screen, a fully-bounced Bowser statue, and the area clear of Toads. It resulted in this screenshot, which should be the highest-quality source image of this statue to date that I know about.

With another chance to re-create this statue from a better image, I asked a friend of mine who's a graphics artist to try his hand at extracting Bowser from the background. My attempt was done manually, pixel-by-pixel, and although my end result wasn't terrible, it was a pretty sharp jagged edge. My friend did a great job at making the edges all smooth and anti-aliased, so the end result looks much more professional. I'm sure you will agree as well:

Bowser Statue Base   Bowser Statue

For those that actually somehow liked my older, noobier version, or wish to compare between old and new, I'll post the links to the old versions, which I'll still keep uploaded:

Bowser statue base, black background (old)
Bowser statue, black background (old)
Bowser statue base, white background (old)
Bowser statue, white background (old)

I still have not seen an official image of this statue anywhere else but in-game, nor have I seen a version of it show up on any Mario website yet. I guess that means that this statue is currently a Bowser Shrine exclusive! Enjoy!



Summary:

• 2 updated renders added to the Bowser Renders section



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Proud Bowser

(as of December 18, 2006)


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