Nintendo Switch Now at the Vortex!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The Vortex is now the proud owner of a Nintendo Switch!

nintendo switch

Just a few of the games we have available are:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Cave Story+
  • Super Bomber Man R

Soon more games will await you! Teens in grades 6-12 can try it out during our Vortex Open Game Play days! Just make sure you have either your school ID or library card handy to be able to play.

The remaining October dates for Open Game Play are:

Sunday, October 22, 3–5 p.m.
Monday, October 23, 3–5 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 3–5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 6–8 p.m.

Come join us to try the new Nintendo Switch!

Happy Birthday, Mario and Luigi!

Guess who turns 35 this year! It’s everyone’s favorite pizza-loving, mushroom-chasing, goomba-smashing, plumber! That’s right! Mario first appeared in the Donkey Kong video game in 1981 – making him old enough to be your dad! (And don’t forget about Uncle Luigi!)

In honor of this milestone, we will be celebrating this pixelated hero and all things Mario on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. You can make your own mustache and question cube, play on the Wii and Wii U consoles, eat some snacks, and wander around in the sewers collecting coins! (Maybe not that last bit.)

2016 MAR_MAY Mario Day

Now, I realize that most of you are familiar with this Mario:

But I grew up with this Mario:

To give you an idea of how much Mario has evolved in his 35 years,here’s a link* to an online flash version of the original 8-bit Nintendo game:

Also, I’m sure you’ve always wanted to make your own classic Mario scene, so here’s a generator.*

(And, in case you were wondering why Mario Day is on March 10, try abbreviating it to “MAR10.” Cute, huh?)



*These sites are neither owned nor maintained by Fountaindale Public Library and the library is not responsible for their content.

Thank You Iwata-san

As most of you probably heard by now, Iwata Satoru, the CEO for Nintendo passed away. He was Nintendo’s fourth President. It is thanks to him that we have our current Nintendo gaming systems; he came up with the idea for the Nintendo DS and Wii after the flop of the Gameboy Advance and Gamecube.

What made Iwata-san so great was that he really loved gaming. He wasn’t just a CEO, he was a gamer. It was this attitude that brought Nintendo to new heights. He said it best himself: “On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

While he was not the president of Nintendo when I was growing up as a kid, for me, Iwata represents the feeling gaming gave me as a child. My parents had the first Nintendo console in America, the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System). We would sit down and play together and figure out (and argue over) how to beat the bosses in Mario and Zelda. (As an aside: man, the first Zelda game was HARD and the dungeon music still gives me the creeps to this day. I have to play it with the sound on mute. Seriously. Go listen for yourself. I’ll wait.) I would even sneak out of bed at night and watch them play; I couldn’t get enough during the daytime!

This togetherness that Nintendo brought to my family, Iwata-san wanted for everyone. He wanted gaming to be for all ages, young and old alike (Hence the name of the Wii consoles, it’s a pun off of “we”). He wanted Nintendo to be something that would bring families and friends together, like it did for mine.

So thank you Iwata-san. Thank you for making Nintendo what it is today. Thank you for wanting gaming to be all-inclusive. We will never forget you or your accomplishments.