Hey, I’m Jonathan Aldrich, alias jdaster64. I’m a grad student at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, a Mario and general Nintendo enthusiast, and I arrange and play various video game themes on the piano.
I came up with the idea for this site from simply having a ton of Mario knowledge on file that’s likely nowhere to be found on the Internet. Since I always seem too busy to finish any full-blown FAQs, the blog format will allow me to organize my thoughts better, include helpful charts and whatnot, and post information a bit at a time rather than in massive text files, as well as allowing easier access to all my work at once. Some of my findings include all of the enemy item drop data in Paper Mario: the Thousand-Year Door, exact point tables for the Mini-Game Decathlon modes in Mario Party 5, 6, and 7, and incredibly accurate kart and driver stats in both Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii (with some stats such as Turn Speed, Deceleration, and Off-Road that aren’t touched on in detail anywhere else)!
As for my piano work, you can find all of my arrangements, a large percentage of which are Mario themes, on my YouTube channel, jdaster64piano. An album of my arrangements, “Video Game Variations”, is available on Joypad Records’ store, as well as iTunes.