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Wario's wish It's another long holiday weekend here in the USA, and not only that, but it's the long holiday weekend that signifies the unofficial start of the summer season.  Warm weather, ocean waves, vacations, picnics, and all kinds of outdoor fun.  Perfect conditions for staying indoors in front of the television with a controller in your hand.  But seriously, while you're out there having some fun in the sun I'd like to plant a question in your brain.  Consider it your weekend assignment.  If you had the power to change one thing in the video game industry, what would that be and why?  It can be any one change that you want.  You could bring Sega back into the hardware business, replace a company's management, bring a certain overseas game to your country for official release, or anything else that you want.  I'm genuinely interested in hearing what you'd all do given the opportunity.  And remember, you just get one change, so use it wisely.

What would I change, you ask?  The quick and dirty answer is that I'd bring Mother 3 out of Japan for a worldwide release, but that's a little too easy.  It'd be like getting one wish from the genie of the lamp and using it to ask for a really good chicken sandwich.  No, given the chance I would ditch Nintendo's Friend Code restrictions for online play so that it's possible to "bookmark" players I meet online to a list for later matches.  I've encountered some legitimately good competitors at Mario Kart DS and Tetris DS (as in, they don't cheat with hacks or cheating devices) that I wish I could challenge again, but there's just no way for the system to make that kind of an on-demand match.

What would you change?