Category Archives: Super Mario Bros. Super Show

Expanding Game Worlds

I’ve long had somewhat of an affinity for media based on video games, even though most of them aren’t really that good. I grew up on the Super Mario Bros. cartoons and Choose Your Own Adventure style books, and read … Continue reading

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Kondo’s Kompositions

As with other aspects of video games, the music used in them has become much more complex and intricate. Game music has also become more generally mainstream. I’ve been to pretty packed concerts of both Zelda and Final Fantasy music … Continue reading

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Wacky Worlds

The original Super Mario Bros. provided several different environments through which Mario (and sometimes Luigi) had to travel: largely flat worlds with trees and bushes in the background, underground caverns, water, cliffs with tops bigger than their bases, and castles … Continue reading

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A Child’s Garden of Curses

While children’s media obviously tend not to contain many actual curse words, characters in them do often use milder swears. Sometimes they’re as simple as minced oaths like “darn” and “heck,” but other writers get much more creative. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Mean Old Mario

This Cracked article repeats a story I’ve heard elsewhere, about how Donkey Kong kidnapped Mario’s girlfriend because the plumber abused him. It credits “the manual” for this information, but it doesn’t say which one (the game was ported to a … Continue reading

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Canon Fodder

I didn’t have the chance to write much last week, which means I didn’t write anything about Mario on Thursday, which is semi-officially Mario Day because “Mar 10” looks like “Mario.” Of course, that only works if you write the … Continue reading

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Hyrule on the Hog

Years ago, I wrote a post on how common people turning into pigs is in mythology and fantasy. More recently, this post on Power of Babel also addressed the theme of pig-people, specifically that of orcs with the heads of … Continue reading

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