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Wiggler Wednesday

I’ve discussed many enemies from the Super Mario franchise over the years, but I don’t think I’ve said that much about Wigglers, the giant caterpillars introduced in Super Mario World. Their thing is basically that they’re normally cute, yellow, and … Continue reading

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Myriapod Mania

I played a little bit of Centipede at the Silverball Retro Arcade in Asbury Park this past weekend, and I remembered seeing something online about the manual for the Atari 2600 version having a crazy back story. The game, introduced in … Continue reading

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Nobody Ever Suspects the Butterfly

Picture by Carsten Witte In this post about a Chinese drama, there’s a mention of butterfly demons, and some possibilities as to how this links to mythology. Butterflies are apparently considered manifestations of the soul in Greek, Chinese, and Japanese culture. … Continue reading

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I Came in Like a Wrecking Crew

It’s weird how many obscure Mario-related games there are. I’d wanted to discuss a few Japan-only ones that I’ve seen footage of recently, but there were some connections there to games we did get here in the States that I’d … Continue reading

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Insect Aside

L. Frank Baum is never entirely clear on whether ALL animals in Oz can talk, or whether animals eat each other there. For instance, are insects there sentient? Well, the Wogglebug is, but that’s after he’s been Highly Magnified and … Continue reading

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Harum Scarab

The ancient Egyptians seemed to have a god for every kind of animal with which they were familiar, some of which were quite prominent and others more obscure. The scarab beetle was a common symbol in Egypt, used for many … Continue reading

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What’s Bugging Me

A Bug’s Life – I had seen Pixar’s second full-length animated feature before, but not until it was out on video. Beth, who was a fan of both Dave Foley and David Hyde Pierce, saw it a few times when … Continue reading

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The Age of Cooties

Another game I can remember from my own very early childhood is Cootie, a quite simple affair that involves building a bug based on rolls of a die. Each number rolled corresponds to a certain body part on the bug, … Continue reading

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