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Y’All Get Hit with the Boom Boom

I’ve been collecting stuffed characters from the Mario series, and for Christmas Beth gave me Pom Pom, whom she said was her equivalent. Neither of us are that familiar with any of the games in which the character appears, though. … Continue reading

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The Long Toad Home

All the extra stuff on the map screen in Super Mario Bros. 3 was pretty fascinating. There were mini-games, Hammer Bros. that walked around, airships that flew, hands that could grab you as you crossed a bridge, and treasure ships … 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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The E-Turtle Struggle

Bowser is one of the most famous villains in video games, and a favorite character of mine. Mario and Luigi first face him in the original Super Mario Bros., and they’ve gone on to battle many more times. Here’s a … Continue reading

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Why Toads Don’t Travel

A GamesRadar article from two years ago proposes simple solutions to video games. For the two-dimensional Mario games, its advice is to just go around the bad stuff. Of course, that could apply to pretty much any 2-D game, and … Continue reading

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The Way of the Dinosaur

Since I looked at Mario’s power-ups last week, I thought this time I could examine the ones Yoshi uses. The thing is, this varies even more from one game to another. In Super Mario World, Yoshi has several powers he … Continue reading

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The Toadette Principle

The Smurfette Principle is basically a reference to franchises where being male is the default, and there are very few (often only one) female characters. This character usually has stereotypical feminine accessories, and has a personality mostly consisting simply of … Continue reading

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