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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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Sprite Size Matters

It can be difficult to determine the real-life sizes of video game characters, or cartoon characters for that matter, especially when there aren’t very many points of comparison. Sprite size isn’t even always that useful, especially in earlier games. The … Continue reading

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Turtle Power, of the Magic Variety

If you remember the instruction booklet for the original Super Mario Bros., you may recall that the Koopa tribe was “famous for their black magic,” and Bowser identified as a “sorcerer king.” Not that any of the Koopas really used … Continue reading

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Nintendo in Book Form

I grew up in the heyday of Choose Your Own Adventure books, which allowed the reader to make choices from a list of options at certain junctures in the narrative. A lot of them led to death, because that was … Continue reading

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Wii Fat

When Dueling Analogs featured this comic, they pointed out how weird it is when Mario is in running competitions with Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s the fastest thing alive against an overweight Italian plumber. Shigeru Miyamoto once commented on why Mario … Continue reading

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Cheep Cheeper by the Dozen

The original Super Mario Bros. introduces two kinds of water-based enemies, the Bloober or Blooper and the Cheep Cheep. The latter is a pretty generic-looking fish, and in addition to appearing in the underwater stages, there are levels where you … Continue reading

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Fungal Footmen and Mushroom Minions

Since we just looked at Ozma’s castle staff, how about that of the Mushroom Kingdom? Well, the most famous member of that royal household is Toad. He and the other Toads you rescue in the original Super Mario Bros. are … Continue reading

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