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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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Romance of the Mushroom Kingdom

Thanks to Drew’s comments on a 1986 anime based on Super Mario Bros., I decided to watch it myself. Super Mario Bros.: Pīchi-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!, known in English as The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach, is not that … Continue reading

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Plumber vs. Plant

Picture by Ribera The fact that there are plants that eat animals has certainly captured the popular imagination, including the world of video games. Many games contain carnivorous plants, but the most famous are almost certainly the Piranha Plants from … Continue reading

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Meet the Beetles

I remember the description for Buzzy Beetle in the original Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet: “Quite the toughy, fireballs don’t even phase him.” They don’t work on Bullet Bills either, but for the most part, a fireproof enemy was a … Continue reading

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Who’s the Miniboss?

They had New Super Mario Bros. 2 on display at Walmart, so I played it up through the first fortress, and already I noticed the focus on collecting coins. It makes it easy to get extra lives, but I can’t … Continue reading

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Careful What You Pac

In honor of Pac-Man’s thirty-second anniversary (the game came out on 22 May 1980), I come bearing Pac-Man trivia. The game is known in Japan as Pakkuman, with “pakkun” meaning ” to eat whole,” based on the onomatopoeia for opening … Continue reading

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Unreasonable Answers to Reasonable Questions

This post from Drew offers an interesting series of questions that a rational person should have upon playing Super Mario Bros. While I’m sure the questions are rhetorical, I’m going to take a stab at them anyway. Wait, why do … Continue reading

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