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Birdo Is the Wordo

Birdo, one of the Super Mario Bros. 2 mini-bosses, comes up online every once in a while. Drew Mackie, for instance, has addressed the character a few times. The fascination with the monster is largely due to his/her being transsexual. … Continue reading

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Koopas in the Kosmos

Picture by Nathan Johnson I can’t say I’m that familiar with the Super Mario Galaxy games. I remember watching a friend play the first one, and it looked pretty complicated, even toward the beginning when it was still kind of … 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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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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Make Room for Mushrooms

In my last post, I discussed mushroom people, mostly in Oz but touching on other media as well. In video games, the main example is obviously the Super Mario series, which takes place in the Mushroom World. The people with … Continue reading

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The Name’s Mario. MARIO Mario.

In the earlier days of my Mario fandom, I’d occasionally hear someone suggest that the references to “Mario Bros.” mean “Mario” is their last name. I never bought into that at the time; there’s really no reason they couldn’t have … Continue reading

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Doom and Goombas

Picture by The Lonely Goomba After covering the Slimes from Dragon Quest last week, I thought it would be appropriate now to look at the comparable really easy and really numerous type of enemy in the Mario games, the Goomba. … Continue reading

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