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I’ve been thinking about Nintendo a lot, and while I’ve previously made it clear that I don’t hate them, I still find a few things a little suspect. It has the same relationship with third-party developers that I do with attractive single women. It relies on gadget gimmickry slightly more often than Batman crossed with Inspector Gadget, with a liberal sprinkling of every Modern
Warfare protagonist. But, most of all, it has spent the last 200 games and 31 years making you believe that you were playing a hero. That’s right: Mario, the plumber we all know and love, is a villain.
pipes. Even on paper, Bowser is clearly superior to Mario. But there’s more.Bowser is in love with Peach. What? You thought he was going to do something evil, like consume her peachy flesh? Nope. He loves her. Bowser says as much in Super Mario Sunshine and the straight-to-video Japanime The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach. He kidnaps her because he
can think of no other way to express his love. He’s like an extremely competent Lenny from Of Mice and Men.One might argue that Mario is superior due to his perpetual victory over
Bowser. But does Mario really win? If so, how does Bowser continually rally enough troops (er, troopas) to form armies (er, armoopas?) to divide up the kingdom in seven parts and build all of those hazardous precision-platforming mazes for Mario?Stepping away from Bowser,
when we first meet Mario in Donkey Kong, what is he doing? Jumping over barrels and climbing ladders to rescue his girlfriend, Pauline. Nope, it’s not Peach. After the first game Mario ditches his working-class paramour Pauline for the rich and empty-headed Peach.
Mario lets Peach get kidnapped over and over again because he finds a sick thrill in rescuing her from Bowser. Bowser is just trying to protect the woman that he loves. For that matter, he protects all of the Mushroom Kingdom! It’s established in Super Mario Bros. that Bowser
turns all of the citizenry of the Mushroom Kingdom into inanimate objects. Every cloud, tree, and, yes, BRICK, is a sentient being. And Mario ruthlessly stomps on them all for coins and mushroom power-ups.
Of course, there’re also the events of Donkey Kong Jr. Yes, I realize I’m spending a lot of time in the Jumpman era. Shut up. In Donkey Kong Jr., you play as Kong’s son on a quest to rescue his father from — you guessed it — the tyrannical plumber himself.
zThe true hero!
There’s also the part in Sunshine where Bowser tells Bowser Jr. that Peach is his mother and Peach says nothing to deny it. There’s also the argument that Mario only ever actually saved Peach once, then performed it onstage, and has been dreaming about it ever since. But I feel I’ve made my point. Feel free to draw your Mario-branded rapiers, fanboys. En garde!
i do not want this to be true, since i was just a young puppy when i played my first mario game back in 1988
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Mario is the Bad GuyPlato and Aristotle, a detail of The School of Athens, a fresco by Raphael. Aristotle gestures to the earth, representing his belief in knowledge
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