Tag Archives: Mario

Glitch of the Eternal Return

When I was a child, I used to dream about the courtyard of Peach’s castle in Super Mario 64. In the game, you are kept from leaving Peach’s property by steep, slippery hills and invisible walls. But just beyond the … Continue reading

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Super Mario Primer and Playlists

It is astonishingly easy to take things for granted in terms of media and canon. There are certain “cultural touchstones” that we are expected to absorb even without seeking them out. Often, instead of talking about or critiquing these touchstones, … Continue reading

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Anthropology of the Mushroom Kingdom

The so-called “Mushroom Kingdom” is a hotbed of biological discovery. We’ve already covered the intriguing evolution and ecology behind bipedal turtles, giant meat-eating plant colonies, egg-spitting tuatara and even ghosts, but that is still only scratching the surface of the … Continue reading

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Ecology of the Mushroom Kingdom – The Parabiology and Anthropology of the Dry Bones and the Boo

The Mushroom Kingdom is not only a paradise of unique and unknown species for ecologists and biologists to puzzle over, it is also home to what we in the soft sciences have termed “parazoological lifeforms.” While the existence of such … Continue reading

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Your Game Is In Another Castle

Today’s surrealist game-in-a-game is a group game. Player 1 begins playing a simple game  such as Super Mario Bros or Super Mario World. They play normally. The other, observing players determine what kind of game Player 1 will play by … Continue reading

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Great Game Moments: The Marrymore Suite

Marrymore is a town in Super Mario RPG where toad couples go to get married. Apparently it is the only place in the Mushroom Kingdom where fungal weddings can take place, a downside to the fact that rpg worlds require … Continue reading

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Ecology of the Mushroom Kingdom – The Evolution and Ethnobotany of the Piranha Plant

People often think of plants as a relatively static form of life. They are more passive and reactive to their environment as opposed to the more active and dynamic animals. Some people have trouble even thinking of plants as anything … Continue reading

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