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  1. Nintendo Says Mario‘s Toads Are Genderless, Platonic “Adventure Pals”

    Pip-pip!

    During an interview last week with Gamespot, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker producer Koichi Hayashida offered some insight into the enigmatic Toads.

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  2. Video Gaming Has a Problem With Jumping Realism, and It’s Mario’s Fault

    Don't try this at home.

    Humans as a species are not actually very good at jumping, but you wouldn't know that if you looked at video games. And not just platformers, either; even the most realism-driven games sometimes allow players to bounce off the walls like it ain't no thing.  So why is this such a pervasive mechanic? According to PBS Game/Show, it all points back to Super Mario Bros.—and, of course, a heavy dose of wish fulfillment.

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  3. The Secret Heroine of Video Games: Princess Peach

    That's Princess Toadstool to you, mister.

    When I was in elementary school, two video game characters in particular helped me visualize a space for girls like me in the medium I would grow to love and write about. One was Princess Peach, who has meant more to me than any other video game heroine since. Below is a look at her throughout Mario history—the games that did her justice, the ones that let her down, and why through it all, I still love her.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Mirror Art Takes Selfies to a New Level by Way of Doodled Warp Zone

    It's-a Mirrorsme!

    Ah, the bathroom mirror selfie. We meet again. This time, though, Mirrorsme has taken the much reviled method of self portrait and actually made it pretty awesome by drawing herself into scenes from games, movies, and other fun locations. Avoid all the "Mirror Selfie as Art" think pieces and just look at her awesome doodles.

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  5. This Super Mario Aquarium Is A Level Up From The Rest

    Remember: fish only have 1 life.

    If your local pet shop doesn't offer aquarium accessories to match your passion for gaming, Kelsey gets it—and she's designed a LEGO way of putting all other fish tanks to shame.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Pretty Soldier Commander Riker

    Star Serious Phaser

    This is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Bravo, oktotally.

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  7. Super Mario Bros. Has A New Speedrun World Record, And Our Thumbs Are Tired Just From Watching

    Take that, Bowser.

    If you have never before played Super Mario Bros., believe me when I say that what you are about to witness is not even remotely as easy as it looks. I sit in awe of the precision on display here. It's a thing of beauty.

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  8. Kids Reacting to Luigi’s Death Stare Bring All the Adorable Impressions You’d Expect

    Fact: mustaches make you look 100% more sinister.

    Remember a few weeks ago when you couldn't stop laughing at the endless videos of Luigi hilariously eyeballing his Mario Kart 8 competition set to music that suddenly feels relevant again? That's great and all, but what do all of the innocent children in the game's target audience think of Luigi's new signature move?

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  9. Things We Saw Today: A Discworld Cake, Complete With Giant Turtle

    Note: not a full-size replica.

    I can't say that I've ever wondered what the Great A'Tuin tastes like, but apparently it's filled with chocolate mint grasshopper cake. (by Art2Eat Cakes, via That's Nerdalicious!)

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  10. Things We Saw Today: The New Neighborhood Watch Is Very Intimidating

    Beware, goomba prowlers!

    Andrew Lam uses wheatpaste to nerd-ify neighborhood watch signs in Ontario, Canada. The citizens of Toronto must rest easier knowing they're watched over by Robocop, Batman, Wonder Woman, and other defenders of the night. (via Uproxx)

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