2017 has changed Mario for me, and not just because he might be mind-controlling poor Goombas. Nintendo has told me too much about Mario, and now I can’t look at him the same way again.

In the latest episode of the Favecast, Gita Jackson and I discuss how factoids like ‘Mario is no longer a plumber’ and ‘Mario punches Yoshi,’ among other things, have fleshed out gaming’s biggest icon a little too much. Nowadays, Bowser is actually the one who seems endearing and cool, for reasons we explain in the podcast below. For those of you short on time, this silly Mario conversation starts around the 12:35 mark.

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We also talk about the most memorable orc in Shadow of War at the start of the show, discuss what you should do when playing a competitive game against a friend who is way better than you (28:40), and finally, if you can ever be too old for fandom/the hobbies we take up as adults that are fandoms even if people don’t talk about them that way (36:03).

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