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Friday, November 9, 2007


posted by on November 9 at 12:16 PM

Hey, fellow Seattle gaming addicts. I’m assuming at least a few of you will be lining up on Sunday to buy what just arrived at my doorstep:


But I’m not just posting this to brag. (By the way—NAH NAH NA-NAH, NAH! PHHHHBT!) See, Mario titles are like the Disney animated movies of the game world—high production values, ridiculously targeted to kids, still somehow fun for everybody…and, at least with this game, conspiracy theories about weird, hidden sex jokes.

If you take a close look at that box art, you’ll see a few letters with sparkly effects on their edges. Turns out, as more than a few gaming sites have pointed out, those letters spell out “UR MR GAY.” Amusing, if a bit of a stretch. But today, I saw that the game’s startup screen animates those sparklies, making the word that much more obvious to anybody who leaves the screen open for a few seconds before diving in.

It’s not “GOOD TEENAGERS TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES,” but there might be something to it. Forget about weird complaints of the character reinforcing Italian stereotypes. We’re talking about a guy in brightly colored overalls who sports a moustache—no beard, just the moustache—as he hangs out on Rainbow Road and occasionally transforms into “Fire Mario.” And his best friend’s a princess. I can’t be the first person to wonder if there’s an offensive gay stereotype hidden in the world’s leading video game franchise, can I? (While I’m at it, don’t even get me started on that whole Sonic and Tails thing…)

Anyway, the game is pretty damn great so far. Back to “work.”

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Posted by Jonah S | November 9, 2007 12:26 PM

This is a stretch. Now Luigi? Totally gay.

Posted by Greg | November 9, 2007 12:27 PM

Sweet! Subliminal Gaming adverts for the Wii!

That explains all those UR Gay spoofs that they were doing about Guitar Heroes on TV last night ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 9, 2007 12:28 PM


Don't be a second player hater.

Posted by Ryan Red | November 9, 2007 12:34 PM


Posted by Ari Spool | November 9, 2007 12:45 PM

hmmm... do they make a teletubbies wii game, too? cuz if they do... ari may be onto something. and our children may not be safe even in their own homes!!!

Posted by brandon | November 9, 2007 1:12 PM

mario gay? ha i wouldnt beleive it...wait um... U...R...M...R...G...A...Y... fuck i found it.

Posted by Jake Salvador | November 9, 2007 2:04 PM

@4: Watch his double jump and then tell me that boy ain't gay.

Posted by Greg | November 9, 2007 2:14 PM

Sam, or anyone else who has played this, would you say it's better than the Super Mario 64? It looks similar in scope, in that it's fucking HUGE, but it also looks just as fun. I'm jealous of you, you gaming bastard.

Posted by Shawnzor | November 9, 2007 3:13 PM

Mario's totally bisexual.

Posted by keshmeshi | November 9, 2007 3:22 PM

Good call, keshmeshi. He likes the ladies and the princesses.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 9, 2007 3:24 PM

@10: I'll have a review in the print edition either this week or next. First impression--immediately fun and accessible, but it's making me a little dizzy. Like previews of the game have shown, this title's all about running around on tiny little planets. Thing is, the way the camera follows you around has, so far, set in a bit of motion sickness, and this is coming from a guy who normally isn't affected by 3D games like that. But I honestly haven't played much, thanks to some distractions that came up, so don't consider that an end-all opinion. The camera stuff may clear up very early on into the game. But the first half-hour...well, watch out.

Posted by Sam M. | November 9, 2007 3:52 PM

Yeah, from the reviews I've read either you get used to the camera/3d stuff or it calms down a bit. People seem to love it so far.

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