By the power vested in Nintendo's tri-dimensonal wonder box, and the dame mistress known as Capital, the time has come to give Mario a proper adventure on the 3DS. It's also the time when (imaginary) Italian-American advocacy groups express their outrage at what they consider to be a crude stereotype. I have no sympathy, for they have never faced the terror of repeated "Bork," each in the succession like a dagger, bor(k)ing its way into the heart of my ancestral pride.
To illustrate this point (the Mario part, not the precursor to my childhood crying fits) Nintendo has released a trailer for Super Mario 3D Land. The presentation is suitably upbeat, the environments are colorful, and Bowser's charm once again betrays his reputation for kidnapping women. Reactions will undoubtedly be mixed, with enthusiasts celebrating the release of the newest chapter in the Super Mario series, and detractors accusing Nintendo of , once again, depending on the old franchises to sustain their systems. I prefer to stand outside such debates, casually dismissing both sides and declaring that "everything he did after Jumpman was sooo mainstream," like some kind of pretentious indie rock geek.
It's a hobby.