In celebration of Nintendo's stellar (har har) Super Mario Galaxy 2, today The Big E is all about The Big M. Sure, millions of gamers might recognize gaming icons like Master Chief, Cloud Strife or the WoW Murloc, but let's be honest: They ain't Mario. He's one of the most iconic and beloved characters of all time, and the face of gaming to pretty much everybody who can't tell a PS3 from an Atari Jaguar.
There are also quite a few Mario-related videos on the internet, from music videos to hacked levels to speed runs. As part of our Escapist Mario Party, we thought we'd sift through the chaff and pick out what we thought were the fifteen best of the bunch. You may have seen a few of these before, but it's a safe bet that you probably haven't seen all of them.
Are these all of the awesome Mario videos online? Not a chance! If we missed your favorite, just post it in the comments!
But that's enough talking: Here-a we a-goooooo!
It's hard to put my finger on just what makes this combination of Queen's jubilant anthem and Super Mario Galaxy work so well. It's an extraordinarily well-edited music video, sure ... but the song and the footage just match up so perfectly. You can just feel Mario's exhilaration as he soars through the skies with his stubby arms held wide. Oh, and Queen is awesome, too - in fact, it's not the last time the dulcet tones of Freddie Mercury will show up on this list.
Rapper/gamer Duane Zuwala (aka 8bitduane) has made a reputation on the quality of his retro gaming raps, and his Super Mario Land video is no exception. Mario Land is an oddity in the franchise - why do Koopa shells explode? Where the hell did the plane come from? - but the lyrics are witty, and the video well-done. Just don't listen to it on speakers when your grandma is around.
With its working-class hero clad in red working to overthrow a tyrant king, are Mario games secretly filled with communist propaganda? Of course not - Mario won't be trading in his hammer for a hammer and sickle anytime soon - but that doesn't mean you can't make fun of it in a video like this.
Down with the capitalist Koopa pigs! Er, turtles.