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Here’s The Thing Episode 16: Why Do We Love Super Mario? [Video]

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If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he dives into comics history to explain why you're wrong and he's right.

This week, Chris takes a look at one of his favorite characters: Mario, the high-jumping, kart racing, princess-rescuing plumber from Nintendo's enduringly popular Super Mario Bros. games and spinoffs. ! He loves that guy, and odds are pretty good that you do too. But why? And how much of a character does Mario really have?

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‘Mario Kart 8′ Will Feature A Mercedes Benz, Nintendo Is Obviously Acknowledging Their Bizarre ’90s Comics

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If you were a kid in the '90s and you wanted to find out more about Mario once you were done with the video games, you pretty much had two choices: Sitting through a half hour of dance instructions from "Captain" Lou Albano, or flipping through the pages of Valiant's Nintendo Comics System/Super Mario Bros. comics, where Mario and Luigi frequently got into bizarre adventures alongside Peach's weird old dad. Needless to say, these comics were never really acknowledged in the video games. Or were they?!

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Link Ink: ‘Super Pets’ Debut, Live Action ‘Lupin III’ And NFP

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Fall into Friday's links, after the jump.

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Link Ink: Nintendo Happy Meal Toys, Galvatron Invades And ‘Attack On Titan’ On Blu-ray

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Come on in and get your Thursday links.

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Gamers Can Soon Make Manga On The Nintendo 3DS With ‘Comic Studio’

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Starting January 15 Nintendo 3DS owners in Japan will be able to download Collavier's new Comic Studio app, with a Western release planned down the road. Several manga making apps were released for the DS over the years, and the 3DS has built-in notepad functionality and educational game options like Colors! 3D and Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, but this new¥800 (roughly $7.63 USD) app looks to be the latest and most powerful way to put together comics on Nintendo's flagship handheld.

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Parting Shot: Father Hacks ‘Donkey Kong’ So Young Daughter Can Play as Pauline and Rescue Mario

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Kudos to game developer and geek dad Mike Mika, who achieved what few parents can by making the seemingly impossible happen for his three-year-old daughter, a Donkey Kong player who asked the simple question, "How can I play as the girl? I want to save Mario!" Mika and a friend were able to hack the game and replace all the various graphic elements needed to change Pauline from one of Nintendo's best known damsels in distress into a playable heroine. Writing about the

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Link Ink: ‘Batman’ ’66 Mez-Itz, Chinese Opera And Goku Parties With Luffy And Toriko

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Toys: Mezco's Batman 1966 Mez-Itz Batmobile with Batman and Robin is now available for preorder at specialty retailers.

Interesting: Tom Spurgeon points to Gene Luen Yang's thoughtful piece examining the similarities between superhero comics and Chinese opera

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Ask Chris #141: How ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Works

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: What's the deal with the Super Mario family of video games? Which of the games "actually" happened? -- @pbarb

A: If you don't follow me on Twitter, then you mis

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Link Ink: SHIELD’s Toys, Mega Man Fan Art Contest And Nintendo’s Non-Specific Action Figure

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Movies: The latest batch of Avengers movie concept art gives fans a closer look at SHIELD's vehicles and various tech.

Contests: Archie Comics is hosting a special Mega Man fan art contest in honor of the blue bomber's 25th anniversary.

TV: AMC's latest The Wa

Catwoman Suitably More Armored In Wii U ‘Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition’

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With Batman donning a new suit that stores and releases kinetic energy in the Wii U ported Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, it only seems fair that his playable co-star Catwoman might also stand to upgrade her tech, right? With Catwoman's flashy new blue lightning-y claws matching Batman's similarly glowing gauntlets, it appears so. Of course, that's not the only change to Selina Kyle's signature catsuit. Compared to her original costume, her new armor leaves a lot mo

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