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getting shout-outs from preteen boys

A few years back, I purchased a Mario outfit on eBay for my (then preteen) son to wear on Halloween. The outfit was a big hit that year – and then it went into the dress-up trunk.

This year, I rescued the red Mario baseball cap from the bottom of the bin and wore it all summer. This had the delightful side effect of eliciting spontaneous shout-outs from preteen boys wherever I went – “I like your hat!” “Are you a Mario fan?” “Hey Mario, where’s Luigi?”

It’s wonderful to spread joy and connection through beloved games.  I’m just starting to play Mario Kart with my 5-year-old, who thinks it’s a blast. Mario forever!

I’m curious – what’s YOUR favorite Mario game? Do you play with your family and/or friends, or by yourself?

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  1. We play mario kart all the time. The choice of tracks is a source of great delight for my daughter. She often selects courses that hilite my weaknesses.

    October 8, 2012
  2. kirtan #

    Mario Kart for n64. It brought my friends and I together for nights on end competing, battling, having fun and sharing funny stories of supposed shortcuts we found that ended up being dead ends.

    October 8, 2012
  3. indigokittyknits #

    oddly, for one of your followers, I don’t really like video games 🙂 I just like your writing!

    October 9, 2012
  4. Mario Kart. Hands down.

    SuperNES and n64 Mario Karts are great, I have to give the slight edge to n64 because of the drifting mini-turbos. It appeals to a higher level of mastery.

    October 9, 2012

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