June 11th, 2009



  • 06:20 Couldn't resist buying a Mario Kart candy dispenser yesterday, even though I don't think I'll eat the candy. #
  • 06:42 Got the latest Baum Bugle yesterday, and also bought "The Last Olympian." So I have plenty to read today. #
  • 06:43 @TarynAria It's a Catch-22. #
  • 06:46 @kattmoff I think that's about the only way I could stand to watch that movie. #
  • 06:49 RT @katmoff JUST FIGURED OUT WHO JUSTIN LONG REMINDS ME OF bit.ly/OIjRL www.acmeanimation.com/JIMINY.jpg #
  • 06:50 @3x1minus1 The only thing I can think of offhand is to create a second private account for things you don't want the public seeing. #
  • 06:50 You know, I'm in favor of the environment, but I'm sick of the term "green." #
  • 06:54 I know someone told me before, but how do you see which of your tweets other people have marked as favorites? #
  • 06:54 @TarynAria A little of both. I think there were two guitarists (not counting Flans) and two bass players. #
  • 06:55 @kattmoff My God! All those bad teeth! Won't somebody think of the orthodontists? #
  • 06:56 @JaredofMo The goddess, the asteroid, or the movie? #
  • 19:51 @gick7 I guess I'll have to look next time I go to the store. #
  • 19:53 @pshumate No, it's four words! Put them all together, and they spell...annoying corporate term! #
  • 19:54 Review of the Jenny Lewis concert vovat.livejournal.com/550659.html #
  • 19:55 @Clamanity Probably has something to do with his abusive stage dad. #
  • 19:57 @samuraifrog It makes me think of soap. #
  • 19:57 @DVDBoxSet I think that would disappoint just about anyone. Unless they had a really nice ass. #
  • 20:00 @oz_diggs But where did it come FROM? The Dark Forest? #
  • 20:01 @JaredofMo Maybe they prefer the works of Professor Nowitall. #
  • 20:03 @sapsorrow Even when he put on a terrible Cockney accent? #
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Whatever Happened to Wart?

I'm sure anyone who cares at all about the subject (and perhaps even some of you who don't) know that Super Mario Bros. 2 wasn't originally conceived as a Mario game at all. After it was changed into one for American audiences, however, many of the characters became staples of the series. Shyguys and Bob-ombs have become regular members of the Koopa Troop, and Birdo takes part in a few games as well (mostly sports ones, where he/she/whatever is often paired with Yoshi, because gender-ambiguous dinosaur-like creatures have to stick together). But the game's major villain (and my default icon) Wart pretty much disappears after his one starring role. His page on the Mario Wiki mentions an appearance in Link's Awakening (under his Japanese name Mamu) and a few mentions, as well as his son appearing in Animal Crossing, but it doesn't look like he crossed paths with Mario after the first time.

In the original Doki Doki Panic, Wart kidnaps two children by reaching his flipper out of a storybook. I think I heard somewhere that the game was based on an anime. If that's true, I have to wonder if Wart/Mamu ever appeared in it. He never appeared in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show cartoons, even though most of his minions did. They pretty much all worked for King Koopa, though, with Mouser making frequent appearances as the reptilian ruler's right-hand man (er, right-hand MOUSE, that is). Wart did show up in one of the Mario comics, looking more like a crocodile than a frog or toad. If he ever did appear alongside Bowser (whether in a game or some derivative medium), I have to wonder if they'd be allies or rivals.

Anyway, if any Nintendo representatives happen to be reading this, bring back Wart! {g}