The Super Mario series turns 35 this September, so chances are that if you read this game blog, the franchise has been in your life for as long as you remember. I’m old enough to recall the first time I played the original game. I was 10 years old, and it was at a demo kiosk in Toys R Us. I’ll forever associate the series with that point in my childhood.
Of course, I’ve grown up a lot since then, and so has Nintendo. When they first started releasing their own home consoles, their sole focus was catering to children, but now that many of those ’80s kids have kids (or even grandkids) of their own, they’ve branched out to create games that appeal to all ages. That sometimes means throwing in a cheeky reference now and again, intended for adults to understand but kids to avoid or ignore.
There is just such a reference in a recently released Nintendo game, and the only thing I found surprising about it was fans’ reactions. Specifically, a lot of fans denied that there was anything sexual about it, seemingly unwilling to admit to themselves that yes, sometimes Nintendo does dick jokes. I’m not going to spoil it here, because it’s actually related to one of the quiz questions below, but please, if you were one of the folks who doesn’t believe that Nintendo ever gets “inappropriate,” you have a lot to learn. With any luck, this fun quiz will teach you a thing or two about the birdos and the bees.