The "Super Mario" games are no strangers to sexual innuendo. Mushrooms, Koopas, that boot-thing power up, all of these have been subjected to sexual representations in the past. Considering that Nintendo once ran gambling and "love hotel" businesses, these allusions might have actually been intended.
However, there is something else that goes beyond the joys of sex within the game. "Super Mario" is a story of sexual pursuit. It is also a coming-of-age story. Mario's character development is seen through the phases of each world he visits.
No, I'm not pointing out that each world has some hidden representations. What I'm talking about is how Mario completes each world and how those worlds gradually become more complex. It is a phase of life where the simple natures of life become life-determining decisions.
Barging into a castle is always the more interesting part of any Mario game. The first time anyone enters a castle, there is always that sense of dread. The music is dark and ominous. Fire traps are scattered everywhere, lava awaits to burn Mario on the slightest misstep. Platforms shift beneath Mario's feet, spikes fall, massive morning stars come in a full swing.
Entering the castle is the representation of experiencing sex for the first time. There is thrill in it, it's fun and dangerous. It's the essence of primal instincts that can be achieved when one has reached a certain threshold in life.
"Thank you Mario, but our princess is in another castle," says the little boner man, with what appears to be him, giving the players the middle finger with both hands.
On another ridiculous analysis, "Super Mario" is all about getting laid. Each Bowser, Koopa, Goomba thatMario defeats is him stomping down on his boner. This goes on, until Mario finally settles down after the final castle, where he finally saves the princess.
If you take a look at Mario himself, excuse his somewhat chubbiness, that's classic '80s adult material there. The gardener and the pool boy are a bit too cliché. The plumber sounds interesting: he should know how to pump.
Then there are Star Roads and flutes - items and secrets that allow Mario to skip levels and worlds. In the general sense, these are representations of finding the right love where he would settle with and save as much of himself for that one princess of his life. The Star Roads represents being dreamy and hopeful to find the one in the dreams, while the flute, how else would you sway her but music?Sex isn't all about, well, sex. I mean, sure it's fun and all. But at its very core, it's a beginning. It is an engagement of adults where couples share a level of intimacy that is only meant for each other, during in their most vulnerable moments. It's a gateway for building a family, to bring manifestations of love into this world and inherit to them the knowledge and skills that would build a stronger community. In all essence, "Super Mario" takes a family-friendly videogame to another level.