Hail Mario, Full of Grace

Pop Culture

Hail Mario, Full of Grace

Illustration: Tareesh Thomas


e was our bro, before that was a word. He was our fix, and he nearly broke us. Our parents cried at their lack of foresight. Why did they buy that infernal machine?

This was THE machine – the TV video game of yore – known to us and our American and Japanese brethren as the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES. Chock full of labyrinthine worlds in pixelated renders, chiptune music, and Mario. Mario, our shepherd in this Pangaea of sights and sounds.