Yes, making a nerdy live-action skit based on the Super Mario franchise is like making Top 10 lists on the internet — everyone does it. Of course, everyone does it because it often ends up a good time, and since I post a damn list every goddamn day, I don’t know why I shouldn’t post Mario-based skits just because a few folks bitch about their ubiquity. For you few — in this Mario Kart movie trailer, Luigi dies, Baby Mario is adorable, and Princess Peach shows up in a bikini and totally justifies being captured by Bowser all the damn time. So shut your yaps. (Via Kotaku)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.