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Mario can’t move on from topless scandal as fans mod his nipples into Super Smash Bros.

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Matthew Funk
Sep 19, 2017

There are some things that the internet simply won’t let you unsee. And it has quickly become apparent that videogame icon Mario’s tiny little Bowser-busting nipples are one of those things.

Continuing what has become an uncontainable scandal for the Mushroom Kingdom’s mustachioed hero, fans have now modded a shirtless Mario—complete with his strangely disconcerting nipples—into the hit fighting game Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. You can check out all the hot action in the video below, as the scantily-clad legend goes toe-to-toe with Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, and others.

For those of you who may have missed out on the lurid story that has been taking the world by storm, it all began when Nintendo of America tweeted a screenshot of the upcoming Switch title Super Mario Odyssey, following the game’s spotlight in last Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct presentation. The tweet, seen below, seemed innocent enough, simply depicting Mario enjoying a day at the beach in his swim trunks, and another in his parka in a winter area.

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However, the internet quickly caught on to the image, noting it as the first time fans had seen the character shirtless, and even more disturbingly, as confirmation that the otherwise anatomically incorrect Jumpman does indeed have nipples, hiding right underneath the buttons to his overalls all along. It seemed like the furor would pass, but the internet's fascination with the leaked celebrity’s topless pictures has only increased, and shows no signs of slowing down.

Some have wondered about tattoo removal Mario may have had since he last got a little risqué…

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While others have taken Mario’s newfound confidence in his body as inspiration…

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And some comic book artists wondered about double standards in the censorship of video game characters’ bodies on social media…

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It remains to be seen whether the beloved—and previously wholesome—icon can move past this explosive controversy and regain his respected standing in the video game community. But either way, as the Super Smash Bros. mod shows, Mario’s nipples are here to stay.

(Via Nerdist)