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TGS: Mario, Where Are You? (Everywhere, Apparently)

We arrived in Tokyo last night (or this morning, if you're reading this in the U.S.) and dropped by to pay a visit to our friends at 8-4 Ltd., whose office is conveniently located about a block from our hotel. Their building's elevator door has an unusual multi-part sliding design -- so unusual, in fact, that it bears this warning not to get your fingers pinched in the door as it opens:

(Sorry about the image quality; I'm still not used to the steady hand required for HDR photos.)

Japanese warning labels often have cute little cartoons associated with this, but this one in particular made me think immediately of the crabs in Mario Bros. You get the feeling that if you punch this dude, he'll turn blue and make an angry face at you. The 8-4 guys had never made the connection before, but now they can't un-see it.

Trying to remember the name of the crabs (Sidesteppers, it turns out) launched us all into a five-minute discusison of the etymology of names in the Mario bestiary, including "Glawglip," the fact that Birdo is confused about his (her?) race in addition to her (his?) gender status, where Boo's Japanese name Teresa comes from, and whether Goombas are mushrooms or chestnuts (they're chestnuts). Tokyo brings out the nerd in everyone.

BONUS: Please to enjoy the inspiration for this blog's title.

And please, do not fall into the trap of asking why Mario is crying out to himself. The song says "Poor Luigi's in a bind" at the very beginning! That's an amateur mistake, kids.
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