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Poll: In your heart of hearts, when you see Mario hit a '?' block from below, you think he's hitting the block with his... (517 votes)

Head 62%
Fist 34%
Other (please specify) 4%

I know that technically in every Mario game, Mario raises his fist whenever he jumps, so when he hits blocks from below, he's technically bopping them with some kind of shoryuken, but every time I see it, I still think it looks like he is just bashing the top of his head into blocks constantly.

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#1 Edited by Jay4321 (74 posts) -

Its definitely his fist, its just slightly higher than his head every time he jumps.

Just like in the picture for the character here on GB

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#2 Posted by markini6 (549 posts) -

I know it's meant to be his fist, but his head seems like the more effective, if dangerous, part of his body.

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#3 Posted by TheRealMoot (623 posts) -

I don't care what anyone says: Mario is head butting that ? block.

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#4 Edited by Steadying (1888 posts) -

Both

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#5 Edited by gkhan (858 posts) -

I'm more curious about what the hell a question mark block actually is. Like, is it really a block, like a block of cement or bricks or something, or is it like a crate? The fact that it's snuggled in with a bunch of bricks would seem to imply that it's a part of a wall or ceiling or something. And Mario is clearly strong enough to break bricks with his fists/head, so maybe he's breaking a part of some building and finding sweet mushrooms inside? But if that's what he's doing, then why doesn't the block disappear when you hit it, like the brick blocks? So maybe it's a crate, and he's finding stuff inside. But if that's it, why is it inside a ceiling?

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#6 Posted by JJOR64 (19685 posts) -

At first I thought it was his head, but later on you can tell it's his fist.

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#7 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2547 posts) -

I don't think about it that much. You press A, he jumps into the block, and what happens from there is between Mario and God.

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#8 Edited by PimblyCharles (1844 posts) -

Well he is a plumber, so can't be the smartest head on the block. (bad joke sorry to all plumbers)

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#9 Posted by MattyFTM (14804 posts) -

It never even occurred to me that he could be hitting the block with anything other than his head.

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#10 Edited by Daneian (1308 posts) -

My brain knows its his fist, but my heart always goes for his head.

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#11 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Heart.

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#12 Edited by fisk0 (6359 posts) -

what about the hat?

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#13 Posted by Wolfgame (1136 posts) -

somewhat unrelated, but I remember when game informer decided to investigate marios abilities, they asked a doctor what kind of dangers and harm mario would cause to himself if he tried to ground pound a turtle in real life, I think they determined Mario would run the risk of fracturing his tail bone. As far as your question though I would say it's his fist.

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#14 Edited by GunstarRed (6044 posts) -

In that level in Mario 3D Land he gets the block stuck on his head and not his fist, so I'm going with head.

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#15 Posted by Turambar (7996 posts) -

In that level in Mario 3D Land he gets the block stuck on his head and not his fist, so I'm going with head.

Boom! End of discussion.

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#16 Posted by Hailinel (25787 posts) -

The immense power of his chi.

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#17 Edited by ch3burashka (6087 posts) -

I chose other by which I meant who gives a shit. When I found out it was technically his fist, I shrugged my shoulders and continued playing not caring about the minutia.

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#18 Posted by Jeust (11739 posts) -
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#19 Edited by endaround (2267 posts) -

@hailinel said:

The immense power of his chi.

If you listen closely, he says hadouken right before he hits the block.

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#20 Posted by StarvingGamer (11363 posts) -

Fist, obviously

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#21 Posted by Quarters (2593 posts) -

Head. There's pure steel under that hat.

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#22 Posted by csl316 (13928 posts) -

I know it's his fist, but screw that. Head.

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#23 Edited by BisonHero (10506 posts) -

@endaround said:

@hailinel said:

The immense power of his chi.

If you listen closely, he says hadouken right before he hits the block.

So now the question is, does that make Mario a wizard?

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#24 Edited by Humanity (16224 posts) -

@endaround said:

@hailinel said:

The immense power of his chi.

If you listen closely, he says hadouken right before he hits the block.

So now the question is, does that make Mario a wizard?

It also makes us question his ethnicity: is Mario a Japanese plumber? Or simply an Italian plumber that happens to speak Japanese?

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#25 Posted by seveword (212 posts) -

@endaround said:

@hailinel said:

The immense power of his chi.

If you listen closely, he says hadouken right before he hits the block.

So now the question is, does that make Mario a wizard?

He shoots fireballs and is a plumber. He's a toilet wizard.

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#26 Edited by Omega (891 posts) -

@gkhan said:

I'm more curious about what the hell a question mark block actually is. Like, is it really a block, like a block of cement or bricks or something, or is it like a crate? The fact that it's snuggled in with a bunch of bricks would seem to imply that it's a part of a wall or ceiling or something. And Mario is clearly strong enough to break bricks with his fists/head, so maybe he's breaking a part of some building and finding sweet mushrooms inside? But if that's what he's doing, then why doesn't the block disappear when you hit it, like the brick blocks? So maybe it's a crate, and he's finding stuff inside. But if that's it, why is it inside a ceiling?

I read that in the instruction booklet for Super Mario Bros. it explains that the blocks in the game are the residents of the mushroom kingdom transformed. So really every block that Mario breaks is another victim of his quest to save Princess Toadstool. I'm sure that got retconned real quick though.

Edit: I forgot to say my piece about the block breaking.

I think that it's a little more complicated than breaking a block with his fist or head. Hitting solid brick with his head or fist would cause serious trauma. I think that he jumps with such force that he creates a pocket of air between him and the object that explodes when the two bodies are about to collide sending a shockwave of force through the block shattering it before any part of Mario makes contact. Think about it he is Jumpman, not Super Fist Man.

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#27 Posted by Vuud (2052 posts) -

I always thought it was his head and I'll continue believing that, thank you.

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#28 Edited by recroulette (5447 posts) -

Head. Made for better Mario vs Sonic arguments back as a kid.

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#29 Edited by Turambar (7996 posts) -

@endaround said:

@hailinel said:

The immense power of his chi.

If you listen closely, he says hadouken right before he hits the block.

So now the question is, does that make Mario a wizard?

No, that doesn't. The fact that he shoots actual fireballs does.

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#30 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

@endaround said:

@hailinel said:

The immense power of his chi.

If you listen closely, he says hadouken right before he hits the block.

So now the question is, does that make Mario a wizard?

Well, he did appear in The Wizard...

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#31 Posted by RonGalaxy (4689 posts) -

For some reason I thought the title was alluding to him hitting it with his dick or something... I don't know, ellipsis can be confusing sometimes... DON'T HATE ME FOR HAVING A DIRTY MIND.

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#32 Posted by DFL017 (311 posts) -

@wolfgame said:

somewhat unrelated, but I remember when game informer decided to investigate marios abilities, they asked a doctor what kind of dangers and harm mario would cause to himself if he tried to ground pound a turtle in real life, I think they determined Mario would run the risk of fracturing his tail bone. As far as your question though I would say it's his fist.

I really need to read this article.

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#33 Edited by RobotHamster (4250 posts) -

Neither, he just flash kicks it and creates a sonic boom using science and he's just too fast for us to see.

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#34 Posted by huser (1398 posts) -

@gkhan said:

I'm more curious about what the hell a question mark block actually is. Like, is it really a block, like a block of cement or bricks or something, or is it like a crate? The fact that it's snuggled in with a bunch of bricks would seem to imply that it's a part of a wall or ceiling or something. And Mario is clearly strong enough to break bricks with his fists/head, so maybe he's breaking a part of some building and finding sweet mushrooms inside? But if that's what he's doing, then why doesn't the block disappear when you hit it, like the brick blocks? So maybe it's a crate, and he's finding stuff inside. But if that's it, why is it inside a ceiling?

In the fiction of the first game...everything is actually transformed citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom.

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#35 Posted by Flappy (2415 posts) -

Head. There's a reason why Mario's vocabulary is very limited.

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#36 Edited by Dallas_Raines (2269 posts) -

@turambar: Myth confirmed by Nintendo themselves. IT IS CANON

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#37 Posted by Andorski (5481 posts) -

Not many people know that Mario hits the block with his telekinetic powers. Unfortunately, his telekinesis has a range of 0.7091981mm, hence why he has to jump so close to the block in order for him to "hit" it.

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#38 Posted by Carlos1408 (1622 posts) -

For some reason I thought the title was alluding to him hitting it with his dick or something... I don't know, ellipsis can be confusing sometimes... DON'T HATE ME FOR HAVING A DIRTY MIND.

If it's any consolation I went through the same thought process. :)

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#39 Posted by noizy (942 posts) -

In 1985 on CRT with a resolution of 256 x 240 it sure looked like his head, and that's how I'll feel until I die. I remember buying my NES as a kid and showing the game to my father and sister. They were laughing their assess off when Mario was hitting the blocks.

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#40 Posted by DaddyCabinet (339 posts) -

Definitely his head. Why else would keep rescuing the princess after she gets "kidnapped".

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#41 Edited by fuzzypumpkin (422 posts) -
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#42 Posted by SpaceRunaway (935 posts) -

It's his head. He raises his hand not to punch, but to pump his fist in victory. Because he just broke a block of bricks by headbutting them.

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#44 Posted by crithon (3979 posts) -

a world where there are eyeballs on the mountains.

I still believe in the instructional manual, that each of the toadstool citizen got turn into blocks and mario is just mass murdering.

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#45 Posted by InternetDotCom (3390 posts) -

Originally the head but as more concussion research has come out Mario has adapted his style to use his fist.

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#46 Edited by GaspoweR (4851 posts) -

Neither, he just flash kicks it and creates a sonic boom using science and he's just too fast for us to see.

SO....Mario is NOT A WIZARD is what you are trying to say, yes?

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#47 Posted by lifesabeachh (23 posts) -

Anyone who thinks he uses his head is a heathen, and when Judgement Day comes you will be punished

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#48 Edited by dancinginfernal (593 posts) -

Originally the head but as more concussion research has come out Mario has adapted his style to use his fist.

Actually Nintendo hired researches stated that the data is inconclusive and that more research needs to be done on the subject. This news came much to the dismay of disgruntled former plumbers.

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#49 Posted by RobotHamster (4250 posts) -

@gaspower said:

@robothamster said:

Neither, he just flash kicks it and creates a sonic boom using science and he's just too fast for us to see.

SO....Mario is NOT A WIZARD is what you are trying to say, yes?

Yes, it's all about that mushroom kingdom chi energy.

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#50 Posted by Gyrfal (133 posts) -

@markini6: I just want to let you know that I think it's fantastic that Mario's head appears dangerous to you.