The Bowsette Meme Is Gloriously Un-Nintendo, and I Love It

The Bowsette Meme Is Gloriously Un-Nintendo, and I Love It

The internet's currently all about the Koopa King's New Clothes, and I'm here for it.

Happy Monday, friends. How did you spend your weekend? That's nice. Nintendo fans spent their two days of leisure drawing gender-swapped fanart of Bowser, a.k.a. "Bowsette," from Super Mario Bros.

I'm not shocked. Frankly, I salute them for it. Once again, Nintendo fans are letting the gears in their imaginations spin, spin, spin. The subsequent fan art and fan theories are, as usual, kind of weird, but that's what happens when a decades-old franchise toddles along without filling in lore gaps about things like crown power-ups that turn common mushrooms into Princesses. You hear me, Nintendo? You bring this kind of thing down upon yourself.

The "Bowsette" lore took root after a Malaysian artist, "Haniwa," drew and tweeted a comic depicting a twist to the ending of Super Mario Odyssey. After Peach refuses to marry either Mario or Bowser, Bowser uses the recently-revealed Crown power-up to turn himself into Bowsette. The last panel shows Mario and Bowsette laughing as a happy couple, presumably after being bonded in holy matrimony under the eyes of Rosalina (hey, if I were Mario, I wouldn't let that sharp tux of his go to waste). Know what? If Nintendo isn't going to finally close the book on the Mario-Peach-Bowser love triangle, I don't blame fans for drawing their own, uh, storybook endings.

Fans started up where Haniwa left off, and they've been having a real time of it ever since. Most Bowsette fanart is goofy and fun but beware if you decide to Google the term: You don't have to wander far from the safety of your front porch to find NSFW material.

Japan, for example, picked up the meme, started running with it, and has yet to stop.

Reminder that Bowsette can crush your head between her thighs, "like sparrow's egg."

Just give up now, Mario. You have no chance.

Try to follow this one: Peach puts on a Bowser shell, Bowser puts on a Crown, and … adventures ensue.

Oh, pardon? This whole Bowsette thing "disturbs" you? Sonic Sez: "Oh my sweet summer child, what do you know about weird fetish fan art?"

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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