The Masochistic Gaming Ecstasy of Super Mario ‘Kaizo’ Hacks

A nightmare from your childhood, this Mario exists to break you. But you’ll find meaning in the pain.

Erik Hinton
OneZero
Published in
12 min readJun 28, 2019

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Illustration: Erik Hinton

EEvery night for the past several weeks, a cheerful, plump plumber arrives at my apartment and brutalizes me. Sometimes, his overalls are blue, other times red, but his cruel smile is constant…

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Erik Hinton
OneZero

Interactive developer and journalist @medium. Taught ‘The Politics of Interactive News’ @TheNewSchool. Formerly @The_O_C_R @NYTimes @outline @WSJ.