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.

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…