2017 was just a phenomenal year for video games. And one of the most phenomenal video games of all was Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch. A glorious upgrade of 3D Mario sandbox platforming, the game took players from the Mushroom Kingdom to the Moon a fake New York called New Donk City. NEW DONK CITY.But Super Mario Odyssey’s biggest gameplay hook was being able to possess enemies and objects with your hat, “capture” them, in order to use their abilities. You could be a fish or a human man or a hunk of raw beef. It’s great. And while this is a spoiler technically, are you really surprised to learn that you can also possess Bowser?Unfortunately, video game rules don’t always apply in the real world. Even with our replica Cappy hat we find ourselves unable to capture manholes here in the real New Donk City. But if you want to have the experience of shoving your body inside Mario’s famous dragon turtle nemesis and controlling his thoughts, the next best thing is this Super Mario Bowser puppet from ThinkGeek.It’s a puppet! You know how they work. Stick your hand in it and wave it around like it’s real. Bust out some sick ventriloquist skills to fool children into thinking the hand parasite is sentient. My own experience with hand puppets is forever changed ever since my student film about an oven mitt demon. But this plush Bowser design certainly has more personality than that. Bowser’s naturally big mouth (and tiny arms) actually makes him a perfect fit for a hand puppet, unlike more realistic human faces that then have to be stretched to fit the human hand.Things were getting a little weird there, but in all honesty this is a nice puppet. It’s comfortable, expressive, and not too expensive at $25. There’s a lot of weird and bad Mario merchandise out there, enough to fill up a great bootleg Mario Twitter account. But the ThinkGeek Super Mario Bowser puppet is a great pick from Mario fans hoping to make their odyssey last just a little longer. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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