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#1 Posted on 17.10.03 1022.23
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An ... interesting choice by Nintendo, to say the least :

Mario and Luigi Hire Comedian Kathy Griffin to Help Find the Funniest Joke

Having rescued the princess for years and mastered his plumbing skills in the Mushroom Kingdom, longtime hero and defender Mario announces his latest quest: a search for the funniest knock-knock joke. Mario and his comical brother, Luigi, who co-stars in the new game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the Game Boy Advance, have hired comedienne Kathy Griffin to help them in this mission.

"Everything that Luigi does makes me laugh; I'm surprised we ever complete a level," says Mario. "With Kathy Griffin as our judge, we'll depend on her to keep us in line while she determines a winner."

The contest runs now through Nov. 16; contestants can submit jokes online at Each week, a finalist will be chosen from the week's entries. On Nov. 17, Griffin will select a grand prize winner from among those finalists.

"I know Nintendo will receive thousands of entries, so I hope Mario and Luigi will help me sort through these," Griffin said. "I'll be a tough knock-knock judge so make entries original, because I won't hesitate to throw those who write bad jokes into knock-knock jail."

Mario chose a knock-knock joke contest because the brothers' back-and-forth patter reflects the kind of slapstick humor that gamers will find in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. For the first time, players control both Mario and Luigi simultaneously in this hilarious, action-filled role-playing game.

"An evil witch steals Princess Peach's voice and replaces it with explosives, of all things," says Mario. "Luigi and I work together to recover her stolen voice. Even bad-boy Bowser helps us - probably so he can kidnap her later."

Players can control Mario and Luigi separately or team them up for superhero-style combination moves. The involved storyline, puzzle-solving challenges and points system common to classic role-playing games combine with the jumping challenges and action battles of more traditional Mario games. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga is Rated E for Everyone, and will be released Nov. 17 at an MSRP of $34.99.

The grand prize winner of the knock-knock joke contest will receive a Game Boy Advance SP, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga game, Nintendo GameCube system and more. For official rules and prizes, go to

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#2 Posted on 17.10.03 2119.09
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I don't know what's weirder, the fact that there are "quotes" from the Mario Bros. (I've always wondered, if they are the Mario Bros., are they Luigi Mario and Mario Mario?), or the fact that they have chosen the unfunniest comedienne alive to be the judge.

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#3 Posted on 17.10.03 2320.08
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As a matter of fact, they ARE Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.

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#4 Posted on 18.10.03 0924.29
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The old Super Mario Bros. Super Show (the one with Captian Lou as Mario) has them as Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.

Even the awful Super Mario Bros. Movie has them as Mario Mario and Luigi Mario.

Kathy Griffin? If they are using D-List celebrities, they could do better than this. Couldn't they?
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#5 Posted on 18.10.03 1239.57
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Is this an Onion story or something, because it sounds too bizarre to be true.

Knock-knock jokes are considered to be snappy patter? Jesus.

Second of all, who's this Princess Peach? Don't tell me that Mario is cheating on Princess Toadstool.
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#6 Posted on 18.10.03 1426.58
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I am pretty sure Peach and Toadstood are the same. Maybe Peach Toadstool? They started calling her Peach with SMB2 I think....
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#7 Posted on 18.10.03 1923.30
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No, they started calling her Peach in Super Mario 64.
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#8 Posted on 19.10.03 0021.55
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Is Shigeru Miyamoto really THAT hard up for some yen?

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#9 Posted on 19.10.03 0918.13
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I always thought Princess Toadstool was her title and Peach was her name. I seem to remember hearing "Peach" pretty early on in the SMB games.
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#10 Posted on 19.10.03 2049.39
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By the way, the irony is that now the main princess is named Peach, and her friend from the Mario Party and Mario Golf game is Daisy. But the name Daisy was used as the main princess' name in the Super Mario Bros. movie in 1993. I can see why people would get confused (and that movie by the way is pure BS...I just watched it on Encore about two days ago).
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#11 Posted on 19.10.03 2248.33
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I thought Daisy traced her lineage back to the Super Mario Land series... actually, just the first one. Man, that one was ODD.

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#12 Posted on 20.10.03 1006.53
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Daisy is actualy the name of the Princess in the Super Mario Land games for the Game Boy. She is to be to Luigi, what Peach is to Mario.

Let's not forget Mario's first girlfriend, Paulene, from the Donkey Kong games.
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