Anna Grace Lambert

Stories from Anna Grace Lambert

Books and films are the main media sources for most American citizens and have been for decades. Yet over the last few decades a newer and more immersive form of media has appeared in American culture: video games. 150 million Americans play video games, and most are probably familiar with the more popular franchises (“Industry Facts”, n.d.). One of those popular franchises would be the Mario series, a set of games that revolve around a plumber saving a princess from her evil turtle-like kidnapper. The newest installment, Mario Odyssey, follows Mario as he attempts to save Princess Peach from her forced wedding with Bowser. Examining the parts that Peach and Pauline play in the game reveals several traditional gender stereotypes, but also new roles for women within the Mario franchise.