Chris Buffa (Modojo): Parents, both good and bad, are in a constant search for a new digital babysitter, a gadget that'll keep the kids occupied on long car rides, sitting in a doctor's office or the living room waiting for dinner. In other words, something that'll distract them from throwing tantrums and drinking laundry detergent.
For 25 years, Mario has been up to the task. Nintendo's franchise hero has starred in well over 100 games, many of which have sold in excess of one million copies a piece. Generations have grown up with the pudgy Italian plumber, exploring the Mushroom Kingdom and rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser.