Some of the most defining Super Mario moments was when the player collected a power up for the first time. How free did you feel when you first explored the skies after obtaining the Wing Cap? Do you remember how unstoppable you felt the first time you picked up a Starman?
Power ups like the Mushroom and the Fire Flower aren't just well-known; they're archetypal. They're exemplary. They became so iconic, it wasn't long before every game seemed to have Power Ups.
When Nintendo realised Mario was their cash-cow, they had to churn out sequel after sequel; each one filled to the brim with brand-new items to help out the moustachioed mascot.
But after going through over eighty Power Ups and three hundred and seventy three cajillion Mario games (give or take), Nintendo struggled to diversify some collectibles. The developers sometimes just tweak an old item, pass it off as a new one, and hope gamers don't notice.
Some of these items are so similar to previous ones, you wonder why Nintendo bothered to change the name or appearance.
In some occurrences, there is literally no difference between two items whatsoever. Here are some Super Mario power ups that are basically clones of previous items.
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