The Viability of Throwing Giant Tortoises onto Mines

Yannic Chen, David McDonagh


Due to Mario’s comparatively small stature in relation to Bowser, the hero of The Mushroom Kingdom must come up with novel ways to defeat his powerful nemesis to restore order to the land. One particular method in Super Mario 64 involves throwing Bowser onto explosive mines via grabbing his tail and spinning to generate angular momentum. The viability of this technique is investigated and found to be well beyond the limits achieved by Olympic athletes.


Computer game; Physics; Mechanics; Mario

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