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NEW YORK — You might call him the Mickey Mouse of video games. He’s reminiscent of a doughnut, round and sweet and comforting. He’s also a vessel, devoid of a real personality so you can live vicariously through him.

Mario, the pot-bellied Italian plumber with a penchant for rescuing princesses, collecting golden coins and grabbing magic mushrooms, has been around for nearly three decades. And even though he hasn’t changed much, the latest game he stars in, the newly released “The New Super Mario Bros. Wii,” is one of the holiday season’s top titles.

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