The Top 7... fictional holidays

Who needs Christmas when you've got the Star Festival and Life Day?

Guess which ones we’re going to take a look at right now?

We generally think of holidays as yearly affairs, but Super Mario Galaxy introduced us to one that’s held only once a century, which neatly (and unnecessarily) explains why the Star Festival never came up before in Mario’s 27-year history. During the festival, the stunted inhabitants of the Mushroom Kingdom turn out to celebrate the arrival of a comet that showers the land with varicolored “Star Bits.” It’s all very exciting and happy, and during the game’s first few minutes, it offers up a rare chance to explore the village outside of Peach’s castle.

Sadists aren’t left out of the festivities, however, as Bowser and his minions almost immediately show up to ruin everything in their usual fashion. As an armada of flying galleons descends on the terrified celebrants, the village is laid to waste in a hail of ginormous cannonballs and what appear to be freeze spells. Fires rage, the Toads run around in circles screaming about doom and Mario is hurled into space, seemingly defeated. It might not be the happiest holiday the Mushroom Kingdom’s ever seen, but it’s certainly one of the most memorable.


After graduating from college in 2000 with a BA in journalism, I worked for five years as a copy editor, page designer and videogame-review columnist at a couple of mid-sized newspapers you've never heard of. My column eventually got me a freelancing gig with GMR magazine, which folded a few months later. I was hired on full-time by GamesRadar in late 2005, and have since been paid actual money to write silly articles about lovable blobs.
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