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Please Retweet Is All About the Diaper Toad

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Please Retweet is a Polygon YouTube web series, in which Polygon staff member Patrick Gill attempts to get the official Nintendo of America Twitter account to retweet a picture of the Super Mario character Toad wearing a diaper.

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On April 10th, 2017, Polygon video producer Patrick Gill uploaded the first episode of his new series “Please Retweet” to Polygon’s official YouTube channel (shown below). In the series, Gill attempts to coax the official Nintendo of America Twitter account into retweeting his image of the Super Mario character Toad wearing a diaper, using a variety of different methods. As of July of the same year, the original video has over 66,000 views, with the tweet garnering over 2,100 retweets and 3,200 likes

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Following the original tweet and video, the image of Toad has continues to grow in popularity, spawning fanart and parodies. On June 10, 2017, Twitter user and artist @marcoscrislop tweeted out his own fanart of the Toad (shown below, left), with the tweet going on to gain over 42,000 retweets and 59,000 likes. As well as this, a custom Amiibo version of the Toad was created by Twitter user and custom Amiibo artist @MissGandaKris (show below, right), with the tweet receiving over 730 retweets and 2,500 likes. A Twitter moment for the Toad was also created, itself gaining over 1,300 likes. The fanart of Toad was also mentioned on the June 15th, 2017 episode of the Comedy Central game show series, @Midnight.


Official Response

On May 15th, 2017, the 6th episode of the Please Retweet series was uploaded to the Polygon YouTube account , in which Gill attempts to use humour as a way of getting Nintendo to retweet the image of Toad (shown below, left). However, later on the same day, the official Nintendo of America Twitter account responded by using the joke alongside an image of the original Toad, in reference to the tweet without directly retweeting it (shown below, right). Nintendo’s response has since gone on to receive over 9,800 retweets and 10,000 likes.


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