One of the strangest video game stories of 2018 was the saga of Bowsette. This fan-made character, the product of Bowser acquiring a Super Crown, dominated social media for weeks after the initial comic was released. It sparked fan art galore, numerous cosplays and spin-off characters, a game mod, and even a convention in Japan.
Now that 2018 is all wrapped up, Japanese video service NicoNico and online art community Pixiv are handing out awards for the top trends of the year. As such, Bowsette creator ayyk92 was awarded with a trophy. As the trophy notes, Bowsette was rated by these two companies as the 20th most popular trend of 2018. Not bad for a tweet that unexpectedly went viral!