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Meat is a common food item in the Mario franchise.
Paper Mario series
Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
Meat appears in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door during Bowser's special sidescrolling levels. Like the Mushrooms that make Mario grow when he is in Small Mario form, meat makes Bowser larger. Meat can be found by hitting certain ? Blocks. If Bowser takes a hit from an enemy, he will shrink down by one level. Getting enough pieces of meat in one level will make Bowser gigantic, allowing him to smash through everything in the level, similar to Mega Mario. The meat used in the game resembles a leg of lamb.
Paper Mario: Color Splash
In Paper Mario: Color Splash, Mario is given the task of preparing a steak for Larry at the Tangerino Grill. To perfectly tenderize, season, and cook the steak, Mario must use a Hammer, Salt and Pepper, the Charcoal Grill or two Big Fire Flowers, and a lemon, respectively.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Odyssey
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2
In Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Meat is an unlockable item for Bowser.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story / Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and in the remake, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, meat appears in the forms of Hot Drumsticks, Fiery Drumsticks, and TNT Drumsticks, which can be consumed by Bowsen to restore his HP. In the remake, a type of drumstick known as a Cheesy Drumstick appear, which completely restore Bowser’s HP and BP, replacing the role of Star Candies from Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. In the battle with Bowser and Bowser X, when he reaches his Fury status, he will eat a drumstick, fully restoring his HP.
Meat can also be thrown at Midbus from the audience during the battle between Bowser and Midbus at Fawful Theater whenever Bowser does not dodge his attaks. Midbus will eat them later on and restore 50 HP. However, Bowser can punch or burn before he has a chance. Bowser can also inhale the meat, which will give him a POW boost.
During the "victory feast" after the battle, some of the food included at the banquet features meat, which include large drumsticks, hot dogs with sauce, steaks of both flatiron and ribeye variants, fish, and ham (although only the hot dogs and drumsticks are actually able to be eaten at the player's prompting).
In the game's remake, in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode, Bowser Jr. can eat HP, POW, DEF, SPEED, SPIRIT, and EXP Drumsticks. Morton also supplies Bowser Jr. with a burned drumstick as a peace offering, which he later eats.