Social media can be an incredibly powerful tool, bringing distant people together, giving users access to worldwide news as it happens, and providing a platform for an entire legion of Nintendo fans to descend upon the world with endless drawings of Bowsette - a new, Bowser-Peach mashup created by Super Mario fans.

If you've been on Twitter over the past few days - and if you find yourself in the right circles - you'll no doubt have come across an image or ten of this new creation. An alternative version of the Princess Peach we've all come to know and save, this new design has been dubbed 'Bowsette', owing to the fact that it merges both Peach and Bowser together into one, strange being.

Seemingly originating from Twitter user @ayyk92, who shared the comic strip included below, Bowsette is inspired by the new Super Crown - an item set to appear in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe which transforms Toadette into 'Peachette'. The new item caused quite a lot of confusion among Nintendo fans when it was first shown, and you can check it out in this trailer if you haven't seen it already.

Of course, fan-made designs such as this can generate interest online at any time, but Bowsette seems to have taken things to a whole new level with hundreds of thousands of mentions appearing online and new tweets flying in every second. Here are just a few of the images we've stumbled across (but be warned - searching through any #Bowsette content online can bring up some very NSFW results).

Will Nintendo listen to the prayers of these fans? Perhaps the Super Crown will one day be able to create every Mario mashup you can think of? Or maybe that should be avoided at all costs.

[via eurogamer.net]