348 – Bricks
Friday, July 8 — 12:00 AM
This is actually how Super Mario Bros’ (NES) storyline goes. Bowser (“King Koopa”) wants to rule the Mushroom Kingdom, so he turns the Toads (“Mushroom Retainers”) into bricks, while kidnapping the only person who can reverse the spell, Peach (“Princess Toadstool”). Peach’s mystical powers have since vanished, but I’m more concerned about the sheer brick-busting brutality our “heroic” plumber partook in on his way to 8-4.
The other thing I can’t help but wonder about is why nearly everyone’s names have been changed since then! “Bowser” was named in SMB3, “Peach” in SM64 (in the US), and “Mario” in the original arcade Mario Bros. I guess that’s for the better, since “Jumpman” sounds more like a Mega Man villain than a gaming mascot.
For those of you wondering if this contradicts BitF canon, let’s just say this is the ending to Lost Levels (JPN’s Mario 2) as opposed to the first game. Am I overthinking this?
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