Behind The Mushroom:
Mario is an almost mythical figure. He can jump heights most people only dream of. He routinely saves the world from unspeakable evil. He has a long-lasting love interest who's literally a princess. But behind this surface life of galmour, heroism, and fame, Mario has a dark history. How has this past affected Mario's present... and his future?. Welcome to Mario: Behind the Mushroom.
The Arcade Years: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Mario Bros.
Mario is born.
Mario can fall a distance only half his height without dying. He's proclaimed a wuss by all his friends.
Mario gets a construction job to prove he isn't a wuss. He ends up saving Pauline from Donkey Kong. Mario's friends apologize.
Mario takes the captive Donkey Kong on a worldwide tour.
Pauline leaves Mario after his monkey tour is a flop and he's out of money. Pauline's last known where-abouts are a trailer park somewhere in Twister country.
Mario foolishly takes his traveling monkey show to the jungle. There, DK Jr. rescues his dad.
Mario gets a bump on the head after being beaten by DK Jr., and forgets his past. He decides to become a plumber because "it seemed like the right thing to do"
Mario becomes rich after finding a magic set of pipes that spurt out coins (and turtles, crabs, etc.) and quits the plumbing business to become a philanthropist.
The NES Years: SMB1-3
With his newfound fortune and time off, Mario devotes himself to physical training. He learns to grow by merely eating a mushroom and shoot fire out of normal flowers. Mario desperately seeks an opponent worthy of his new skills.
Mario here's of a mythical turtle/man creature in the Mushroom Kingdom, and thinks he's finally found his equal. Unfortunately, Bowser and his minions turn out not to be even a slight challenge. On his quest he meets a new "mushroom supplier" (Toad) and a "girlfriend" (Princess)
Unbeknownst to Mario, Toad is providing Mario with hallucinogenic mushrooms, and his "girlfriend" is really just with him for his money. But we'll get to that later.
After what Toad describes as "some really bad mushrooms" Mario goes into a drug-induced daze, and is in a coma for a week. When he wakes up, he can only mutter nonsense about walking pink guys with masks, throwing onions, carrying BIG keys and fighting a giant frog. He's checked into an asylum for his own safety.
While "resting" in the asylum, Mario trains more, and finds he enjoys trying on various types of suits and absorbingtheir powers. He also learns how to fly with a "magic leaf" that he smuggled in. He is released from the hospital and again looks for a challenge.
Mario defeats Bowser again easily, but on his quest finds out that his "princess" has been taking him for all he's worth. Mario's willing to forgive, until a misunderstanding over a joke about the princess "being in another castle." The happy couple is officially broken up.
That's all for this time.
But what of Mario's first foray into the thrid dimension? And Luigi... where does the green clad brother fit into all this? Next time we'll discuss Mario's roller coaster lifestyle as he tries to make his way through the SNES and N64 years.
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