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Nintendo Adventure Books No. 3: Monster Mix-Up

By Bill McCay

Featuring the Super Mario Bros.

First published in July 1991 in the U.S.A. by Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Availability: Available at some bookstores

No 3: Monster Mix-UpSummary: Monster Mix-up starts out with all of the Mario gang at the circus. They see a bunch of weird creatures in cages, like a mix between a Chain Chomp and a Ptooey. When the group decides to get a group picture taken, the flash goes off and Peach is gone. Chaos emerges and everyone is running around and beyond the tent and soon Luigi is missing too. The remaining three, Mario, Toad, and the Mushroom King, suddenly see a huge flying mixing bowl in the sky with Bowser driving it. He then takes the king, leaving only Mario and Toad who escape in a nearby cave. As soon as the two remaining good guys think the coast is clear, Lemmy Koopa flies onto scene on the back of a Soopa Koopa Paratroopa. Mario and Toad dash for cover through a pipe, which leads them to Bowser's castle. Once inside (after picking the lock of the door), Toad and Mario find Peach and the king, who has been mixed with a red Koopa Troopa, locked up in Bowser's dungeon. They are freed and the king-troopa leads them all to Bowser's throne room (the koopa half apparently knew where to go) where they find Luigi is Bowser's grasp. Bowser evilly greets them and decides to mix Mario, Luigi, and a dumb red troopa, and they are thrown into the mixer. Thinking quick, Mario grabs the koopa and throws it up at a block in the air which contains a starman. It falls into the bowl and out comes an invincible Mario plus Luigi with two heads and is as tall as two Luigis. They knock the crap out of Bowser's guards, but when they come for him, he has already escaped through a warp in the back of his throne. But they still have one more problem... how to un-mix the creatures from the monster mixer. "Maybe a soup strainer," Peach suggests...

Rating: This was an pretty good book. It got confusing at some parts, and used things differently than in the games, but all in all, it was still an enjoyable 30-minute in a way. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give this book a 4.5.

Internet Reader Review: This book is one of your regular old Super Mario Bros. stories where Bowser kidnaps the Princess and everyone runs around trying to get her back. In this particular story, however, Bowser has a Monster Mixer in which he uses to mix two different Koopas together to create a superior Koopa, making it different. This book confused me like some others in the series did and probably even more so. This book was EXTREMELY boring at times and my mind repeatedly wondered away from the book. My rating (1-10): 3.0
Chris Smith

Internet Reader Review: Monster Mix-Up isn't something I'd read again. 6/10.
Elizabeth Wilbanks

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