This is my depository for art from the Super Mario games and related series. Most of it is official stuff from Nintendo but don't be surprised to see a few particularly good fan-made works. I mostly enjoy the art of Nintendo's eight- and sixteen-bit eras. Got something that you think belongs here? Send it my way. The more obscure, the better.
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Meet Prince Haru, the foppish little dandy who ends up with Peach at the end of the Super Mario Bros. anime. I could be way off, but I have a little theory that had this movie been released in the U.S. back in the day, we’d be playing as Haru today in Mario Kart and what not. But we also wouldn’t have the Toad we know and love today.

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Meet Prince Haru, the foppish little dandy who ends up with Peach at the end of the Super Mario Bros. anime. I could be way off, but I have a little theory that had this movie been released in the U.S. back in the day, we’d be playing as Haru today in Mario Kart and what not. But we also wouldn’t have the Toad we know and love today.

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Here is a gif of Mario shattering that you can use to illustrate your next emotional crisis. Via my big boy blog, where I have quite a bit to say about the 1986 Super Mario Bros. anime.

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Here is a gif of Mario shattering that you can use to illustrate your next emotional crisis. Via my big boy blog, where I have quite a bit to say about the 1986 Super Mario Bros. anime.

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Lookie! Back in 1986, Mario was fighting Bowser in exactly the manner that you had to fight him in Super Mario 64, a full decade later. Is it intentional? An homage? I’m unsure, but it’s far from the only bit from the Mario anime that ended up working its way into the actual games.

I made a big list of them — with visual aids!

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There’s a rumor here and there online that Toad was initially supposed to be a girl — or at least that the Mushroom Retainers were supposed to be women. I don’t think it’s true, but here’s why some people might think it is.

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There’s a rumor here and there online that Toad was initially supposed to be a girl — or at least that the Mushroom Retainers were supposed to be women. I don’t think it’s true, but here’s why some people might think it is.

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Is it me or does Pauline not seem distressed in the slightest?
Also, does anyone see Donkey Kong’s resemblance to John C. Reilly?

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Is it me or does Pauline not seem distressed in the slightest?

Also, does anyone see Donkey Kong’s resemblance to John C. Reilly?

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Hey, look — it’s your childhood ambassador to Hell. (Via sprites found here.)

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Hey, look — it’s your childhood ambassador to Hell. (Via sprites found here.)

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The awesome box art for Mario & Wario, via Hardcore Gaming.

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The awesome box art for Mario & Wario, via Hardcore Gaming.

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“Hey, I think we should have a new female character in this Super Mario RPG game we’re making.”
“Oh, that would make sense.”
“Yeah, and maybe she could be a bad guy, because we don’t have many female villains in the series.”
“Sure, sure. That would probably be great.”
“Okay then. I was also thinking that she could have gigantic boobs.”
“Umm…”
“Like, just pendulous mammary sacs that jiggle hilariously when Mario hits her.”
(Read my frank evaluation of the design of Valentina, the weirdest of the very weird Super Mario RPG characters.)

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“Hey, I think we should have a new female character in this Super Mario RPG game we’re making.”

“Oh, that would make sense.”

“Yeah, and maybe she could be a bad guy, because we don’t have many female villains in the series.”

“Sure, sure. That would probably be great.”

“Okay then. I was also thinking that she could have gigantic boobs.”

“Umm…”

“Like, just pendulous mammary sacs that jiggle hilariously when Mario hits her.”

(Read my frank evaluation of the design of Valentina, the weirdest of the very weird Super Mario RPG characters.)

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A weird little footnote about the Milli Vanilli episode of the Saturday morning Mario Bros. cartoon:
Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was found dead of a suspected drug and alcohol overdose on April 2, 1998. As long as we’re talking about weird musical connections to make with Super Mario Bros., it’s worth noting that Wendy O. Williams, the Plasmatics lead singer for whom Bowser’s daughter takes her name, committed suicide just four days later.

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A weird little footnote about the Milli Vanilli episode of the Saturday morning Mario Bros. cartoon:

Milli Vanilli member Rob Pilatus was found dead of a suspected drug and alcohol overdose on April 2, 1998. As long as we’re talking about weird musical connections to make with Super Mario Bros., it’s worth noting that Wendy O. Williams, the Plasmatics lead singer for whom Bowser’s daughter takes her name, committed suicide just four days later.

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One of the rarer Mario games you’ll ever see: the tabletop version of the Game & Watch title Mario’s Cement Factory.

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What are the odds that this is an alternate costume for Peach in the new Smash Bros.? I’ve gone and gif-recapped this episode in case you have no idea where this came from. Enjoy!

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What are the odds that this is an alternate costume for Peach in the new Smash Bros.? I’ve gone and gif-recapped this episode in case you have no idea where this came from. Enjoy!

Via my personal blog, elcomfortador:

I made this! It’s my best attempt at brotherbrain-style video game GIF magic. It’s Birdo, hardcore peaceing out after learning she got dumped from the new Mario Kart game in favor of the monstrosity that is Pink Gold Peach. Here are my predictions for the next Mario Kart characters:
- Aged Mario
- Fat Luigi
- Undead Peach
- Baby Undead Peach
- Zinc Baby Mario
- Titanium Baby Bowser
- Embryonic Toad
- See-Thru Dr. Mario
- John Leguizamo Version Luigi
- Gay Pride Yoshi
- Never-Stops-Screaming Daisy
- Feral Donkey Kong
- Alopecia Mario
- And, of course, a female Mario and Luigi named Marta and and Luisa. In fact, I can’t believe those last two haven’t happened yet.

Via my personal blog, elcomfortador:

I made this! It’s my best attempt at brotherbrain-style video game GIF magic. It’s Birdo, hardcore peaceing out after learning she got dumped from the new Mario Kart game in favor of the monstrosity that is Pink Gold Peach. Here are my predictions for the next Mario Kart characters:

- Aged Mario

- Fat Luigi

- Undead Peach

- Baby Undead Peach

- Zinc Baby Mario

- Titanium Baby Bowser

- Embryonic Toad

- See-Thru Dr. Mario

- John Leguizamo Version Luigi

- Gay Pride Yoshi

- Never-Stops-Screaming Daisy

- Feral Donkey Kong

- Alopecia Mario

- And, of course, a female Mario and Luigi named Marta and and Luisa. In fact, I can’t believe those last two haven’t happened yet.