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Super Mario Bros. is the story of a working-class Italian plumber from Brooklyn out to rescue the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, a land filled with pipes growing from the ground, brick blocks and flashing question marks suspended in mid-air, and suspicious cloud-shaped bushes. Standing in his path are walking chestnuts, giant venus flytraps, a never-ending stream of spiky bugs tossed down by a cloud-riding poindexter, and a maniacal spiked snapping turte. The plumber's arsenal consists of mushrooms that make him grow twice his size, flowers which cause balls of fire to erupt from his fists, and earthbound stars that make him invincible.1
Taking over a month to complete, this is EricPowerUp's paper cut-out work of awesome, titled "Mario on Paper". Made entirely of paper and animated with stop-motion, this recreation of the classic Super Mario Bros. games with original sounds and music is mesmerizing.
There are at least two timelines on the Internet that put the major Super Mario games in chronological order, as if they happened to one guy named Mario who has been living an extraordinary life.
These timeline don't present Mario as a real man. The people who make these timelines aren't that free-thinking. But the makers of Mario timelines have asked questions that most people have lived their lives without asking, questions like: Does Super Mario Bros. 3 really take place after Super Mario Bros. 2?
To be perfectly honest, Nintendo completely botched Mario's 25th Anniversary... Super Mario Bros. deserved better. Arguably the most influential game of all time, it deserved to have the vaults opened wide for fans to have access to every bit of content related to the original title. After consuming the disc, we should've been left utterly full, yet definitively satiated. But that's not the route Nintendo decided to take -- instead, we got a disc with a rom of Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, a flimsy book sprinkled with pull quotes, and a CD containing a shamefully bare selection of tracks. In essence, Nintendo celebrated the 25th anniversary of their iconic mascot by making a quick buck. And while this left us undeniably disappointed, hope remains.