How It Really Happened: Super Mario Bros.

How It Really Happened: Super Mario Bros.

How It Really Happened: Super Mario Bros.

by Steve Napierski to Comics

I just wanted to see how you could transform Super Mario Bros. into something tangible in the real world.

Here’s what I thought: I didn’t want to do the overalls on Mario, so I opted for jeans, t-shirt and blue plaid shirt. I explained the large “M” on the hat by making the hat a Mack truck hat.The giant mushroom hat on the mushroom retainers looks a lot like one of those Rastafarian cap. The idea that he might get high off of ‘shrooms just added to the illusion.I was originally thinking of making “The Castle” the name of a strip club chain, but it would have taken too long to effectively demonstrate that she was in another castle location in the comic. So I decided that “Another Castle” should be the actual name of a strip club. There’s not much more to Peach than she’s a stripper with blonde hair and wears pink and instead of being a Princess, her name is Princess (at least her stripper name is). As far as King Koopa, I had to figure out some sort of wardrobe that would allow me to have similar colors in the same place and look to match his personality. My solution was to model him after Francis Buxton from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, but give him a sports fan, frat boy kind of outfit. And of course Mario had to rescue the Princess, so instead of being kidnapped I went for sexual harassment.

I normally don’t explain the thought process behind the comic this much, but I had nothing else to post. See you Monday!

Discussion (24)¬

  1. David Herbert
    David Herbert says:
    March 18, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Heh, nice. How’re you going to do Banjo-Kazooie? Or Zelda?

  2. aus7
    aus7 says:
    March 18, 2010 at 2:09 am #

    Like the “Toad”, looks like a rastafarian where’s Waldo.

  3. goddamnit
    goddamnit says:
    March 18, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    Fuck you for making me get a boner to a Mario comic.

  4. squiggles
    squiggles says:
    March 18, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    This comic is awesome, love it. In fact if someone made a game based on this, like a 3d point and click adventure/ platformer, if thats possible, i would play that.

    can anyone do that?

  5. sohexcore
    sohexcore says:
    March 18, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Mario needs drugs, rly, probably it would be osom xD

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:
    March 18, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Haha. This made my day.

  7. Triaxx
    Triaxx says:
    March 18, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Wait a minute? Mario is an episode of My name is Earl? Awesome.

  8. Steve Napierski
    Steve Napierski says:
    March 18, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I’m glad to see this comic is being well received. It’s front page of Reddit.

    I’ve already have Pac-Man and Sonic the Hedgehog written so I’ll probably be doing one of those pretty soon. Thanks for the support.

  9. Roger
    Roger says:
    March 18, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Wow. Really different art style in this one. Well done.

  10. Brad
    Brad says:
    March 18, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Agreed, this was actually incredibly well done

  11. LLamalicious
    LLamalicious says:
    March 18, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Wow, I *really* want to turn this into a graphic novel. hahah

  12. Fernando Hal
    Fernando Hal says:
    March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    How about the star and the mushroom?

  13. Tinq
    Tinq says:
    March 18, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Noice. I don’t think you really needed to explain it.

  14. mr_ewe
    mr_ewe says:
    March 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    i loled. good comic!

    but it would have been awesome if mario biffed bowser with a hammer instead of punching him.

    i know he doesnt in the game, but the key (or whatever it is, hammer?) that drops him into the fire looks like a hammer, or is that just me?

  15. DuMaNue
    DuMaNue says:
    March 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    Great job on the comics man, I am awed by the conceptual and context and how you tied everything so smoothly, it just fits into the real world mind set… just beautiful can’t wait for more game to real world conversions like that…

  16. Steve Napierski
    Steve Napierski says:
    March 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

    @mr_ewe Yeah, I think it’s a golden hammer, but it might be an axe. Just seemed a little too brutally to for a punishment to the crime. Also, would make Mario seem less like a hero.

  17. The Anarchyz
    The Anarchyz says:
    March 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm #

    This comic is just amazing, if it was a game it would be a Mario for adults with Heavy Rain gameplay… Ohh i would love to see that game, unfortunately Nintendo is not about that…

  18. Kaiser
    Kaiser says:
    March 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    Hey, do you live in Van Nuys or something? Because that sign is exactly like the one down the street from where I live. Lol, just wondering because it’s a weird coincidence! Good job on the comic, btw! Very interesting twist!

  19. Meatwad
    Meatwad says:
    March 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    I never knew Peach was a tranny.

  20. Seth
    Seth says:
    March 18, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Sadly, I’ve thought about stuff like this plenty of times. Like mario is really a mushroom addicted plumber and peach is his girlfriend who got arrested by the cops (bowser) for smoking crack. So he goes on a killing spree until he breaks her out of jail. God I have a fucked up imagination.

  21. Scott
    Scott says:
    March 19, 2010 at 1:10 am #

    Waaaaayyyyyy cool mon!

  22. Lars
    Lars says:
    March 19, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    Ah, everything’s already been said. Yeah, extraordinary awesome update.
    Mario is on Mushrooms? Nothing new. :P
    http://www.halolz.com/2009/07/12/magic-mushrooms/

  23. Kaci
    Kaci says:
    March 19, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I like the explaining. I wish more people would do it! I love to know the whys behind the picture. Plus, this why and picture is awesome.

  24. Ejigantor
    Ejigantor says:
    March 20, 2010 at 7:25 am #

    I always figured it was an axe at the back of the bridge; he doesn’t hit bowser with it, but he uses it to chop the bridge support, dumping bowser into the lava. I’m pretty sure that was standard procedure back in ye olden days, at least in some places. At an important bridge you have an axe on hand so that if the enemy is approaching and can’t be driven back, you can quickly and easily collapse the bridge, preventing invaders from using it.