Nintendo's iconic plumber has always been considered a kid-friendly kind of hero. Sure there's a lot of weird stuff in the world of our intrepid plumber friend, especially in terms of fungal fascinations, but things in the mushroom kingdom are generally simple, cute and innocent at the end of the day. Just look at the intro for the new Super Mario Run. There's nothing to fear here at all.
Or is there?
The Nintendo Fan Blog That's Revealing The Secrets Behind Super Mario
Supper Mario Broth is a fan site devoted to collecting the oddest and most obscure Mario trivia, data and weird bits of lost nostalgia that the internet can dig up. It's a pretty fascinating site, offering up lots of interesting little bits from the history of #Mario, like old ads from Swedish #Nintendo magazines.
Occasionally, these blasts from the past get a bit creepy though, like this live action Mario that stares directly into your soul.
Things get a lot weirder though, when the blog starts to delve into the glitchier side of the Super Mario games. Thanks to the magic of data mining, Supper Mario Broth and contributors have discovered all sorts of bizarre stuff from the games. Some things are actually helpful, or at least pretty benign, like this bug from Super Mario Galaxy that launches you high enough to skip sections if you time your jump right.
Or this one, that lets you double jump in the original Super Mario if you jump after picking up a mushroom.
Other times the bugs and secrets they find are kind of cute and funny, like the fact that Lakitu can get squashed by a Thwomp in Mario Kart 64 if you angle him right.
Or this one from Super Mario Sunshine, that lets you vomit all over NPCs by pressing R at the right time in a conversation.
Sometimes though, the blog starts to dig deep, maybe a little too deep, and things start getting weird.
The Sinister World Of Mario
We all know glitches and secrets can be kind of creepy, a lot of us have encountered the hilarious and horrifying chimera creatures that appear sometimes in #PokemonGO or the terrifying animal people that occur occasionally in #RedDeadRedemption. It turns out that the Mario games hide their own dark secrets, some of them are simply mildly unsettling, like this Mario face texture that appears if he doesn't have his mustache and nose loaded.
Or this one, where certain characters in Mario 64 will continue to blink and stare at you dead eyed even when you pause the game. Which makes you feel like they live a life within the console and are growing to hate you, #Westworld style.
Then there's secrets that are much, much more unsettling, things that should never have seen the light of day. Things like the second, vestigial Mario contained in the meat secrets of Baby Mario's legs.
Or the hideously detailed fully modeled skeletal corpses of your favorite characters in the files for Super Mario Strikers Charged.
The most terrifying secret of all though, is located in one of the oldest, darkest parts of Mario history. Some of you may remember the Virtual Boy, an ill-advised console that gave most players instant migraines and was universally shunned. Tucked away within the files of Mario Clash, an almost unplayed Virtual Boy title that was once called "The second worst Mario game of all time" is the real truth about our favorite plumber. When players achieve a high score, they see Mario's face, bathed in sinister red light, congratulating them.
But when you examine hidden files for this screen, you learn Mario's true form.
That's right readers, Mario was never the friendly plumber he claimed to be, he's something much worse, something from beyond our world.
Thankfully no one bought the Virtual Boy, or he might have been set loose upon the material plane.
Have you found any weird secrets hidden in game files? Encountered an unsettling glitch of your own? Want someone to talk to because Mario won't let you sleep? Let us know in the comments below!