Anime: The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach

Because of how obscure this movie is, this video cover is a definite Spoiler.

Before The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, but after his run on The Saturday Supercade, Mario starred in this obscure 1986 Japanese film, titled Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! (translated: The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach!), a loose Animated Adaptation of Super Mario Bros.. While this film is very obscure, it's quite notable for being the very first film adaptation of a video game, preceding the American Super Mario Bros. by approximately seven years.

One night, while playing his Famicom, Mario gets an unexpected visit from the lovely Princess Peach, who is on the run from evil tyrant King Koopa. King Koopa then shows up and kidnaps her, leaving behind the pendant that she always wears. The next day, a little dog called Kibidango shows up at the grocery store owned by Mario and his brother Luigi (yes, they're grocers in this movie) and takes the jewel. The Mario Bros. give chase after him and wind up in the Mushroom Kingdom, where they meet the wise old Mushroom Hermit. The Mystic tells them that they've been brought to the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach, whom King Koopa intends to marry on Friday the 13th, and save the people whom King Koopa has turned into useless objects. The Mario Bros. embark on this journey, along the way gathering the three powerful items of the Super Mushroom, the Flower, and the Star, which help them in their quest. They make it to King Koopa's castle just in time to crash the wedding, Mario defeats King Koopa, and it turns out that Kibidango is actually Prince Haru, Peach's previously unmentioned future lover, much to the disappointment of Mario, who had fallen in love with the Princess himself.

Tropes used in the movie:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Very small change, but still noticeable. Unlike the rest of the games, Mario and Luigi have black hair instead of brown.
    • Most notably, Luigi's outfit is blue over yellow instead of blue over green. He also wears a blue hat instead of green.
  • Affably Evil: King Koopa seemed a pretty nice guy, albeit a bit too jealous when it came to Peach. Heck, at the end, he is seen working with Mario and liking it.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: King Koopa is a Yandere and Mario is a Dogged Nice Guy... but neither of them end up with Peach. Instead, she ends up with Haru, who was really the dog traveling with Mario and Luigi.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: The entire plot revolves around this.
  • Animated Adaptation: Notable for being the first animated adaptation based in a Nintendo game, until the animated adaptations of Fire Emblem and Pokémon came out in the '90s.
    • Oddly enough, the movie credited Shigeru Miyamoto as the creator of Super Mario Bros. Until the '90s, Miyamoto's identity was a very well kept secret for Nintendo, who wasn't unusual for many Japanese video game companies in the '80s and '90s, mostly for preventing industrial espionage and also for keeping their privacy.note 
  • Art Evolution: Luigi is designed with the taller and slimmer look he sported in the games since the U.S. version of Super Mario Bros. 2, but his color scheme is a bit different from his later look (in the film, he wears a yellow shirt with a blue hat and overalls, mainly the result of no one having any idea what Luigi was supposed to look like at the time).
  • Award Bait Song: The ending theme, "Adieu, My Love", which also plays during a dream sequence where Mario dances with Peach. It's sung by then-popular J-Pop singer Mami Yamase, who also voiced Peach.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The fact that Kibidango/Prince Haru owns the other Brooch which signifies his destiny with Peach upsets not only Mario, but also the Mario/Peach fans. Needless to say, the fact that Prince Haru was never incorporated into the games should speak volumes about how many fans were upset by that revelation even back then, it could also explain why the movie has become so obscure, that it never had an overseas release.
  • Canon Discontinuity: What gave it away? A money-hungry Luigi in yellow? Buzzy Beetles being defeated by fire? The Mario Bros. being grocers rather than plumbers? Or perhaps the mere existence of Prince Haru.
  • Canon Immigrant: Despite that, several ideas would make it back into the series proper, including (among other possible inspiration) Luigi being taller than Mario, an airship, Peach's Brooch, Mario grabbing Bowser by the tail, etc.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: King Koopa at the end.
  • Did Not Get the Girl
  • Foreshadowing: A blink-and-you'll miss it in the beginning where Luigi states the Brooch that Peach dropped has a twin.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: There are a few moments you wouldn't expect to see in this.
    • At least one fansub translates certain lines as swearing despite the fact that (even back then) the Mario seriesnote  is supposed to be family friendly.
    • The scene where Peach made King Koopa transform into multiple objects. One includes him turning into a "Buchimonta" and you can clearly see up his "dress".
    • The whole premise revolves around a spike-shelled turtle (practically) forcing a human to marry him. Throughout her scenes, Peach voices her contempt to the whole situation.
  • Guess Who I'm Marrying? See Bittersweet Ending above.
  • Greed: Luigi, in contrast with his portrayal almost anywhere else. This is justified, though, as his personality wasn't established when this movie came out.
  • Interspecies Romance: Completely one-sided King Koopa and Princess Peach.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: King Koopa tries to kill Mario towards the end, despite Peach's pleas for him to spare him.
  • Product Placement: Besides Mario playing with his Famicom, we see the brothers smash some blocks later in the movie, and obtaining some Mario ramen cups out of them.
  • Stalker with a Crush: King Koopa claims that he loves Peach more than anyone else and spends the entire movie planning their wedding. This does make one wonder if this is the premise for the other games as well.
  • The Stinger: One of Mario and Luigi's regular customers walks up to the counter and is shocked to find King Koopa working there.
  • Terms of Endangerment: King Koopa refers to Peach as "Peachy-chan" (Peach Sweetie in Japanese), much to her disgust.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: A pair of Goombas who continually try to impede on Mario and Luigi's progress.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Prince Haru in the actual film doesn't look anything like he does on the poster.