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A fantastic series of Super Mario WorldROM hacks, where Mario explores the eponymous dimension. The first game is admitingly the weakest in the series, with a serious case of Platform Hell towards the end of the game. Its only strong point is the excellent level design. FPI later released an SNES version that tones down the Platform Hell, but it wasn't until a few years later when FPI released The Second Reality Project Reloaded, which drops the Princess Peach kidnapping plot thread in order to flesh out the overlying storyline of Bowser's discovery of the Second Reality. It also updates the graphics to a much higher standard and adds a new soundtrack, a new secret world known as Thirdspace, and a new ending, complete with a Sequel Hook if you have 100% Completion. Then there's the sequel, Zycloboo's Challenge which was developed between the original and the remake and thus doesn't have the same level of graphical excellence as Reloaded, but it's still a good game. The upcoming third hack, The Fellowship of the Switch, appears to be turning up the Sequel Escalation with all parties of the TSRP series getting involved, although the storyline isn't properly revealed yet. For something supplementary, try Chaos CompleXX, which is basically Thirdspace from TSRPR infused with Stylistic Suck.
A remarkable level editor used to create levels using elements from the first three games in the Super Mario Bros. series and Super Mario World. The editor and game are highly faithful to the Super Mario games of old, and while the editor itself is no longer being worked on due to a debacle in early February 2011, the fandom has made (and continues to make) many impressive creations with the tools this editor offers, some of which might even surpass Nintendo's own work. If you're an avid Mario or platforming fan (which you most likely are if you're reading this page), this game is certainly worth a try.
Synopsis: "Follow this tale through the eyes of Fawful and Dimentio, two of the Mario Brothers' most heinous nemeses back from the dead, as they plot for the ultimate vengeance together... and as a darker, more sinister plot unfolds in the shadows."
Using amazing writing, plot, and character development, this finished trilogy uses almost every character and setting in the Mario universe, and to its fullest.
Synopsis: This flash movie series, using sprites from the original NES games, takes the typical plot of Peach getting kidnapped by Bowser, but deconstructs it.
Comments: Words simply cannot do these flash movies justice, but I'll try. If you ever wanted to see a well-doneDarker and Edgier and cynicalMario, complete with a truly dramatic and tear jerking story, along with battles as epic in scope as the ones in the The Lord of the Rings movies, this is a must-see. My favorite flash movie series, along with Power Star (see below) and Super Mario Bros. Z.
Synopsis: An intensely powerful collection of 'fragments' chronicling what happened after the events of Super Paper Mario. Toadsworth finds that not all is with Mario, Peach and most of all, Luigi and discovers that owing to Dimentio's Floro Sprout, Luigi is living an existence split between two conscious sides, himself and Mr. L, both of whom are being driven insane by each other. The chapters alternate between the present time and Mr. L's therapy sessions with Nastasia as she tries to get both sides to reconcile. Updated nearly every week.
Comments: Toadsworth really shines as a well-developed character as he tries to do what is best for the kingdom, even if Mario is being very difficult owing to his brother's problems. You will get emotional as your heart simply breaks for the characters, especially Luigi who is simply being mentally and physically tortured because of Dimentio's actions. Mr. L wants to kill Mario, he simply can't switch off his programming, but he doesn't want to die. Neither does Luigi...
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Princess Power! by Boo Destroyer
Synopsis: A game idea that revolves around Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina coming together in their own adventure. And this time, with the help of E. Gadd, they've got a new kind of power to strike back.
Comments: An interesting take on Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina as transforming superheroines in their own adventure, and a very well thought out game idea (Better than Super Princess Peach, at that). Give it a good read through and you'll find yourself wanting it to be an actual game!
Synopsis: Inspired by the above series, the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom decide to finish off the koopas once and for all after tragedy strikes. This series has more humor in it, as well as ridiculously over-the-top violence.
Comments: Be warned that this series contains a lot of bathroom humor.
Synopsis: A sprite animation crossover between Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog in a homage to Dragon Ball Z. Sonic and Shadow arrive in Mario's universe in search of Chaos Emeralds, which have been sent there to keep them away from a villain who has already destroyed their home universe. Now everyone wants their hands on the power, and the race is on.
Comments: Very well animated, and gets better as the series goes on. The plot ain't too shabby either, mixing a DBZ-style plot with MarioAndLuigi/PaperMario-style shenanigans. The entire series can be found here. Beware of imitations.
Synopsis: In this (now complete) series of flash movies, Mario gets possessed by Boos, prompting him to become Brainwashed and Crazy AND Taking A Level In Badass! Only Luigi can stop him before he can acquire all of the Power Stars (from Super Mario 64).
Comments: One of the best Mario flash movies ever. Beautifully animated fight scenes along with a very well-thought out story. It must be seen to be believed.
Synopsis: Basicly a visual Crack Fic, Thingio is a short video game about Mario, Geno, and the leader of the Rub Rabbits trying to save the world in the name of Truth Pasta, Justice Pasta, and the American way Gunpei Yokoi. The gameplay and story itself is So Bad, It's Goodon purpose, but the more annoying sections can be skipped thanks to a password system. Sadly, it's a dead fic, "Side B" has been stuck in Development Hell for a few years now, and has probably been abandoned. Oh, yes, and you have to download a couple DLL's off the MFGG site to play, so just go to the MISC menu, and look under "System Files". Trust me, it's worth it.
Synopsis: This starts out with the typical "Bowser kidnaps Peach" plot, but it's more deep than that. It turns out that Bowser has this "orb of power" that lets him summon a meteor to destroy the world (this is because the orb of power took over Bowser's mind).
Comments: Hands down, no contest, the best Mario fan game. The only game that even comes close is Super Mario Flash.
Luigifan here. I used this game's level editor to make my first two "Super Luigi Bros." games (which I have no qualms about plugging), but the real meat of the recommendation is the main game, which is simply incredible. The lack of a wall jump, faulty audio chip, tendency for slowdown really do nothing to dent the high quality of the gameplay and the level design, to say nothing of the awesome plot. The game can also be quite challenging without ever becoming frustrating, which is a nice touch, and the aforementioned Level Editor, while blatantly missing a few crucial features from the main game (at least the last time I used it), is still utterly awesome and simple to use. Easily one of the best flash games on Newgrounds. Oh, and it has its own page.
Synopsis: Peach and Daisy hear loud noises from the outside of the castle. Upon realizing it is nothing but a bulky, exploding spaccraft that makes such noise, they decide to go sneak a peek. It is only then that they get to meet Rosalina, the watcher of the stars, whose comet observatory crashed on Peach's garden not too long ago after encountering a meteor from a little too close. Rosalina's only way to get back on track isn't available until the day after, so the two princesses decide that the best way they can entertain their guest (as well as themselves) for the night, is to organize a sleepover. Hilarity Ensues.
Comments: A very twisted and hilarious take on Peach, Daisy, and Rosalina that will put a smile on your face. The artwork is cute, fun, and energetic with a great range of emotions. Bonus points for the use of "Excuse Me Princess" as a drinking game. Also posted on DeviantArt.
Synopsis: A three part series that consists of the adventures of the characters as a whole, but mainly focusing on the relationships between Mario, Luigi, Wario and Waluigi. The first story consists of the 4 bros teaming up to rescue Rosalina and Princess Peach from Bowser. Bad Luck is focused on Waluigi dealing with...an unlikely event, to say the least. The last fic consists of the gang teaming up to save the world and enact revenge on a new villain
Comments: This is possibly one of the best fanfics ever written. The writing is energetic and quick, but detailed enough so that the details are well demonstrated. The characters are extremely well translated into the stories and are very faithful to their original characters. A must-read
Synopsis: A brand new Paper Mario game, along the vein of Thousand-Year Door. Mario and Luigi accompany Peach to the land of Chronoside, but when a thieving Goomba steals Mario's hammer, the heroic plumber chases him into the Temple of the Sun. While the two of them are in there, something happens to split Chronoside in two — one world where it's always daytime, and one where it's always night...
Comments: A very ambitious undertaking, as it is essentially creating a new game from scratch. Currently in Chapter 4 (as of 9/10/10). There are only a total of six Sun Souls, not the usual seven, so it will be interesting to see if there are still eight stages.
Seconded, the characters are interesting, the settings are nicely described, and the whole thing comes together in a very well-crafted story. Hell, this fic deserves its own page.
Synopsis: Prequel to Super Mario 64. We all know Bowser as The Villain, but what is his story? Is he evil at all? SO much happened before Mario popped up, and you'll never look at Toads, Koopas, or Peach the same ever again! COMPLETE!
Comments: Mainly inspired by Wicked, this story gives us a different look at the Mario-verse, one that shows that things are not as clear-cut as you think they are.
Synopsis: What happened to Bowser that made him the villain so many gamers know and love? This story tells of his life before Peach and anyone else. Please note that every now and then, a chapter will be in the time after Paper Mario 2.
Comments: Another take on Bowser's past, this one based off Russian history. Nicely done and well-thought out, it ties together some of the games into its story.
Synopsis: Something wicked this way comes...A foreboding premonition, a series of nightmares, an encroaching darkness...The stage has been set. The pieces are coming together. The strings are in place. Can our heroes stand and face their greatest challenge yet?
Comments: Ms Devin manages to capture the personalities of all of the characters perfectly. It manages to make itself known at the start and manages to combine every single great thing about the Paper Mario games and the Mario and Luigi games and turn them into an extremely epic fanfic.
Synopsis: Princess Peach is kidnapped on the night of the Mushroom Ball. She is devastated until she meets Bowser's children and learns that they are much different than the spoiled brats everyone thinks they are.
Comments: The most striking trait of this story is its interesting and unique depiction of the koopalings, in which they're portrayed as something more than "Bowser's minions who also happen to be his children", as well as the awesome characterization of Peach and Bowser.
Synopsis: Waluigi basically goes on an adventure to save Princess Daisy from a strange mechanical menace, with the help of Toadette, Petey Piranha, and Gooper Blooper.
Comments: An incredibly simple but well executed adventure fanfic that stars Waluigi and places him in the starring role, with Petey and Gooper coming along for the ride. Also has an intriguing rivalry in a Porygon-Z.
Synopsis: After making off with one of E. Gadd's latest inventions, Bowser's acting out his latest plan to take over the Mushroom Kingdom, but this time, he's got an unprecedented ally — Luigi. It's mostly a genfic, but there are some undeniable hints of a Luigi/Daisy romance.
Comments: I cannot recommend this fic heartily enough — it's a real treat for fans of 'the man in green'.
Synopsis: It's time for Mario, Luigi, and Toad to put Bowser in his place. They are greeted by the tyrant king at the entrance of his castle and no one's in the mood for words.
Comments: An outlandish animated short, whose preview scored a decent 4.28 on Newgrounds and won an award, that finally hit the scene over a year later and scored a 4.43 and bagged two awards. It displays the plumbers and the little shroom as ganstas, but in a good way. The action is great and (YMMV) the changes are too weird to hate. It humorously depicts Mario as a fat gansta who doesn't wear a shirt and has a cap that covers his eyes, Luigi is a lanky junky who takes fire flowers as joints, and Toad, despite being a foot tall, is actually displayed as a Badass and he borders on Butler status. You'll either love it or hate it, but, surprisingly, a lot of people love it.
Synopsis: Luigi and Mario are traveling through the forest one day when Luigi sees a orb of lightning appear that streaks to hit Mario. Mario had been distracted and, without thinking about his own concern, Luigi jumps into the path of the projectile. It transports him to a strange yet familiar world where he meets a dark king and he looks exactly like Luigi! It seems something in this world has gone wrong and he's trapped in the middle of a bloody revolution to overthrow the so-called King Maluigi. In order to get home, he must become stronger, and he has to fight without his brother's help.
Comments: The story is a deconstruction of the Overshadowed, Woobie, and The Unfavorite younger brother. It paints an interesting picture of how a overshadowed character would react to the fanbase of the series. Mario came first and Luigi was painted as a coward, so no one in the Mushroom Kingdom respected him or treated him like the hero he was. After all, Mario was the older and the more daring twin. The sci-fi and magical elements add a unique flavor to the series. In this universe, Luigi was so angered by his Aloof Big Brother and the lack of respect he received that he trained to earn it, but then he disappeared and he returned evil. It has an interesting subversion of Cain and Abel and The Evil Prince in that Luigi is the younger brother and that he became an evil king when he started off as a good commoner respectively. Unfortunately, the series has been on a two year+ hiatus.
Synopsis: Mario and Luigi are in the house the brothers share together. While Luigi is watching television, Mario steps out of the house. Convinced he is alone in the house, Luigi gets out a cassette player and an audio tape. It starts playing "Boogie Wonderland" by Earth Wind And Fire, and Luigi starts disco dancing very skillfully.
Synopsis: Bowser Koopa, Jr. is a 17-year-old high school senior in the wealthy Koopa family, living under the same roof with his father Bowser Koopa, Sr. and his seven Koopaling siblings. Junior's also been hiding a huge secret, that he's gay. This is his Coming-Out Story.
Synopsis: (From the author) A wacky parody of Super Mario Sunshine which involves a mean-spirited FLUDD, not-so-succulent seafood, and a poorly-designed Mecha Bowser. Read as Mario puts up with all the madness!
Synopsis: (Summary from the author) "Vivian can only wonder if she'll ever fit in anywhere. Often abused and put down by the world, she quietly laments in the darkness of her own fate... This is a moving tale about how everyone deserves love, friendship... and a second chance."
Comments: A gripping tale that follows the events of Paper Mario 2 - The Thousand Year Door. It gives greater depth to the characters and their relationships to each other, as well as establishing an immense backstory for the Shadow Sirens and the Palace of Shadow. New elements and characters are introduced, but thanks to good writing, none of it kicks canon to the sideline. A finely woven plot leaves no loose threads and truly shows off the author's skill as a writer. Possibly the first fanfic to introduce Vivian/Koops (dubbed ShadowShellShipping) as a viable pairing. 10/10 from Skeppio. Now has its own page.
Synopsis: With their dad's birthday less than a week away, the Koopalings decide to give him the thing he wants the most: the chance to spend it with Princess Peach. To Peach's immense surprise, instead of being the usual kidnapping deal, it ends up making her question everything she's ever thought of Bowser and the Darklands in general.
Comments: Set right after Thousand-Year Door, and certainly one of the best Super Mario Bros. fanfics out there. Not only does Razzi keep Bowser in character as the hilarious yet still tyrannical king we all know and love, she also manages to introduce a whole new side of him and a perfectly believable way for Peach to start returning his affections. There's also a huge amount of detail paid to...well, just about everything. The Koopalings, for example, are wonderfully fleshed out, as are Kamek and Kammy — and it even manages to introduce a "side-quest" where Mario and Luigi once again save the day from a minor villain. However, one of the highest points in this fic comes from the analysis of the Peach/Mario pairing, one that manages to shed good light on Bowser/Peach without turning Mario into the Romantic False Lead. Truly a wonderful fic, and kind of surprising that it wasn't already on this list.
Synopsis: Fox McCloud randomly meets Bowser, they introduce themselves, and quickly discover mutual attraction, shortly followed by a one-night stand in Bowser's Clown Car. After parting, Fox returns to the Great Fox, but he is lovesick for Bowser. Fox wants to meet Bowser again, but Bowser keeps turning him down, wanting their one-night stand to be in the past. Peach makes a Cameo as Bowser's date in the background as he's on the phone with Fox. Later on an Arwing mission (that just happens to be over the same planet Bowser lives), Fox accidentally crashes his Arwing, which is now in ruins. Bowser meets Fox congenially as an old friend. But Bowser quickly breaks down, apologizes to Fox, and promises to make things up to him. They cruise off happily together in Bowser's Clown Car.
Comments: A three-page Ho Yay comic, mildly Not Safe for Work. Published on FurAffinity — because of the slightly mature nature of the comic, account registration is required. (Sex is implied, but never seen.) The story runs on a few contrived coincidences that require the MST3K Mantra, but it is still Rule of Cute and can still successfully warm a reader's heart.
Synopsis: Three ongoing comics showcasing some of the Mario Brothers' adventures, as well as comical character interactions. The first comic, Super Mario Bros, shows us how Mario and Luigi stumbled into the Mushroom Kingdom and their first journey to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. The second comic, I'd Like You To Meet..., shows us Luigi and Daisy's awkward first date, which only gets worse when the Koopalings kidnap her. And finally, in Meet zah Marios, we meet Mario and Luigi's parents, and their kindly mother ends up being the victim of Bowser's kidnapping this time around.
Comments: Extremely cute, light-hearted comics filled with silly humor. The personalities given to all of the characters are the biggest draw, all of them being charming or amusing in some way. A few curse words here and there, but otherwise very innocent, cartoony, and cute.
Seconded by Luigifan, these comics are hilarious and filled with Shout Outs.
Sypnosis: Basically the Paper Mario games with characters from Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Kirby, and Metriod joining our heroes in teams.
Comments: Very funny and kept true to the games. These adapations are worth reading and has an original story based on Luigi's "adventures" in the series. With Link asking for upgrades, Sonic getting tortured, Kirby having crushes on ghosts, and Samus liking destruction, this is a must read for anyone!
Synopsis: "After a big battle against Eggman, Sonic and his friends get sucked into Mario's universe. At first, their main priority is to get back home, but they realize they must work together to stop an evil force, bigger than Eggman and Bowser's powers combined!"