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Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros is a trilogy of Super Mario Bros. OVAs. They were released only in Japan in 1989.

The series adapts fairy tales using Super Mario Bros characters. The three works are Super Mario's Momotarō, Super Mario's Issun-bōshi (Little One-Inch), and Super Mario Shirayuki-hime‎ (Snow White).

Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Because this series was released when Super Mario Bros was still young, Bowser has blue eyes instead of his standard red.
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  • Ambiguously Human: In Super Mario's Momotarō, Peach's grandparents are Hammer Brothers. It's unclear if she's Happily Adopted or a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Luigi appears at the very end of Super Mario Shirayuki-hime‎ to help his brother defeat Bowser.
  • Early Adaptation Weirdness: Mario having a gun is not something Nintendo would allow these days, but they were fine enough in the 1980s to allow Mario to carry one in Super Mario's Momotarō.
  • Limited Animation: The animation has its fluid moments, but most of the movement is choppy.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Super Mario Shirayuki-hime‎ doesn't feature the famous True Love's Kiss associated with the story. Instead, Mario gives Peach a potion which wakes her up.
  • Original Video Animation: The series was released on VHS in the 1980s.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Super Mario's Momotarō has Peach being raised by her grandparents.
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  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: Each of the characters play different roles in the three stories.
  • Unnamed Parent: Peach's grandmother and grandfather in Super Mario's Momotarō are simply referred to by their titles.
  • Viewers Are Goldfish: There are flashbacks to scenes which happened only a few minutes earlier at various points in the series.
  • Villainous Crush: Super Mario's Momotarō starts with Bowser capturing Peach because he wants her for himself.
  • Younger than They Look:
    • In Super Mario's Momotarō, Mario is born a young boy. He's a boy who has a mustache and looks like an adult. The only difference between Mario and his adult self is that his clothes changed.
    • In Super Mario's Issun-bōshi, Mario was born with a mustache. At only a few years old, he looks like an adult.

Alternative Title(s): Super Mario Bros