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Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach fighting Behemoth from Final Fantasy? Yes, please!

Mario, Luigi, their friends, and enemies have had their share of truly awesome moments, as these examples will attest to.

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  • The original Super Mario Bros. game, along with R.O.B. the robot, saved the entire video game industry.
  • Saving Princess Toadstool for the very first time in the original Super Mario Bros..
  • The ending cutscene of Mario Super Sluggers. Essentially, the gang throws a party, with Mario and Donkey Kong hitting and pitching Bob-ombs into the air as fireworks. Suddenly, Wario and Waluigi appear, and load a Bullet Bill into the baseball machine. Mario, who is scared witless, is just standing there like a sitting duck. (A standing, sitting duck, mind you.) Donkey Kong can't reach him in time, so who comes to the rescue? Bowser. Some slo-mo shots of him and his bat later, he just bunts the Bullet, sends it flying straight back, where it picks Wario and Waluigi up by the shirts, sends them straight upwards, and then explodes into an AWESOME fireworks display! Link here, starting around 3:20.
    • That's nothing compared to the opening cutscene of the game. During a game, Donkey Kong hits a ball deep into the outfield. Wario and Waluigi use error items to impede Yoshi's progress of getting the ball back into the infield. Peach throws the ball to Mario, who throws it to Luigi, the third baseman, just as DK is barreling into third. DK sends Luigi flying into a wall. AND HE HANGS ON TO THE BALL FOR THE OUT!
  • Princess Peach gets one in Super Mario Bros. 2. Instead of being kidnapped, she is one of the main playable characters and kicks ass right alongside Mario and Luigi. Her second comes in Super Princess Peach, where she switches roles with the Mario Bros. and does the rescuing for once.
    • The cartoon Peach got hers when she gained the Starman power and rescued the Mario Bros. and Toad from Bowser's troops in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "The Trojan Koopa".
    • Super Mario Bros 2 took place in Mario's dreams, though, which means Mario's dream is for Princess Peach to finally fight for herself for once. A dream which, thankfully for them both, came true.
    • Her most awesome moment would be Super Mario RPG, in which she joins the adventure right alongside Mario. Her physical strength isn't too shabby, and she's practically the life force of the whole team.
    • In Super Mario 3D World, she and Rosalina are fully playable and capable of defeating Bowser on their own. Peach is even the first one in the pipe to help out.
    • And special mention has to be made for the Princess Peach of the Nintendo Power Comics, who not only escaped her prison cell and the Koopas' moat-surrounded tower on her own, but showed no hesitation in charging back in to rescue Mario.
  • Luigi, the series' Deuteragonist getting his own game, Luigi's Mansion. Mario Is Missing! was an edutainment game, and therefore doesn't count. What's the end result of this? It ends with Luigi coming out of nowhere and reestablishing himself as a hero, just like his brother; in fact, he gets so awesome that he gets his own archenemy in the form of King Boo!
    • Even better, it was a launch game for the Nintendo GameCube, going in stores about eight months before Mario's headlining game came out. Especially after Luigi hadn't appeared in any main series games within the Mario canon since Super Mario World, it's refreshing to see a Throw the Dog a Bone moment for the second banana.
    • Worth noting that the plot of both of those games is that Mario's gone missing and it's up to Luigi to find and save him. Heck, even when he had his solo-moment in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, it was because Mario was sick! The one time where he had his own adventure without Mario being sick or kidnapped was in in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, but that was just pure text and his heroic accounts were contrasted with more embarrassing versions of the tale. However, there was a true Moment of Awesome in the fluff: Luigi stormed the castle of the Chestnut King to save Princess Eclair in spite of the terrifying description of both the place and the monster. But the epic battle is stopped by the Princess, who reveals that the Chestnut King is her bewitched lover. Turns out that the person who sent for help, Crepe, was an evil sorcerer that cursed the King to get Luigi to reassemble an ancient powerful artifact from a long-gone evil empire which he used to find the Princess. Although he beat the fiend, he didn't get the girl.
      • That doesn't really detract from how awesome it is, though. Luigi's Mansion is a great example. Since we see just how scared Luigi is the entire time he's trying to get through the mansion, it makes it even more awesome. Yeah, he's trying to save his brother, but that just crosses the Moment of Awesome over with a Heartwarming Moment. Particularly the ending, where he finally accomplishes said goal. D'aww.
    • As bad as Mario Is Missing! is to play, it shows you just how stupid someone would have to be to mess with Mario when Luigi isn't scared half to death. He curb-stomped Bowser and his entire army, which is spread over the whole planet, without even getting hit. Oh, and he also took full advantage of traveling the world by collecting souvenir photos at his leisure...
    • 2013 is the Year of Luigi. Which was declared by Iwata putting on a green cap and announcing it. Happy 30th birthday, Luigi.

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Super Mario Land

  • In World 4, you may find Bonus Levels consisting of a big open space covered completely in coins. If you have the Superball power-up, hoo boy...

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island has perhaps one of the ultimate Moments of Awesome in video games, in the form of its final boss. The whole game in general is Yoshi's MOA; it shows that Yoshi saved Mario as an infant, and so the main hero of the series actually owes everything to Yoshinote , but the final boss is still the best part. When you first enter Bowser's castle, it's scary to go through the level, but when you fight Bowser, you find out that he's just an annoying, bratty little kid, whom you can easily defeat. Things looked so simple compared to other Mario games — and then Kamek comes and supersizes Bowser, the whole castle crumbling as he grows exponentially. The final battle takes place with Yoshi on the pile of rubble, and he is looking out into the background, where the now inconceivably gigantic Bowser looms. The monstrosity tromps toward you Godzilla style, occasionally breathing fire and roaring so loudly it lifts and throws boulders that further smash the rubble, with an epic heavy metal song (a rarity in the Mario series) rocking out as the showdown rages.
    • When you finally do beat him, if you're a long-time Mario fan, you get an even greater bonus if you sit through the credits. The babies are returned to their parents, and you hear the classic flagpole theme of Mario games, trumpeted up, as you're treated to a picture of the baby Mario Bros. with the caption, "Our heroes are born!"

New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • The final boss. At first glance, it appears to be a pretty standard "run under Bowser and hit the switch to drop him into the lava" fight. Then Kamek reveals himself to have taken Peach's place, and spreads magic around like he usually does. Except this time, it has the effect of making Bowser so large that he knocks Kamek out of the sky as he grows! Indeed, it's possible that this is the second-largest height to which Bowser has ever grown (the largest being his Giant Bowser battles in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story). Most of the following battle is actually the Mario Bros and company running for their lives away from Bowser and surviving long enough to hit the switch at the end that defeats him for good—and it would be entirely unremarkable, if it wasn't one of the most intense platforming sequences in the game, filled with difficult and time-sensitive jumps and enemies prowling around every corner, accompanied by the most intense orchestral pieces in any platformer. Practically every obstacle is being thrown against you all at once, making it that much more satisfying when you finally hit that final switch. And if that doesn't sound good enough, imagine doing it alongside three friends. Now that's Nintendo Hard.
  • Before that, there's the entirety of level 8-7. You ride on a fast-paced undead dragon roller coaster, dodging geysers of lava while it periodically screeches. It's a favorite level in the series for many.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

  • The Koopa Clown Car Corridor. A sequence in both the World 6 and World Star castles where you must cross a series of conveyor belts suspended over lava. While the Koopalings are flying around shooting petrifying eyelasers at you, giggling with each shot. Not only is it the most challenging sequence in the game up to that point, making it all the sweeter when you beat it, but after all these years, seeing the Koopalings all attack the Bros together in a game for the first time is immensely satisfying.

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  • On 8.21.16. the day of the 2016 Olympic Games' closing ceremony, Mario made an appearance in a presentation about Japan. It gets better, Japan's Prime Minister came out of a giant Warp Pipe, in a Mario costume, and that was followed by a dance. It doesn't end there, said warp pipe was part of the dance's choreography. A warp pipe, an object in a video game, became part of a presentation celebrating a country's culture. And Mario himself is now a part of Olympic history, outside of crossovers with Sonic the Hedgehog. Can any other video game company say they have a character big enough to warrant the leader of a country dressing up as them, and an appearance in an event as big as the Olympics? Here's an article covering Mario's appearance.

Alternative Title(s): Yoshis Island