Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania (Super Mario-kun) is a long-running manga based off of Super Mario Bros.. It is written by Yukio Sawada, published by Shogakukan, and ran in CoroCoro Comic. In Japan, the manga is also available digitally on a Nintendo 3DS app.
In 2014 it began localization in France as Super Mario: Manga Adventures and in 2016 it received a Spanish translation as Super Mario Aventuras. For its 25th anniversary, the manga's incarnation of Mario was made available as a downloadable costume in Super Mario Maker. It was the first time the character appeared in most countries.
In March 2020, it was announced that VIZ Media would localize a collection of select stories from the manga into in English, based on the Japanese Greatest Hits volume Super Mario-kun Selection. The collection was released in December 2020.
Super Mario Bros. Manga Mania provides examples of:
- Adaptation Deviation: The series is fast and loose in regards to adapting specific games (having Mario show up in Yoshi's Story and in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 outside the ending, for instance).
- Adaptational Jerkass: In early chapters Mario was much more of a jerk than his normal Nice Guy version. This is because the manga didn't have much to base him off at the time.
- Adaptational Wimp: Usually, most characters are made less competent than in the games (up to and including spin-off protagonists like Donkey Kong and Wario) at the expense of having Mario save the day. That being said, even he tends to get beat up a lot before something or someone arrives to help him.
- Decomposite Character: Pauline's two designs are treated as separate characters.
- Denser and Wackier: It's much goofier than the games.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Since the baby Yoshis look alike, they each get their own distinct personality here: green is the brave leader, red is is spirited, blue is calm and aloof, sky blue is the most intelligent, pink is the overly feminine girl, and yellow is the dumbest one.
- Early Adaptation Weirdness: Early volumes of Super Mario-kun features a rougher and Adaptational Jerkass version of Mario. This contrasts with his standardized Nice Guy portrayal. The early chapters differentiate heavily from Mario canon due to being created when the series was still relatively young and low on characterization.
- Long Runner: It's been running since 1991.
- Mondegreen Gag: One of the most used gags in the comic. Usually coming with the misinterpreting character pulling out a Visual Pun and the other one correcting it.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: The Paper Mario and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door adaptations cut Mario's traveling companions down to Goombario and Kooper, and Goombella and Koops respecitvely; the other partners only appear for their respective chapters.
- The Super Paper Mario adaptation is even more pragmatic: the only Pixl appearing is Tippi, most of the side characters are removed and the plot skips straight from Outer Space to The Overthere, with two of the Pure Hearts being found offscreen by Peach. Justified by the author himself during the Overthere chapter, where he pops out in a panel to admit that he's rushing the plot to have more space for the Super Mario Galaxy adaptation.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The standard tactic used when being faced against a formidable foe. It never works for long.
- Surveillance as the Plot Demands: The main villains tend to watch Mario's current actions via a monitor.
- Very Special Episode: Super Mari-Old, a non-canon entry in the long running manga was only posted in issue 3 of the Coro Coro Aniki magazine and was not placed in any volumes until the English release. There's a reason why; It deals with the author's retrospective on how he had to continue the comic after his father's death, using Mario as a personification of himself to express his thoughts.