October 7th, 2008

Bowser

I'll get those plumbers!

I recently got a copy of the Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 DVD set, which means my Captain N and Mario collection is now complete. Well, except for the Zelda cartoons that they used to show on the Super Show on Fridays, which are in a separate set. I put that on my wishlist, but really I'm not as eager to re-watch that. The Zelda cartoons had their moments, but I didn't like them as much as the Mario ones. I know some people liked them better, but at least Mario wasn't saying, "Excuse me, Princess!" fifteen times per episode.

Anyway, despite the rather dumb name for the series, it contains what are probably the best of the Mario cartoons, with more original plots than on the Super Show. Granted, we're not talking about great plots here, but at least there's a little more than just Bowser kidnapping someone and capturing a kingdom in every single episode. The characters are largely the same, but Mario isn't as obsessed with food, Luigi no longer suffers from malapropism, and the Princess seems much more competent. Her voice is more of a friendly, confident one, lacking the whiny Olive Oyl qualities it had on the earlier cartoons. She's also in control of the Mushroom Kingdom, apparently ruling by herself. Unlike in the comics and Nintendo Adventure Books, there's no sign of her father. But then, those books portrayed the King as a total idiot, so it makes sense that his daughter would do most of the actual ruling even if he were around. Of course, the series also introduces the Koopalings, although they have different names than in the actual games. Their cartoon names really sound more like nicknames (Roy is "Bully," Larry is "Cheatsy," Morton is "Big Mouth," etc.), sort of akin to the alternate names of the Pac-Man ghosts. I've seen some speculations that the cartoon was rushed out before the Koopalings officially had names (I don't believe they did in the original Japanese release of SMB3), which makes sense, but makes it weird that the "von" in Ludwig von Koopa's name also shows up in his cartoon name, Kooky von Koopa.

Anyway, here are some actual episodes:

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