The Time Mario Was Knocked Out, Thrown In A Sack And Eaten

I bet you always thought that when Mario died in a Mario game, he simply magically jumped towards the screen. Little did you know that there were many grizzlier fates that could have befallen him.

This excerpt from the choose-your-own-adventure book Mario Brothers in: Double Trouble: Nintendo Adventure Book #1 posted to the Tumblr You Chose Wrong depicts one of the darker ways that Mario can meet his demise.

He runs into a Boomerang Bro and whoops! Forgets that the boomerangs come back. (Well, almost always, anyway.) And with that, an unconscious Mario is tossed into a sack to be eaten later. Woah.

I loved CYOA books as a kid, and have always found there to be something distinctly chilling about the pages where your character would die. Something about the languid pace of reading, of following along with a description of how a spider ate you, or a witch threw you into a boiling pot, or you became a vampire or whatever… it's creepy. And yet awesome.

I think here, it's the fact that they toss Mario into a sack full of orange peels. What a weird detail! I always thought the Koopas were trying to keep Mario from getting to the princess; I never thought they would want to eat him. Yikes.

You Chose Wrong [Tumblr]


    Grizzlier? As in, more bear-like? Or did you mean 'grislier'?

      *high five* Thanks

    I had the whole series of those books....just awesome.

    The best was a choice between 3 pipes, 1 held an endless pit, the other a pirahna plant and the last a mushroom to make you big enough to crush the pirahna plant...memories

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