Super Mario Manga Mania’s English Translation Will Take You on a Wild World Tour

Just some of the characters to be found in Super Mario Manga Mania.
Just some of the characters to be found in Super Mario Manga Mania.
Image: Viz Media

Each time Mario and Luigi journey off for the Mushroom Kingdomor any one of the other countless worlds found within Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchisethe pair of titular brothers get down to the nitty, gritty business of protecting the innocent from those who would do them harm. The plumbers also happen to look damned good doing it.

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While there’s no telling when we all might get a chance to experience a bit of the Mushroom Kingdom’s magic for ourselves in the real world (unless it’s safe enough to ship us all off to Universal Studios Japan next year), there is some good news on the horizon. Nintendo’s teamed up with Viz Media to bring just a little bit of the fungal glory to us at home with Super Mario Manga Mania, a manga series written and illustrated by Yukio Sawada that follows Mario and Luigi on a number of their rag-tag adventures.

This preview of the English translation—debuting exclusively on io9 today—introduces you to the manga’s incarnations of both Mario and Luigi, and spotlights how the brothers put their heads together in order to get out of tight situations in their quest to, amongst other things, save Princess Peach. From the look of things, the manga’s keeping it light and breezy in terms of suspense and stakes. It feels like the perfect chapter to close 2020 out on for Nintendo’s flagship mascots who, like the rest of us, have just been trying to make it through this year.


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Mario doing battle with a Piranha Plant and some Cheep Cheeps.
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Mario helping to beautify the world.
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Mario and Luigi fighting together to save Peach.
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Mario and Luigi meeting Dr. Mario.
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Super Mario Manga Mania’s English translation is on sale now.

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Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.

DISCUSSION

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Thoughts:

1. Fuck that’s an ugly art style. I wish they would use the SMB3 art style for more stuff. That was and is still beautiful.

2. HOLY FUCK IS THAT SUSHIE?! NINTENDO IS ACTUALLY LETTING SOMEONE USE BELOVED PAPER MARIO CHARACTERS WHILE THEY CONSISTENTLY SHIT ON THAT PART OF THE FRANCHISE?! (the most recent Paper Mario was okay, just really shallow. I should go and finish it)