Super Mario Bros. 3 is an undoubted classic, and one of the finest platformers of all time. At times bizarre, always great to play, it's a testament to what could be achieved on the 8-bit NES.
Naturally it's an enduring topic for gamers of all types, and some like to really dive into the meaning of the colourful and bonkers platformer. The following video (hat tip to Kotaku) was published this week by Cameron Kunzelman and tackles the theory of "The Plumber's Dream"; Kunzelman is a developer himself. It's not an entirely original idea, as we're pretty sure we've heard similar things before, but it sure gives the game a creepy spin.
We think the video is being earnest and serious, but how about this comment in reply to it? Is this serious over-analysis or a bit of fun?
But how could you even dive into the significance of the living mounds without touching on 1. (one) the sentient mushroom/owl hybrids [aka goombas] are more indigenous to the land than the portly, blue-mustachio'd plumber [aka Mario]; 2. (two) when Mario partakes of Nature's bounty in the shape of the Fall Leaf he takes upon animal-like characteristics of the tanuki while RETAINING aspects of his human self. This clearly shows that it is Mario who is the interloper of the profane order. As a human, and thereby a split relation of himself at present unto him-self at-hand, Mario violently pillages Nature's Bounty in an attempt to become one with the sorrow of immediacy, in short Mario becomes a refusal of refuse which refuses to be re-fused.
Our theory is that... ah, let's just play the game instead.