Back in 1988, Nintendo was approached by a large Japanese manufacturer called "Amada" with a proposal for creating three anime episodes of famous Japanese tales featuring Mario characters.
One of these stories was based off of the tale "Momotaro", meaning "Peach Boy". On a floating island somewhere in space, two Hammer Bros named Ojīsan and Obāsan, live in happiness with their daughter Princess Peach. Rumors about Peach's beauty eventually makes Its way to the demon, King Koopa, which had been stealing very valuable treasures from all surrounding islands. Koopa arrives with his Koopalings in search of the princess. Once she is found, Koopa immediately falls in love and decides to make her his bride. He eventually flies away with her to lock her up until she agrees with his demands.
The two elderly Hammer Bros beg for them not to take their daughter. Years had passed with the Hammer Bros still clinging tight to the memory of Princess Peach. All of the sudden, a Peach falls from the sky, splitting open to reveal a small boy with a mustache. The elderly couple raise the boy, and name him Mario. Mario is told the story Princess Peach, and immediately wants to go searching for her. Mario is then handed a gun, similar in shape to the SNES Super Scope, and marches off. On the way, Mario helps a few enemies such as Spike and a Para-beetle. These enemies have also had their land invaded by Koopa, and decide to join them in their quest. A while later, they break into Koopa's castle on Ogre Island, and fight him. He gives in, and releases Princess Peach. Mario then flies away with Peach and all of the lost treasures.
These VHS tapes are quite rare, and expensive. Thankfully Super Mario Momotaro has been restored and preserved, and you can watch it above.
So Odyssey wasn't the first time Mario appeared topless. Mind blown!
Japan is so weird. lol
@Folkloner he's appeared bottomless too.
@Kalmaro I don't visit those kind of websites ;]
Ojiisan and Obaasan translate to Grandpa and Grandma, respectively.
@Folkloner It was from an officially licensed comic. NL covered it before.
This is like a long lost Mario themed episode that got cut from Heavy Metal...
Is this cannon?
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Curses, was about to bet them that they did visit a site with a bottomless Mario!
So wait, lol...
1) I guess Neo Bowser City existed years ago and Nintendo incorporated it into their games
2) Where are the other two Koopalings?
3) Who knew Parabeetles were so awesome
4) I guess it's true... Mario doesn't like to use guns (But arm-cannons are acceptable). Why didn't he just fire the darn thing he was gifted?
5) Why did I get a VideoLand vibe in the beginning (Think Captain N)
Even though the animation is a tad lazy, the artwork is actually pretty nice. Way better than the artwork in the Mario cartoon we had.
Mario’s voice sounded a bit like Fry from Futurama.
Any word from the Direct yet?
So the Princess must be waaaaaay older than Mario for this to make any sense, right?
"It's-a me, Momotario!"
Btw, Mario had his moustache since he was a Baby ?
Nintendo shaved the moustache for the game version when Baby Mario introduced.
Issunboshi Mario ?
But, Snow Peach and Seven Toads ??
And Bowser was so jealous with Snow Peach because she was fairier than Bowser (Wait, Bowser is a Male right ? ) ?
Aww, now I want the other 2!
"Mario is then handed a gun"
Wait, WHAT? o_O
"similar in shape to the SNES Super Scope"
Oh... Oh, okay, then...
Well, actually there was a time where Mario did use weapons, but not to attack someone, really, was, rather, was as an "simple action / reaction" to an event, and it was in this japan movie:
@SLIGEACH_EIRE No wonder Peach didn't marry Mario in Odyssey.
I want Borat to play Mario... he played an Italian in Sweeney Todd, he is good with phoney Italian accent.
@SakuraHaruka Hah, nice! Never knew so many Mario anime exist
Side note... Luigi wearing yellow and blue? Really? I think Luigi has worn more color combos than Mario ever has lol
Nice, I'll watch it soon!
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