Super Mario Bros. is one of the biggest video game franchises in the world and of all time. However, there are some facts about Mario that are just plain bizarre. MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of 8 craziest facts about super Mario you won’t believe are true.

Number One: Super Mario Is Bald. Though the Mario of today is often depicted with hair, the Mario of early days was definitely bald. Some people speculate that Super Mario’s hair today is actually a toupee.

Number Two: Super Hornio Brothers. In ’93, two adult movies were made based on Super Mario, starring Ron Jeremy. The films were released at the same time as the Super Mario Bros. film in ’93. Nintendo bought the rights to them in 1993 and tried as best they could to hide them from the public.

Number Three: 1980’s Snafu. In the 80’s, Super Mario creator wanted to make a game featuring characters from Popeye, but he couldn’t get the copyright. To fix this, instead he made a game with Mario, Donkey Kong and Princess Pauline – the predecessor to Princess Peach.

Number Four: The Murderer. In the Super Mario Bros. instruction manual for NES, the Mushroom Kingdom is described as being invaded by Bowser, who with the help of his army turns the mushroom people into bricks, stones and plants. The same bricks, stones and plants that Super Mario is encouraged to destroy.

Number Five: Super Trip. Nobody can deny that some scenes in the gameplay can be very trippy. According to the game’s creator, the world Mario operates in was inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Considering the fact that Alice in Wonderland is an allegory to drug use and the fact that Mario eats mushrooms, it wouldn’t be so surprising to find out the connection between the character and drugs is closer than you might think.

Number Six: SuperMario Party Controversy. Mario Party became a wildly popular game when it was released in ’99. However, some of the mini-games required kids to use their thumbs or palms to repeatedly rotate the analog joystick. This led to blisters and even lacerations in some cases, and many kids began wearing gloves to protect themselves.

Number Seven: Cross-Dressing Character. The character of Birdo is depicted as a pink dinosaur with a bow and purple eyeshadow. However, Birdo is always voiced by a man, implying that he is a cross-dresser. In the manual it states that Birdo is a man who thinks he is a woman. Thanks for reading!

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