Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! (found rare manga based on video game; 1986)
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Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen (translated into English as Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach) is a 1986 anime film and manga that was only released in Japan. It was produced by Nippon Television and Grouper Productions in order to promote the Japan-only video game Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.
It has gotten a reputation due to its strange plot and for being the first film based on a video game, predating the live-action American Super Mario Bros. movie by seven years.
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen was released in theaters on July 20, 1986, in Japan. It was later released on VHS and became one of the rarest VHS tapes in Japan. It was never released in stores, as it was only a rental tape.
The Manga, however, is significantly rarer (despite the fact that it could actually be purchased unlike the tape), and is considered a "Holy Grail" to many manga and video game collectors. A ramen was also introduced to go along with the film.
The plot of the film/manga is about Mario and Luigi getting sucked into their Famicom (the Japanese equivalent to the Nintendo Entertainment System) game and find out that Princess Peach has been kidnapped by King Koopa. She must be saved by the two plumbers. In order to rescue her, the two must find the three powerups as follow: the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower, and the Invincibility Star. Along the way, the brothers run into several enemies such as Goombas, Bloopers, Pirahna Plants, Lakitu, and much more. The duo arrives just in time to save Peach from a forced marriage to King Koopa and defeat him by twirling King Koopa by the tail and throwing him (this idea would be later recycled into Super Mario 64's Bowser battles). Peach thanks Mario for saving her (as well as for saving a prince, who, it turns out, had been put under a spell by King Koopa to be transformed into a blue dog) and the two return home, promising to visit again soon.
- The Mushroom Kingdom