Mushroom Kingdom

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Mushroom Kingdom
Mario location
Mushroom Kingdom.jpg
A portion of the Mushroom Kingdom as it appears in Super Mario Odyssey, with Peach's Castle.
First appearanceSuper Mario Bros.
Created byShigeru Miyamoto
GenreVideo game
Information
TypePrincipality
RulerPrincess Peach
Race(s)Various
LocationsPeach's Castle
Mario's House
Toad Town
Bowser's Castle
PopulationMiddling

The Mushroom Kingdom (キノコ王国, Kinoko Ōkoku) is a fictional principality in Nintendo's Mario series.[1] It is the setting of most main-series Mario games with an inconsistent presentation, and neighbors the Sarasaland Kingdoms. There is no established canon regarding the topography of the Mario universe, and many areas are not certain to be part of the Mushroom Kingdom.[2]

Overview[edit]

The Mushroom Kingdom is a principality ruled by Princess Peach as head of state.[3][4][5] In the instruction manual of Super Mario Bros. (1985), Peach debuts as the princess of the kingdom.[6] Toadsworth is her steward.[7]

A minority of humans like Princess Peach, Mario, and Luigi live in the kingdom.[3][8][9] It is mostly populated by Toad citizens.[9] There are colonies of Yoshis, Goombas,[10] and Koopas. Other creatures in Peach's territory include Boos.

The kingdom's most famous currency is various colors of coins.[11] Dispersed across the land are brown brick blocks and golden "question-mark blocks", which may contain coins or power-ups. The main mode of transportation in the Mushroom Kingdom is warp pipes. Some pipes merely travel a short distance (such as over and underground), while some pipes are linked to entirely different worlds. New warp tools and areas have been introduced in games since including the secret "warp whistle" in Super Mario Bros. 3 and cannons in New Super Mario Bros..

Locations[edit]

Princess Peach's Castle is a large Central European-style red-and-white castle decorated with a stained-glass above the main doors representing the princess.[12] Inhabited by the princess and her Toad retainers, the castle first appeared in-game in Princess Toadstool’s Castle Run (1990) but is really depicted in Super Mario RPG (1996) and is the central hub in Super Mario 64. Its design has remained relatively consistent since, in games such as Mario Kart 64, Paper Mario, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Odyssey (where it is the Mushroom Kingdom's capital city), and the Mario Kart series. Peach's Castle is generally located in the center of the kingdom. It can serve as the final world or as headquarters, as a navigation hub or a feature access point.[13]

Mario's house[14] is the home of Mario[15] and his brother Luigi. It is located close from Peach's castle.

Toad Town is the capital of the Mushroom Kingdom as seen in the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series. It is generally located next to Peach's castle. Several species reside in the city, in particular Toads.

Bowser's Castle is the abode of Bowser, arch-villain of the Super Mario video games. The castle has often been destroyed and rebuilt and appears different in each game that it appears in. It is usually filled with lava pits, booby traps, and Bowser's minions. Variations on Bowser's Castle appear in nearly every Mario game, and every Mario Kart game features at least one track titled "Bowser's Castle". Sometimes Bowser takes over Peach's castle and makes it look like his own.

Landscapes[edit]

A mushroom icon modeled on the Mario power-up.

The Mushroom Kingdom has been revamped several times over the course of the Mario games, similar to the kingdom of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda series. In Super Mario Bros., for example, the Mushroom Kingdom encompasses 32 different levels of varying terrain. Super Mario Bros. 3 expands on this concept with a map screen to add topography to the kingdom. The games do not follow these landscape variants exactly, but still are recurring themes in the Mario series. For example, even though Super Mario World is set in Dinosaur Land, its geography was very similar to the Mushroom Kingdom. The paintings that lead to the different levels in Super Mario 64 follow this idea.

Blogger Natalie Grigson noted that the grassy fields, mountains, waterfalls, and red-and-white mushrooms seen in the area around Princess Peach's Castle best compares to Oslo, Norway.[16]

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. U depicts the Mushroom Kingdom as a land composed by 8 worlds:[6][17][18]

  • Peach's Castle: A large Central European-style red-and-white castle surrounded by water and a white wall, with a bridge serving as an access.[19]
  • Acorn Plains: A grassy and mushroomy world with hills and small mountains.[20]
  • Layer-Cake Desert: A dry desert world with several stone statues.[21]
  • Sparkling Waters: An aquatic world with geysers and shipwrecks.[22]
  • Frosted Glacier: A snowy and icy world in a perpetual night full of stars.[23]
  • Soda Jungle: A forest world composed by a deadly purple poison liquid.[24]
  • Rock-Candy Mines: A world composed by high rock mountains.[25]
  • Meringue Clouds: A sky world full of clouds.[26]

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle depicts the Mushroom Kingdom as a land composed by 5 worlds.[27]

  • Peach's Castle: A large Central European-style red-and-white castle surrounded by water, trees and flowers with a white bridge. It serves as the headquarter, notably to allow the player to travel to the other worlds.[28]
  • Ancient Gardens: A grassy world with plains and jungles.[29]
  • Sherbet Desert: A world composed by a sand desert and a snowy and frosty zone.[30]
  • Spooky Trail: A dark zone with falling buildings and abandoned houses.[31]
  • Lava Pit: A world made of rocks and lava where Bowser's Castle is located.[32]

In other games[edit]

The Super Smash Bros. series includes four different arenas based on the Mushroom Kingdom. The original Super Smash Bros. includes the unlockable stage "Mushroom Kingdom" which is graphically based on the original Super Mario Bros. Super Smash Bros. Melee includes a re-vamped "Mushroom Kingdom" which omitted piranha plants and warp pipes from the original stage, and its stage "Mushroom Kingdom II" is based on the Subcon setting of Super Mario Bros. 2.[citation needed] Super Smash Bros. Brawl includes the level "Mushroomy Kingdom", which primarily appears as an abandoned, derelict version of "World 1-1" of Super Mario Bros.[33] In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the "Mushroom Kingdom U" stage is based on New Super Mario Bros. U.

Reception[edit]

The Mushroom Kingdom is depicted as a location from the Mario series.[34] The fictional land will be in the Super Nintendo World park.[35][36] GamesRadar+ wrote a humorous article listing the "Top 7 most disturbing things about the Mushroom Kingdom", listing facts such as "the kingdom's greatest hero is a dumpy plumber", "the political system is a complete mess", and "everything is alive" as examples.[37] Animation Domination High-Def ran a short titled "Real Plumber in Mario World." Game Informer lauded the fact that Super Mario Maker allowed players to "build the Mushroom Kingdom of [their] dreams", writing "since Mario first won the hearts of gamers across the world in the early '80s, fans have been sketching up their own ideas for Mario levels on paper and imagining what sort of worlds they could create for the iconic plumber to explore."[38] Theyab Al-Tamimi created a comedy fanbook, Science of the Mushroom Kingdom, exploring the species of flora in the Mushroom Kingdom; this was later recommended to readers by Kotaku.[39] Screen Rant stated that the Mushroom Kingdom "is a place full of mystery".[40] A fan-created mod of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim titled Super Skyrim Bros turns the game environment into the Mushroom Kingdom.[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Hollander Cooper August 13, 2012. "The Top 7... Most disturbing things about the Mushroom Kingdom". GamesRadar+. Retrieved May 12, 2020. Princess Peach Toadstool currently leads the Mushroom Kingdom.
  4. ^ "Mario Kart 8 Players Given Free Access to DLC Character For Today Only". Power Up Gaming. August 21, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2020. August is National (Princess) #PeachMonth, so tell us what you love about the Mushroom Kingdom’s glorious ruler.
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  14. ^ "Preview: Buckets Of Fun With Paper Mario: Color Splash". Nintendo Life. September 13, 2016. Retrieved May 13, 2020. The game opens up on a stormy night, as hooded figures approach Mario's house
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  20. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Acorn Plains Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. Acorn Plains in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a map filled with rolling hills (literally, they roll you backward like a treadmill), moving rocks, and plenty of classic Mario enemies to stomp or avoid.
  21. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Layer-Cake Desert Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. Watch out for quicksand! New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe's Layer-Cake Desert is filled with it, plus the enemies you’ve come to expect from Mario desert levels: Pokeys, Fire Snakes, Spikes, and more.
  22. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Sparkling Waters Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. Sparkling Waters, as the name in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe would imply, is a water level
  23. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Frosted Glacier Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. Just past two bricks and a question block, you'll see a large icicle hanging ominously.
  24. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Soda Jungle Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. BRIDGE OVER POISONED WATER
  25. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Rock-Candy Mines Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. Instead of jumping into the water, jump across to the stone ledge.
  26. ^ Sundberg, Kelly Hudson (February 18, 2019). "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe guide: Meringue Clouds Star Coins". Polygon. Retrieved May 13, 2020. Stay toward the front of the cloud platform
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  30. ^ "World 2 - Sherbet Desert". September 5, 2017. spanning multiple battlefields across desert landscapes and icy tundras.
  31. ^ "World 3 - Spooky Trails". September 18, 2017. spanning multiple battlefields across spooky haunted graveyards and castles.
  32. ^ "World 4 - Lava Pit". September 19, 2017. spanning multiple battlefields across fiery landscapes and Bowser's Castle.
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