10 Biggest WTF Moments In Super Mario Games

"Mamma mia!" indeed.

As gaming's most famous mascot and star of Nintendo's flagship franchise, everyone knows who Mario is.

The little Italian plumber has drawn universal appeal, and while rivals like Sonic and Jak & Daxter attempted to go down edgier routes over the years, Nintendo have always been content to leave Mario cute and accessible for all. But if that's the case, then...why are their so many WTF moments in his video games? Seriously, Nintendo, we can't talk to our teams during a game of Splatoon for fear we may hear some nasty words, but you'll expose us to some of this utter madness? Don't know what I'm talking about? Take a look...

10. Breaking Blocks Is Killing People

If you've played the original Super Mario Bros for more than ten seconds, you're guilty of murdering the innocent citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom. It's as simple as that.

A quick look at the manual for Super Mario Bros on the NES reveals a horrifying truth. In the game, Bowser (or Koopa as he was then known) uses black magic to turn the Mushroom People into €œstones, bricks and even field horse-hair plants€. Stones and bricks. Ever wondered why the world of Mario is inhabited with floating bricks and shining stones? Now you know. Every time you smash a block in Mario, you're killing an innocent person. And now that you know that, take a moment to think on what the hell finding a mushroom inside really means.

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