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The Power Up Items

Today I thought I would write an article about a more complicated matter that perhaps without this article, you would have never even considered! It’s about the little things in the Mario series that get you through the boards, especially in the older games! I’m talking about the mushrooms, flowers, and stars that each grant you a unique ability. This article will ask a few questions, and attempt to answer them.

The first thing I want to cover is this; what exactly are these guys? They look just like objects, but they have eyes, and they jump and move around like other living things. They are clearly living, but what are they if they can sustain life with just a pair of eyes? In the Mario series, it isn’t that unlikely for something to jump at you that really shouldn’t jump at you. Just look at some of the enemies and that will become quite clear to you! And often times they don’t even need eyes! So is it fair to say these little guys are a different sort of creature, living in the Mario world like all the other strange beings? Goombas certainly resemble mushrooms, though they look nasty and rotten. It could be that mushrooms are special in the aptly named Mushroom Kingdom, and that good ones turn into the power up mushrooms, but the evil ones turn into Goombas. Piranha plants also come into the picture, since they are plants just like the flower is. Again, it could be that one is good and the other is evil, but I have a different idea. What if there are some plants that are born with special abilities, like the flowers, who give special powers to whoever finds them? That could be. And finally we have the star. For this, I am going to assume that it is just a creature, or perhaps even one of the stars in the sky, since they have the biggest talking rate and seem very smart.

Next to look at is how does one actually make these guys work? And also, what do they think of it?! As far as the mushroom goes, it would seem likely that they must be eaten before you can use their powers. I mean, they are mushrooms. Do they like it? I don’t really think they like it, but at the same time they must understand that they are on the bottom of the food chain. Next is the flower. I cant quite picture Mario eating a flower…that would just be a little weird…and gross. However, if you look at the Smash Bros. series, and the items within, you will find that the flower if used by holding it and letting it fire. This could be the same for the flowers in the actual series, too. Do they like it? Well, I don’t think they care one way or another, so long as you don’t carelessly drop them once you’re done with them! And last is the star. Based on the glittery glow that comes from them as they move, I would assume they scatter into a magical shield to protect Mario for as long and they can. Since they are obviously nice, I think they would like helping out, and anyway it’s not like they have to get eaten or anything…they choose when they leave!

And the last thing I will look at is why the items do what they do. Most of the time, the mushroom makes Mario big, or giant even. This could either be because they are healthy for you, or that they just have a magical effect when eaten that increases your size. Why they leave when Mario gets hit, however, is unsure. The flowers are easy…with that glow they often give off, they must be very hot creatures, capable of spitting fire balls out! Some piranha plants can also spit out fire balls, which adds to this possibility. And the star, based on its magical appearance, must be able to create barriers or shields when used. That one is the easiest one of all to figure out!

And on a side note, I would like to announce that today is Elven Warriors birthday! Happy Birthday Elven Warrior!

Categories: Mario Bros.
  1. April 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    Good Article. You know, you’re right, if I haven’t have read your article, I might’ve never been able to figure that out! I find it very interesting that all of the Power-Up items in the Mario Bros. series, are all actually alive! And Stars probably would be very intelligent, because in Mario Party GBA, there’s a Star, that is your guide; it allows you to tell it secrets, personal info, and more!

    Thank you Dancing Pianta 🙂 , my Birthday is very excellent. And I have about 6 more hours of my Birthday left, too.

  2. Mushroom Knight
    April 9, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    woah! thats pretty weird, i would of never thought of that stuff poor mushrooms.
    and happy birthday Elven Warrior!

  3. Ace
    April 11, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Happy birthday Elven Warrior ! : D

  4. Dancing Pianta
    April 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Well glad you had a nice birthday!

    I always kind of felt bad when the mushrooms ran away in the NES Mario…they just seemed kind of helpless. But not the green mushrooms! Those seemed like really smart mushrooms to me.

  5. April 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    The 1-Up Mushrooms, are difficult to get on purpose. Which I am sure everyone already knows why. Their intelligence meter is most likely very high, but why not help a plumber in need?

  6. squirmyloach
    April 13, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    thats weird. poor mushrooms. i feel bad for using them now 😆

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