One day the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic... The quiet, peace loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stone & bricks and the Mushroom Kingdom fell to ruin...

Ah, 1-1. Mario spawned, or rather, appeared at the beginning of the level. He ran excitedly with the energy of a pasta loaded plumber, and then he saw a brown brick... He jumped up to destroy it with his head, ignoring it's pleas and begs for mercy. Mario kept running, destroying another another, disregarding it's cries.

Then he jumped and hit the Mushroom spawning block. The head of the severed Toad moved forward, leaving a bloody trail behind it. Mario grabbed it as it fell to the side, then observed it. A section of the red cap was torn, revealing some of it's brains. It's bloody exterior stained Mario's gloves, and one of it's eyes was missing, the other was filled with insanity.

Mario frowned, then shrugged and pushed it against his chest and grew bigger- after all, the Mushrooms weren't alive.

Were they?