PAPER MARIO GAME SCRIPT ============================================= GAME: PAPER MARIO PLATFORM: NINTENDO 64 / WII VIRTUAL CONSOLE WRITTEN BY: PKDATBOI TYPE: GAME SCRIPT VERSION: 1.0 ============================================= TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Introduction [A1] 2. Script [A2] Opening [B1] Beginning [B2] Prologue [B3] Chapter 1 [B4] Intermission #1 [C1] Chapter 2 [B5] Intermission #2 [C2] Chapter 3 [B6] Intermission #3 [C3] Chapter 4 [B7] Intermission #4 [C4] Chapter 5 [B8] Intermission #5 [C5] Chapter 6 [B9] Intermission #6 [C6] Chapter 7 [B10] Intermission #7 [C7] Chapter 8 [B11] Epilogue [B12] 3. Credits [A3] 4. Legal Section [A4] ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` ==================== 1. INTRODUCTION [A1] ==================== Hello. You're reading the Game Script for the game Paper Mario (64) for the Nintendo 64 and the Wii Virtual Console. I'm writing this because 1) there are currently no Game Scripts for it on the site and 2) I...feel like it? This will tell you what all the characters in the game say in order. The problem with this particular game and others like it is that there is a LOT of stuff to be said. A lot of times it depends on which character you have out to see certain things. Unfortunately, I won't know everything the character is supposed to say and I'll have to tell you what I know. I only list the script for the story, meaning no NPC lines unless they have to do with the story, which a lot of times, they do. So I hope you like it! Read below for the script. ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` ============== 2. SCRIPT [A2] ============== Here, you can read what the characters say throughout the game. ************ OPENING [B1] ************ Narrator: Today... I'm going to tell the story of "Star Spirits and Good Wishes". Far, far away, beyond the sky, way above the clouds, it's been said that there's a haven where the Stars live. In the sanctuary of Star Haven there rests a fable treasure called the Star Rod, which has the power to grant all wishes. Using this wondrous Star Rod, the seven revered Star Spirits watched over our peaceful world carefully...very carefully. And then... Oh dear...What the...? Who stuck that weird thing into this story? Bowser: Ha ha ha! Yeah! I did! Gwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! So I can, at long last, beat my archenemy, Mario. I'll take this Star Rod! Do it, Kammy Koopa!! Narrator: No, you mustn't do that!! Bowser: Yeah! Now let's try using it! Narrator: Stop it! Cut it out, Bowser!! You're changing the story!! Bowser: Bwa ha ha ha ha... We did it! That was a piece o' cake!! Gwaa ha ha! Narrator: Now Star Kids may rise to the Star Haven to deliver people's wishes... ...but those wishes will not come true. Whatever can they do? [TITLE SCREEN] ************** BEGINNING [B2] ************** --MARIO'S HOUSE-- [PARAKARRY FLIES IN TO DELIVER MARIO'S MAIL] Parakarry: Mail call! [LUIGI GETS THE MAIL] Luigi: Hey, Mario! We got a letter from Princess Peach! I'll read it to you, OK? All right, let's see... I'm throwing a party at my castle today! Mario and Luigi, I would be honored if you both could attend. Many guests from distant towns are hoping to meet you. There will be tasty sweets and all kinds of entertainment! I hope to see you here soon! Sincerely, Peach [MARIO AND LUIGI GO TO THE CASTLE] --PEACH'S CASTLE-- Luigi: What a magnificent castle! I never get used to this place. It looks like lots of guests are already here. [MARIO GOES UP A FEW ROOMS TO FIND PRINCESS PEACH] Peach: Oh, Mario! You came to the party to see me! You're so sweet! Thank you! I was just resting a bit. It gets tiring, greeting all those guests out there! Nobody will bother us here. Shall we relax and chat, just the two of us? It was a lovely day today, so I'm sure it's comfortable out on the bal- cony right now. Would you accompany me, Mario? [THE GROUND BEGINS TO SHAKE] [THE CASTLE LIFTS UP INTO THE SKY] Peach: Oh! Are you all right, Mario? What in the world was that? Oh my! Look, Mario! It's still daytime, isn't it? ... But I can see stars outside! [BOWSER AND KAMMY KOOPA BREAK THROUGH THE WINDOW] Bowser: Gwaa ha ha ha ha ha! Long time no see, Princess Peach! Peach: ... Bowser! But this can't be! It was you who made the ground shake just now, wasn't it! Whatever did you do? Bowser: Gwa ha ha ha! Yeah, that was me! I've lifted your castle up into the sy! It's sitting on my castle now! Weren't expecting that, huh? Ha! This castle's under my control now, my dear! Now you will obey ME! Huh!? What? It's...Mario!! What a shock! Ha! Not really! I expected you to turn up, right on cue. You're just as annoying as ever. Unfortunately for you, there's nothing you can do this time. Peach: Haven't you learned your lesson by now, Bowser? You can never defeat Mario! Why don't you give up already? Bowser: True, true, I have had my problems in the past... But this time is different! This time I'm gonna win! OK, tough guy! Let's go! [MARIO AND BOWSER ENGAGE IN BATTLE] Peach: Mario, you can do it! [MARIO ATTACKS BOWSER THREE TIMES] Bowser: Good old Mario...always fighting. You're a thorn in my side. But today, your pathetic little attacks won't beat me! Take a look at this! Look what I stole from Star Haven! It's the Star Rod! This fine piece of work has the power to grant any wish in the whole world! And when I use the Star Rod to increase my strength, even you can't beat me, Mario! [BOWSER POWERS UP] Bowser: Gwa ha ha ha ha ha! How do you like that, Mario?! [THEY BOTH ATTACK] Bowser: Gwa ha ha ha ha ha! Is that all you've got? How sad! You'd best take some vitamins, 'cause that didn't hurt at all! [THEY ATTACK AGAIN] Bowser: Yup, just as I expected. Mario's no match for the new me. It's not even worth my time to toy with you anymore, Mario. It's time to end this! Here we go, Mario! Good night! [BOWSER FINISHES MARIO OFF] Peach: Oh no! Mario! Get up! Bowser: Yes! Oh, yeah! I did it! I finally did it! I beat my old rival Mario! Yessss! Kammy Koopa: Congratulations on your victory, Your Viciousness! That's why you're the King! Bowser: As long as I have this Star Rod, everything I wish will come true! No one can stop me now! Well, well, well... I guess I might as well get rid of Mario. He's no good to anyone now, that's for sure. [BOWSER ZAPS MARIO RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW] [MARIO FALLS] Peach: Oh, no! Mario------!! [MARIO CONTINUES FALLING] [TITLE SCREEN] ************* PROLOGUE [B3] ************* --FOREST-- [THE SEVEN STAR SPIRITS APPEAR] Mamar: Oh, thank heavens! He's been gravely injured, but I think he'll recover. Kalmar: But Bowser has the Star Rod! Now he's mightier than Mario! It's hopeless! All is lost! Eldstar: Everybody just calm down. As long as we keep it together there's always hope. Now... Our fates are in Mario's hands. We must try to revive him. Gather round, everyone. Send Mario your power! [THEY GIVE MARIO THEIR POWER] Eldstar: Phew...that's it. That's all we can do right now. Mario... Please get up... Please... [THEY LEAVE] [GOOMBARIA COMES IN] Goombaria: It really sounded like something fell somewhere around here... Oh... Who could that be? This red shirt, this hat, and this mustache... You know, this really looks like the one and only Mario! It couldn't be...could it? The real Mario? Hey! Hey! Wake up! C'mon!! Up and at 'em!! Oh no! He won't wake up!!! Oh, oh, what am I gonna do!? Dad!! Goom-pa!! Goom-ba-rio!!! [SHE RUNS AWAY] --GOOMBA VILLAGE-- [ELDSTAR COMES IN] Eldstar: Mario... Can you hear me, Mario...? I'm Eldstar, a Star Spirit... I have something very important to tell you... It concerns the princess...and all of the Mushroom Kingdom... But sadly, I haven't the strength to talk to you here... Mario... I need to have you come to Shooting Star Summit. Please... Mario... We Star Spirits will be waiting for you at the summit... [HE LEAVES] [MARIO AWAKENS] [A TOAD COMES IN] Toad: Oh...Mario! I'm so happy to see you awake! You haven't opened your eyes for days and days! Everyone's been worried sick! This place? This is Goomba Village. It's a tiny Village that's just west of Toad Town. The only residents are me and a single family of Goombas. The Goombas in the family are just the the nicest folks you'll ever meet. They're the ones who found you unconscious in the forest and carried you here to get better. Huh...? A Star with a mustache? You're saying a star told you to go to Shooting Star Summit? No, I saw nothing like that. And I sure didn't see anyone come in or out of this house. I wonder, Mario... Maybe you just had a dream? Although maybe not... It could have been some sort of message from a Star Spirit. They live in Star Haven. Shooting Star Summit is the nearest place to Star Haven, so that would make sense... Who knows? In any case, I'm glad to see you've recovered. I know the Goombas would be happy if you paid them a visit. [MARIO GOES TO TALK TO GOOMPAPA] Goompapa: Howdy, Mario! Feeling better? Feel free to rest in our house. You what? You have to leave right now? ...Oh, Shooting Star Summit. Something important, no doubt. Well, I believe that the summit is near Toad Town. You'll have to wait a bit. I have to fix this gate before you can head out to the east. That earthquake the other day really did a job on it. Did you feel that quake? Shoot! I thought the sky was falling. Just relax and don't worry. I'll have this fixed in a jiffy. [MARIO GOES TO TALK TO GOOMPA] Goompa: Ooh, you startled me! Hm, yes, Mario, isn't it? So you've awakened at last! Good! I knew you'd pull through! Call me Goompa. I'm the Goomba grandfather, so...I'm Goompa. I'm sorry, but would you mind giving me the details later? I'm pretty busy fixing the veranda. [MARIO LEAVES THE HOUSE] Goombario: Oh! Mario... My dad was looking for you. He said to tell you that he finished fixing the gate. So I guess now you can travel east to Toad Town and Shooting Star Summit, huh? [MARIO TALKS TO GOOMPA] Goompapa: Hoo! What a job! Sorry to have kept you waiting. The gate is finally fixed. If you take this road straight ahead, you'll eventually reach Toad Town, the home of Princess Peach's Castle. I believe that Shooting Star Summit is just beyond there. It's too bad you can't stay... I feel like I just met you! But duty calls, I know. Come back and visit if you can. Goombaria: Best of luck, Mario. Kammy Koopa: Heee!! Yee hee heee!!! [KAMMY KOOPA FLIES IN] Kammy Koopa: Bleah heh heh heh... Ah, my instincts were right... Mario... I can't believe you're on your feet after taking such a beating from King Bowser. You're a hardy one, all right. I was smart to come here to check on you. Goombaria: Whuh...what? What's that, Daddy!? What's that weird flying thing? Kammy Koopa: Weird? You rude little... I am a beautiful Koopa with a beautiful name: Kammy Koopa! Hmmmph!! I wish I had time to teach you a lesson, brat! But no. Mario! Hear this! It is useless for you to try to save Princess Peach. Ridiculous! Laughable! As you have seen, King Bowser is more powerful than even you can deal with this time. Here's a gift from him! [SHE DROPS A BLOCKADE ON THE GATE] Kammy Koopa: Nyeah heh heh heh! Mario! You will kneel and weep when you see the wonderful changes King Bowser's made! Your world is ours now! Bleah heh ho hyuck heh heh HA!! [SHE FLIES OFF] Goompapa: Ummmmmm... I just fixed that gate... Nobody say "gate" to me... Kammy Koopa, that fiend! Did you hear what she said about the princess? It didn't sound good. I hope nothing's happened to her... Wha... Wha... What!? Bowser went and kidnapped Princess Peach?! Again?! Oh, unbelieveable! And now you have to go to Shooting Star Summit and help save her, right? Ummmm... This could be a problem. Goombaria: Dad, we've just gotta do something, right? Mario's gotta save the princess! Nobody else can do it! Goompapa: Ummmmmmm... Oh, here's an idea! Maybe we can break this block with Goompa's big Hammer! I think he's using it now to fix the veranda. Go ask him for it, will you? [MARIO GOES TO THE VERANDA] [THE VERANDA IS GONE AND MARIO FALLS] --THE PLAYGROUND-- [MARIO FINDS GOOMPA] Goompa: Oh, my back... Hm? Who's that? That you, Mario? I remember a great crashing noise and then the veranda collapsed and I fell. Did you fall, too? Just stepped out the door into thin air, did you? Well, we're both OK. Problem is, we can't get home because that block is in the way. This block... This block shouldn't be here. Well, this is a problem for us. ......Huh? A Hammer? Oh, of course! Um... Where did it go? I was using it to fix the veranda, so it's likely to be around here somewhere... Hm! Nowhere to be seen. I guess it must have fallen somewhere over there. Mario, we'd better look for it. [THEY GO TO ANOTHER AREA] Goompa: The Hammer has got to be somewhere close by. It looks like this. Look for bushes that might cover it up. If "!" appears over your head, you can press A to search. [MARIO FINDS THE HAMMER] "You found the Hammer! Mario can do the Hammer attack now!" "You can smash a yellow block with this Hammer." Goompa: Oh!! There we go! That's it! That's the Hammer! I'll wager that if you use that Hammer, you can break the block that's in our way. You can also use that Hammer to hit trees and make them sway. Sometimes stuff will fall out! You can use it by pressing B. [MARIO FINDS GOOMBARIA'S DOLLY] Goompa: Oh! Well now! I believe that's the dolly Goombaria said she lost! She'll no doubt be overjoyed if you give it back to her. So many people lose things all over the place, you know. It almost makes one feel like looking around everywhere... [MARIO AND GOOMPA GO TO THE EXIT] Goompa: Hmmm... Well! We found the Hammer, so I guess we should head for home. [GOOMPA TRIES TO LEAVE] Goompa: Youch!! [GOOMPA GETS HIT BACK] Jr. Troopa: Who are you guys!? This is my playground, idiots! Nobody sets foot in here without my permission! Nobody! Prepare to start crying at the feet of Master Jr. Troopa! [MARIO AND JR. TROOPA ENGAGE IN BATTLE] Goompa: Mario, this is Jr. Troopa. He's the boss of a neighborhood gang. A bit of a bully, obviously. He's more bark than bite. You can beat him easily. Just boost yourself up and don't take any lip! I'll stay right here behind you and watch your progress. [MARIO ATTACKS] Goompa: Oh, excellent! Good move! Go on!! [THE FIGHT GOES ON FOR A FEW TURNS] Jr. Troopa: Grrrr!! I'm just getting warmed up! [MARIO ATTACKS] Goompa: Mario, you've almost got him! Keep it up! Go on! Jr. Troopa: All right, you asked for it! Say hello to Jr. Troopa's special attack! Full power!! [HE ATTACKS MARIO AND MARIO FINISHES HIM OFF] Goompa: Mario, that was wonderful fighting! You got Star Points! You get Star Points every time you beat an enemy. Every time you save up 100 Star Points, you'll go up a level. Always try hard to get points! [THE BATTLE ENDS] Jr. Troopa: Shoooooot!! I was winning, too! I'll be back, Mario! I mean it, I'll be back!! [HE RUNS OFF] [MARIO GOES TO THE PREVIOUS AREA AND BREAKS THE BLOCK] [MARIO HITS A RECOVERY BLOCK] "If you hit this block, your HP (Heart Points) will fully recover." [MARIO FINDS AN ITEM] "You got an item!" "You'll use items in this game to attack enemies, to recover your HP (Heart Points), and to do a few other things." "Press C-Left to see what items Mario has now." [THEY GO TO ANOTHER AREA] Goompa: Heads up, Mario! I see bad Goombas ahead. They're loyal to Bowser. If they see you, they'll attack you without hesitation. If you successfully attack an enemy in the field with a Jump or Hammer, you'll get the First Strike when you enter the battle. Striking first really helps when it comes to battling. [MARIO FINDS A STAR PIECE] "It's a glowing Star Piece! Wait and see what this is for." [THEY GO BACK TO GOOMBA VILLAGE] --GOOMBA VILLAGE-- Goompa: Never worry, kids, here I am. Thanks to young Mario here, I made it back all right. [MARIO TRIES TO OPEN THE GATE] Goompa: Oh, is that thing locked? Let me open it up for you. Goombario: Goompa! Where've you been? I looked outside and...wow! Both y o uand the veranda were just plain gone! Goombaria: Goompa, I was very, very worried about you! Really worried! Goompa: Sorry, kids, I apologize. I didn't mean to make you fret. You just take it easy now. I'm back safe and sound. Now! Before I forget, I've decided to give you something, Mario. Wait here a minute. [HE GOES INSIDE THE HOUSE] Goombario: Huh? Hey... That dolly you've got... That's the one Goombaria lost! She was looking all over for it. Would you give it back to her? [MARIO GIVES IT BACK] Goombaria: It's my dolly! Dolly, dolly! You're back! Thank you so much! I'm so happy... My sweet dolly! Don't you ever get lost again! Here's a present from me! Look at the pretty glitter! [SHE GIVES YOU A STAR PIECE] Goombaria: And take this, too! [SHE KISSES YOU] Goombario: You always seem to beat up your enemies... Do you work out? I study self-defense by reading books by the masters and listening to Dad and Goompa. And, I also exercise every day so I can be strong like you! It's starting to show, too! I'm getting big muscles! Goombaria: Yeah, Goombario's head is hard as a rock now! Tee hee! When he does his Headbonk move, it really, really hurts! Goombario: Oh, be quiet, Goombaria! You're embarrassing me! Of course, it IS true... [GOOMPA COMES BACK] Goompa: Sorry to have kept you waiting, Mario. Goombario: It's OK, Goompa! We're just rapping with Mario... Goompa: Oh. "Rapping," huh? Sorry. I wanted to give this to Mario. [HE GIVES YOU A POWER JUMP BADGE] Goompa: This is called a Badge. If you wear this, you'll be able to do a Power Jump, which means you'll be able to do a lot more damage with your Jump attack. But listen here, and listen well. You'll only be able to do it if you're wearing the Badge. You'd better try it first. Putting Badges on and taking them off is a vital skill. Would you like a quick lesson in how to use the Badges you collect during your travels. [MARIO SAYS YES AND IS TAUGHT HOW TO EQUIP BADGES] Goompa: Now remember, you need FP (Flower Points) to use this Power Jump technique. Do you remember that we saw a block like this on the way back to the village? Well, these blocks will restore not only HP but also FP. They're lifesavers, Mario! Use them whenever your HP and FP reserves are getting low. By the by, Mario, I heard from Gooma... You're taking it upon yourself to try to rescue the princess from Bowser's clutches. Goombario: Oh yeah! Mario can beat Bowser with one hand tied behind his back! Goompa: Hush, now, Goombario. Mario, please take this Hammer. It should serve you well. If I were just a bit younger, I'd accompany you on your trip. I'd have done some damage! The years have started to weigh on me, though. I tell you, this lower back pain... Goombario: Adventure...you're so lucky! Princess-rescuing is so cool! I really want to be an adventurer, too, someday! Goombaria: Me too!! Goompa: Oh! Here's an idea! Goombario... Perhaps the timing is perfect. You are no longer a child, and evil times are upon us. I'm sure Mario will agree... You should accompany Mario. Goombario: What!? Really!? May I go, Goompa!? May I really go!? Yes!!!!! Oh yeah!!! Mario! You won't regret this! [GOOMBARIO JOINS YOUR PARTY] Goombaria: Way to go, Goombario! Goompa: Mario, I know Goombario will prove to be a worthy companion. ...Well, I think it's about time for my nap. I'll be in the house. Good-byes have a way of making this old Goomba get weepy. Goombario: This is so cool! Mario! Let's go!! [MARIO BREAKS THE BLOCK] Goompapa: There we go! Problem solved. I have a feeling your road will be lined with difficulties, so try not to overdo it. Be watchful, yet stay cool. A calm mind is the wisest. Goombario: Oh, hang on now, Mario! I noticed you aren't wearing the Badge Goompa gave you. You know, that Badge won't do anything if you don't wear it. I think you'd better put that thing on before you go. [THEY LEAVE GOOMBA VILLAGE] --GOOMBA ROAD-- [THEY ENTER BATTLE] Goombario: Hey, Mario, during a battle, you can change the order we attack in with Z. I can attack first if you want. I don't mind at all! Just keep it in mind, OK? [THEY TRAVEL A FEW SCREENS] Red & Blue Goomba: Hey hey! Hold it right there! You! Yeah you, suspicious guy! Don't move! Red Goomba: Aha, you're Mario! I knew it. You can't go past here, Mr. Big Shot. It's a direct order from the Goomba King. That's right! I'm sorry, but the only way by is through the Goomba Bros. That's me, Red Goomba, and my brother, Blue Goomba. Let's get him, Blue Goomba! Blue Goomba: Oh yeah! Let's do it, my red brother! [THEY ENGAGE IN BATTLE] [MARIO AND GOOMBARIO ATTACK] Blue Goomba: Mario! How'd you like some of this? [THE GOOMBA BROTHERS ATTACK] [MARIO AND GOOMBARIO BEAT BLUE GOOMBA] Red Goomba: Blue, Blue Goomba!!!!! Gaaah! My little brother! You'll pay for that, Mario! [THEY BEAT RED GOOMBA] Red Goomba: Geeaaaah!!! I... I'll let you go for now! [THE GOOMBA BROS. RUN AWAY] [MARIO TRAVELS A BIT TO FIND A FORTRESS] [GOOMBA BROS. RUN TO THE FORTRESS] Red Goomba: King Goomba! Help us! Blue Goomba: Mario beat us up! [THEY GO INSIDE] [MARIO GOES UP TO THE FORTRESS] Goombario: Hey, look, Mario! See that building over there? I'm pretty sure there used to be a bridge on the other side. I wonder what happened to it. [GOOMBA KING AND GOOMBA BROS. APPEAR] Goomba King: So, Mario, it's true! You've made it this far. I respect you for that. Unfortunately, this is as far as you'll ever get. Because I, the great and powerful King Goomba, will see to it that you advance no farther! Red Goomba: You hear that, Mario! No farther! Not one step! Are you scared, little man? Blue Goomba: Bah ha ha!!! Yeah, you're scared, all right. You wanna say you're sorry? Goombario: Wow... That King Goomba is... really huge! I'm sure he's no match for you, though, Mario! Let's get him! Goomba King: Ready to meet my wrath, Mario? You'd better be!! [THEY ALL ENGAGE IN BATTLE] Red Goomba: Beat him up, King Goomba!! Blue Goomba: We've got your back! Goomba King: Leave him to me! Goombario: Hey Mario! I think maybe we ought to take out the Goomba Bros. first, don't you think? They must be pretty weak since we just finished beating them up back there. [THEY TAKE OUT THE GOOMBA BROS.] [THEY BEGIN TO ATTACK THE GOOMBA KING AND TAKE HIM OUT] Goomba King: Wh...wh...what!? How could I lose? [THE GOOMBA KING AND GOOMBA BROS. RUN INSIDE] Goombario: Yeah! I knew we could do it! Cooool!! Victory!! [MARIO FINDS A SWITCH IN THE GRASS AND HITS IT] Goomba King: Uh...Mario! Good fight and all that! I must warn you, however... If you happen to find a strange switch somewhere, you should definitely not press it. It's dangerous. Understand? ......you what? You already pressed it?! [THE TOP OF THE FORTRESS DISASSEMBLES AND FORMS A BRIDGE BEHIND IT] Goombario: Look! The bridge!! Now we can cross it and continue our journey. All right! [MARIO GOES TO A NEW SCENE] [KAMMY KOOPA IS SEEN WATCHING MARIO AND SHE FLIES OFF] --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- [KAMMY KOOPA WALKS IN] Kammy Koopa: Mighty King Bowser... I've been looking for you. A report, Your Evilness: Mario defeated the Goomba King. He's heading for Toad Town now. Bowser: What? Unbelievable! What was Goomba King thinking? I used the Star Rod to mae him a king because he begged me... And Mario whips him so easily? What a wimp!! Uh...Kammy Koopa! You ARE sure that Mario can never defeat us, right? Kammy Koopa: Please, please, Your Vileness! Try to be calm. Goomba King is small-time. I had a feeling he'd fail. It doesn't matter, because while you hold the Star Rod you are definitely invincible. You could beat Mario with one claw tied behind your back. Bowser: Yes, yes. Very good! Gwaaa ha ha ha ha!! By the way, Kammy Koopa, those Star Spirits we captured don't have any way of giving Mario their power, do they? Kammy Koopa: Please don't worry yourself. Each is help separately. And each is carefully guarded by your handpicked subjects. Even Mario can't save all seven of the Star Spirits. Bowser: Hmmm... Who's the closest Star Spirit to Mario? It's that one at Koopa Bros. Fortress, right? If Mario somehow reaches there, can the Koopa Bros. defeat him? Red Ninjakoopa: King Bowser, you mustn't worry. Koopa Bros.: Hi-yaa!! Red Ninjakoopa: Here come the Koopa Bros.!! Uh-huh! Oh yeah! We're the coolest of cool! Bowser: ...Pssst! Kammy Koopa. Are you sure these guys can get the job done? That Goomba King was gigantic, and even he couldn't beat Mario. Red Ninjakoopa: Pssshaw! Get real, King Bowser! Yeah, the Goomba King was huge, but he was a total wimpola! We're nothing like him! See, what we've got going on is the power of teamwork... Together, we can put the hurt on Mario in seconds flat! Kammy Koopa: Excellent! That's the spirit! Sell it, Koopa Bros.!! Show our king that special attack you do so well! Red Ninjakoopa: Yes, ma'am! Ready, everybody! Bowser: Ooh...OOOH! That... This is... Ohhhhh!!!! Red Ninjakoopa: How'd you like it? King Bowser? How was it? Bowser: Oh, yeah! Excellent!! Really!! I'm not easily impressed, either! Mario won't have a chance if you finish him with that attack! Red Ninjakoopa: We'll take him, King Bowser! Bowser: By the way, my Koopa Bros.... About the captured Star Spirit I've locked up in your fortress... Who's guarding him right now? Red Ninjakoopa: ...Uh...nobody, sir... You know, we're here and so... Bowser: You idiots!! Use your heads! Get back to the fortress and guard that Star Spirit! [THEY GO TO THE FORTRESS] --GOOMBA ROAD-- [MARIO GOES TO THE NEXT SCREEN] --TOAD TOWN-- Toad: Mario! I'm so glad you're OK! The town is in an uproar! The princess kidnapped! The very castle up- rooted! It's bedlam! I really don't know what we can do about all this... Please, Mario! Save Her Highness! [MARIO GOES TO SHOOTING STAR SUMMIT] --SHOOTING STAR SUMMIT-- [MARIO TALKS TO ELDSTAR] Eldstar: Welcome Mario... We've been waiting for you. We're the 7 Star Spirits. Our job is to grant the wishes of good people from our home in Star Haven, a place high beyond the sky. We're going to tell you something incredibly important. Please listen carefully. The other day, Bowser and his followers invaded our peaceful Star Haven. They stole our prized treasure, the Star Rod, which we've cared for since the beginning of time. Mamar: The Star Rod... ...is powerful beyond belief. It can grant any wish. For as long as we can remember, Bowser has been making wishes like, for instance... "I'd like to trounce Mario" or "I want Princess Peach to like me." Of course, Stars ignore such selfish wishes. As a result, his wishes were never granted. Skolar: Bowser...that fiend... When he found out that we were ignoring his wishes, he came and stole the Star Rod so he could grant his own wishes. He seems content right now, many because he defeated you and captured the princess. Soon enough, though, I fear he will wish for more...and then terrible things will happen. Muskular: It is the responsibility of the 7 Star Spirits to keep the Star Rod safe and use it properly. We must get the Star Rod back from Bowser and return it to its rightful place! In order to do this, Mario, we need your help! Misstar: Sadly... ...right now you are not strong enough to challenge Bowser... ...he has made himself all-powerful by making wishes with the Star Rod. He is terrible to behold! Klevar: Once we 7 Star Spirits are reunited in Star Haven, we can give you the power to fight Bowser even with his newfound strength. With our help, you can prevail! Kalmar: Mario...we are... Alas... We've nearly exhausted our power to talk to you. Although it looks like we're there beside you, it is only an illusion. We're using all of our strength to communicate with you over a great distance. But even now, our strength is fading... We've been caught and are being held by Bowser's followers in different places throughout the Mushroom Kingdom. Please, Mario, first of all, you must rescue us! Eldstar: In order to take the Star Rod back from Bowser... and save Princess Peach... we need your help... Please, Mario... you are our last hope... and we will... [THE STAR SPIRITS FADE AWAY] Goombario: Mario... It looks like things are a lot more serious than I thought... Do you think the princess is going to be all right? I'm really worried about her. --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Peach: Sniffle... Mario's probably hurt... Everyone's in prison... The Mushroom Kingdom will be destroyed if things continue the way they're going. Something must be done... If only somebody could help me... [BOWSER AND KAMMY KOOPA WALK IN] Bowser: Gwaa ha ha ha ha!! My dear Princess Peach, how are you doing this fine day? Kammy Koopa: It's no use waiting for Mario this time, my dear! We're soooooo high above the sky right now. Even Mario doesn't have a chance of reaching us up here! Bowser: You know, Princess, as long as I have this Star Rod, no one in the Mushroom Kingdom can touch me. You know the power that grants everyone's wishes? It's mine! Isn't that just wonderful? Kammy Koopa: Nyeah hee hee hee! Imagine what it's like down in your kingdom! Your subjects must be so upset because their wishes aren't being granted! Oh, how delightful! They deserve it for the way they've treated us Koopas over the years. Bowser: If you, you know, want anything, all you need to do is ask me, Prin- cess. I can grant wishes. Of course, I'll only grant requests that I like... Anyway, think about it. You take care, Princess Peach! Enjoy your stay here! Kammy Koopa: You watch yourself, Princess. You'd better not cause trouble. Bleah heh heh ho ha ha... [BOWSER AND KAMMY KOOPA LEAVE] Peach: Oh... Please... If only somebody could help me... Huh? [PEACH OPENS HER BALCONY DOOR] [A STAR KID COMES IN] Twink: Hello, Princess Peach! Pleased to meet you! My name is Twink. Peach: But you're... You're a Star Kid, aren't you? How'd you get here? Twink: I came from Star Haven to grant your wish! It's our job to grant wishes, you know. Peach: Oh! You came because I wished that somebody could help me? Twink: Yes, of course! Peach: Oh, that's just great! Thank you so much for coming! Here's my wish: Go right now and take that Star Rod back from Bowser, OK? Think you can do it? Twink: ...... Uh...sorry... That's a little much for a novice Star like me... Maybe one of the honorable Star Spirits from Star Haven could grant a wish like that. I'm so sorry. Please, ask for something easy, something a small Star can do. Peach: Then... Can you take me away from here? Everyone in my castle has been captured and I have to save them all as soon as possible. Twink: ...Oh...I'm sorry. I can't grant that wish either, I'm afraid. Actually, I just got called up to the sky a day ago, so I can't do big wishes yet... If I were a more splendid Star, maybe I could actually help... Peach: It's all right... Don't be sad, Twink. Mario will definitely do something to save us all. He's probably coming right now! Oh! Twink! Do you think you can find Mario? I want you to give this to him. Twink: This is a Lucky Star, isn't it? OK! I'll do it! Princess Peach, I'll fly to the Mushroom Kingdom just as quick as I can! Peach: Oh! Wait, Twink! Wait one second! Can you also... Please tell Mario that... I'm fine and he shouldn't worry... ...OK? Can you tell him that? Twink: Of course! I'll tell him your exact words, Princess Peach! Definitely! Now don't despair... I'll be back soon, so stay safe until I return, OK? [TWINK FLIES OFF] [PEACH WALKS ONTO THE BALCONY] Peach: Mario... Where are you... --SHOOTING STAR SUMMIT-- [MARIO WALKS TOWARDS TOAD TOWN AND GETS HIT BY TWINK] Twink: Ouch!! Oh, sorry, sorry, so sorry! I'm in a huge hurry!! Oh...it's...!? You're Mario, aren't you!? Thank the Stars I found you! How do you do? I'm Twink. Princess Peach asked me to bring something to you. Ahhh... Yes, here it is! Here, this is it! Take it! [HE HANDS MARIO THE LUCKY STAR] Twink: That's the "Lucky Star" from Princess Peach. Now that it's yours, you can use the "action command." May I take a moment to explain what the action command is? [HE EXPLAINS THE ACTION COMMAND] Twink: Once you understand how to use the action command properly, you'll be even more powerful. Goombario: Terrific! You'll be much tougher in battle now! Magikoopa: Here you are! [A MAGIKOOPA FLIES IN] Twink: What!? It can't be... Were you following me!? Magikoopa: What a foolish Star Kid! I knew that if I followed you I'd find Mario! If I defeat Mario right now, I'll be famous. I'll tell Kammy Koopa! She'll shower me with praise! She'll give me a raise! Here I come!! [THEY ENGAGE IN BATTLE] [MARIO AND GOOMBARIO BEAT THE MAGIKOOPA] Twink: Well done, Mario! You're as strong as they say. I know that you'll be able to defeat Bowser! I'm going to return to Princess Peach's side. I'm not strong enough to relaly help her, but at least I can tell her you're OK. Well, Mario... ...see you later! Oh dear! I almost forgot to tell you the message from Princess Peach. "I'm all right, so don't worry about me..." ...that's exactly what she said. I get the feeling, though... ...that she's very lonely. Anyway, I'll do my best to help the both of you! But please be brave! You must save Princess Peach! [TWINK GOES BACK TO PEACH] Goombario: There he goes... back to Bowser's Castle. What a brave little guy... OK, Mario, let's get down to business! [MARIO GOES BACK TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- Toad: Oh... Mario! Merlon was looking for you. He lives in that house with the spinning roof. He asked me to tell you to go meet him at his house. I was just about to go look for you, but here you are! It's rare for Merlon to call somebody over to his house... He's a bit eccentric. Even when he has visitors, it's rare for him to come out of the house at all. [MARIO KNOCKS ON MERLON'S DOOR] Merlon: Merlon is out!! [MARIO TRIES AGAIN] Merlon: Why do you keep on knocking? I'm telling you he's out!! [MERLON OPENS THE DOOR AND KNOCKS MARIO ON THE GROUND] Merlon: What the...? Why is someone sleeping in front of my house? Wait a minute... That face seems verrry familiar to me... Oh! Maybe... No... Yes! It must be! You're Mario! I've been waiting for you! You should've come earlier! Well, you're here now. Come in. [THEY ALL GO IN] Merlon: Where to begin...? My name...is Merlon. When I was reading the stars the other day, an oracle came to me. What I discovered is very important, and it concerns you. But, before I tell you about it, there are other things of which I must speak. It is a very long story, but I'll try to shorten it. Where should I start...? It was in the old days. One of my ancestors was up on Shooting Star Summit and as usual..... ......but one day it happened. ...suddenly...a great... ...appeared and I... ...standing face to face... Then, the faraway.... the plous... was....raised me up... .....was amazing.. ..I was still so young then.. I believed in ......... But....our hearts were..... ........... and........... .....then.... ...........so...... ........ ................... ..... .......... ... .......... [MARIO NODS OFF] Merlon: ........ ................... ..... .......... ... .......... ............................. ................. ....................... ....... ............... ....................... ............. ........................... ..and that is all that matters. Huh?! Hey, Mario! Were you listening to me? Oh...all right. ...So, anyway, that is why I am able to help you. If you get lost during your adventure, you can come to me. I can predict the path you should take for a small price. Right now, your main goal must be to save Princess Peach as quickly as is humanly possible, but... according to my second sight, your path must first take you to the great fortress of the Koopa Bros. To reach the Koopa Bros. Fortress, head east on the road in front of the Toad House. [MARIO GOES TO THE ROAD TO FIND SOME ODD-LOOKING TOADS] Toad #1: You don't wanna go out there. It's way too dangerous. Toad #2: Going to Koopa Bros. Fortress would be a huge mistake. Toad #3: Definitely. Definitely don't go. Toad #4: Most of all, though, you shouldn't go ask old man Merlon for help. That would be really bad news for us...I mean, for you! Don't even think about it! [MARIO GOES TO GET MERLON] Merlon: Come again? Strange Toads blocking the east side of Toad Town? That shouldn't be... That's ridiculous! Such a thing has never been heard of! Never! I'll get to the bottom of this. Follow me over there. I'll see what's going on. [MARIO FOLLOWS MERLON] Toad #1: I told you that you can't pass! Toad #2: Take off! Merlon: Hmmmm! You aren't Toads, are you?! Toad #3: Um...we don't know what you're talking about. Toad #4: Yeah, what gives? Ask anyone! We're just cute, ordinary Toads hanging out. Merlon: Reveal your true selves! [HE USES MAGIC ON THEM] Red Ninjakoopa: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!!! Merlon: Hmph! Just as I thought. You're the Koopa Bros.!! Red Ninjakoopa: How... How'd you guess it was us? We were perfectly disguised!! Shucks! Black! Yellow! Green! We retreat!! ...for now... [THEY RUN AWAY] Merlon: Mario, those imposters were none other than the Koopa Bros. You must pursue them to their hideout, the Koopa Bros. Fortress. Oh, Mario, there's one part of your fortune I haven't revealed. To get to the Koopa Bros. Fortress, you'll need help from a blue- shelled Koopa. This is a strange portent. In Koopa Village, you might find something that will clear it up. I must return home now. [HE GOES HOME] [MARIO HEADS OFF FOR KOOPA VILLAGE] ************** CHAPTER 1 [B4] ************** --PLEASANT PATH-- [MARIO GOES TO KOOPA VILLAGE] --KOOPA VILLAGE-- Koopa: Can it be...? Are you Mario? Welcome to Koopa Village! I wish we could really welcome you, but we're in big trouble. Can't you see what kind of madness is going on? This village is in an uproar because of the Fuzzies. You...do know what Fuzzies are like, don't you, Mario? They look like this Mean guys. They're really naughty. Oh, no! Stupid Fuzzy! Get back here with my shell! [MARIO GOES TO FIND SAID "BLUE-SHELLED KOOPA"] Kooper: Who's there? I'm kind of busy right now! What!? Wait... Could it be...?! Aren't you Mario!? You are! My name's Kooper! Oh, I'm so psyched to meet you! Us meeting here has gotta be fate or something. I need a huge favor... I hope you'll help me out. This wild Fuzzy took my shell, which, next to my life, is the most im- portant thing I have. I can't go out without my shell, period. Way too embarrassing. The problem is, the Fuzzies are too fast for me to catch alone. So if you don't mind, can you help me get my shell back? I'm begging you! Goombario: Hey, Mario. It looks like he's in a bad way. We ought to help him out. Kooper: The Fuzzy that took my shell is just inside my house. I'll guard the door while you grab him like: Whump! [MARIO GOES IN TO CATCH THE FUZZY] Fuzzy: Meeeooooooork! [MARIO CHASES FUZZY OUT OF THE HOUSE AND BEHIND THE VILLAGE] [THE FUZZY JUMPS IN A TREE] Fuzzy: Meeeooork! Meork! Come get it if you can! Nyeah, nyeah! Meeeeeoooooork! Guess where I'm hiding? [MARIO CORRECTLY GUESSES] Fuzzy: Meee-ooh? Not bad, chump! But that was just a warm-up! Meeeeeoooooork! Guess where I'm hiding? [MARIO MAKES ANOTHER CORRECT GUESS] Fuzzy: York!? Meeoork? You got me twice!? Must've been luck! Now I'm serious! Meeeeeoooooork! Guess where I'm hiding? [MARIO, ONCE AGAIN, GUESSES CORRECTLY] Fuzzy: Meeeeooooooh, noooo!!! I give! Uncle! Here, take the stupid shell! You're too tough for me. I won't be bad anymore, I promise. ...Maybe. [MARIO GOES TO GIVE THE SHELL BACK, AND GETS STOPPED BY KOOPER AFTER WALKING LEFT] Kooper: Mario! There you are! I realized I have to take a stand against these Fuzzies! If I can't get my own shell, I'll lose my reputation! I don't even care that I have no shell on! I'm gonna show these Fuzzies what's what! Goombario: We already got the shell back. [MARIO RETURNS THE SHELL] Kooper: Oh, yes! Yes! This is my shell, all right! Oh, yeah! Oh, yeah! Got my shell back! Uh-huh! You're the greatest, Mario! I owe you big time! Goombario: Good to hear you're happy. Kooper: Say, Mario... I have an idea... Do you happen to know Professor Kolorado? Goombario: Naturally he's a Koopa who's a professor of archaeology. He's also known as an explorer. Kooper: Right! Well, I live next to him. I've been admiring Professor Kolorado ever since I was in my egg! Nothing would make me happier than traveling the world, solving mysteries like he does! So... Do you think.. Could I... Please take me with you, Mario! I'll help! C'mon, lemme go! Goombario: What do you think, Mario? [MARIO ACCEPTS] Kooper: Oh, yes!! Yes!! I'm on my way! I swear, I, Kooper, will follow you anywhere, even to the ends of the earth! [KOOPER JOINS THE PARTY] [THEY TRY TO LEAVE, AND THE FUZZIES STOP THEM] Fuzzy: Meeooreeeeork! I changed my mind, sucker! How about a fight?! [THEY BATTLE AND MARIO WINS] Fuzzies: Meeoooorkoooonooo! We'll be good! We'll be good! [THEY RUN AWAY] [MARIO HEADS FOR KOOPA BROS. FORTRESS] --KOOPA BROS. FORTRESS-- [MARIO APPROACHES THE FRONT DOOR] [BLACK NINJAKOOPA COMES OUT] Black Ninjakoopa: Whoa! Mario!! What the...! Oh, we're in a world of hurt! Mario's here already! I gotta tell the leader! Red Kooooooopaaaa!!! [HE RUNS IN] [MARIO GOES IN AND MAKES HIS WAY THROUGH THE FORTRESS, RUNNING INTO GREEN NINJAKOOPA] Green Ninjakoopa: Ha! Let's see the great Mario get any farther now! Yeeek! Mario! You, uh... Don't try any... You'll still never find your way through this fortress! Umm... It looks like there might be some fighting here. How exciting! See ya! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO CONTINUES THROUGH THE FORTRESS, NOT SEEING YELLOW NINJAKOOPA PREPARE HIS TRAP] Yellow Ninjakoopa: OK! This is perfect...I think. Whoa! Looks like Mario's here! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO FALLS FOR THE TRAP AND FALLS INTO THE DUNGEON] [YELLOW NINJAKOOPA COMES BACK] Yellow Ninjakoopa: Bah ha ha ha ha! Loser! Serves you right! You fell for it! [MARIO HITS THE FLOOR OF THE DUNGEON] Bombette: Oh, what was that? Where did that fall from? Oh... I wondered what just fell, but...aren't you...Mario? I never in a million years thought I'd meet such a famous guy in a place like this. ...Who, me? My name's Bombette. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a Bob-omb. Pleased to meet you! [MARIO SPEAKS TO HER AGAIN] Bombette: What's that...? Why am I locked up here? Because I'm a menace! At least to these guys... Those uncouth Koopa Bros.! I was just one of many Bob-ombs working here. But those Koopa Bros.... Once Bowser took over, they started working us into the ground! I couldn't take it anymore, so I exploded next to them. Yeah, that was a mistake. The Koopa Bros. didn't like it. So they locked me in here. And then they locked up the rest of the Bob-ombs because they thought they might rise up. You know, a Bob-omb rebellion! What do you think about that? ...Oh, sorry... It's a long story, I know. Anyway, Mario, we want to get out of here. Do you think you could help spring us from this place or what? Pretty please? If you help us... I promise I'll return the favor. [MARIO AGREES] Bombette: Oh, how nice! We'll be good friends from now on, I can feel it! We'll make a super team, Mario! [BOMBETTE JOINS THE PARTY] Bombette: Now. Let's think of a way to get out of here. Oh, gee, I almost forgot! I haven't even told you about what I can do. Silly me! My specialty is exploding. Check this out. See, if there are any cracks in a wall, I can probably break it. Let me try this one. Puff, puff, puff... Take cover! [MARIO THROWS HER AT THE WALL AND IT BREAKS] Bombette: See that? You see what I bring to the party, Mario? ...? Oh! An escape route! Well, I... I guess I never thought about doing that before... I was so mad, I just blew up over and over in one place! Tee hee! OK, that was a little silly! Well, anyway, we can get out now, right? And so can everyone else! Thank you, Mario! From now on I'll tag along and help out wherever I can! You just ask, and I'll be there for you! Now enough chitchat! I have a little score to settle with those Koopa Bros.! [THEY LEAVE THE CELLAR] [A KOOPA AND SOME BOB-OMBS STOP THEM] Koopa: What's all this noise?! In case you Bob-ombs forgot, exploding is prohibited inside the fortress except in the case of emergencies! What in the...Mario!? What're you doing here? Nothing good, I bet! Everybody, get him! [THEY FIGHT, AND MARIO WINS] [THEY CONTINUE THROUGH THE FORTRESS] [THEY GET TO A BRIDGE OUTSIDE, BEING STOPPED BY THE KOOPA BROS.] Red Ninjakoopa: Well, well, well! Mario! I wouldn't have bet you'd make it this far. Pfffft... Don't get smug, pal! You just caught us off guard! Trust me, we'll mop the floor with you if we get serious! We're as cool as they come! Yeah, boys!! Open fire! [MARIO FIGHTS OFF SOME BULLET BILLS AND BILL BLASTERS] [THEY ENTER THE LAST AREA OF THE FORTRESS] Black Ninjakoopa: You guys ready?! Red Ninjakoopa: Hey, Black! What are you doing?! Hurry, man! Shake a leg! Koopa Bros. (in background): Ow! My shell! Get off! Wait... Wait a minute... Whoa!!! Oh, for the love of... What are you doing, Yellow?! That doesn't look cool at all! OK, hang on... OK! I'm ready, Red! Finally! Let's do this! Remember to look cool, guys!! Yaaaaaaaa!!! [THEY COME OUT IN THEIR ROBOT, BOWSER???, TRYING TO TRICK YOU] Bowser???: Gah ha ha ha!!!! I've been waiting for you, Mario! Bwa ha ha ha har! The strongest! And the coolest! Behold the glory that is the great Evil King Bowser!! It's time for me to beat these foolish ideas out of you! Saving Peach? Please!! Watch this and weep!! [THEY BEGIN TO BATTLE] Bowser???: Gah ha ha ha!! I am invincible! You are powerless before me! [THEY BATTLE MORE] Bowser???: What's the matter with you?! This isn't even funny! You can't even touch me!? [THEY BATTLE A LITTLE MORE] Bowser???: Gah ha ha ha!!! Oh...ha ha...you're so weak... ho ho...I can't stop laughing... (Heh heh heh... Mario really thinks that we're King Bowser!) (Shhhh!!! Mario'll hear us!) [THE BATTLE CONTINUES] Bowser???: Ugh, you're pathetic! Are you always this weak? The sequel should be called "Paper Bowser"! (Um... Red! We've got rips in a lot of different places here!) (Forget about it! Mario's shaking in his boots! Let's get him!) [MARIO FINISHES BOWSER??? OFF] Bowser???: Oh, no!! That costume was perfect!! Bowser loved it!! [MARIO FIGHTS THE KOOPA BROS.] Koopa Bros.: Here come the Koopa Bros.! OK, Mario! Have a taste of this! The Koopa Bros. special: super spinning attack! [MARIO ATTACKS THEM] Red Ninjakoopa: Whooooaa... We're going over!! [MARIO DEFEATS THEM] [THE KOOPA BROS. FALL OVER THE EDGE] Koopa Bros.: Whoa!!! Hey! Helloooooo? Somebody, let us out of here! [MARIO FREES THE STAR SPIRIT] "And so Mario and friends beat the Koopa Bros. at their fortress and rescued the first Star Spirit. Still, six Star Spirits remain imprisoned, and they must save them as quickly as they can. The future of the Mushroom Kingdom, Star Haven and, of course, Princess Peach... lies in the hands of Mario... and his new friends. Their adventure has just begun." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #1 [C1] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Peach: I wonder what Mario is doing right now... I wonder if he's hurt... I'm so worried about him! Twink: He'll be all right, Princess. Why, I bet he's saving some Star Spirits right now! Peach: Yes... You're right, Twink. I must be strong. I need to concentrate on finding a way out of here. Twink: But there are tons of guards just beyond your door... And it's impossible for you to escape through the window... Peach: Oh! Wait a minute! I remember the Minister telling me that there was a secret passage out of this room! Twink! Help me look for it! Twink: Cool! Great idea! [PEACH FINDS A BUTTON BEHIND A PICTURE] Twink: Oh! Look! There's something behind this drawing! Yes!! Cool!! Now we can get out of this room! [THEY GO TO A NEW ROOM BY SPINNING THE FIREPLACE AROUND] Peach: Ohhhh!!! Twink: Where are we... ? [PEACH FINDS A DIARY] Twink: Hey! Look at this! It looks like somebody left a private diary just lying around. Should we read it? [PEACH READS IT] Twink: Ohhh... You like doing this sort of thing, do you? Tsk tsk! OK, then...very quietly... Let's see... DIARY ----- Today I went to Star Haven and stole the Star Rod. Now I'm invincible! Cool! I also captured those seven Star Spirits, so they won't annoy me anymore. It was a hard day's work and I'm feeling pretty bushed. Dinner was nice but a bit bland. Twink: ....... I feel like I might know the person who wrote this. Should we read more? [PEACH SAYS YES] Twink: OK, let's continue. DIARY (CONT.) ------------- Today was great, diary! I used my castle to lift Princess Peach's Castle way up into the sky! Then I barged into Peach's Castle and beat up Mario! Yeah! Unbelievable, I know! So fun! Ad there's more! After that, I kidnapped Princess Peach! I couldn't be happier, diary! I hope she likes me... Twink: ...!! Princess Peach! This is Bowser's diary! Ugh! What'll we do? Should we read more? [PEACH SAYS YES] DIARY (CONT.) ------------- Well, the Koopa Bros. got beaten by Mario, diary. He even set free that stupid Star Spirit I kept there. I'm so mad I can barely write! "Ohh, I'm Mario, I'm so big and strong and good and helpful..." I hate him! But I'm not worried. There's no way Mario can save the Star Spirit being held in Dry Dry Ruins. To do that, he'd have to solve the mystery of the sands and then find Dry Dry Ruins in Dry Dry Desert. How would he even know how to go to the desert, anyway? So I'm not worried at all. In fact, I'm so calm I'm gonna go to bed now. Twink: !!!!! Dry Dry Ruins in the middle of Dry Dry Desert! One of the revered Star Spirits is being held there! Peach: Twink, do you think you can find Mario and tell him that? Twink: Yes, of course, Princess Peach! I'll find Mario right away... ??? [BOWSER WALKS IN] Bowser: Oh no! I can't believe I left my secret diary lying out! It would be so embarrassing if somebody read that thing... Whuh... Wha... Whaaaat? What's the princess doing here? AAhhhh!! You little sneak! You read my diary! [TWO KOOPATROLS COME IN] Koopatrol: King Bowser! Is there a problem? Bowser: You're the worst guards ever! Take Princess Peach back to her room! Immmediately!! Koopatrol: Yes, sir! Straight away! Forgive us, sir! [THEY PICK PEACH UP] Peach: Noooooo! Put me dooown! [THEY BRING HER TO HER ROOM] [TWINK FOLLOWS] --KOOPA. BROS FORTRESS-- Eldstar: Mario, I believe you'll save us all... From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate all you've done. Thank you. Since you have freed me from my prison, the seal on my power is broken, and I will recover it little by little. As long as an ounce of power remains in me, I shall help you. [HE GIVES YOU THE "FOCUS" AND "REFRESH" POWERS] Eldstar: Using a Star Power requires Star Energy. Would you like to listen while I tell you how to use Star Powers and Star Energy? [MARIO LETS HIM EXPLAIN] Eldstar: Mario...listen carefully. You must save the other Star Spirits quickly! If the seven of us come together, we'll be able to bestow upon you a Star Power called the Star Beam. The Star Beam is the only thing that can counteract the Star Rod that Bowser wields. I have to go back now... back to Star Haven. I must leave immediately. But I'll always be wathing you! Save us all, Mario! [HE FLIES AWAY] [MARIO LEAVES THE AREA] --PLEASANT PATH-- [MARIO HEADS FOR TOAD TOWN] [JR. TROOPA STOPS HIM IN THE AREA BEFORE] Jr. Troopa: Hold it right there, Mario! I've been waiting for you!! I told you I'd be back! Now I'll get my revenge! Here it comes, baby! Check this out! [HE ACCIDENTALLY SLIDES IN THE WATER] Jr. Troopa: Dwaaaahhhhhh! [HE CLIMBS OUT] Jr. Troopa: Mario! I'm talking to you! I promise you, this fight will be much different from before! Bombette: Who's this kid...? Let me get this straight... He wants to challenge you? He's got to be kidding! Jr. Troopa: Shut up!!!!! You! Mario!! Of course you remember me!? [MARIO SAYS YES] Jr. Troopa: That's right! Darn tootin'! I'm Jr.Troopa! This time, you're really gonna see some fireworks! [THEY ENTER BATTLE] Jr. Troopa: Get ready to hurt, Mario! I'm gonna show you a new skill I just picked up! Yeah! Check that out! You've never seen anything like it before, have you? Your attacks are useless now!! [MARIO ATTACKS] Jr. Troopa: Yeeowch!! Who knew that Mario had such battle skills? Grrr...it's not over yet, though! Yaaaaaaaahhh!!!!! [THE BATTLE CONTINUES, AND MARIO WINS] [JR. TROOPA LIES THERE, AND MARIO GOES BACK TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- [TWINK FLIES IN] Twink: Mario!! Mario! Mario! It's me, Twink. Remember me? I heard you saved the honorable Star Spirit who was captured by the Koopa Bros. Bowser and his gang are so angry about it! I knew you could do it, Mario! You're on your way! But enough celebration for now. I came bearing important information for you. It seems that one of the Star Spirits is being held captive somewhere in Dry Dry Desert. Bowser wrote it in his diary. Some place called Dry Dry Ruins. The princess braved the dangers of the castle to get you this clue, Mario! If we find out anything else, I'll hurry back to tell you. I have to go back to Her Highness now. She's so brave! I hope this news helps! [TWINK FLIES AWAY] [MARIO BEGINS TO HEAD SOUTH] Rhuff: Hey, mister! My dad's opened his shop. Don't you wanna take a look? It's really cool. It's a Badge shop. For Badges. Come on, check it out. We have lots of rare Badges, so take a verrrry close look. [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER AREA] [HE TALKS TO A BUB-ULB] Bub-ulb #1: P... Pppppppppppppppppppp... PUFFFFF! Well, hello there. My name is Bub-ulb. I came from Flower Fields, the wonderful land of flowers. I'd love to spread the wondrous flowers of Flower Fields all over your land! You like flowers, don't you? Of course you do. Who doesn't? For that reason I'll entrust this to your care. [IT GIVES YOU THE MAGICAL SEED] Bub-ub #1: That is a flower seed. If it's well cared for, a beautiful flower will bloom. These flowers are delicate... Only one with a loving heart can make them bloom in beauty. Please take good care of it, for beauty is fragile. [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER AREA] [MARIO USES BOMBETTE TO BLOW UP THE ROCK IN FRONT OF THE TRAIN] [MARIO SPEAKS WITH THE CONDUCTOR] Conductor: Oh, thank you, Mario!! The train's back on track! All aboard!! This train is bound for Mt. Rugged. Are you coming, Mario? [MARIO SAYS YES] Conductor: The train is about to depart. Please board quickly. [MARIO GETS ON] Engineer: Sit tight, folks. Now departing for Mt. Rugged. ************** CHAPTER 2 [B5] ************** --MT. RUGGED-- [THE TRAIN ARRIVES AND MARIO GETS OFF] Conductor: Mt. Rugged! Mt. Rugged! Passengers heading for Dry Dry Desert or Dry Dry Outpost, should proceed directly over Mt. Rugged from this station. [MARIO BEGINS TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN AND HEARS SOMEONE TALKING] Parakarry: Ah... No... Confound it! Where could it be...? [HE ACCIDENTALLY BUMPS INTO MARIO AND KNOCKS HIM OVER] Parakarry: Oh! Sorry, folks! Very sorry! I was looking for something and not watching where I was going. What now? Aren't you Mario? Why, you are! You're THE Mario! Hello there! The name's Parakarry. I deliver letters. Um... I'm normally a letter-perfect postman, but I'm having a bit of trouble with a lost letter. Wouldn't you know it--I dropped it on Mt. Rugged and now I can't find it... If you happen to stumble upon a letter anywhere around here, please tell me, all right? My job could depend on it! I'll be searching this area thoroughly for a while... [MARIO FINDS A LETTER AND GIVES IT TO PARAKARRY] Parakarry: Oh! That's the one! Aw, thanks for finding it! I'm so relieved. Uh... Actually... I'm also looking for two other letters I may have lost. It wasn't my fault, really! If you find them, could you...? Thank you so much. [HE FINDS ANOTHER AND RETURNS IT] Parakarry: Oh! There we go! That's one of the ones I dropped by accident! Thanks so much! Really! Of course, there's still one more letter left... If at all possible, could you please find it, too? I'm really scouring this area down here, but so far I haven't had much luck... [MARIO FINDS AND RETURNS THE LAST LETTER] Parakarry: The last letter! You found it! Now I've got all the letters I've lost...today. Oh, thank you so much! You're a lifesaver! I wish there were some way I could repay you for your help. Actually... To be honest... I haven't just lost letters on Mt. Rugged... I may have sort of dropped some all over the Mushroom Kingdom while I was flying. Heh heh... yeah. You know, you're good at finding letters. Do you think you could keep an eye out during your travels? In return, I would offer you whatever help I can. [MARIO SAYS HE CAN JOIN THE PARTY] Parakarry: Oh, praise the Stars! I wasn't looking forward to having to find those letters all by myself, no sir. I'll do my very best to help! You shall not regret this! [PARAKARRY JOINS THE PARTY] Parakarry: Now! Onward! Oh, but hey... By the way, if you want to deliver a letter to some- one, just speak to that person. I have to be next to you at the time for it to work, though. Keep it in mind, all right? [MARIO MAKES HIS WAY THROUGH MT. RUGGED] [HE TALKS TO A BUB-ULB ON THE MOUNTAIN] Bub-ulb #2: Huh...? You're talking to me? I don't see anyone else here... All right! You are talking to me! It's been a long while since I first came here from my home in Flower Fields, but you're still the very first person to speak a word to me. Nobody ever notices me. The few people I actually see just think I'm blooming. I love a good conversation! Here, take this as thanks! This is a precious Seed. Keep it well and remember me. [IT GIVES MARIO THE SEED] Bub-ulb #2: Please grow my Seed with care. It'll help you one day... [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER AREA AND CROSSES A BRIDGE] [HE GETS STOPPED BY A BIRD NAMED BUZZAR] Buzzar: Hey there! Hold up a sec, pardner! Just a dern minute... I've seen you somewhere... Yep, verrrry similar! You look a lot like this feller Mario who's on Bowser's wanted pos- ter... Now give! What's yer name? [MARIO SAYS THAT HE'S LUIGI] Buzzar: Hmm... Well... Luigi, eh, pard...? You do look like this dude... Well, yer not Mario, I guess. I reckon you can pass. [BUZZAR LETS YOU THROUGH] [MARIO GOES TO THE DESERT] --DRY DRY DESERT-- [MARIO GOES TO THE END OF THE DESERT, WHERE HE FINDS DRY DRY OUTPOST] --DRY DRY OUTPOST-- [MARIO WALKS TOWARDS AN ITEM SHOP AND THE MANAGER, LITTLE MOUSER, RUNS OUT] [HE FOLLOWS LITTLE MOUSER TO ANOTHER AREA, WHERE HE SPEAKS TO A GUY NAMED SHEEK, AND BACK] [MARIO ENTERS THE SHOP] [HE BUYS A DRIED SHROOM] Little Mouser: "Dried Shroom" will be 2 coins, but are you sure you want it? All right! Thanks!! [MARIO BUYS A DUSTY HAMMER] Little Mouser: "Dusty Hammer" will be 2 coins, but are you sure you want it? All right! Thanks!! What ho! Buying a Dusty Hammer after a Dried Shroom... ...is a secret sign that only friends of Mr. Moustafa know! ... That means... You're in with Moustafa! Hey! Brother! Good to meet you! Have any questions you need answered? ...You want to see Mr. Moustafa? He's usually up on the highest part of Dry Dry Outpost. Just keep going up, my man! [MARIO FINDS MOUSTAFA AND SPEAKS TO HIM] Moustafa: Hey, nice guy. We meet again. I'm glad you found me. [SHEEK REVEALS HIMSELF AS MOUSTAFA] Moustafa: I'm Moustafa. I'm the one you've been seeking all this time. When I'm out and about in Dry Dry Outpost, I use the name Sheek. It's always good to meet a genuinely nice guy. I meet people all the time, but you are by far the nicest guy I've met so far. Your name is Mario, yes? I heard that you want to go to Dry Dry Ruins. I have a feeling you are on an important journey, so I will tell you the secret. Dry Dry Ruins is a very important place. My ancestors have watched over it for many generations. If I do not keep evil folk out of the ruins, who will? You must promise me that you will tell no one this secret! I'll give you this. [HE GIVES YOU THE PULSE STONE] Moustafa: This Pulse Stone is the key to finding Dry Dry Ruins. Take it to the desert, yes? The Pulse Stone will flash above your head as you get close to the ruins. The closer you get to the ruins, the faster the Pulse Stone will flash. Follow where it leads you! Find the place where the Pulse Stone flashes the fastest and use it to open the way. [MARIO GOES BACK INTO THE DESERT] --DRY DRY DESERT-- [MARIO FINDS THE ENTRANCE TO DRY DRY RUINS AND PUTS THE PULSE STONE IN] [THE RUINS BEGIN TO RISE] [MARIO GOES INSIDE] --DRY DRY RUINS-- Tutankoopa: Bleeag, Blooooaaaagh!! I'm the huge, scary Tutankoopa! Remorseless king of the desert! Who dares set foot in this, my palace of the sands? Speak and be known! Begone from this place! Now! Or disaster will befall you! [MARIO HEADS DEEPER INTO THE RUINS] Tutankoopa: Fool! You have ignored my warning, haven't you? You fool! You will fall to my legions and become a mummy of the sands! [MARIO PROCEEDS THROUGH THE RUINS] Tutankoopa: Turn back, thief! Your time is running out! If you do not retreat, you'll be in grave trouble! I do not lie! You will regret it! [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER AREA TO FIND A SUPER HAMMER, AND GOES DEEPER IN THE RUINS] [HE PUTS THE THREE STONES HE FOUND IN THEIR PLACE AND FINDS A NEW PATH] [MARIO GETS TO A SMALL ROOM] Tutankoopa: This is your final warning! Enough of this foolishness! Leave at once! [MARIO HEADS INTO A PITCH DARK ROOM] Tutankoopa: Bleah heh heh heh... [TUTANKOOPA APPEARS] Tutankoopa: You!! You ignored all those very scary warnings! Don't you have the common sense to get scared and run away? What's wrong with you!? You shouldn't mess with Tutankoopa, a faithful follower of King Bowser! Ooops... I mean... You shall regret this! [THEY ENTER BATTLE] [MARIO AND HIS PARTNER ATTACK] Tutankoopa: Bleah heh heh heh... Come, Chomp! Come! Bite this intruder! [HIS CHOMP ENTERS THE BATTLE] [MARIO EVENTUALLY WINS] Tutankoopa: Noooooooooooooooooooo!! Aw... C'mere, Chompy... [THE CHOMP CHASES HIM OUT] Tutankoopa: Waah! What're you...ow! Help! [MARIO SAVES THE STAR SPIRIT MAMAR] "Thus Mario and the party unearthed the legendary Dry Dry Ruins deep within Dry Dry Desert. They smashed Tutankoopa the Wizard and freed Mamar, the second of the wish-granting Star Spirits. But the enemies awaiting Mario grow ever stron- ger... and the challenges more difficult. What's in store for Mario and friends... Where will their adventure take them next?" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #2 [C2] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- [BOWSER ENTERS PEACH'S ROOM] Bowser: Gwaa ha ha ha...hello. How're you feeling, Princess? Nothing makes me happier than a smile from you, Peach. Peach: Well, tough luck! I'm in a very bad mood, you monster! You've imprisoned all of the guests from the castle! You are the single greatest disaster to ever befall the Mushroom Kingdom! I'll tell you what: I'll smile when you make everything as it was before you showed up! Bowser: Gwaa ha ha! Oh, that's rich! You know I can't do that! That jerk Mario just beat the Koopa Bros. and Tutankoopa! Sure, they were complete wimps, but they were still loyal to me. I can't forgive Mario for disrespecting me! I'm nipping this in the bud right now. I'm going to use Invincible Tubba Blubba on him. He's the strongest creature I know...after me. You'd best forget about Mario... [KAMMY KOOPA COMES IN] Kammy Koopa: Your Nastiness! We have a problem! Bowser: Why, Kammy Koopa! What's got you so riled up? You look upset. Kammy Koopa: Psst...Psst...Psst... Bowser: Whaaaat!!? The Star Spirit flew away from Tubba Blubba's Castle...!? Kammy Koopa: Ki... King Bowser! Keep your voice down! Princess Peach will hear you! Bowser: Mmmm... Yes, right... Tell me the details over there. [THEY LEAVE THE ROOM] [TWINK COMES OUT] Peach: Twink, did you hear that? Twink: Yes! I sure did! The Star Spirit must have escaped... Did you hear him call that Tubba Blubba thing "invincible"? That doesn't sound good! Do you think Mario can win? Peach: We'd better try to find out about Tubba Blubba. If we could find something, ANYTHING, about a weak point... it might just save Mario! Twink: Good idea! Peach: Then... There's no time to lose. We won't get anything done if we stay in this room. [THEY EXIT THE ROOM AND GO INTO THE CASTLE] [THEY GO TO THE LIBRARY, AND MAKE IT TO THE END OF THE ROOM, FINDING TWO OF BOWSER'S MINIONS TALKING] Hammer Bro: ...Hey... Have you hear about Master Tubba Blubba? I heard a rumor that he loves eating ghosts! Koopatrol: Ugh... Ghosts, huh? Master Tubba Blubba... He lives deep inside of Forever Forest, doesn't he? I think he's guarding one of the Star Spirits right now. Hammer Bro: Yeah, Master Tubba Blubba lives in the castle at the top of Gusty Gulch. I heard that somewhere near his castle is a mansion and a village full of ghosts. I guess Master Tubba Blubba sometimes goes there to catch Boos. And then, when he catches one, he gobbles it down starting with its head! Chomp! Koopatrol: Brrrrr... Oh, man, that's so scary... Now I won't be able to walk to the bathroom alone at night... And I'm gonna have nightmares, I know it! Why'd you tell me? Hammer Bro: I also heard that Master Tubba Blubba is invincible. They say he can't be hurt. Nobody can even scratch him! He might even be stronger than King Bowser... Koopatrol: Stronger than King Bowser? Come on! That's impossible! Even Master Tubba Blubba has to have some weak points. It's just common sense! Hammer Bro: Yeah... You may be right... There's another rumor that Tubba Blubba's got a secret that would ruin him if it ever got out. I bet it's about his past. I heard he didn't used to be strong at all... Koopatrol: Shhhhhhhh!!!!! What if Tubba Blubba hears you? He might gobble us up! ...Still... What do you think his secret could be, anyway? Hammer Bro: I don't know. No one knows. That's why it's a secret, you half- wit! Peach: Twink... It sounds like Tubba Blubba has a weak point, after all. Twink: If only we could find out... Hammer Bro: ...Huh? Hey... Did you hear someone talking just now? Koopatrol: Gasp! Do you think someone knows we're goofing off in here? Hammer Bro: Oh! Whoa! Princess Peach!! How'd you get here? Koopatrol: I'm sorry to do this, but... You have to go back to your room. Right now. [THEY PICK HER UP AND CARRY HER AWAY] Peach: Oh! Nooo! [TWINK FOLLOWS] --DRY DRY DESERT-- Mamar: Thank you, Mario. At last I can head home to Star Haven. My name is Mamar. So nice to meet you in person! You've still got a long way to go, but I just know you can save Princess Peach! I'll do my best to help you! Here's a present for you. [SHE GIVES YOU THE STAR POWER "LULLABY"] Mamar: Call on me when times are bad. Believe in this, Mario: My powers are strong... I'm a Star Spirit, after all! Hm hm hm... Our powers are growing all the time. Keep up the good work, Mario! You must save the other Star Spirits as soon as possible! For now, I'm going back to recover in Star Haven. Who knows how my dear old Star Haven is faring without the Star Rod? Good-bye, Mario! I'm off! [MARIO HEADS ALL THE WAY BACK TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- [MARIO BRINGS A SEED TO MINH T. IN FRONT OF THE FLOWER GARDEN] Minh T.: Water and dirt, sunshine power, beautiful blooms, beautiful flowers. Hello! My name is Minh T. Please enjoy the beauty of this flower garden. I've heard there's a lovely flower we don't have here. Supposedly, Bub-ulbs have the only known seeds. This is what a Bub-ulb looks like. If you find a Bub-ulb, could you get seeds for me? I'll plant them in this flower garden and raise them lovingly. Oh! You'll give me this seed? Thank you! I really appreciate it. I'll plant it right away. [SHE PLANTS IT] Minh T.: These seeds relate to an age-old story. If you plant all four of the different-colored Bub-ulb flowers, a miracle will occur. I wonder what will happen? I can hardly wait for that day to come! [HE GIVES HER ANOTHER SEED] Minh T.: You've got a seed for me? Thank you! I'm really happy. [SHE PLANTS IT] [MARIO GOES TO THE AREA WHERE THE SEWERS ARE FOUND] [HE BEGINS TO CROSS THE BRIDGE] Fice T.: Aaaaaaaagh!! Brrrrrrrr... Juh...Just now, a ghost passed right in front of me... Uhhh...You saw it, didn't you? [MARIO SAYS YES] Fice T.: I...I'm not the only one!! Over there----!!!!! No, no, the other way---!!! It went into the forest!!! Ma... Mario, this madness has to end. Will you go into the forest and see what's going on? I'm ashamed to say it's my job, but I just can't go. I'm too frightened of ghosts! Puh... Please, I'm begging you. [MARIO GOES TO THE FOREST ENTRANCE] [THE GHOST APPEARS] Bootler: Pardon me, sir... Would you happen to be Mario? How do you do, sir? My master wishes to see you. If you would, please call on us at the mansion on the far side of Forever Forest. My master would also like me to add that she has in her possession important news regarding the Star Spirits. Please make haste! We shall await your arrival with a warm welcome. And if you don't come...we'll GET YOU!! BOOO! [HE DISAPPEARS] [MARIO GOES INTO THE FOREST] ************** CHAPTER 3 [B6] ************** --FOREVER FOREST-- [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER AREA OF THE FOREST] Oaklie: Hmm... What do you think you're doing? This is Forever Forest... The path ahead of here is extremely dangerous. Didn't you know that? You'd better go back. [MARIO SPEAKS WITH HIM AGAIN] Oaklie: Um-kay. So that's your story. You're invited to Boo's Mansion. You may pass, then. Listen carefully... If you want to get through this forest, you have to pay really close attention to your surroundings. If you choose the wrong paths, you'll end up at the forest edge before you know it. The areas around the correct paths will always look slightly different from the others. Watch carefully for clues. For example, in this area, take a good look at the inner trees as you walk around. In one of them, you'll spot strange, glowing eyes. The exit near that tree is the path you want to take. These clues will be different in other parts of the forest. Watch the inner forest very, very carefully as you go. [MARIO STARTS TO GO THROUGH THE FOREST, AND SPEAKS WITH A BUB-ULB HE FINDS] Bub-ulb #3: Heey! Hello there! I'm a Bub-ulb from the land called Flower Fields. ...A flower seed? Heh heh hm hmmf... Should I give it to you...? Or shouldn't I? Welllll.... I suppose I'll give it to you. Here you go. [IT GIVES YOU THE MAGICAL SEED] Bub-ulb #3: Please plant it somewhere nice and take extra good care of it. If you plant it somewhere bad and I find out about it, I might place a curse on you... Heh heh ho hm hm hmmf... [MARIO EVENTUALLY FINDS THE EXIT OF THE FOREST] --BOO'S MANSION-- Kooper: Phew! Well, it looks like we finally made it out of that spooky forest. Heyyy... Mario... What do you bet that's the mansion that the old Boo was talking about before? [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE GATE AND BOOTLER APPEARS] Bootler: Welcome, sirs and madam! I'm pleased you made it through Forever Forest. My master awaits you in the room highest up in this lovely mansion. Please go to the third floor. There you will hear all the news of the Star Spirits... I'll see you there... [MARIO ENTERS THE MANSION] [HE GOES INTO A ROOM AND OPENS A DRESSER TO RELEASE A LOT OF BOOS] Boo: Marioooooo... You have come... If you want this record, you must guess who holds it. The Lady Bow will be very angry if we let him get it too easily, fellow Boos! Do your best, like we practiced! [THEY PASS IT AROUND A FEW TIMES] Boo: Hey, hey, Boos and Boos! Who's got it? Choose, choose! [MARIO GUESSES WHO HAS IT CORRECTLY] Boo: Noooo! Boo hoo! You...You guessed right. Go on, take this. Oh Boo... Lady Bow's really going to flip out on us... [THE BOOS DISAPPEAR] [MARIO GRABS THE RECORD AND GOES TO A ROOM WITH A GRAMOPHONE] [MARIO PLAYS THE RECORD AT THE CORRECT TEMPO TO LURE THE BOO AWAY FROM THE CHEST AND MAKE HIM START DANCING] [MARIO GRABS THE WEIGHT FROM THE CHEST] Boo: Oh! Noooo... Lady Bow gave me one job...to guard that treasure chest. She is gonna punish me so bad if she finds out about this! Oh...well... I may still be OK. Heh heh heh heh... It's not like you can get anywhere without knowing how to use that Weight. [THE BOO DISAPPEARS] [MARIO PULLS DOWN THE CHANDELIER WITH THE WEIGHT TO DISCOVER A DOOR AND GOES DOWN TO A LOWER LEVEL OF THE MANSION] [HE FINDS AND OPENS A BIG CHEST] [LOTS OF BOOS FLY OUT OF THE CHEST] Boo: Marioooo... Welcooooome... If you want these Boots, you must guess who holds them. The Lady Bow will be very angry if we let him get them too easily, fellow Boos! Do your best, like we practiced! [THEY TOSS THE BOOTS AROUND A BIT] Boo: Hey, hey, Boos and Boos! Who's got 'em? Choose, choose! [MARIO CORRECTLY GUESSES WHICH BOO HAS THEM, AND GETS THE SUPER BOOTS] Boo: Noooo! Boo hoo! You...You guessed right. Go on, take them. Oh Boo... Lady Bow's really going to flip out on us.. [THE BOOS DISAPPEAR] [MARIO FURTHER EXPLORES THE MANSION AND FINDS A BOO'S PORTRAIT] [HE PUTS THE PORTRAIT BACK IN THE FRAME] Boo's Portrait: Phew... Ah, that feels better! It's nice to be back inside my frame after so long! All right, then. I'll help you go to the third floor, OK? Jump toward the drawing and I'll take care of the rest. [MARIO GOES TO THE THIRD FLOOR] Boo's Portrait: Say hello to Bow for me. [MARIO ENTERS THE DOORS] Bow: Gwah hee haha! You've finally arrived! You took your sweet time, huh? I was testing you to see if you live up to your reputation. How were the tests? Tough? [BOW AND BOOTLER APPEAR] Bow: My name is Bow. I'm glad to finally meet you. Bootler: I'm Bootler, the butler. I'm Lady Bow's humble servant. Bow: The reason I asked you here is that I need a favor. Bootler, give him the rundown. Bootler: Of course, my lady. Mario, do you know the area near here called Gusty Gulch? A hill rises at the top of the gulch, and upon it sits the castle of Tubba Blubba. He's a monster...and he eats... ...us! Ghosts!! Boos are his favorite food. Many friends have been eaten! We've tried attacking the evil fiend to save our friends, but Tubba Blubba is far too strong for us Boos to slow him down even slightly. He seems invincible. That's why he's known as the Invincible Tubba Blubba. There is hope, however. If the rumors are true, then Tubba Blubba has a secret that he closely guards. And that secret is... probably something that relates to his weak point. Bow: So, Mario, I want you to find out his secret and defeat him. You'll do it, won't you? Of course, you'll get a reward for doing us this service. If you beat Tubba Blubba up, I'll let you have this. [SHE SHOWS YOU A CAGED STAR SPIRIT, NAMED SKOLAR] Skolar: Mmmmm... Mario. I'm sorry we must meet in such a dire situation. My name is Skolar. I escaped from Tubba Blubba's Castle, but... I was in quite a weakened state when I made it outside. As a result, I couldn't go back to the sky at first. I tried to head for Shooting Star Summit to make the leap to Star Haven, but I became lost in the forest. While hunting for a way out, I was captured by Boos. And now here I am... I don't know what to say... Bow: What do you think, Mario? Not such a bad deal, is it? You would have had to fight Tubba Blubba to save this Star Spirit anyway, right? This way, you help us Boos, too. Besides, I'm going with you. I'll help you like no one else can. Bootler: ...My lady? What did you just say now? You? At Tubba Blubba's Castle? Quite out of the question! I simply cannot allow you to put yourself in such danger! Bow: Still your tongue, Bootler! I've seen too much suffering caused by Tubba Blubba! I wish to see him punished with my own two eyes. Besides, Mario will need me. There's no way he can reach the castle without my powers! Bootler: Oh...alas... Then, Lady, I, Bootler, will accompany you. It is my sworn duty to see that no harm befalls you. The ancestors demand it! I will be at your side always. Bow: You stop that nonsense! I'm not a child anymore! I'll be fine by myself! You wait here for my return. Bootler: La... Lady... Sigh... Bow: Is this all right, Mario? I'll join up with you until we oust Tubba Blubba. [BOW JOINS THE PARTY] Bow: OK, then! Tubba Blubba's going down! Gwaah ha haaa! [MARIO EXITS THE MANSION AND TAKES THE PATH BEHIND IT] --GUSTY GULCH-- [THEY COME TO A GATE] Bow: Go ahead, open it. [TWO BOOS OPEN THE GATE] Bow: So, Mario, we're on our way. Are you scared? [THEY HEAD TO THE GUSTY GULCH VILLAGE] Boo: Oh! Lady Bow! What a surprise, seeing you! You know, Your Ladyship, you really shouldn't come around here. It's dangerous. Tubba Blubba could come here at any time! Bow: I know! I came here to teach that Tubba Blubba a lesson! Bring him on! When was the last time he came through here? Boo: Why, just yesterday, Lady. It was horrible... He...ugh... This time, he...ate Herbert. Oh, it was gruesome! Poor Herbert! He was so dark and depressing! What a terrific Boo! Bow: Oh, no! Not Herbert! Ooh, Tubba Blubba... He must be stopped... Listen, everyone! Don't fear! We're on our way to defeat this Tubba Blubba once and for all! That monster has eaten his last Boo-meal! Boo: Oh! Lady! Your bravery is inspiring! But you know he's called the Invincible Tubba Blubba... Please be careful, OK? [THEY GO TO THE NEXT AREA OF THE VILLAGE] Stanley: Hello there! You're going up to beat Tubba Blubba, right? Yeah! Get revenge! He'll never eat another ghost! Never! Especially not... [THE GROUND BEGINS TO SHAKE] Stanley: Oh... Oh no! Tubba Blubba's coming! Everybody, hide!! Lady Bow! You have to hide Mario! Bow: Mario! We have to hide! Use my power! Immediately! Press C-Down! [TUBBA BLUBBA WALKS IN] Stanley: Everything's cool, Lady! He can't see you! Nope, there's no way Tubba Blubba can see you right now! Er... [TUBBA GRABS STANLEY] Tubba Blubba: Mmmm...looks yummy! I needed a snack! [HE EATS STANLEY] Tubba Blubba: Urp... A little tangy, but good. [TUBBA WALKS AWAY] Boo: Oh!! Stanley!! Oh, the horror of it all... [MARIO TRAVELS A LITTLE BIT AND ENTERS THE CASTLE] --TUBBA BLUBBA'S CASTLE-- [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE CASTLE TO FIND A FEW KEYS, AND ALSO UNLOCK SOME DOORS] [HE GETS TO A HALLWAY THAT TUBBA BLUBBA IS IN] Tubba Blubba: Mmm! What's this? Sniff, sniff... I smell something very fishy... [MARIO GRABS A KEY AND GOES THROUGH THE NEXT DOOR, AVOIDING TUBBA] [MARIO FINDS TUBBA BLUBBA'S ROOM, AND A CHEST BEHIND HIS BED] [BEFORE MARIO CAN OPEN THE CHEST, TUBBA COMES IN AND MARIO HIDES] Tubba Blubba: Hmmm, I might be in trouble. That Star Spirit ran away... And now I think someone suspicious is in the castle... I sure don't want to make King Bowser mad. He's scary. He did make me invincible, but if I screw up, he might change me back to normal. [HE WALKS TO THE BED] Tubba Blubba: ... Time for some beauty rest! [HE FALLS ASLEEP] [MARIO OPENS THE CHEST AND A KEY POPS OUT] Yakkey: Hi there! I'm Yakkey... ...a faithful and chatty follower of Master Tubba Blubba! My very important job is to guard his valuables! But...? You don't look like Master Tubba Blubba at all! ...That means you've come here to steal me, the magical key that unlocks the door to Windy Mill at the foot of Gusty Gulch? And furthermore, your goal is to find out if there's a secret inside that Windy Mill? [MARIO SAYS YES] Yakkey: ... You're a very honest person, aren't you? ...... Heeeeeeelp! Master Tubba Blubbaaaa!! A thieeeeeeef!!! Tubba Blubba: Grrrgh? Hmmmph? What's all the noise? Five more minutes, Mom... Bow: Oh no, he's awake! We have to run! [MARIO GRABS THE MYSTICAL KEY AND THEY RUN OUT THE DOOR] [TUBBA BLUBBA COMES OUT] Tubba Blubba: Hey, you! Thief! Stop! [HE SLAMS ON THE GROUND, CAUSING THAT LEVEL TO BREAK] [THEY RUN FOR THE EXIT OF THE CASTLE AND GO OUT THE DOOR] --GUSTY GULCH-- Boo #1: At last, we've arrived at Tubba Blubba's Castle! Are you ready, everyone? Be brave! We must do all we can to help the Lady Bow! Boo #2: But...what can we do? Boo #1: This is no time to lose our nerve, fellow Boos! Our dear lady is fighting against Tubba Blubba himself! We mustn't hesitate! Tubba Blubba: Come back here!! [MARIO AND BOW COME OUT] Boo #1: Wha... Wha... What's that noise? Tubba Blubba's chasing you?! And he's right on the other side of the door?! Gulp! What!? You might be able to find out Tubba Blubba's weak point? Oh, of course! The windmill at the foot of the hill... You must hurry! Run as fast as you can to the Windy Mill! We'll hold Tubba Blubba here! Bow: It's too dangerous! He's a madman! He'll eat every last one of you! Tubba Blubba: Grruuuur!! Why won't this door open?! Boo #1: I...don't know how long...we can... keep holding this. Don't worry about us! Go, for all our sakes! Don't look back! Tubba Blubba: I smell delicious ghosts! Open the doooooooor!! [MARIO AND BOW GO TO THE FOOT OF GUSTY GULCH AND INSIDE THE WINDY MILL] --WINDY MILL-- [THEY GET TO THE LAST ROOM OF THE MILL] Tubba's Heart: Who are you? What!? Mario!? Did someone... ...tell you that I'm the secret strength of Tubba Blubba!? Someone spilled the beans that the Tubba Blubba in the castle is just a shell and... ...I'm controlling it from here!? You can't trust anybody! I can't let you out of here knowing the secret of my "invincible" body! Sorry, but here we go! [THEY ENGAGE IN BATTLE] [MARIO AND BOW BOTH TAKE A TURN] Tubba's Heart: Hey, you! Lady ghost! You look quite tasty. Stick around after the battle. Fighting makes me hungry. Bow: Blech! You wish! You don't have a chance you ghost-gobbling freak! Mario! Now I'm really mad! Let's beat this thing up! Gwaah ha ha ha! Tubba's Heart: Heh heh heh heh... I'm gonna do this great attack. It's impossible to avoid. I just have to prepare a bit, so hang on for a second. [THEY BEAT TUBBA'S HEART] Tubba's Heart: Owwwweeee! Oh, I'm hurting! I have to get out of here! [THE HEART LEAVES WINDY MILL] [MARIO CHASES HIM OUT] --GUSTY GULCH-- Tubba's Heart: It's time to reunite! [THE HEART GOES BACK INSIDE TUBBA BLUBBA] Tubba Blubba: Oh yeah! Now I'm feeling good! With my heart and body united, there's no way to beat me! [MARIO AND BOW BEAT TUBBA BLUBBA QUICKLY] Tubba Blubba: Eeeeoooow!! Oh... Oh... Nooo! With my heart and body united, I'm not invincible anymore... Now I'm back to "not invincible" Tubba Blubba... That's so lame. I give uuuup! Look, I'll give back all the ghosts I ate! Forgive me! [HE SPITS OUT ALL THE GHOSTS HE ATE] Tubba Blubba: I'm actually a really sensitive guy trapped in a huge body. I don't wanna be invincible anymore if it means I have to fight guys like you! [TUBBA BLUBBA RUNS AWAY] Bow: Gwaaa ha ha ha. Serves you right! And everyone who got eaten has returned safely! Hooray! ...But I guess I'd better tell everyone not to scare old Tubba Blubba anymore. We used to love scaring Tubba Blubba night and day because he was such a coward. Oh well. We're not sorry for it! Scaring folks is what ghosts do, so Boo on him... Ha! Besides, that was a pretty invigorating experience. I've never felt so full of excitement before! And... Ahem... It was also a good learning experience. I think I'd better experience some more of the outside world. So... I think I'll accompany you a little longer. Is that OK, Mario? Of course it's OK, right? [MARIO SAYS YES] Bow: Done. You're so lucky to be able to travel with me. Gweaah heh ha! Here you go, Mario. I'm giving you back the Star Spirit, as I promised. Bootler! Snap to it! Come over here! Here, Mario. He's free now. [MARIO FREES SKOLAR] "After solving the secret of 'Invincible' Tubba Blubba, Mario and party set free Star Spirit Skolar. Now, with Tubba Blubba just a bad dream, the Boos are free to haunt to their hearts' content. Even the lonely wind echoing through Gusty Gulch seems to be celebrating the victory... at least for now. With newest party member, Bow, in tow, Mario and friends are ready to take on their next challenge." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #3 [C3] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Twink: I wonder how Mario is doing... Do you think he found a way to beat that Tubba Blubba? Peach: I wonder, too. I'm so worried... What if Mario got hurt...? Twink: Well... Um... No use wondering! Why don't we go out and try to eavesdrop again? If Mario managed to beat Tubba Blubba by now, Bowser and his followers will be really, really mad! ...Don't you think? Peach: You may be right, Twink! There's no use just sitting around worrying like this. Let's see what we can find out. [THEY GO THROUGH THE SECRET PASSAGE] [WHILE THEY ARE ARE TURNING AROUND, THEY SEE BOWSER AND KAMMY KOOPA] Bowser: It can't be!! No! No! No! Explain that again! Slowly! Kammy Koopa: Your Wretchedness, I keep trying to tell you. Tubba Blubba was...gulp...defeated by Mario. Bowser: Well, that's strange because... YOU TOLD ME HE WAS INVINCIBLE! How can you beat someone who's invincible? Grrrr... Stupid Mario... I guess maybe he found out the secret that made Tubba Blubba not quite so invincible... And then he beat him... Gah!!! I despise Mario! Really! Kammy Koopa: Your Filthiness... We have to come up with another tactic, and quickly. Mario will most likely go to Shy Guy's Toy Box next. Bowser: Yes... So we should prepare something there for his arrival. I won't be satisfied just having him beaten up anymore! What we need to do is find his weak point and completely humiliate him! Yeah! Kammy Koopa, you've gotta find out what Mario hates, and... Unh...? [THEY FINALLY NOTICE PEACH] Bowser: Gaaaah! For the love of... Why... Why is Princess Peach here?! What's wrong with those guards? No... Wait, hang on. This is actually good timing, my mischievous princess. We're just discussing the weak points of our mutual friend, Mario. So... Princess Peach... What do you know about his weaknesses, huh? And listen. You must be honest! Which one of these things does Mario hate most? [PEACH ANSWERS "MUSHROOM"] Bowser: Mmm... I see! Excellent! Is there another thing that fills him with dread? [PEACH ANSWERS "THUNDER RAGE"] Bowser: Good, good... And how about these things? Which one of these does he hate? [PEACH ANSWERS "SUPER SODA"] Bowser: Oh, excellent! Perfect! Thanks, Princess! Gwaa ha ha ha ha!!! Be sure Mario can't avoid these things that he hates! We'll beat him for sure! Did you get all that, Kammy Koopa? Get going immediately! Kammy Koopa: Bleah heh nyeah heh ho! Of course, Your Gnarliness! Mario's really in for it now... ...or is he...? Hmmm... I started to wonder for a second there... But, then again, King Bowser's ordered this so I have no choice but to obey him... I guess we'll see! Bowser: Of course you will. My tactics are brilliant. They're pure art! So... Kammy Koopa, have Princess Peach taken back to her room immediately. Finally, we will witness the end of Mario! At last! Gwaa ha ha ha ha ha!! Kammy Koopa: Guards! Attention! Take Princess Peach back to her room at once! Koopatrols: Yes, ma'am!! [THE KOOPATROLS PICK HER UP] Peach: Noooo! Not again... [SHE IS TAKEN BACK TO HER ROOM] [TWINK FOLLOWS] --GUSTY GULCH-- Skolar: Hello again, Mario. I knew you could do it. I don't know how to thank you. I knew it was the right decision to ask you to help us. You're a great man. Now that I'm free, I can help you. Ha!! [HE GIVES YOU THE STAR POWER "STAR STORM"] Skolar: ... Mario. I have one bit of bad news. Unfortunately, Bowser's life force seems to be getting stronger all the time. Most likely it's the Star Rod that's giving him more power. We're not even sure if he's noticing it or not, but there's no question that it's making him stronger than before. We will have to be much more carefu in the coming trials. Ah... I'm sorry to leave, but I must go back to Star Haven. The other Star Spirits are waiting for me there. Oh...and if you could... Please keep it a secret that I got lost in Forever Forest. Thanks, Mario. Bye! [HE FLIES TO STAR HAVEN] [MARIO GOES BACK INTO FOREVER FOREST] --FOREVER FOREST-- Jr. Troopa: Nooooo! Waaahh! Bugs! Get 'em off me! I'm lost in a freaky forest! S-s-so s-scared... Eeeek! [JR. TROOPA APPEARS] Jr. Troopa: Oh, Mario! Oh, thank... ...I mean, ah HA! Boy, are you unlucky to run into me again! Bow: Who is this kid? What a dirty little urchin... He must be lost... Jr. Troopa: Hey! Shut up! Shut uuuuup! I'm not a lost child! I'm your worst nightmare! Here comes the pain! [THEY BEGIN A BATTLE] Jr. Troopa: Don't think I'm as vulnerable as I was before. Check this out! More power!! [HE TRANSFORMS] Jr. Troopa: Ha ha! Yeah, that's right! Let's see how you like the new, improved Jr. Koopa! [MARIO EVENTUALLY WINS THE BATTLE] Jr. Troopa: Nooooo! Darn it! Darn it!! Darn iiiiiit!!! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO GOES BACK TO THE AREA JUST BEFORE FICE T. IN TOAD TOWN AND SEES JR. TROOPA AGAIN] --TOAD TOWN-- Jr. Troopa: Oh! I made it out of the forest! I could kiss this ground! Yaaaaahoo! [HE LEAVES] [MARIO CROSSES THE BRIDGE BY FICE T.] Tayce T.: Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh... NO! My favorite Frying Pan! [A SHY GUY RUNS AWAY WITH HER FRYING PAN] [MARIO GOES NORTH] Rowf: Hey! You! You little scamp! Get your hands off... Give me back my Calculator! [A SHY GUY RUNS AWAY WITH HIS CALCULATOR] [MARIO TALKS TO MINH T.] Minh T.: Shy Guys are trampling all over my flower garden! Oh! The poor flowers... They were so beautiful... It was my dream to fill Toad Town with beautiful flowers... I'm so sad... [MARIO HITS THE SHY GUYS WITH HIS HAMMER AND THEY RUN AWAY] Minh T.: Oh, thank you! The flowers give you their thanks as well, Mario! [MARIO GOES TO THE LEFT AREA] Russ T.: Aargh! Words are mocking me! I need that Dictionary!! [A SHY GUY RUNS AWAY WITH HIS DICTIONARY] [MARIO GOES TO HIS OWN HOUSE] --MARIO'S HOUSE-- [MARIO TALKS TO LUIGI] Luigi: Huff huff... You wouldn't believe it... Shy Guys were everywhere... They moved...like the wind! Huff huff... All I managed to do was get really upset and yell. [MARIO WHACKS THE SHY GUY WITH HIS HAMMER AND IT RUNS AWAY] [HE TALKS TO LUIGI AGAIN] Luigi: Huff Huff... I'm a great jumper, but my running really needs some work. A little more training and I'll be vital to your team... All right, take it easy. I know I can't go. You go on your adventure. I don't even want to anymore. I know that it's up to you to save Princess Peach, so hurry up for my sake! [MARIO GOES BACK TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- [MARIO GOES BACK BY MERLON'S HOUSE] [MERLON IS OUTSIDE SO MARIO TALKS TO HIM] Merlon: Oh, it's you, Mario. What fortunate timing. Hmm...? The town seems to be pretty active today, but it's none of my concern. I had a dream last night, and another oracle spoke to me. Its voice was heavenly... "If you keep going around and around the red palm tree in the distant desert town -- Dry Dry Outpost -- something good will happen." So said the voice in my dream. It doesn't seem to make any sense at all to me. In fact, thinking about it makes me so uneasy that I can't sleep at night. If you find out what it means, please tell me. [MARIO GOES TO THE AREA LEFT OF TAYCE T.] Twink: Mario! [TWINK FLIES IN] Twink: Mario! Mario! Good to see you! We found out that you defeated Tubba Blubba! I knew you could do it! I just knew it! When we heard the news, the princess was very relieved. Oh, yes... I've got new information about the honorable Star Spirits who are still imprisoned. Have you ever heard of Shy Guy's Toy Box? It seems that one of the honorable Star Spirits is being held there. ...But where on earth is Shy Guy's Toy Box? I have no clue... ...Oh, time is short! I have to go back to the princess now. Good luck, Mario! Princess Peach and I are always cheering you on. [HE FLIES BACK TO PEACH] [MARIO GOES INTO A VACANT HOUSE NEAR HIM AND USES BOW'S POWER] [A SHY GUY COMES IN] [IT OPENS A SECRET ENTRANCE] [MARIO GOES THROUGH AND FINDS A TOY BOX, WHICH HE ENTERS] ************** CHAPTER 4 [B7] ************** --Shy Guy's Toy Box-- [MARIO GOES TO A ROOM WHERE KAMMY KOOPA IS PUTTING A MUSHROOM IN FRONT OF A CHEST] Kammy Koopa: Nyeah heh heh... Perfect. Mario hates this thing, so he'll surely turn back. Uh... I think... That doesn't look like the sort of thing that'd bother Mario. I wonder if I should really trust what Peach says... Well...it doesn't matter. King Bowser ordered it. And he's the boss! [SHE FLIES AWAY] [MARIO GETS A KEY FROM THE CHEST AND GOES BACK TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- [MARIO GOES IN THE ITEM SHOP AND GETS THE TOY TRAIN] [HE PUTS IT IN THE TOY BOX AND TALKS TO THE ENGINEER] --SHY GUY'S TOY BOX-- Engineer: Yaaaahoo! We're back in business! This train just dropped out of the sky and onto the tracks! Public transit's up and running! You can use the switches in front of the station to choose the train's direction. Have you figured out which way you want to go? Please tell me again if you're sure that's the way you want to go. All aboard! [MARIO TALKS TO HIM AGAIN] Engineer: Where would you like to go? [MARIO GOES TO THE PINK STATION] [HE GOES TO A DIFFERENT ROOM TO FIND KAMMY KOOPA PUTTING A THUNDER RAGE IN FRONT OF A CHEST] [HE GETS TAYCE T.'S FRYING PAN FROM THE CHEST] [MARIO EXPLORES A LITTLE BIT AND EVENTUALLY, HE FINDS A FAT SHY GUY NAMED GOURMET GUY AND SPEAKS TO HIM] Gourmet Guy: Everybody calls me Gourmet Guy. I don't know why. I'm just an ordinary, food-loving Shy Guy. Sigh... I'm hungry.. [MARIO TALKS TO HIM AGAIN] Gourmet Guy: I'm too hungry to move! I'm famished! I must eat! I need a sweet, sweet Cake! Sweet Cake...with frosting... and cookie crumbles... [MARIO GIVES HIM CAKE] Gourmet Guy: Oh... Ohhh, mmmm... Ohhhhhhh!!!!! Deeeliciouuuuuuus!!! This is lip-smacking good!!!! [GOURMET GUY GOES CRAZY] Gourmet Guy: Yuuuuummmm!!!!!!!! [HE, SOMEHOW, FLIES AWAY] [MARIO GETS A COOKBOOK HE DROPPED] [HE FIXES THE TRAIN TRACKS AND GOES TO THE GREEN STATION] [KAMMY KOOPA KOOPA PUTS A SUPER SODA IN FRONT OF A CHEST IN ANOTHER ROOM] [MARIO GETS A NOTE FROM ONE SHY GUY AND A DICTIONARY FROM THE CHEST] [MARIO GIVES RUSS T. THE DICTIONARY, AND HE DECIPHERS THE NOTE TELLING MARIO HOW TO FIX THE TRACKS] [MARIO FIXES THE TRACKS AND GOES TO THE RED STATION, FINDING A DARK ROOM WHERE THE BIG LANTERN GHOST IS] Big Lantern Ghost: Wee hee hee hee... Someone... has come... Someone is here in the dark... Wee hee hee... Oh... Could it be...? Wee hee hee hee... It's Mario!! Looks like you're mine, Mario! Wee hee... I won't let you go...anywhere... [THE BATTLE STARTS] Big Lantern Ghost: Wee hee hee... I'll take care of you quickly, then return to my darkness. I hate the light... So... I'll take you with me... ...to the deep dark... [BOW SMACKS THE LANTERN] [MARIO ATTACKS] Big Lantern Ghost: Ow, that light! It's so bright... This is no good... Here...darker and darker... [HE BLOWS OUT THE LANTERN] [MARIO EVENTUALLY BEATS HIM] Big Lantern Ghost: Nooooooooo!! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO TALKS TO THE LANTERN] Watt: Hi, mister! I'm Watt. Can I, um, get out of here? [MARIO WHACKS THE LANTERN WITH HIS HAMMER AND WATT COMES OUT] Watt: Hm hm hee hee... Yay! I got out! Yay for me! Thanks, mister! Hey! Aren't you, um, Mario!? You just saved me like a hero! You're a hero, aren't ya? You're the coolest!!! You saved me from the mean guy who laughed like, "Wee hee hee!" I gotta make it up to you! I'll go with you, Mario, OK? I heard the, um, Shy Guys saying that you're trying to save Princess Peach from Bowser. You're super great! You're the greatest great guy! I think you're the best! So, um, I really want to help. I'll be good, really! [SHE JOINS YOUR PARTY] Watt: Ooh, it's pretty dark, huh? I kinda like the dark... But, um, now I can show you how helpful I can be, OK? Use my power, OK? [MARIO USES HER TO LIGHT THE ROOM] Watt: Wow, pretty cool, huh? Look! It's so bright now! Tee hee hee... I bet nobody else can help out like that, huh? Can they? Nope! Now! Let's go! Hm hee hee hee... [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER ROOM TO FIND SOME SHY GUYS] [BOMBETTE IS USED TO BLOW UP THE WALL AND THE SHY GUYS RUN INTO A DARK ROOM] [MARIO HAS WATT LIGHT UP THE ROOM] Shy Guys: Waaah! Help me!! [THEY BREAK DOWN THE WALL AND GO INTO THE NEXT ROOM] [MARIO FOLLOWS AND MEETS GENERAL GUY] General Guy: So, you came, did you? I'm General Guy. We're following the orders of King Bowser by guarding a Star Spirit. As long as we keep it secure, we have permission to do whatever we want. You hear!? I don't care for you, sir. You are rude, and furthermore, you're trespassing in here. Our Toy Box is off limits to the likes of you! The treasures inside this box are for Shy Guys only! And that Star Spirit's fate is none of your business! Prepare to fight me, sir! Taste defeat! Charge!! [THE SHY SQUAD STARTS A BATTLE WITH MARIO] Shy Squad Leader: OK, guys! All together now! Let's rush him! Chaaaaarge!!! [MARIO BEATS THEM] General Guy: Mercy, he beat 'em all up! That surely isn't good... Guess it's up to me! [GENERAL GUY BRINGS HIS MACHINE IN] General Guy: Mario! You, sir, will pay! You beat my infantry, but that's all you'll do! Prepare for the next wave! [HE BRINGS IN TWO STILT GUYS] General Guy: Go! Attack, Stilt Guys! Fight! Fight! Fight! Stilt Guys: Yes, sir! Right away, sir! [MARIO BEATS THE STILT GUYS] General Guy: Grrrrrrrrr!!!! Unbelievable!! I guess it's time for my special battalion... [HE BRINGS IN TWO SHY STACKS] General Guy: Ho ho ho ho ho ho!! I pity you, sir!! It's time you paid, Mario! Attaaaaaaaack! Shy Stacks: Yes, sir!!!!! [MARIO BEATS THE SHY STACKS] General Guy: ............ Gah! Grrrr...! Fine! I'll beat you myself! Nobody embarrasses the brave Shy Guys of my army! Nobody! [MARIO ATTACKS GENERAL GUY] General Guy: Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!! That hurt!! Where'd you learn to fight? You must be cheating! [WATT ATTACKS] General Guy: Grrrr! My high-tech tank defenses don't seem to stand up to that electric attack! Quit doing that! It's...it's too powerful! You're breaking the rules of war! [THE BATTLE CONTINUES, AND EVENTUALLY MARIO WINS] [THE SHY GUYS ALL RUN AWAY] Watt: Yay! Yippeeee!! We beat the Shy Guys! Hm hm hee hee hee!!! You weren't so tough, you silly old Shy Guys! I beat 'em up! ... Didn't I, Mario? [MARIO FREES MUSKULAR] "To save the fourth Star Spirit, Muskular, Mario and team disbanded the gang of Shy Guys toughs. Slowly, it seems as if the life force is returning to the once bleak night sky... But the stars won't truly shine until the Star Rod is wrested from Bowser's evil grasp. Three Star Spirits still await rescue. Where in the world are they being held?" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #4 [C4] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Peach: Hey... Twink. Those guards have stopped paying attention to us again. Let's sneak out of here. We might be able to find some news to help Mario. Twink: Do you think it's still safe to use that secret path? Don't you think Bowser's figured it out by now? Peach: It's still all right, Twink. Bowser hasn't noticed anything. He looks scary, but he's basically a major bonehead. Let's get out of here. C'mon! [THEY TAKE THE SECRET PATH OUT] [THEY GO INTO A ROOM WITH A DINNER TABLE AND FIND THE GOURMET GUY] Gourmet Guy: Urp... Huh...? Who are you? Peach: Why, I'm Princess Peach. And who might you be? Gourmet Guy: Oh! You're Princess Peach. Everyone calls me the Gourmet Guy for some reason. I guess I'd better report you to King Bowser. You aren't supposed to leave your room. But I AM really hungry... Tell you what... I'll keep this a secret if you make something really yummy. So, Princess Peach, what do you say? Will you cook me something or what? Peach: I'd love to cook for you, Mr. Gourmet Guy, but... I have no ingredients and no utensils. Gourmet Guy: Aw, that's no problem. There's a kitchen one floor below us. It's five-star! You can go cook there! Here, you'll need this. This key will open the door that leads downstairs. Now you can get to the kitchen. [PEACH GETS A KEY] Gourmet Guy: So! I'll just sit here and wait for my yummy meal, OK? Oh yeah, I forgot... There are plenty of guards downstairs, so be careful. [PEACH GOES TO THE KITCHEN] Peach: Well, here's the kitchen. So... What shall we do first? Twink: Princess Peach! This looks like a good cookbook. Let's use it, OK? Peach: How's it look? Twink? Anything look really yummy? Twink: Hang on a second... Oh! How about this? "Special Strawberry Cake." Peach: ...Sounds good! Let's whip one up! OK, Twink, read me the recipe. Twink: Well... OK, please listen carefully. First... put Sugar and Eggs in a bowl. Go ahead, Princess Peach. When you've finished, let me know and we'll move on to the next step. [PEACH PICKS UP AN EGG AND SOME SUGAR AND PUTS THEM IN A BOWL AND TALKS TO TWINK] Twink: Done? [PEACH SAYS YES] Twink: OK. Let's move on to the next step then. Now... Mix and whip the ingredients in the bowl. [PEACH PUTS A SPOON IN THE BOWL AND GETS READY] Twink: All set? When I say "start," press A as fast as you can for 10 seconds to mix the batter. Are you ready? Start! [PEACH MIXES FOR TEN SECONDS] Twink: That's it! Great job! Did it go well, Princess Peach? [PEACH SAYS YES] Twink: OK. Let's go on to the next step then. Now... Put Flour and Butter in the bowl. Go ahead, Princess Peach. Just let me know when you're done and we'll move on to the next part of the recipe. [PEACH PUTS THE FLOUR AND BUTTER IN THE BOWL AND TALKS TO TWINK] Twink: Done? [PEACH SAYS YES] Twink: OK. After you've mixed the ingredients in the bowl, pour it into the pan. [PEACH MIXES IT A LITTLE MORE AND PUTS IT IN THE PAN] Twink: On to the next step! Now... Bake the batter in the oven for 30 seconds. OK. Head over to the oven. [PEACH WALKS TO THE OVEN] Twink: You can put the cake in the oven with A. Press A again when you think 30 seconds has passed, then take the cake out of the oven. You can't redo this part, so be extra careful. OK. Please put it in the oven. [PEACH PUTS IT IN THE OVEN FOR 30 SECONDS AND TAKES IT OUT] Twink: Done? [PEACH SAYS YES] Twink: OK, put the cake on the table to cool. [PEACH PUTS IT ON THE TABLE] Twink: OK. This is the last thing to do. We're going to decorate it with cream and strawberries. Let me know when you're all finished decorating. [PEACH DECORATES THE CAKE WITH CREAM AND STRAWBERRIES AND TALKS TO TWINK] Twink: Done? Yes!! We made it! It looks great! OK! Let's take this to Gourmet Guy! [THEY BRING THE CAKE TO GOURMET GUY] Peach: Here you go! Gourmet Guy: Oh! I've been waiting so long! I've wasted away to nothing! Thank you! [HE EATS THE CAKE] Gourmet Guy: Oh... Ohhh, Ohhhhhhh!!!!! Deliciooouuuuus!!! This is way too DELICIOUS!!!! [HE GOES CRAZY AGAIN] Gourmet Guy: Phew... That was really good. I haven't felt this way since... well, ever! To show you my gratitude, I'll tell you a secret. One of the Star Spirits is inside Mt. Lavalava on Lavalava Island. This island is to the south. You should tell this to Mario. But you'd better tell him that there's also a nasty Lava Piranha guarding the Star Spirit. He'd better be careful. I really don't dislike Mario. That's why I'm telling you this. [GOURMET GUY LEAVES] Peach: Twink, did you hear that!? Mt. Lavalava! Lavalava Island. The Star Spirit is being held inside that volcano! Twink: Mario could really use this information, huh? Peach: Yes, he could... Twink, I'm sorry that I keep asking you to do this stuff, but...can you go tell Mario? Twink: Of course I will. I'll do it right now! I'll be back soon, Princess Peach! [HE FLIES TO TOAD TOWN TO TELL MARIO] Kammy Koopa: What's with all the shouting? Keep it quiet in here!! [KAMMY KOOPA WALKS IN] Kammy Koopa: So! It was you, Princess Peach! You've got to keep it down! You're a prisoner, and as a prisoner you need to keep... ...Whuh!? What are you doing out of your room, anyway! Guards!! Get the princess! [TWO KOOPATROLS COME AND PICK HER UP] Peach: Nooooo!! [THEY TAKE HER TO HER ROOM] --TOAD TOWN-- Muskular: Phew! Ahhh, fresh air! After being cooped up in there for so long, I could really use some outdoor excerise. My name is Muskular. Mario, I must thank you for saving me. Now it's my turn to help you. Behold! [HE GIVES YOU THE STAR POWER "CHILL OUT] Muskular: Call on me whenever you find yourself in trouble. I'll always come quickly to aid you in battle. Now... I'm going back to my dear old Star Haven... Twink: Mario! [TWINK FLIES IN] Twink: Mario! Mario! I have news... News from the castle... Gasp! Honorable Star Spirit! Muskular: Hi! Hmmmmmmmmmm... I believe you are... Twink, no? You're the youngster who recently ascended from Starborn Valley up to Star Haven. Twink: What!? You remember my name?! Muskular: Ha ha ha! Why, of course! We're like family! Twink: I... I... I'm so touched!! Muskular: Ho ho ho! Don't make such a fuss, lad. I'm sure you'll go up to do great things! I must take my leave now. Good-bye! Twink, Mario! [HE FLIES TO STAR HAVEN] Twink: Wow! I talked with Muskular, the honorable Star Spirit! I rarely have such a chance, even at Star Haven. I'm shaking! Oops, I'm sorry! I have some important news from the castle. According to the information Princess Peach and I got... It seems that one of the honorable Star Spirits is being held at Mt. Lavalava on Lavalava Island. You wouldn't believe what the princess went through to get this information. I hope it will be of help... I'm going back to rejoin Princess Peach now. Mario, as always, good luck. The princess and I will keep looking for useful information. [TWINK FLIES BACK TO PEACH] [MARIO GOES TO THE PORT AND SEES KOLORADO] [MARIO WALKS ON TOP OF THE WHALE IN THE WATER AND SPIN JUMPS ON HIM] Whale: Ouch! Yeeouch! What are you doing! Kolorado: Oh, good heavens! I was wondering what this was. It seems to be a huge tuna! Whale: Ooooog... I'm not a tuna. I'm a whale. ...And I have problems! It feels like something's jumping around in my belly! Ow ow ow... Help me! Kolorado: Hmm... I say... Old boy, this great tuna seems to have a bit of a bellyache. Mario, what say you lend this fish a hand, hm? Whale: Ugh... I told you I'm not a tuna... I'm not even a fish... And I have a headache from your jumping around on me, too! Do you think you could check my belly? I'm begging you, please... [MARIO GOES INSIDE HIS STOMACH, USING WATT TO LIGHT IT UP] Fuzzipede: Waaaah! Who dat!! What d'you think you're doin' with that light? [MARIO CATCHES HIM AND THEY START TO BATTLE] Fuzzipede: Hey, fella! You wanna piece o' this? You got it! I'm ornery as all get out! Prepare for some pain! [THEY BEAT HIM AFTER A FEW TURNS] Fuzzipede: Awwwww... Shucks! First I think I get away from that ol' fishin' man... and then I get all swallowed up by some huge fish... and then this fella with the mustache goes upside my head. I've just been fallin' outta fryin' pans into fires since I was just a grub. Talk about a lousy lot in life. Whale: Mario, it's me! You know, the whale? Can you hear me? That stomachache seems to have cleared right up! I feel fantastic! Whooooosh! [THE WHALE LETS THEM OUT OF HIS BLOWHOLE] Fuzzipede: Hey, it's you, boy! You're that dumb ol' fish that ate me up and such! You plumb idiot! You know, I thought I was a goner for sure! Whale: I'm awfully sorry. I was just having a nap with my mouth open. Fuzzipede: Well, I supposed I can see my way to forgivin' you this time, but you just watch it. Er... I reckon I owe you some thanks, after all, Mr. Mustache. Y'all take care, now. [FUZZIPEDE LEAVES] Whale: Whew! I feel so much better now! They should call you Dr. Mario! There must be some way I can express my gratitude! I've got it! I, the tuna, am... I mean... I, the whale, am quite good at swimming. To express my thanks, I'll take you anywhere you want to go. Kolorado: Pardon the eavesdropping, but did you just say "anywhere"? Mario! You old tuna tamer! Accompany me to the shores of Lavalava Island! What a trip it'll be! The island will be wonderful! You must trust my instincts! Watt: Mario, um... I think the Star Kid said a Star Spirit was...um, caught on the big Lavalava Island. We...um, we should go. Big whale give us a ride. Whee! Whale: Huh? Lavalava Island? Yes, of course I know where it is, but... There's a big volcano on the island and it's on the verge of erupting. Very dangerous. Do you still want to go? Well... OK, then. It's your call. Just let me know when you're ready to go. [MARIO TALKS TO THE WHALE] Whale: Do you want to go to Lavalava Island? [MARIO SAYS YES] [HE GETS ON THE WHALE'S BACK] Kolorado: Ulp. Sure this is safe, then? Make some room, hm? [KOLORADO GETS ON THE WHALE] Whale: OK! We're off to Lavalava Island! The sea is calling! Kolorado: I can't believe we're on a tuna. Mario, do you ever think about how stange life can be? [THE WHALE TAKES THEM TO LAVALAVA ISLAND] ************** CHAPTER 5 [B8] ************** --LAVALAVA ISLAND-- Whale: If you want me to take you back to Toad Town, just ask. Kolorado: Yes, well. Finally made it, eh? So this is Lavalava Island... Gracious! Behold, Mario! There! Off in the distance! The top of Mt. Lavalava! Triumphant! We must hurry! Make haste! [KOLORADO STARTS TO RUN TOWARDS THE VOLCANO] [MARIO FOLLOWS HIM AND HEARS HIM SCREAMING ON THE WAY] Kolorado: Yaaaaaaaargh! Help, I say! Heeeeeelp! [MARIO DEFEATS THE JUNGLE FUZZY ATTACKING KOLORADO] Kolorado: Phew... You saved me! Many thanks, old chum. Well, enough of that! Let's pull ourselves together and press on, what say? [MARIO GOES TO THE ISLAND VILLAGE] --YOSHI'S VILLAGE-- [MARIO EXITS THE LAST AREA OF THE VILLAGE] --JADE JUNGLE-- [KOLORADO IS SCREAMING AGAIN] Kolorado: Yaaaaaaargh!! Yeeeeek! H---E---L---P... HELP!! [MARIO BEATS THE SPEAR GUY ATTACKING KOLORADO] Kolorado: Phew... You saved me once more. You're top notch, Mario! Now, I feel that our destination, the volcano, is quite near. Let's press on while our spirits are high, eh? [MARIO FOLLOWS KOLORADO TOWARD THE VOLCANO AND TALKS TO HIM] Kolorado: Ah! Mario... Have a look at this! Looks like the entrance to the volcano, eh, old boy? Somewhere in that volcano are the treasures I'm looking for! I know it! The secrets of an ancient civilization! And yet... I can't find a way in... Bit of a sticky wicket, hm? But I shall not give up! A god explorer never stops gathering information. Let's go back to the village to look for clues. There must be a way in there. There simply must! Come now! [MARIO FOLLOWS KOLORADO AND HEARS HIM SCREAMING AGAIN] Kolorado: Ugh... Geaargh!! S--T--O--P! STOP IT!! [MARIO GOES BY KOLORADO] Kolorado: ...Oh ho ho ho! Did you think I was beset by enemies again, old boy? Just a bit of a joke! Explorers must have a sense of humor, don't you know. At any rate... Let's move on, hm? [MARIO GOES BACK TO THE VILLAGE] --YOSHI'S VILLAGE-- [ALL THE YOSHI PARENTS GO CRAZY BECAUSE THE KIDS WENT INTO THE JUNGLE] [MARIO GOES INTO A DIFFERENT JUNGLE AREA TO FIND THEM] --JADE JUNGLE-- [MARIO GOES TO THE FIRST AVAILABLE AREA AND HEARS SCREAMING] Sushie: Get back here this instant!! You little ingrates! [MARIO FINDS SUSHIE STUCK IN A TREE] Sushie: Hey, you! Down there! Look up here if you hear me! This is so embarrassing... I'm stuck in this tree. Can you help me out somehow? [MARIO HITS THE TREE WITH HIS HAMMER TO KNOCK HER OUT] Sushie: Come on, now! Try harder!! [MARIO HITS IT TWICE] Sushie: Oh, phew...I'm saved. I feel like one big ache. Thanks for getting me out of that tree. I think I'll be OK now. Oh! Oh...those little... I was chasing those naughty little Yoshi boys, and I fell into their trap. Don't they know how dangerous it is to go into the jungle? I have to find them before they get in too deep! As for you, you'd better get back to the village, too. It's dangerous out here. Why on earth did you come into the jungle, anyway? Well! So! You're looking for those little rascals, as well. Then, I don't see why we don't just look for them together. They really don't understand the dangers of the jungle, so we have to find them soon... Oh, my! How impolite! I haven't even asked your name. What is it, pray tell? Mario, huh? Hmmm. Well, I've never heard of you before. You must be from far away or something. Enjoy lovely Lavalava Island! ...That's what I'd usually say, to a visitor, anyway, but first, could you help me find these boys? [SUSHIE JOINS YOUR PARTY] [MARIO GOES TO A DIFFERENT AREA AND HEARS A YOSHI KID CRYING] Yoshi Kid #1: Buh-buh-boooo huh-hoooo! [HE IS FOUND BEHIND A BUSH] Yoshi Kid #1: Aiigh! That was so scary! We were playing hide-and-seek and there was this weird plant and it trapped me here! Sushie, you were right! This jungle's really dangerous! I'm sorry I disobeyed you. Thanks for coming to get me. I'm going home now. [YOSHI KID #1 GOES BACK TO YOSHI'S VILLAGE] [THEY FIND YOSHI KID #2 IN A DARK ROOM] Yoshi Kid #2: There was this flower that spun around and I thought it was way cool so I got on it. And then I spun around and around and then I was up in the air and flying and then I ended up here! I didn't know how I got here. It was so dark...and scary... and I couldn't find a way out. Thanks for coming to get me out of here! I can see how to get out now, so I'm going straight home! [YOSHI KID #2 GOES BACK TO YOSHI'S VILLAGE] [THEY FIND YOSHI KID #3 BEING ATTACK BY TWO PUTRID PIRANHAS] [THEY DEFEAT THE PUTRID PIRANHAS] Yoshi Kid #3: Whuh-waaa! Are they all gone? I thought those things were going to eat me right up! Thanks for saving me, Mario! I'll do what you grown-ups tell me to do from now on. I don't even wanna do bad things anymore. I just wanna be a good boy. I'm going home now. Bye! [YOSHI KID #3 GOES BACK TO YOSHI'S VILLAGE] [THEY FIND YOSHI KID #4 SLEEPING IN A TREE AND KNOCK HIM OUT] Yoshi Kid #4: Ugh... Morning. Hey, it's Mario. What's the matter with you? You were looking for me? Oh? Sushie, too? We were playing hide-and-seek, and I got real sleepy. I figured I'd take a nap here. There's nothing to worry about. The jungle's not so bad. I am starting to get a little bit lonely, though, so maybe I ought to head back home. Bye now! [YOSHI KID #4 GOES BACK TO YOSHI'S VILLAGE] [THEY USE A LOG AS A BRIDGE AND FIND YOSHI KID #5 ON A SMALL ISLAND] Yoshi Kid #5: Wuh-huh-waaaaaaa! Sniff sniff... We were playing hide-and-seek. I had to be "it," but I couldn't find anyone at all. I was wandering around, and then I got lost. You were right, Sushie. The jungle's really scary. Thanks for coming all the way out here to look for me. I'll be a good boy from now on and listen to you... Mario, will you be "it" for hide-and-seek instead of me? I'm going home now! [THE LAST YOSHI KID, #5, GOES BACK TO YOSHI'S VILLAGE, AS WELL AS MARIO] --YOSHI'S VILLAGE-- [MARIO TALKS TO THE VILLAGE LEADER] Village Leader: Mario, I must thank you. You have saved the children of the village. I feel that no expression of our gratitude could be enough. You truly are a hero. We deeply appreciate your valor. At least I can do this... You still wish to go to Mt. Lavalava, don't you? I have remembered a good way to reach the volcano. Please come this way. Huh...? I thought it was... somewhere around here... Oh, yes. I found it. Here it is. Take it, please. [MARIO GETS THE JADE RAVEN] Village Leader: Whenever events beyond our control occur on this island, we ask the help of Raphael the Raven, the island's master. If anyone can help you reach the volcano, it's definitely Raphael the Raven. He lives in the depths of this island. If you place that Jade Raven into the statue of Raphael, the way into the depths of the jungle will appear. I haven't been to see Raphael since I was but a young Yoshi. I remember that it was incredibly difficult to find him because the jungle's trees and shrubs covered the way. I'm sure you'll find the path. May all your wishes come true. Sushie: Wait just one minute... You must have one heck of a story behind you, Mario. Why in the world would you want to go to Mt. Lavalava? It's VERY hot and VERY dangerous in the volcano! If you aren't extremely careful AND lucky, you'll be roasted to a golden brown. But you don't care. You guys are going there anyway. I do NOT approve of this! Uh-huh... Oh... Oh! You're going to the volcano because you want to save the princess from some bad guys? What...a touching story! Romantic stories like that... just touch a soft spot in this heart of mine. That does it! I can't let you go alone! I, Sushie, will be by your side until the end! You needn't worry, Mario! I love taking care of others! If you plan on getting through this jungle, you need me anyway. Come, Mario! That volcano isn't getting any cooler! [MARIO GOES BACK INTO THE JUNGLE] --JADE JUNGLE-- [MARIO FINDS RAPHAEL THE RAVEN, FIGHTING THREE PUTRIDS PIRANHAS AND A MAGIKOOPA ON THE WAY] Raphael: Oh! Welcome! Sorry I'm so surprised, but I can't even remember the last time someone came up here. It's sure been a while. What? Oh yes! Affirmative! I'm the master of this island. Call sign: Raphael the Raven! If you have any problems at all, just let me know, OK? Go ahead, out with it! Ah. Oh, so you're Mario. I see. Roger that. You can't find a way to reach the volcano, is that it? Yeah, that's a problem. Not for me, though. I'll help. To be honest with you, I knew you'd ask something like that. I got a message from the Stars, so I knew you were coming. I've got something exceptional to give you that ought to help you on your way... But that's for later! Right now, let's take care of that volcano problem, OK? Caw caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!! [FIVE SMALLER RAVENS DROP IN] Raphael: Cawcaaaw caw. Excellent response time, Ravens. We've got work to do. I'll brief you only once, so I want your full attention! [RAPHAEL SPEAKS TO THE RAVENS, THOUGH NO TEXT IS SHOWN] Raphael: ...and it must be done just as quickly as possible. Got it? I should hope so! Let's move, Ravens! Follow me! [MARIO FOLLOWS AND SPEAKS TO RAPHAEL AGAIN] Raphael: Heave-HOOOOOOO!! [RAPHAEL GETS A TREE ROOT OUT OF THE WAY] Raphael: Come on, then. [MARIO FOLLOWS AND SPEAKS TO RAPHAEL AGAIN] Raphael: Aye aye, all right. Is everyone ready? Now, Ravens! Get to work!! [THE FIVE RAVENS BUILD SOMETHING TO HELP GET MARIO IN THE VOLCANO] Raphael: This won't take long. [KOLORADO WALKS IN] Kolorado: Hmm!? What in blazes...? [A RAVEN DROPS DOWN] Raven: Caw caw caaaw! Finished! Caw! Raphael: Roger that! You can reach the volcano now. Kolorado: Ooh! Top notch, really!! It would appear we can enter the volcano, dear boy! What luck, eh, Mario? I shan't delay another moment! The ancient treasures are calling me! Onward! [KOLORADO HEADS INTO THE VOLCANO FIRST] Raphael: That Koopa! What a maverick! Charging into the volcano... He's bold, I'll give him that! Bold and certifiably nuts... But enough about that! I want to give you that important item I was talking about. Here, take it. [MARIO GETS THE ULTRA STONE] Raphael: That's an Ultra Stone. I found it a long time ago in the depths of this jungle. Now that you have this stone, when you find a Super Block, you can upgrade one of your party members from Super Rank to Ultra Rank. Strengthening the members of your party will be the key to your success. Trust me. That's what a Star Spirit told me in a dream. Use it and prosper! I've got to go now. Over and out. [RAPHAEL AND THE RAVENS LEAVE] [MARIO GOES INTO THE VOLCANO] --MT. LAVALAVA-- [MARIO WALKS DEEPER IN THE VOLCANO AND SEES A PUTRID PIRANHA] Putrid Piranha: IDENTIFIED AS...MARIO! ALERT! REPORT TO BOSS! ALERT! ALERT! [IT LEAVES TO TELL THE BOSS] [MARIO GOES TO THE NEXT ROOM AND FINDS KOLORADO] Kolorado: Hmm... I sense danger here... All adventures are dangerous, though, so what of it? We must press on toward the glory of an unknown treasure! [HE JUMPS ONTO A PLATFORM AND IT SINKS INTO THE MAGMA] Kolorado: Yaaaah!! What's wrong with this rock? It sank right into the lava! [MARIO CROSSES THE PLATFORMS AND EVENTUALLY GETS TO A PART WHERE HE BREAKS A NEW TYPE OF BLOCK WITH THE NEW ULTRA HAMMER] Kolorado: Yes! Excellent! Now, Mario! No time to hang about! Onward to glory! [THEY GO INTO A DIFFERENT AREA] Kolorado: Hm? It smells like treasure! Treasure, old boy! Make way-- I'm going ahead!! [HE FALLS OVER THE EDGE] Kolorado: GyaaaaaAAAaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! [MARIO FINDS ONE SMALL, BLUE BLOCK IN A ROOM AND KOLORADO COMES RUNNING IN] Kolorado: Mario! Wait... Huff huff huff... According to the information I've gathered... the hidden treasure should be right around here, but I need to go a little further! [MARIO BREAKS THROUGH THE WALL AND THE ROCK HE USES HITS KOLORADO ON THE WAY] Kolorado: Aiigh! [MARIO GOES A LITTLE FURTHER AND GETS STOPPED BY KOLORADO] Kolorado: Close! So very close!! My treasure-hunting senses are going simply mad right now! My intuition tells me... It's over here!! [MARIO FOLLOWS HIM] Kolorado: Oh... Huh? There seems to be nothing... Alas... Even my finely honed intuition can be wrong on occasion. I shall not give up. Let's head back the other way. Perhaps the treasure is a bit deeper down in the volcano. [MARIO GOES DEEPER, AS KOLORADO SUGGESTED] [THE PUTRID PIRANHA POPS UP AGAIN] Putrid Piranha: MARIO STILL APPROACHING! IDENTIFIED AS SEARCHING FOR STAR SPIRIT! CODE RED! REPORT TO BOSS! ALERT! ALERT! [THE PUTRID PIRANHA LEAVES] [MARIO GOES TO ANOTHER AREA AND FINDS THE LAVA PIRANHA] Lava Piranha: BLECK HYUCK HYUCK YUCK! YOU MADE IT, MARIO! YOU GUYS...BAD GUYS! BAD GUYS COME TO STEAL STAR SPIRIT! BAD GUYS WHO COME TO STEAL STAR SPIRITS GET HURT! WE DON'T LET IT HAPPEN! NO! WE TRAP STAR SPIRIT! WE GET THIS VOLCANO! VOLCANO IS OURS! GOOD DEAL! WE MAKE THINGS HOT FOR YOU! WE BEAT YOU, MARIO! [MARIO FIGHTS THE LAVA PIRANHA AND BEATS ITS FIRST FORM] [THE LAVA PIRANHA COMES BACK IN ITS SECOND FORM] [AFTER MARIO AND HIS PARTNER TAKE A TURN, KOLORADO STARTS YELLING OUT] Kolorado: Mario! You shan't fight alone! Kolorado to the rescue! Hii-yaaaaaaah!!!!!! [HE BURNS HIMSELF, AS EXPECTED] Kolorado: Ow ow oOW!! HOT!!!! Oh, it burns! Really! So sorry, old chap, but that's all I can do at the moment! Good luck with all this! [MARIO EVENTUALLY BEATS THE LAVA PIRANHA] Kolorado: Well! That's that, then! Now there's nothing between us and some treasure, eh? Let's go! [MARIO FREES THE STAR SPIRIT, MISSTAR] "Venturing deep into the steaming Mt. Lavalava, Mario and friends plucked the Lava Piranha... and rescued the fifth Star Spirit, Misstar, from a fiery fate. But the "treasure" Kolorado is looking for is yet to be found. Wherever could it be? What's that...? Something...strange...is going on around here..." Misstar: Mario, this way! We must hurry!! [MARIO FOLLOWS MISSTAR] Kolorado: Ah ha! Treasure!! ...Er, no, it's... ...some sort of starfish...??? Mmmmm. This won't do. The adventure's never over until the treasure is found! Ah! Yes, of course! Perhaps that horrible fiery monster had it and was hiding it somewhere! Yes, that's it! I'll just run back and check. Hm... Hmm? What's this trembling, then?! ...Probably nothing! Kids with fireworks, no doubt. Now, after that treasure! Misstar: No! Wait! [KOLORADO JUMPS INTO THE MAGMA] Kolorado: Yaaargh! HOT!! So hot!! Thuh... that's lava, isn't it? It's coming near! We must flee! N... Nooo! The treasure is still here! I just know it! Misstar: Mario! This volcano is going to erupt any time now. It's far too dangerous to go back the way you came. We have to escape another way! I feel a slight wind coming from this cracked wall... There could be a room beyond. Mario, can you blow up this wall? [MARIO USES BOMBETTE TO BLOW THROUGH THE WALL] Misstar: Mario, hurry! The lava is getting higher! [MARIO CLIMBS THE STAIRS IN THE NEXT ROOM] [KOLORADO FINDS THE TREASURE ON A LEDGE AND IS JUMPING FOR IT] Kolorado: Ah! I knew it! At last! The treasure is right there! So close... Can't resist... By the Stars, I'll risk my life for that treasure!! [MISSTAR GRABS THEM BOTH AND FLIES THEM OUT OF THE VOLCANO] Kolorado: My treasure! Noooooooo! [THE TREASURE LANDS IN THE JUNGLE] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #5 [C5] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Peach: ... ...Hey, Twink... How would you feel about sneaking out of here again? Shall we try? Twink: Princess Peach! You've gotten so bold! And here I thought you were gentle and delicate... Peach: Oh....... I... I am delicate! I'm behaving like a delicate princess, just like the Ministers taught me to! I love to be delicate! Twink: OK, OK... ...I believe you, Peach. You're the princess... Anyway, let's go for it. [THEY SNEAK OUT THROUGH THE SECRET PASSAGE] [THEY GO INTO A ROOM WITH A KOOPATROL NAMED ] Koopatrol: Oh! It's Princess Peach! How'd she get out?! King Bowser's really gonna flip his wig if we don't take her back to her room! [A HAMMER BRO, NAMED MR. HAMMER, WALKS IN THE SCREEN] Mr. Hammer: Now, hang on just a second. Get a grip on yourself, OK? No need to panic. She can't get out of the castle anyway. And besides... What do you think about asking Princess Peach to participate in our little game? She'd be ideal, and we need a third person... Koopatrol: Hmmm... Yeeeeah. Yeah! You might be on to something! Mr. Hammer: OK! Let's do it! Princess Peach, have you been listening? Come this way. We won't tell King Bowser about your escape if you help us with this little game we're playing. Koopatrol: We're set up right over here. Twink: Oh no... Princess Peach! [TWINK FOLLOWS THEM] Mr. Hammer: Koopa Corps. Presents... The 64th Trivia Quiz-Off!! I'm your host, Mr. Hammer!! Let's get right to it, hey! I'm gonna ask you 10 questions, and the contestant who gets the most right is our winner! Press A when you think you know the answer, OK, folks? The winner will get a gorgeous, fabulous prize! Good luck to all of you! Oh, and I gotta tell you... We're also giving prizes just for participating, so everybody will be a winner! That's just the kind of show we are! Ready? Question 1! What's the name of the boss inside the volcano on Lavalava Island? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS LAVA PIRANHA] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! Let's go on to the next question, OK, folks? Question 2! Where did Master Huff N. Puff imprison the Star Spirit? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS FLOWER FIELDS] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! OK! Next! Question 3! What's the name of the scary round monster living in Dry Dry Ruins? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS CHOMP] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! You've still got a chance to make a comeback! Question 4! How would you get to Flower Fields? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS PASS FLOWER GATE] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! It's still anyone's game! Question 5! What's the name of the person who King Bowser really loves? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS PRINCESS PEACH] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! Careful now! Question 6! What thing is most deeply related to Flower Fields? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS FLOWER] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! This next question is an easy one, folks. Question 7! What's the name of the most admirable, invincible, just downright cool guy around? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS BOWSER] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! Think carefully, now. Question 8! What's the name for the ghosts who live in and around Forever Forest? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS BOO] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! Use your memory on this one! Question 9! What's the name of the area just to the south of the post office in Toad Town? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS THE FLOWER GARDEN] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! Now for the final question! Stay calm, everyone... Question 10! Where is Peach's Castle now? All right! Princess Peach! [PEACH SAYS ON BOWSER'S CASTLE] Mr. Hammer: That's correct! So the 64th Trivia Quiz-Off has ended... in great success! The winner is... Wow! Our unexpected guest, Princess Peach!! Congratulations, Peach! Here's your prize. [PEACH GETS A JAMMIN' JELLY] Mr. Hammer: Thank you for coming, everyone! It's been grand! We'll see you at the next Trivia Quiz-Off!! Oh... Princess Peach. I almost forgot! Here's your prize for participating. [PEACH GETS THE SNEAKY PARASOL] Mr. Hammer: This is a Sneaky Parasol. If you face someone and press B you can transform into that person. You just have to promise not to use it to sneak around. I mean, nobody would know you were Princess Peach! Imagine! Sorry for giving you such a little prize, Princess. Heh heh heh... Hey, it's only a prize for participating...so what do you expect!? [BOWSER WALKS IN] Bowser: Huh? What are you all doing? Hey! It looks fun! I'm gonna join in! [HE WALKS OVER] Bowser: What? You've already finished? Aw, of all the rotten luck... Gaaaah!! Princess Peach? What's she doing here? She sneaked out again! Grr! You!! Take Princess Peach back to her room! Now!! Mr. Hammer and Koopatrol: Yes, sir!! Mr. Hammer: Sorry, Princess Peach! [THEY PICK HER UP] Peach: Nooooo!! [SHE IS TAKEN BACK TO HER ROOM] --JADE JUNGLE-- [MISSTAR PUTS MARIO AND KOLORADO ON THE GROUND] Kolorado: Oh, woe is me... My beautiful treasure... Misstar: Listen to you! No treasure in the world is more valuable than life! Be thankful you escaped! To think! This island was put in terrible peril because of the meddling of Bowser's men. I think it will work out OK. The eruption will subside, and Lavalava Island will be just the same as it used to be. Kolorado: But... Sigh... Misstar: Dear Mario! You have saved five of us Star Spirits now! Just a few more to go! My name is Misstar. Let me grant you Power that will help you along! [SHE GIVES YOU THE "SMOOCH" POWER] Misstar: I have to go back to Star Haven for now, but if you need me, please call on me at any time. I will be watching you and wishing for your success. I know you'll see the princess soon enough, Mario. Have faith. Thank you again for saving me. See you soon! [MISSTAR FLIES BACK TO STAR HAVEN] Kolorado: Oh... I was so close... The treasure...right there... And then to get saved and yelled at by some sort of blooming great starfish... [KOLORADO GOES BACK TO YOSHI'S VILLAGE] [MARIO GETS THE VOLCANO VASE FROM THE TREASURE CHEST] [HE GOES BACK TO TALK TO KOLORADO] --YOSHI'S VILLAGE-- Kolorado: Mario! Good heavens! It's the treasure! How on earth did you... ...well, I suppose that's of no consequence right now. You're giving it to me? You...you are giving it to me?! Oh, glory! Marvelous!! Dear man, you are quite simply the cat's meow! Cheers! Yes, hm! I suppose... It's only proper that I give this to you as thanks. [KOLORADO GIVES MARIO THE MAGICAL SEED] Kolorado: A Bub-ulb gave it to me while I was off exploring. I'm sure it's quite a valuable seed, but I'm not interested in it at all. Now that I've got the treasure, I proclaim this adventure to be a complete success! What a stupendous expedition! It will be forever recorded in the history of archaeology! Well, old boy, let's away! Back to Toad Town with us! --LAVALAVA ISLAND-- [MARIO TALKS TO THE WHALE] Whale: Do you want to go back to Toad Town? [MARIO SAYS YES] [THEY ALL GET ON THE WHALE] Kolorado: What a heady adventure! Adieu, Lavalava Island! Perchance someday I shall return to your shores! Jr. Troopa: Wooooooooooooooooooooooh!! [HE GETS OUT OF THE WATER] Jr. Troopa: Wheeze wheeze wheeze... Yes! I...cough...did it! I swam...all the way! All right, Mario! Now I'm going to give you a beating you'll never... [THE WHALE SWIMS AWAY] Jr. Troopa: What!? Wait! Where are you going! Wait! Mario, wait up!! Come back here, you chicken! [JR. TROOPA SWIMS AFTER THEM] Jr. Troopa: Shoooooooooooooooooooooot!! --TOAD TOWN-- [THEY GET OFF THE WHALE] Kolorado: Thank heavens we've arrived! Now, tuna-ferrying is one experience I shan't do again. Cheers for the ride, though! I'm in your debt. For now, I'm heading back to Koopa Village to relax. My wife must be waiting for me. Perhaps our paths will cross again in the future, old boy! Cheerio! [KOLORADO HEADS FOR KOOPA VILLAGE] [JR. TROOPA FINALLY CATCHES UP] Jr. Troopa: Wooooooooooooooooooh!! Wheeze wheeze wheeze... I...will never...swim again...for the rest...of...my life! Now, Mario! You're mine this time! Ayaaaaaaaaah! [THE BATTLE STARTS] Jr. Troopa: Wheeze wheeze wheeze... Here it comes! You... you'd better be ready! [HIS HP DROPS BY 20 BECAUSE OF SWIMMING SO MUCH WHEN HE COULD HAVE FLOWN] Jr. Troopa: Gasp! Oh, no!! All that swimming! My HP is almost gone! Well, I'll make up for my low HP by using my new skills! Check this out! More power!! [HE GROWS WINGS] Jr. Troopa: I know all of your fighting patterns now, Mario. See my gear? The spike, the wings... You can't attack me now! I'm the smartest fighter alive! I can't be defeated! Wa ha ha! [MARIO HITS HIM] Jr. Troopa: Yow! What in the...? I didn't think you could do that! Is that even legal? [THEY DEFEAT HIM] Jr. Troopa: Oh, you know what? Now that I think about it... I have wings... If I had just flown to the island, I wouldn't have wasted my HP. Then I probably would have beaten Mario in no time! Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! Sigh......... [MARIO TALKS TO MINH T.] Minh T.: Please, Mario, we need seeds from the Bub-ulbs. [MARIO GIVES HER THE LAST SEEDS] Minh T.: Wow! You brought me the seed! Thank you so much! [SHE PLANTS THEM] [THE DOOR TO FLOWER FIELDS IS CREATED] Minh T.: Kyaaaaaaaah!! At first it just looked like the flowers were blooming, but suddenly a door appeared! It must be... You must be able to go to Flower Fields from here. Mario, Flower Fields needs your aid! Please help! [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE DOOR] ************** CHAPTER 6 [B9] ************** --FLOWER FIELDS-- [MARIO COMES OUT THROUGH THE DOOR IN THE LIVING TREE] Wise Wisterwood: What ho...? Now who might that be? [MARIO LOOKS AROUND] Wise Wisterwood: Ho ho ho ho! Up here, son! They call me Wise Wisterwood. I am the oldest tree here in Flower Fields, the land of trees, flowers, grasses and plants. And you must be Mario. I've heard a lot about you, son. You're trying your best to save the Star Spirits and the rest of your world, aren't you? Very noble. If that is true, then your arrival means a Star Spirit is here in our land. I would help you in your quest, but alas... I cannot right now. Flower Fields is in trouble. A creature named Huff N. Puff and his followers invaded our fair land not long ago. These creatures brought clouds to our sunny sky. It has been dark and cloudy ever since. The sun doesn't even bother to rise in the sky anymore. We are all weak and fading... Oh! I remember something! The rumor is that Huff N. Puff is holding somebody captive... Of course! It must be the Star Spirit that you're searching for! ...Oh ho? You're going to defeat the wicked Huff N. Puff, then? Well, that would make the wishes of Flower Fields come true... But it's not that easy. Huff N. Puff is up in the sky, on what we call the Cloudy Climb. There's no way up there now. Well, ...You might be able to reach it if you find a Magical Bean or something that grows high... Now, wait a minute... I think there IS a flower that has a Magical Bean...somewhere. Umm... I believe... Her name is Petunia. Perhaps she is off to the east. It wouldn't hurt to go visit her and ask about it. The other flowers and Bub-ulbs around here might have some useful information, as well. I'd say talk to everyone! [MARIO FINDS PETUNIA AND SPEAKS TO HER] Petunia: Do you have a second? Then listen to my sad tale! Ever since the sun went away, I've begun to droop... I have no energy at all. Without the sun, it just seems like the whole world is sad. Now these Monty Moles dig into the ground and bite my roots! Oh, woe is me! My beautiful seed collection will become a Monty Mole banquet if this keeps up... Please, sir... You look strong and capable. Could you get rid of these Monty Moles for me? In case you're wondering, the Monty Moles I'm talking about are... this guy... and this jerk... and this troublemaker... and this wicked creature! This guy is... Well, you probably don't need to be concerned with that one. Please don't fail me! My seeds and I are counting on you to save us! [MARIO DEFEATS ALL THE MONTY MOLES AND TALKS TO PETUNIA] Petunia: Oh, yiipppeee!! Hooray! Hurrah! You got rid of the Monty Moles! Oh, thank you! Thank you!! To show you how grateful I am, I'll give you this Magical Bean! Here you are! [PETUNIA GIVES MARIO THE MAGICAL BEAN] Petunia: Hmm? Yes, my name is Petunia. They call me the Seed Maniac. Hee hee! Nice to meet you. By the way, about that Magical Bean that I gave you... You shouldn't plant it. Why not? Because as a seed, it will always enjoy freedom! After it's planted and it sprouts up, it won't ever be able to move again. Don't you think that's sad? Please don't plant it with, oh, for instance, Fertile Soil and Miracle Water! I don't want to think about a sprout growing out of my cute little seed! No!!!!!!!!! [MARIO FINDS THE RED GUARD AND TALKS TO IT] Red Guard: Hello, stranger... What do you think of my bright red coloring? Isn't it nice? What's that? You want to pass through here? Ha ha ha... No, I'm sorry. I couldn't possibly let you through. Although, perhaps I could make an exception if you gave me something delicious to eat... [MARIO GIVES HER A RED BERRY] Red Guard: Munch chomp smack... Ooh, delicious! This is it! Great color! Full flavor! It's perfect! You're a champ for bringing me such a tasty snack. Of course you can go through! [MARIO PASSES THE GATE AND TALKS TO THE FLOWER, POSIE] Posie: Look at this Crystal Tree. Have you ever seen anything so beautiful in all the world? ...Oh, excuse me. I forgot to introduce myself. My name is Posie. Hm? What's wrong with my mouth? This is my nose! Oh, how rude! Anyway, it was this Fertile Soil that made my nose grow so long. I happen to like it! Hee hee... Your nose is pretty nice, too. It could stand to be a little bit longer, so why don't you take this Fertile Soil with you. [MARIO GETS THE FERTILE SOIL] Posie: Your nose'll be perfect soon! ...Hee hee hee... [MARIO FINDS THE YELLOW GUARD] Yellow Guard: Good day, Mario! It's great to see you. I'm the guard of this gate. I must tell you, though, I don't let many people through. I have excellent taste in foods, so you must bring me something sufficiently tasty to get by. Well...? Do you have anything? [MARIO GIVES IT A YELLOW BERRY] Yellow Guard: Munch chomp chomp... Bravo!! Magnificent!! A sweet, subtle flavor with a delicate finish! And such marvelous coloring! It reminds me of the warm sunlight I so yearn for. I'm truly taken aback by your cultured taste! Of course you may go! [MARIO PASSES THROUGH THE GATE TO FIND LILY, AND HE SPEAKS TO HER] Lily: Gaaah!! Oh, how horrible! The spring went dry! What a tragedy... Oh! This can't happen to me! No, it can't! Not to Lily! Somebody! The horrible thing hat rides the clouds...took our precious Water Stone! Water flows from that magical Water Stone... Without it, the spring will never recover... Oh! And I'll wither up if I can't float on the water! I'll be crushed by my own weight and wither... Poor Lily! Oh, no! Don't give up, Lily! Perhaps a handsome prince will arrive and help you soon...! ................................................Oh......! A prince... Well, he actually looks more like a plumber, but beggars can't be choosers! Hello, my name is Lily. I'm a beautiful, fragile flower who lives in this spring. Um... To tell the truth, I have to ask you to do me a favor. Could you please get my Water Stone back from that horrible cloud creature? [MARIO SAYS YES] Lily: Oh, you're a dream come true! Thank you so much! The Water Stone looks just like this. Please find it! [MARIO FINDS THE BLUE GUARD] Blue Guard: Ahhh, I'm so hungry... I'm tired of guarding this stupid old gate... I'm so, so hungry... Hey! You there! I don't suppose you have anything good to eat that you'd like to give me? Listen, if you give me something succulent I'll let you through here, and I won't tell anybody... [MARIO GIVES IT A BLUE BERRY] Blue Guard: A Blue Berry? I'm sure this'll be gross. Munch chomp munch... Oh, how delicious! Such a splendid taste! There ARE good blue things! I'm filled with hope again! Go! Go and never feel blue! I'll never forget you! [MARIO PASSES THE GATE TO FIND A HEDGE MAZE WITH TWO LAKITUS HOVERING OVER IT] Lakitu #1: Hey! Where'd you drop it, idiot? Huff N. Puff will have our clouds if we don't find it! Lakitu #2: Ohhhh, man, I'm so clumsy... That stone gave out an endless supply of water! Without it, we can't increase the power of the Puff Puff Machine! It's just gotta be around here somewhere! It's just gotta be! Lakitu #1: ...What? Is that... Mario? Look, man, it's Mario! Let's look for the stone later. Let's go rough this dude up! Lakitu #2: Oh, no! Mario? Are you sure? I'm not sure I'm, you know, in the right mental state... Aw, forget it! I'll fight anyway! Here it comes, Mario! [MARIO BEATS THEM] [THEY FLY AWAY] [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE MAZE AND TALKS TO ROSIE] Rosie: Oh, hello. It seems like ages since I last saw a visitor here. I'm Rosie, a Rose Spirit. I'm ever so glad to meet you. Here I am in full bloom, and there's nobody to look at me. Please, admire me all you like. Breathtaking, aren't I? Aren't I just incredible? [MARIO SAYS YES] Rosie: Really? I'm that beautiful? You're so honest and charming. And underneath that scruffy mustache, I bet you're handsome. I like you. And because I like you, I'll show you this. This stone! Isn't it beautiful? I found it just the other day. Some strange creatures on clouds dropped it. I couldn't resis its gorgeous glitter, so I made it mine. I could look at it all day... Huh? What did you say? I should give you this stone? Oh dear... You're saying Lily's in trouble without this? ...How very sad. Oh, well. It can't be helped. This stone is mine now, you see? You mean Lily will wither up wihout this stone? Huh... How sad... Really... How very pitiful... As hard as it is to believe, that Lily sometimes acts like she's prettier than I am. She's dumb, but she's not evil. And if she's gone, there'll be no flowers to set off my beauty. ...Let's see. Tell you what... If you bring me something more beautiful than this stone, I'll think about trading it. So let's wait 'til then! [MARIO GOES BACK TO POSIE AND TALKS TO HER] Posie: Oh? Rosie told you to bring her something beautiful? Rosie really loves beautiful things above all else. She's a little self- involved. Have you noticed? You really need help, huh? OK, I'll help you. This tree and I are connected by our roots, so maybe one or two Crystal Berries will fall down if I shake the root. Hmmm... Rrrrrrghh...... Hyahhhhhhh!!! Phew... ...Oops. That was a bit unladylike. Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee! Rosie should be more than satisfied with that berry. [MARIO GRABS THE CRYSTAL BERRY AND BRINGS IT TO ROSIE] Rosie: Have you found anything? Oh, how pretty! I love it! That's much nicer than this ugly old stone. You'd better hurry back and give this stone to Lily. Make sure she knows that she was saved because of me! [ROSIE GIVES MARIO THE WATER STONE] Rosie: Oh... Such loveliness... I've gotten so beautiful that I'm starting to scare myself! Who is the most beautiful flower in all of Flower Fields? That is me, of course! [MARIO BRINGS THE WATER STONE BACK TO LILY] Lily: Oh, it's the Water Stone! Quickly! Put it in that hole there! [MARIO PUTS IT IN THE HOLE AND THE SPRINGS FILL WITH WATER] Lily: Oh, it's water! Sweet water!! The spring is full of water. I'm floating again... Oh, this is paradise... Thank you so very much! I'll give you some Miracle Water from this spring. Here you are! [MARIO GETS THE MIRACLE WATER] Lily: This is the most nourishing water around! It's water with a little Lily extract! If you use this Miracle Water on any plant, it'll grow like gangbusters! ...Uh...but not right now. Because there's no sun... Oh, yes! Great idea! You should go see about getting the sun back into the sky. A resourceful guy like you must have some idea about how to get the sun back up again! I bet you'll do it! You saved me, after all! [MARIO FINDS THE BUBBLE PLANT] Bubble Plant: Hi! My name's Bubble Plant! You wanna know why my name's Bubble Plant? I'll tell you if you give me a Bubble Berry. [MARIO GIVES IT A BUBBLE BERRY] Bubble Plant: Oh, awesome! Good going! OK! Get a load of this! Ummmm... Hrrrrrrrrr...... [IT BLOWS A BUBBLE] Bubble Plant: There! Isn't it great?! [MARIO JUMPS INSIDE TO FLOAT ACROSS THE SPIKES] [HE GOES TO THE SUN TOWER AND TALKS TO THE SUN] Sun: Hey... Hello. I never thought anybody would come all the way up here. I'm the sun. No... That's not entirely true. I should say, I WAS the sun. The clouds that came out of the Puff Puff Machine that Huff N. Puff built... Those clouds keep me from climbing into the sky. I'm a complete failure as a sun. All of those flowers and plants in Flower Fields are suffering... Where is it? You mean the Puff Puff Machine? I think it's east of here. The clouds seem to come from over there, anyway. Why do you want to know? Do you think you can break the Puff Puff Machine? Naw...there's no way... Don't strain yourself. You might as well go home. [MARIO GOES TO FIND THE PUFF PUFF MACHINE AND GETS STOPPED BY A LAKITU] Lakilester: Hey hey hey! Hold up! Wait, man! [HE FLIES IN] Lakilester: Hey, man! I don't think we've ever met, have we? I mean, you're Mario, right? My name is Lakilester... Er, no, it's Michael... No, um... Oh, yeah... Spike. Yeah yeah, I'm Spike... Well, whatever. Never mind. Look, I don't have a problem with you personally, but I've got orders from Huff N. Puff. Sorry, man, but I have to give you a bit of a beat down. Like I said, man, sorry! (...Did I sound cool?) (Ha... Yeah, totally cool!) Here it comes, man!! [MARIO BEATS HIM] Lakilester: Uuurgh!! Man, you're tough as nails! I give up, man! Go on...do your worst. I'm not afraid of it. Do whatever you do to guys you've defeated...Fire Flower in the eye...POW Block... Lakilulu: Wait!!!!! [LAKILULU, LAKILESTER'S GIRLFRIEND, FLIES IN] Lakilester: Aw no, Lakilulu!! Lakilulu: No! Please! Please have mercy on my poor, sweet Lakilester! Lakilester: Aw, don't call me Lakilester! It's Spike, remember? I told you I changed my name last month! C'mon now! Man... I mean, gee whiz... You're always embarrassing me like this... Although...for some reason it makes me like you even more... I mean, what? No!! Did I say that out loud? Forge that I said that! ...Anyway! I lost a challenge man-to-man, so we have to settle this. I have to face the music. Lakilulu: Mario, please forgive him! My Lakilester was just following Huff N. Puff's orders! [MARIO FORGIVES HIM] Lakilulu: Really!? Oh, for real? You'll forgive him? Oh, thank you! Lakilester: Stop calling me Lakilester! It's such a stupid name! My name is Spike! SPIKE! Don't you ever listen to me? Sigh.......... I'm beginning to think that this whole deal is stupid. I was working for Huff N. Puff to be a part of something big, but all I've been doing is picking pointless fights... This isn't what I wanted in life. What I wanted was.... Hey, man. I've got a question. What in the world are you doing all this fighting for? [MARIO ANSWERS EITHER "FOR MYSELF," "FOR WORLD PEACE," "NO REASON," OR "WHY SPIKE?" (ANSWER RESPONDED TO: WORLD PEACE)] Lakilester: World peace, huh? Isn't that a bit melodramatic? Still, I must admit there's a certain manly charm to having such a noble purpose... Yeah! That's the way to go! I'm going with you, man! Lakilulu: Oh, no! Lakilester! You can't leave me! Please take me with you! Lakilester: Aw, Lakilulu, chill out. You've gotta understand... I'm doing this for you, don't you see? I'm going. I've gotta be a man! Wait for me! I'll return a much more manly Lakitu! Lakilulu: ...Oh...OK. I'll wait for you, Lakilester. But you'll be so sorry if you don't come back to me in one piece! I swear, if you make me worry, I'll take a Spiny and... Lakilester: OK! Enough of that! Heh heh... I guess I'd better make sure I'm tougher than you by the time I come back, huh? [LAKILESTER, THE LAST MEMBER, JOINS THE PARTY] [THEY START TO LEAVE] Lakilulu: Oh, my Lakilester!! Come back to me soon!! I'll be waiting with a smile! [SHE FLIES AWAY] Lakilester: Aghhhhhh!! Come ON! Call me Spike!!! [MARIO GOES AND SOLVES THE PLATFORM PUZZLE AND FINDS THE ENEMIES BY THE PUFF PUFF MACHINE] [HE TALKS TO THE Y MAGIKOOPA] Y Magikoopa: Let's go!! C'mon! We need more clouds! I wanna see this land covered! We'll make them fear the power of my Puff Puff Machine! [MARIO TALKS TO THE CENTER LAKITU] Lakitu (Center): Master Huff N. Puff is the man with the plan, all right. I mean, I love clouds. Love 'em. And so covering the world in clouds seems pretty cool to me. How about you? You like clouds? ...Eeeek! You're... ...that wanted man! Mario! You guys, it's Mario! We've gotta get him before he breaks the Puff Puff Machine! [MARIO DEFEATS THEM] Y Magikoopa: Ahhhh, retreat, boys!! He beat us, but good! [THEY ALL LEAVE] Lakilester: Baah ha ha! Look at those chumps run away! All right! Now, Mario... We'd better do something about the Puff Puff Machine, huh? [MARIO BREAKS THE PUFF PUFF MACHINE AND THE CLOUDS CLEAR UP] Sun: Wow!!!!!!!!!!!! The clouds are gone! It's time for a little sunshine! [THE SUN RISES BACK INTO THE SKY] Wise Wisterwood: Oh, precious sunlight! Ho ho ho ho ho!!! Mario did it! He saved Flower Fields! Posie: Ohhh, yes!! The sun!!! Yay! Yippee!! The sun's back!!! Oops... Tee hee hee! Losing control like that... It's so unlike me... Lily: Ah, the bright rays of the sun... Once again I can gaze at the sparkles of light on the water... Rosie: Ohh, it's about time. The sun! Flower Fields is saved! And, of course, the sun can only add to my beauty... Petunia: It's the sun, it's the sun!!!!! Oh, that heat feels so good! Maybe being stuck in one place isn't so bad after all. I feel full of life again! Lakilester: Helping folks feels...good! I could get used to this, man. Mario, what are you doing next? I'll follow you anywhere. [MARIO TALKS TO WISE WISTERWOOD] Wise Wisterwood: Oh, thank you, Mario. You did a tree-mendous job. You cleared off those clouds so the sun could rise once more. It's so nice seeing my dear Flower Fields full of light again after such a long time. There's nothing like sunlight! Oh yes, of course! You should plant that Magical Bean, don't you think? It should grow well now. I'd say the best place for you to plant it would be over there where you can see the soil. [MARIO PLANTS THE SEED] [A BEANSTALK GROWS] Wise Wisterwood: Ho ho ho! Success! Look at that sprout! Now you can go up to Cloudy Climb. Best of luck, son. ...Hmmm. My spot seems to be getting less and less sunny. ...How disappointing. [MARIO CLIMBS THE BEANSTALK] --CLOUDY CLIMB-- [MARIO TRAVELS UP THE STAIRS OF CLOUDS TO FIND A DISCOLORED CLOUD THAT HE STEPS ON, AND IT SPEAKS] Huff N. Puff: Are you a man named Mario? And did you or did you not break one Puff Puff Machine? What possessed you to do that? You completely ruined my plan to cover Flower Fields in clouds. You see, I was going to turn this sunlight-blasted place into a cloud-covered paradise. But I can't expect a man of your intellect to understand... I must tell you, King Bowser ordered me to defeat you if you showed your face... but I'd take you down if it weren't a direct order! You cloud-destroying pest! You can't save the Star Spirit! Gahh ha ha ha ha ha!!! Here comes the storm! [HE POPS OUT AND THE BATTLE STARTS] [MARIO AND HIS PARTNER ATTACK, WHICH CAUSES HIM TO RELEASE SOME TUFF PUFFS] Tuff Puff: Master Huff N. Puff! I wish to pummel Mario, too! Permission to attack? Huff N. Puff: Yes, take him! [THEY ATTACK AND HE SUCKS THEM BACK IN TO HEAL] [AFTER A FEW TURNS, HUFF N. PUFF GETS MAD] Huff N. Puff: You asked for it... Now you'll witness the full power of my storm! Tuff Puff: Master Huff N. Puff! Leave him to me!! [HUFF N. PUFF CHARGES UP, AND ON THE NEXT TURN, USES HIS 12-DAMAGE LIGHTNING ATTACK ON MARIO] Huff N. Puff: Gaaah ha ha ha ha!!!! How do you like that!?! Tuff Puff: Whoa!! Master Huff N. Puff, you are truly the mightiest! [MARIO EVENTUALLY DEFEATS HIM] Huff N. Puff: No!! I cannot lose!! [HE EXPLODES] [MARIO FREES KLEVAR] "So it is that Mario and party defeat cruel cloud Huff N. Puff and set free the sixth Star Spirit. The thick clouds that once cast dark shadows have gone, and Flower Fields is bathed in sunshine again. A single Star Spirit waits to be rescued, waits to take its place in the Star Sanctuary. Perhaps you will see Princess Peach soon... Perhaps... Just wait and see. Kammy Koopa, who watches impatiently from Bowser's Castle, is waiting, too... for you to try to save them..." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #6 [C6] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Peach: Hey... Twink. You know the Sneaky Parasol I got on that quiz show? I can change into someone else when I use it, right? So don't you think I can use it to get out of here? Twink: Yeah... I bet you can... Why don't you try it out? Press B while facing whoever it is you want to transform into. [THEY SNEAK OUT THROUGH THE NORMAL EXIT] [PEACH FINDS AND TRANSFORMS INTO A KOOPATROL] [SHE GOES UP AND TALKS TO ANOTHER] Koopatrol: On patrol? Very good, then. You can pass through. [PEACH GOES THROUGH AND UP THE STAIRS TO TALK TO ANOTHER KOOPATROL] Koopatrol: Where's my relief, already? My shift has been over for ages now! Listen... Could you go find that slacker and get him up here? Please! I'm exhausted! He looks like this. He's probably goofing off outside the castle somewhere. Here. Take this to find him. [HE GIVES PEACH A CASTLE KEY] Koopatrol: It's the key to the entrance of the castle. You won't be able to get downstairs without it. [PEACH EXITS THE CASTLE TO FIND A CLUBBA] Clubba: Zzzzz... [SHE TRANSFORMS INTO HIM AND GOES BACK TO THE KOOPATROL WHO WAS LOOKING FOR HIM] Koopatrol: Ah! Finally! About time! You're so late! Again! Don't you know how to read the shift schedule? Well, I guess I'll let it go this time, but watch it, OK? OK. Have a good shift. I'm shovin' off. Don't goof off, either! You're on thin ice, buddy! [PEACH GOES THROUGH THE DOORS AND CLIMBS UP THE STAIRS] [SHE TRIES TO GO THROUGH ANOTHER WHEN OUSIDE, BUT KAMMY KOOPA COMES THROUGH] Kammy Koopa: OK, OK. Everything's finally ready. Even if Mario shows up with all of the Star Spirits, we'll still be all right! It pays to expect the worst. Koopatrol: Absolutely! Affirmative! You're right, Kammy Koopa! [KAMMY PASSES BY PEACH] Kammy Koopa: Mmm!! You there! You're doing a fine job. Keep up the good... Wait... Something's weird about you... You smell...too nice... Yahhhh! [SHE TRANSFORMS PEACH BACK INTO HERSELF] Peach: Uh-oh! Kammy Koopa: You... Why you little... Princess Peach! Unbelievable! Out again!! Guards! All of you! Catch this little runaway and take her back to her room! [THE KOOPATROLS PICK PEACH UP] Peach: Noooo! [THEY TAKE HER TO HER ROOM, AND TWINK] --FLOWER FIELDS-- Klevar: What a pleasure meeting you. My name is Klevar. Thank you for saving me. Huff N. Puff is gone, so the flowers in Flower Fields can live peacefully once more. I feel that if you hadn't come, Flower Fields would never have seen the light again. Now there is only one of us Star Spirits still trapped. Just one more, Mario! Here... Please use my Power as you continue your fight. [MARIO GETS THE "TIME OUT" POWER] Klevar: Now, you are able to use the Powers of six Star Spirits. If you use mine well, it should prove to be extremely helpful in battle. Don't become overconfident, though. You must be careful. Bowser has power, as well. Remember that even stronger enemies await you... I hope our Powers will help you so that you may help us... We're all depending on you! I'll go back to Star Haven now. I can't wait to get there! I've been terribly worried about everyone... Wise Wisterwood: Congratulations, young Mario! You saved the Star Spirit! Because of your efforts, Flower Fields is beautiful again. Thank you, Mario. It was worth living so long to meet a man of your stature. Please come and see me again. I'll be looking forward to it. [MARIO TALKS TO HIM AGAIN] Wise Wisterwood: What ho...? What is it, son? Do you need something? [MARIO GOES BACK TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- [MARIO GOES TO MERLON'S HOUSE] Merlon: Oh, it's you! You came at such a good time. There's a guest waiting for you. Ninji: Nice to meet you. I come from Starborn Valley. Starborn Valley is in the Shiver region, a chill place far to the north, at the very end of the earth. Merle, who hails from there, said that he had something important to tell you, Mario. Merlon: Merle of Starborn Valley is my son, Mario. It seems he's calling for you. If he is searching for you, you can be sure something important is afoot. You must go to Starborn Valley! Do not delay! Ninji: Yes, please hurry! I will run ahead and take tidings of you to Merle. [THE NINJI LEAVES] Merlon: I think somewhere deep below Toad Town is a pipe connected to Shiver City. Starborn Valley is located quite near Shiver City. Mario... hurry to meet my son. He waits in Starborn Valley. [MARIO GOES TO THE SEWERS] --TOAD TOWN SEWERS-- [MARIO FINDS THE ULTRA BOOTS] [HE FINDS THE ENTRANCE TO SHIVER CITY] *************** CHAPTER 7 [B10] *************** --SHIVER CITY-- [MARIO FINDS THE MAYOR PENGUIN, DEAD IN HIS HOUSE] [THE MAYOR'S WIFE COMES IN] Mayor Penguin's Wife: Darling, would you like a cup of tea? ....... Hmm? Oh... Dear, you know you'll catch a cold if you sleep there! [SHE WALKS OVER] Mayor Penguin's Wife: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! [SHE RUNS OUTSIDE] Mayor Penguin's Wife: Help! Somebody! Anybody! My husband is dead! He's been murdered! It's a penguin murder mystery! Penguin Police Chief: What's going on here, madam? Just calm down, now. You need to speak slowly so I can get to the bottom of this. [THE MAYOR'S WIFE AND THE POLICE CHIEF COME IN] Mayor Penguin's Wife: My husband is dead! Look at him lying there! Oh, my darling husband!!! Somebody clipped his flippers!! Penguin Police Chief: By puffin, you're right! The Mayor's been murdered! This is like a mystery novel! Except it's real! How tragic! But madam, if I may ask... Who on earth would have reason to put this penguin on ice? Mayor Penguin's Wife: Him! Right there! That man with the suspicious mustache! I told him not to come in the house, but he barged right in! My husband was alive right up until this man showed up! He must be the murderer! Penguin Police Chief: Hey, you... Mustache! Are you listening? This good woman's accusing you. What do you say for yourself? [MARIO SAYS HE IS INNOCENT] Penguin Police Chief: Don't try to play ignorant with me, buddy. I'm a professional. We've got a witness here. Isn't that right, madam? Mayor Penguin's Wife: Yes! That's right! He did it in cold blood! I, uh...saw it with my own eyes! Besides, he's the only one who came into this room! It all adds up! Penguin Police Chief: So you're sticking to your story, claiming you're not the culprit. Bow: I was with him the whole time. I swear on my own grave! Mario's innocent! Penguin Police Chief: Hmm... If you're telling the truth, then we're dealing with a backroom murder case. Oh, I never trained for this... A backroom murder case... A high-ranking penguin slain... How could such a horrible plot twist hit our peaceful city? You! Mr. Mustache! Once more for the record! You swear you didn't do this? [MARIO SAYS YES] Penguin Police Chief: OK... I think I believe you. But this means we have to find the true murderer....... Ah! Perfect! I'll give you a chance. Since you claim that you're not the guilty party, then you must bring me the murderer yourself! If you do that, I'll believe you. It's the only way... All right, off with you. You haven't proved that you're innocent yet, so I must forbid you to leave the city. [MARIO FINDS A MEMO IN MAYOR PENGUIN'S HAND THAT SAYS HERRINGWAY] [HE FINDS A KEY AND USES IT TO GET INTO A SECRET ROOM OF A HOUSE WHERE HERRINGWAY IS] Herringway: What in the...? Why are you in my fireplace? You found my secret room... ...through the chimney... ...ingenious... [MARIO SPEAKS TO HIM AGAIN] Herringway: Me? I'm Herringway. The novelist. Haven't you heard of me? Whaaat!? Mayor Penguin was murdered? And I'm the chief suspect? You must be joking! That's ridiculous! I did no such thing! You're very suspicious, huh? Well, I suppose I would be, too. It appears as though I should drop in at the Mayor's house. Engage stairs! All right then, come on. Let's go to the Mayor's house. [MARIO AND HERRINGWAY GO TO MAYOR PENGUIN'S HOUSE] Penguin Police Chief: Oh, you again. Have you come up with anything? Hmm...!? Say, isn't that penguin behind you the mystery novel writer named Herringway? What-what!? Mayor Penguin was clutching a piece of paper that had "Herringway" written on it? Bah! If that were true, I most certainly would've noticed it. Hmmm... He definitely does appear to be holding a piece of paper. Yes, of course! It's a message about his death! With his last breath, the Mayor told us the murderer's identity! So... Mr. Herringway... You cold-hearted murderer! It all makes sense now! No wonder your novels are so exciting and suspenseful! You live out your own plots! Herringway: Dear man... Do you have any idea how ridiculous you sound? You actually think I would do this to the Mayor? He's a great friend of mine! Penguin Police Chief: Mmmm... Yes... Yes, you were good friends... Ah ha! But that was just a cover so that no one would suspect you of this heinous crime! That's it, isn't it? I've solved this crafty mystery! Herringway: Oh, come on. Really. You simple, simple penguin. I would never be so predictable. Besides, I'm completely innocent. I've been working in my house on my new novel for weeks. I didn't have time to sneak over here to kill Mayor Penguin. Mayor Penguin's Wife: I'd just like to say that I still think the man with the mustache is the murderer. Penguin Police Chief: Hmmmm... This penguin murder mystery is getting more intriguing all the time... Mayor Penguin: Uuhhh... [MAYOR PENGUIN WAKES UP, TURNING OUT TO BE ALIVE] Mayor Penguin: Oh, my aching... Ouch... Mayor Penguin's Wife: Eeeeeeek! My husband's returned! He's a ghost!!! Eeeeek! Mayor Penguin: Oh, good gracious! Hello, everyone. What's going on here? Penguin Police Chief: What-what?! Mayor! We thought you were dead! Our backroom murder mystery is a wash! What a plot twist! Mayor Penguin: Huh...? What are you talking about? Umm.... I think... I seem to remember going to the shelf to get this souvenir for Herringway. Oh, yes, of course! I reached up, slipped, and then whacked my head on the floor. Yes, that's what happened! [MAYOR PENGUIN PICKS UP THE GIFT AND HANDS IT TO HERRINGWAY] Mayor Penguin: Here you are, Herringway. This is what I was reaching for. Toad Town was great fun. So many interesting sights... Wish you could've been there. Some time after all this hubbub settles down, I'll give you a full account of the big city. Herringway: Well...uh, thank you, old friend. That's very thoughtful... Penguin Police Chief: But Mayor! Here we were thinking that you'd been murdered! The whole city was up in arms! Next time be more careful! [THE POLICE CHIEF LEAVES] Mayor Penguin: Ah... Yes. So sorry. Herringway: Ha ha! I thought it rather entertaining, actually. Besides, everything's OK now. The Mayor's just fine. I must return to my home now. I believe I've just had an idea for the sequel to my new novel. [HERRINGWAY GOES HOME] Mayor Penguin: Ummm... I have the best intentions, but for some reason I always end up causing a ruckus. Hello. Sorry about all that. I must apologize... ... Say! You're Mario, aren't you? Well, let me welcome you to Shiver City, jewel of the north! ...What's the matter? Oh, you want to hike over to Starborn Valley, do you? I see... Of course. I'll tell the gatekeeper to allow you out of the city. You'd better bundle up! [MARIO GOES TO SHIVER SNOWFIELD] --SHIVER SNOWFIELD-- Jr. Troopa: Hey hey hey hey hey! [JR. TROOPA JUMPS IN] Jr. Troopa: Brrrraaah ha ha ha! Brrr! I've been waiting for you, Mariooooooooo! I've been here forever! I was getting desperate! I thought I was gonna freeze! This place is freezing, and cold, and nasty and icy! I hate it! I can't take it anymore!! I gotta get out of here! I'm going to beat you up in record time and head back to some place warm. You ready, ice-boy? Let's do it!! [THE FIGHT STARTS] Jr. Troopa: Oh, I've been busy, Mario! I learned cooool techniques! Check this out! Aah hahhhhhhh! [HE PULLS OUT A WAND] Jr. Troopa: Look at that piece of work! I've been taking a little magic course on the side! And now, you're gonna be my final exam! Yeah! I've gotta win this time! [MARIO AND HIS PARTNER ATTACK] Jr. Troopa: Mario! You like magic tricks? You won't like this one! [HE USES HIS WAND ON MARIO] Jr. Troopa: Ha ha ha ha!! That felt fantastic! I just keep on getting better! [MARIO EVENTUALLY BEATS HIM AFTER A FEW TURNS] Jr. Troopa: Nooooo!! [MARIO GOES FURTHER INTO SHIVER SNOWFIELD] Monstar: Boooooaaaaahhhh!! [MONSTAR APPEARS] Monstar: Tuuuuurn back. Coooome no farther. Tuuuurn away, or I'll eat you! Whaaaaat do you think? Scaaaary monster, aren't I? You know you want to run... [MARIO CHOOSES TO FIGHT IT] Monstar: Whaaat! Youuuu will regret this! [MARIO EASILY BEATS HIM] Monstar: Noooo! Ruuuuun away! [MONSTAR FADES AWAY, REVEALING A BUNCH OF STAR KIDS WHO FLY AWAY] [MARIO FOLLOWS] --STARBORN VALLEY-- Merle: Ah. You're Mario, yes? Thank you for coming. How do you do? I'm called Merle. I care for the Star Kids born here in Starborn Valley. There are many things I must tell you... ...but not here. Come, let's go to my house. I cannot concentrate out here in the cold. This way. Please follow me. [MARIO BEGINS TO FOLLOW] Merle: I must apologize for the rude reception of the Star Kids. None of us expected that you'd come here so quickly. They frighten strangers to try to keep this valley safe from Bowser's followers. Please...you must forgive them. [THEY GO UP TO MERLE'S HOUSE] Merle: Come in, please. [THEY GO INSIDE] Merle: Now. Mario. You must heed well what I'm about to tell you. This frozen area is called Starborn Valley. It is named this because it is here that Stars are born and raised before rising to the sky. But now... Ever since Bowser stole the Star Rod from Star Haven... The power of that place has weakened and Star Kids have found themselves unable to rise up into the sky. I sent a Ninji to my father, Merlon, hoping that I could coax you to come here... Because I have found out where the last Star Spirit is. It came to me in a dream... A vision of the last Star Spirit begging me for help. If my vision speaks truly, then the last Star Spirit is being held atop Shiver Mountain, which lies to the north. Up top sits the Crystal Palace. The Star Spirit waits there. The Crystal Palace was originally built to honor the Stars... But as time passed, it slowly faded from the memories of local people... ...and now, no one can remember how to reach the palace. There is a way, though, and it involves items that have been passed down in these lands. Here, take this. [HE GIVES MARIO THE SCARF] Merle: This Scarf has been passed down through many generations in Starborn Valley. I wish I knew how to use it...but I do not. According to the legends... You must use this and another item that has been passed down in Shiver City if you hope to open the way to the Crystal Palace. Sadly, that's all I know. If things remain as they are, Star Kids will never again be able to rise to Star Haven. Such a fate would be awful. Please! Help them! And expel Bowser from the sky! [MARIO EXITS MERLE'S HOUSE] [MERLE COMES OUT] Merle: Oh yes... Mario! I'd almost forgotten! There is supposed to be a small shrine somewhere along the path to the Crystal Palace. A legend has been handed down in this valley regarding the shrine's secret: "Truth lies not only in the eyes. Sometimes, even walls may lie." Confusing, yes, but you must find this shrine and solve its mystery to reach the Crystal Palace. Please don't forget it! [MARIO LEAVES THE VALLEY] --SHIVER SNOWFIELD-- [MARIO GIVES THE SCARF TO THE SNOWMAN LACKING ONE] [HE GOES BACK TO THE CITY TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR] --SHIVER CITY-- Mayor Penguin: Oh, Mario! Did you reach Starborn Valley? Did you see Merle? ... Oh, excellent. He said what? An item that has been passed down in this city? Um... Oh, right! There was something like that. Just a minute, I think I've got it somewhere. Yes, I found it. Here it is. [MARIO GETS A BUCKET] Mayor Penguin: This Bucket has been passed down through the years in Shiver City. As Merle must have told you, there's a legend associated with it. If you use this and the Scarf together, the way to the Crystal Palace will open. Who knows what all that means, though! Ha ha ha! I don't have the slightest clue as to how to use them together. Sounds like those Star Kids in Starborn Valley are in trouble. I hope you do your best for the little tykes. They're just kids. Best of luck to you! [MARIO GOES BACK TO SHIVER SNOWFIELD] --SHIVER SNOWFIELD-- [MARIO PUTS THE BUCKET ON THE SNOWMAN'S HEAD] Snowman #6: A cool bucket hat! Thank you! Snowman #3: A warm scarf! Thank you! Snowmen: What a kind man you are! We thank you. As a reward for your kindness, we shall tell you our secret. [THE SNOWMEN MOVE OUT OF THE WAY AND A DOORWAY IS CREATED] Snowmen: Please pass through here... With many thanks and blessings from the snowmen! [MARIO PASSES THROUGH] --SHIVER MOUNTAIN-- [MARIO GETS TO A POINT WHERE HE HAS TO USE KOOPER, AND ONCE HE IS USED, THERE ARE TWO OF HIM] Kooper: Mmm?? Kooper (Both): Nooo!! Kooper: What's wrong with my eyes? You look just like me! Impostor! Who are you really? Tell me your name! Kooper (Copy): I'm Kooper... Yeah, that's it. The question is, who are you? Kooper: Wha... Wha... Whaaat!? That's impossible! I'm the one and only Kooper!! Kooper (Copy): You're talking crazy-talk now. You're making no sense! I'm the genuine Kooper! Really! C'mon, Mario! You know me. This guy's a big liar. Kooper: I'm not lying! Mario...you know I'm Kooper, don't you? Don't you recognize your buddy? Kooper (Copy): Shut your mouth, goody-goody! I'm his buddy! Yeah, that's it. Kooper: Why you... You're the one who should shut his mouth! I'm his buddy! Kooper (Copy): Listen, Moron...er, Mario, you have to decide who's lying. It's the only way. Pick the one who you think is lying and whack him really hard with the Hammer. Kooper: Fine! Yeah, fine with me! If you think you'll get away with a trick like that, fine! I know Mario knows who I am. I believe in you, Mario! [MARIO HITS THE FAKE KOOPER] [IT GOES INTO ITS TRUE FORM] Duplighost: Yeeeow! What made you think that I was the one lying, huh? It must've been luck. No one has instincts that good. Kooper: Don't be such a crybaby! You lost! What were you thinking, trying to trick Mario like that? Duplighost: What? Shut up! I'll trick YOU... [A BATTLE STARTS AND MARIO DEFEATS THE DUPLIGHOSTS] [THE DUPLIGHOST RUNS AWAY] [MARIO FINDS THE SHRINE WHERE THE STAR STONE TRAPPED IN SOME ICE, AND MADAM MERLAR APPEARS] Merlar: At last...it is Mario! I'm gad you found this place. I've been expecting you. Hm hm hm ho ho... Do you find it strange that I know of you? My name is Madam Merlar. I am a messenger of the Stars. You know Merlon and Merle well. I am their ancestor. The Stars spoke to me of you through my dreams... They said you would come to the shrine on Shiver Mountain. It is here that I guard the way to the Crystal Palace. We have little time to waste, so listen carefully. You may not know this, but the followers of Bowser have invaded Crystal Palace, where stars are honored. Now, what I have to tell you is very important. Listen to every word I say! I can't tell you the whole tale. In the interest of time I'll be brief, so pay attention to the key points. The story begins a long, long time ago... I was still a young woman back then... A horrible thing happened on the mountain one day... I ran there immediately and... ...but it was actually... .... Oh! Such a sight! I... ...was...and...it was so... .... It was.....none other...... ........so.......than.... .............then I.... ..................... [MARIO FALLS ASLEEP] Merlar: ........... ...... ......... ... ..... ................ .................................. .................................. .................................. .................so that's why you must get Bowser's men out of the Crystal Palace. But... Hey! You! Were you even listening to my story? [MARIO SAYS YES] Merlar: Well... OK, then. As I was saying, you need the Star Stone to reach the palace. I'll give it to you. [SHE RELEASES THE STAR STONE] Merlar: With this stone, you can open the way to the Crystal Palace. Go on. Make haste! ... Hmmm. Do you think you understood my shortened version of the tale? It really doesn't do the story justice, you know. Perhaps one day I'll tell you the full story. Until then, good luck. [MERLAR DISAPPEARS] [MARIO TAKES THE STAR STONE AND PUTS IT IN THE OPEN SPACE TO CREATE A LONG STAIRCASE] [HE ENTERS THE CRYSTAL PALACE] --CRYSTAL PALACE-- [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE BLUE DOOR, FINDING OUT HOW TO GET BEHIND THE MIRROR, AND FINDS A FAKE MARIO AND BOMBETTE] Mario (Copy): Yikes! Mario's here! Bombette: Whoa! We'd better beat him! [THEY CHANGE INTO DUPLIGHOSTS AND BATTLE] [MARIO WINS] Duplighost: Noo!! The real Mario's so strong! [THEY RUN AWAY] [MARIO LOOKS FOR THE RED KEY AND HAS TO USE BOMBETTE TO BLOW UP A WALL, AND FOUR BOMBETTE COPIES APPEAR] Bombette: What? Who are all of you!? You're all trying to look like me! Mario... Don't tell me you can't tell which one is the real Bombette. You can tell, right? Bombette (Copy 1): Hey, I heard that! You're spreading lies, you impostor! I'm the real Bombette! Bombette (Copy 2): Oh, no, no! Mario. Look carefully at me and you'll know. I'm the real Bombette. It can only be me. These others are all liars. Bombette (Copy 3): I'm the one!!!! Mario!!!! Me!!!! Don't fall for these tricks!!!! I'll blow you up if you do!!!! Bombette (Copy 4): I... I'm the real Bombette... Puh... Please... Trust your eyes and look at me... I... I'm not lying... Bombette: Noooo! I can't bear this! Mario! Smash the impostors with your Hammer! All of you pretending to be me! I can't take it another second! Bombette (Copy 2): Oh, that's a nice idea. That'll clear all this up. Bombette (Copy 3): Yes, good idea!!!! I just hate impostors!!!! Mario!!!! I'm the real Bombette so don't you dare hit me!!!! [MARIO HITS COPY 3] Duplighost #3: What!!!! Why did you hit me!!!! Blast! You found me!! What's wrong with my disguise? [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO HITS COPY 4] Duplighost #4: No... Noooo... I... I should have worked harder on my Bombette disguise... I... I won't forget this! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO HITS COPY 2] Duplighost #2: Oh! You must be very smart to figure out I was an impostor. Curses! I thought we were doing a great job of confusing you! I'll be back! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO HITS COPY 1] Duplighost #1: Ohh! Somehow you managed to see through my disguise. Darn it! I thought I was doing so well! [HE RUNS AWAY] Bombette: If you'd hit me with the Hammer, Mario, I was going to bomb you the next time you napped. But you didn't! I'm so happy that you knew I was the real Bombette! [BOMBETTE GIVES MARIO A KISS] [MARIO GETS THE RED KEY AND PASSES THROUGH THE RED DOOR] [HE FINDS A WHITE CLUBBA] White Clubba #1: Who're you? The great and honorable Crystal King said that I can't let anyone pass! You're up to no good! I'm going to have to hurt you! [THEY WIN THE BATTLE] [BEHIND IT IS ANOTHER WHITE CLUBBA] White Clubba #2: I won't let you! I won't and I won't and I won't! You can't! You'll have to go through me if you wanna get past! [THEY WIN THE BATTLE] [BEHIND IT IS THE LAST WHITE CLUBBA] White Clubba #3: Hey, didn't you hear me? I said that I'm not budging, you got that? Do you have any idea how mad the Crystal King will get if I let you pass here? I don't want him mad at me, so I have to teach you a lesson! [MARIO WINS THE BATTLE] [HE EVENTUALLY FINDS A ROOM WHERE HE HAS TO KICK KOOPER THROUGH A SLOT, AND AFTER DOING SO A COPY OF LUIGI, KOLORADO, GOOMPA, AND KOOPA KOOT APPEAR AS A JOKE] Kolorado (Copy): Mario, I'm the real Kooper. But of course you know that, don't you, old boy? Goompa (Copy): Mario! Look at me! I'm the real deal! Nobody else looks like Kooper. Kooper: Mario, come on! I'm Kooper! I mean, this is ridiculous. Koopa Koot (Copy): I'm the real Kooper, sonny. You believe me, don't you? Luigi (Copy): I'm the real Kooper. There isn't any doubt in your mind, is there? Brother? Kolorado (Copy): OK, old bean... You'd best smash these impostors one by one. Goompa (Copy): That's a good idea. Luigi (Copy): Brother, smash them all except me, OK? [MARIO SMASHES THE KOOPA KOOT COPY] Duplighost #4: You must have some sort of sixth sense, sonny. Grrrr! Remember me! I'll return! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO SMASHES THE GOOMPA COPY] Duplighost #3: Ouch! That hurt! Still, good job. You must have some incredibly keen eyes to spot me. Darn it! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO SMASHES THE KOLORADO COPY] Duplighost #2: Hm! Mario! Well done! I don't know how you did it, but you found me out! Good-bye! [HE RUNS AWAY] [MARIO SMASHES THE LUIGI COPY] Duplighost #1: Brother! I said I was the real Kooper so many times... So mean... Just joking. I definitely thought I had you going there, though... [HE RUNS AWAY] Kooper: Yes! Yes! Good call, Mario! I knew you'd get it right! Those were the worst disguises ever! [MARIO EVENTUALLY GETS TO A ROOM WITH FOUR ALBINO DINOS] Albino Dino: You can't go through here unless you solve the puzzle. Once you solve the puzzle, we'll let you through. [MARIO SOLVES THE PUZZLE AND THEY ALLOW HIM THROUGH] [HE GOES OUTSIDE THE PALACE FROM THE BACK AND MEETS THE CRYSTAL KING] Crystal King: Who comes to my palace!? Mario... You finally arrived! Heh, heh, heh, heh... I know you believe you can save the Star Spirit, but I'm afraid I won't let you. First I shall defeat you, then I shall present Bowser with an iced Mario gift! [MARIO FIGHTS A LONG BATTLE WITH HIM, BUT EVENTUALLY WINS] Crystal King: Oh no! The last Star Spirit!! King Bowser, forgive meeeeee!! [THE CRYSTAL KING DISAPPEARS] [MARIO FREES THE LAST STAR SPIRIT, KALMAR] "Mario has saved the last Star Spirit, Kalmar, from the Crystal Palace at the edge of the world. Now with the seven Star Spirits together, he has the power to challenge Bowser...and the Star Rod. At last, it is time for Mario's showdown with Evil King Bowser. Can Mario rescue Princess Peach and recover the Star Rod? Or will wishes forever go ungranted?" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ INTERMISSION #7 [C7] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Peach: Oh, Mario... I wonder what he's doing now? I wish I knew if I was helping him at all... Twink: Of course you are! Mario will be fine! You should be proud of your efforts! Mario knows all you've done. And don't you worry, Princess! You'll be able to talk to him in person before long! Peach: ...Tee hee hee... I hope you're right, Twink. Thanks for cheering me up. Let's go back to the room, shall we? [THEY GO INSIDE] [BOWSER ENTERS THE ROOM] Bowser: Oh, Princess Peach! Your cuddly old Bowser's here! Can't we have a friendly conversation for a change? C'mon! Lemme see a smile! Peach: I have nothing to say to you. Bowser: Oh, don't be such a pill. You're stuck with me for a long, long time, beautiful. You'd better get used to it. Peach: Mario is coming, Bowser. And you can't stop him. Bowser: Gwaa ha ha ha!! Oh, you poor, silly girl! I'm invincible with this Star Rod, didn't you now? Mario's no match for me! He's history. Get over it. Peach: ................ [KAMMY KOOPA WALKS IN] Kammy Koopa: Your Raunchiness! We have an emergency! Bowser: Grr! It'd better be important! I'm right in the middle of a friendly chat with the princess. Kammy Koopa: Uh... Mario has now saved all of the Star Spirits! There...IS a chance he could come here using their power... We must make ourselves ready in case he shows up. Bowser: What! Gah! Mar-i-ooooo! OK. Listen, Kammy Koopa. Send everyone to their posts! We'll ambush him the second he enters my castle!! Princess Peach, why don't you come with me to watch... You can have a front-row seat to see Mario get crushed. You! Yeah, you! Tie her up immediately! If she gets out this time, heads will roll! Peach: No! Please! [TWO KOOPATROLS TIE PEACH UP] [TWINK FINALLY SHOWS HIS FACE] Twink: You big...Koopa! Show some respect to the princess! [TWINK TRIES TO SAVE PEACH] Bowser: What is this whining little glittering thing? Confetti? Gah! Buzz off! [BOWSER HITS TWINK OUT THE WINDOW] Peach: Twiiiiink! Bowser: Take the princess! Now! Let's move! Peach: Noooo! [THEY CARRY HER AWAY] --SHIVER MOUNTAIN-- Kalmar: My name is Kalmar. Mario, well done. Thank you for coming. You have successfully rescued all of us Star Spirits. We are in your debt. Now all that is left is for you to challenge Bowser. My Power should help you... to bring back the Star Rod, to beat Bowser, to bring peace back to the Mushroom Kingdom, and... to save Princess Peach. [MARIO GETS THE "UP & AWAY" POWER] Kalmar: Mario, you must make your way back to Shooting Star Summit. From Shooting Star Summit, we'll prepare the route to Star Haven. The name of this route is Star Way. Once you travel the Star Way, you'll finally reach Star Haven. My only wish is for you to save this precious world. You can do it, Mario. Good-bye for now. [KALMAR GOES TO STAR HAVEN] [MARIO GOES TO SHOOTING STAR SUMMIT] --SHOOTING STAR SUMMIT-- Eldstar: Mario, can you hear me...? I'm going to open the entrance to Star Way. Enter this path without fear. The Star Way continues all the way up here to Star Haven. We 7 Star Spirits will be waiting for you here. We wish to give you our remaining Power. With this Power, you will be able to stand up to the Star Rod Bowser holds. [THEY CREATE A BEAM] Eldstar: We anxiously await you... Mario, make haste to Star Haven! [MARIO USES THE BEAM] --STAR WAY-- [MARIO CLIMBS THE PATH, POSSIBLY FIGHTING SOME ENEMIES, AND EVENTUALLY GETS TO STAR HAVEN] --STAR HAVEN-- [MARIO FINDS AND ENTERS THE STAR SANCTUARY AND CLIMBS THE STAIRS] Eldstar: Mario, you finally made it. The time has come to take the fight to Bowser's turf. Now... Hold still while we 7 join together to bestow upon you our final Power. [MARIO GETS THE "STAR BEAM" POWER] Eldstar: If you use this Power, you can drain the power of the Star Rod whenever Bowser uses it. Ah yes! And one more thing, I have one final gift which should come in handy. [A SHIP APPEARS] Eldstar: This is the legendary Star Ship of Star Haven. Bowser is keeping his castle way up in the sky. With this ship, however, you can reach it. Climb aboard! On to Bowser's Castle! We will always be with you. Whenever you are in need, use our Powers to help you. [MARIO CLIMBS ABOARD THE STAR SHIP AND TAKES OFF] [THERE IS A VIEW OF A LOT OF PEOPLE FROM TOAD TOWN WHO SEE THE SHIP AS A SHOOTING STAR] Toad #1: Look... ...a shooting star! Princess... come back... Princess... come back... Princess... come back... Girl: Did you wish for something? I hope your dreams come true. Toad #1: Me too! Toad #2: I want to see the princess... I want to see the princess... I want to see the princess... Toad #3: I want to eat Shroom Cake... I want to eat Shroom Cake... I want to eat tons and tons of Shroom Cake... Oh, shooting star... Please fulfill my wishes... Pretty please... [MARIO REACHES BOWSER'S CASTLE] *************** CHAPTER 8 [B11] *************** --BOWSER'S CASTLE-- [MARIO FINDS A KEY AND ENTERS THE CASTLE] [HE COMES TO A DOOR, CALLED THE GUARD DOOR] Guard Door #1: Bloooaaahhhhhhhh!!!! Welcome, worm! I'm called the Guard Door of Bowser's Castle. It's my job to keep suspicious types from entering. You must be Mario. Let me guess... Did you want to go through here? Hmm? You want to get to the other side of this wall, right? [MARIO SAYS YES] Guard Door #1: OK then... Heh heh heh... Stand in front of me. [MARIO DOES SO] Guard Door #1: Are you standing squarely in front of me? OK... Then...I'll let you go through. [A TRAP DOOR IS OPENED AND MARIO FALLS THROUGH] Guard Door #1: Gaaaah ha ha ha ha!! You fell for it, worm! You'll never escape from that impenetrable prison! Try all you like! All you'll do is exhaust yourself! I'll tell you what: If you make it back up here, I'll let you go through. How's that? Ahhh ha ha ha! I know you'll never make it! I hope you have a good time shaking and crying down there! Gah ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! [MARIO USES BOMBETTE TO BLAST DOWN THE WALL] Bombette: There we go! It's a piece of cake to break these walls. The material's weak. These are much easier than the walls of Koopa Bros. Fortress. You're really lucky to have me along, aren't you!? [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE ROOMS WITH THE LAVA, AND COMES TO A ROOM WITH THREE KOOPATROLS AND A MAGIKOOPA] Koopatrol #1: Uh-oh! Ma... Mario...is right...there! Now what were we supposed to do in this situation? Kammy Koopa told us something, but I'm drawing a total blank. I think...she told us not to let him touch that switch... Oh...oh...no... Do you think that means we have to fight him? Koopatrol #2: No!!!!!! He'll wipe the floor with us! Magikoopa: Stop your bellyaching!! Who says we should be afraid of Mario, huh? He's not so bad! Whatever happens, we can't let him push this switch! Don't you care that King Bowser needs our help? C'mon!! Take this...plumber! Show him what you're made of!! Koopatrol #3: Waahh!! We have no choice! Gotta be brave... Gotta be... Attaaack! [MARIO DEFEATS THEM] [HE DRAINS THE LAVA WITH THE SWITCH] Parakarry: The lava seems to have cooled and hardened... Maybe we can walk across it... Oh, excellent. Even I couldn't fly across here. [MARIO EVENTUALLY COMES BACK TO THE GUARD DOOR] Guard Door #1: Blooooaa-huh?! You came back!? You escaped from that underground jail!? But there was no way you could escape! Grrrrrrrrrrr.......... Of all the dirty tricks... I guess I have to keep my word. You can...go through. Grr. But don't think I'll forget this! [MARIO PROGRESSES THROUGH THE CASTLE AND EVENTUALLY GETS TO THE SECOND DOOR] Guard Door #2: Grooaaahhhhh!!! Who would've thought you could make it this far? You won't make it any farther. Because, unfortunately for you, I won't let you pass. Graaa ha ha ha ha ha!!! But...... I guess, if you really want, I'll give you one chance. Because I know there's no way you'll make it anyway. Want to give it a shot? [MARIO SAYS YES] Guard Door #2: Grrooaaa ha ha ha ha ha!! This is completely pointless, but I suppose I'll let you try, because, of course, I have such a kind and generous heart... Just joking, worm! Grrooahh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! Now! Mario! Do you want to know what I've got in store for you? [MARIO SAYS YES] Guard Door #2: OK, smart guy, let's get going! [THREE DARK KOOPAS AND FOUR GOOMBAS COME OUT OF THE DOORS] Guard Door #2: Time's up! Now. Tell me, how many Koopas were there!? [MARIO ANSWERS 3] Guard Door #2: Grrrr...... You're right! That question must've been way too easy. Now they'll be harder! Next question! [THREE RED, FOUR BLUE, AND FOUR GREEN SHY GUYS COME OUT] Guard Door #2: Time's up! Now. Which were there three of!? [MARIO ANSWERS RED SHY GUYS] Guard Door #2: Grrrr...... You're right! That question must've been way too easy. Now they'll be harder! Next question! [TWO RED SHY GUYS, FOUR BLUE SHY GUYS, AND TWO BOB-OMBS COME OUT] Guard Door #2: Time's up! Now. Who came out of the middle entrance!? [MARIO ANSWERS RED SHY GUYS] Guard Door #2: Grrrr...... You're right! That question must've been way too easy. Now they'll be harder! Next question! [A GREEN SHY GUY, THREE BLUE SHY GUYS, TWO GOOMBAS, AND FOUR KOOPAS COME OUT] Guard Door #2: Time's up! Now. How many Goombas were there!? [MARIO ANSWERS 2] Guard Door #2: Grrrrr...... Right answer! Aaaarghhhhhhh!!!!!!! I can't believe you've gotten four questions right! All righ, enough of this! I'm gonna quit messing around and ask you a really hard one! Next question!! [A GOOMA, KOOPA, AND DARK KOOPA COME OUT] Guard Door #2: Time's up! Now. How many arms did you see just now!? [MARIO ANSWERS 4] Guard Door #2: Grrrraaaaaaaaghhhhhhh!!!! Cor.... Correct!!! I can't believe it! You got five of my super duper brain-busters right! Greaaaghhh!!!!! I've been defeated...!! By Mario!!!! Oh, the shame...! [IF THREE QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED INCORRECTLY, MARIO FIGHTS THREE ANTI GUYS] [MARIO PASSES THROUGH THE GUARD DOOR] [HE EVENTUALLY GETS TO A ROOM WITH A FAKE PRINCESS PEACH] Peach (Copy): Oh, Mario! You came to rescue me! Thank you so much! Oh, me? Oh, I just saw a chance to get away from Bowser and I ran! There's no need to fight him because I'm already safe. See? No need to fight. Let's hurry up and go home. I'll be right behind you. [MARIO HEADS FOR THE DOOR, AND REALIZES SHE ISN'T FOLLOWING HIM ANYMORE, SO, WHILE WALKING BACK, HE SEES A DUPLIGHOST WHO RUNS AWAY AND GOES BACK TO PEACH] [MARIO WHACKS HER WITH THE HAMMER] Peach (Copy): Ouch! Oh, how could you? You're so cruel, Mario! Why do you want to hurt me? I'm going to tell King Bowser you're treating me like this! [HE WHACKS HER AGAIN] Peach (Copy): No!! Ow! Stop it! Please don't!!! Help me, King Bowser!!!! [HE WHACKS HER ONE LAST TIME] Peach (Copy): I said, cut it out!! [SHE CHANGES INTO A DUPLIGHOST] Duplighost: Aw, shoot! I wonder how you saw through my disguise... It was perfect... Well, I guess there's nothing I can do about it now... I'll just beat you up instead! [MARIO BEATS THE GROUP OF DUPLIGHOSTS] [HE GOES THROUGH THE DOOR TO FIND THE LAST GUARD DOOR] Guard Door #3: Bleeeaaaargh!! How in the world did you get this far in the castle? Congratulations... ...but this is the end of your adventure, I'm afraid. I've got much better defenses than the other Guard Doors do. Your luck has just run out! Come on, boys! [THE KOOPA BROS. COME IN] Red Ninjakoopa: Here come the Koopa Bros.!! I bet you never thought you'd see us again, huh, Mario? You do remember who we are, don't you? [MARIO SAYS YES] Red Ninjakoopa: Yeah, that's right! We were too cool to forget! A lasting impression, yeah! Guard Door #3: Now they're going to beat you within an inch of your life! Feel like running away, worm? Tell you what: If you beat them, you can go through here. Of course, you'll fail... but at least you can try. Geeaarrr har har har.... Red Ninjakoopa: Don't think we're like before! We've increased our power beyond our wildest dreams! After you trounced us, we learned a new technique and trained all day, every day. We're not just the Koopa Bros.... We're the Super Ultra Might Koopa Bros. the Great!! Check out our coolness! Huh...? Jr. Troopa: Uaaaaaaghhhh!!! I found you, Mario!!!!! [JR. TROOPA COMES IN AND GETS RID OF THE KOOPA BROS.] Jr. Troopa: Dwahhhhhhhhh!!! At last! You're mine! It was a pain find you, you know? Today, at long last, I'll settle my score with you! [THE BATTLE STARTS] Jr. Troopa: Here it comes, Mario!! This is the final fight!!! Only one of us is walking away from this battle! [MARIO AND HIS PARTNER ATTACK A FEW TIMES] Jr. Troopa: Darn it!!!!! OK, try this on for size!! Ultimate Power! [HE POWERS UP] [THEY FIGHT FOR A FEW MORE TURNS] Jr. Troopa: Shoooot!!!!!!!!!!! OK, maybe something else... How about this!!!??? [HE GRABS HIS WAND] Jr. Troopa: Aaaargh!!! You've still got some skills!! [MARIO BEATS HIM AFTER A FEW MORE TURNS] Jr. Troopa: Darn it!! Darn it, darn it! Don't think you've won, Mario! I swear to you, I'm gonna beat you so bad next time!! Guard Door #3: Gosh!! Ummmmmmmmmm........ So, since you beat the guy that beat the Koopa Bros., does that mean you beat the Koopa Bros.? No. You beat him, he beat them... But you didn't actually lay a finger on........ Arrgaaahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!! It's too confusing!! .....OK, fine! I guess there was no big difference between that guy and the Koopa Bros. You can go through. It's not possible for you to beat King Bowser anyway. I'll let you have the honor of being beaten personally by the evil King Bowser. Lucky you! [MARIO GOES THROUGH THE NEXT ROOM AND ARRIVES AT PEACH'S CASTLE] --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- [MARIO GOES TO THE ROOM WHERE HE ORIGINALLY FOUGHT BOWSER] Peach: Oh, Mario!!! Help!!! [HE FINDS PEACH HANGING FROM A ROPE] [BOWSER COMES IN ON HIS FLYING MACHINE] Bowser: Gwaa ha ha ha ha!! If it isn't my old pal, Mario! I've been waiting for you... I'm amazed that you managed to come this far. How lucky...for me. You've been a distraction for far too long, little man! It'll be a pleasure to squash you personally! Again! Peach: Mario!!!! [BOWSER JUMPS TO THE GROUND] Bowser: Fool! You can't beat me! I'm inviiiiincible! [THE BATTLE BEGINS] Bowser: Gwaaaah ha ha ha!!! All right, Mario! Let's see your so-called power! [THEY TAKE A FEW TURNS] Bowser: All right, enough of that! Now witness the power of this fully operational Star Rod! [BOWSER POWERS UP WITH THE STAR ROD] [MARIO USES THE STAR BEAM TO GET RID OF BOWSER'S POWER] Bowser: What the...OW! What in the world was that? Goooah? What happened to the power of that stupid Star Rod? [MARIO'S PARTNER ATTACKS] Bowser: Graaaargh! You cheap little...coward!! This fight's just beginning! [MARIO BEATS HIM IN A FEW TURNS] Bowser: Gosh, you're not bad! How'd you get so strong? Still, you're just an annoyance. That was like a warm-up for me. [BOWSER GOES BY PEACH] Peach: No!!!!! Leave me alone!!! Mario, help me!!! [BOWSER FLIES OUT THE WINDOW WITH PEACH] Bowser: If you want to save Princess Peach, you'd better follow me! [MARIO GOES TO THE ARENA AT THE TOP OF THE CASTLE] Bowser: Gwaaa ha ha ha ha!! Welcome to your nightmare! You should thank me, Mario. Since you've been my rival for so long, I've arranged a special arena for your defeat! [BOWSER JUMPS ON A SWITCH TO GET RID OF THE BRIDGE] Bowser: Gwaa ha ha!!! Like it? You're completely trapped! How does it feel, huh? Peach: Mario, be careful!!! Kammy Koopa: Bleah nyeah heh hee ha heh!! You fell right into our trap! And you call yourself a hero?! Did you think we were foolish enough to just sit back and watch as you saved the Star Spirits? I've put together a little surprise for you...a device that increases Bowser's power! King Bowser will be so powerful that not even the power of the Star Spirits can compare! He'll now truly be invincible... ...thanks to my wisdom! Are you ready, my King? Then power up!! [BOWSER POWERS UP] Bowser: Uuuuaaaaahhhhh!!!!!! Yes!!! Oh, Kammy Koopa! That was incredible! I feel like I'm exploding with power! Now I'll be able to squash this cheeky plumber! Hey, you! Mario! It's not going to be like before, you mustached loser! Prepare to be beaten!! [MARIO AND HIS PARTNER ATTACK, THEN BOWSER, THEN MARIO AND HIS PARTNER ATTACK AGAIN] Bowser: Gwuuh huh huh huh! Time to increase my power with my good old Star Rod! [HE USES THE STAR ROD] [MARIO TRIES USING THE STAR BEAM, BUT IT FAILS] Bowser: Gwaaah ha ha ha!! You idiot!! That weak attack doesn't affect me anymore! Parakarry: Uh-oh, this is a problem! The Star Beam's ineffective! [THE BATTLE STOPS FOR A CUTSCENE] Peach: Oh no! Brave Mario! What can I do...? The way things are going, Bowser will surely defeat him... Somebody... Please... Help Mario... Kammy Koopa: Why do you have to constantly run your mouth? Keep quiet! [TWINK COMES IN AND KNOCKS KAMMY OFF HER BROOM] Twink: Oh, Princess Peach, are you all right? I'll get you out of those ropes! Peach: Twink!! I'm so glad you're OK! [KAMMY GETS BACK ON HER BROOM] Kammy Koopa: You insolent little Star Kid! How dare you!! [A BATTLE WITH TWINK, PEACH, AND KAMMY KOOPA BEGINS] Kammy Koopa: You little whippersnapper... You're too young to fight me! Twink: I... I... I'm not afraid of you!! Peach: Oh, be careful, Twink! [TWINK ATTACKS INEFFECTIVELY] Kammy Koopa: Nyeah heh hoo hah... Did I just feel a breeze? Was that really your attack? [PEACH FOCUSES TO POWER TWINK UP] Peach: Oh, Twink...... [KAMMY ATTACKS, AND THEN TWINK ATTACKS DOING 1 DAMAGE] Kammy Koopa: Ow! Why, you little... So you can fight a little... [ANOTHER TURN IS TAKEN, AND WHEN TWINK ATTACKS AGAIN IT DOES 2 DAMAGE] Kammy Koopa: Yeeow! What's going on!? Why does it seem like this Star Kid's getting stronger!? [KAMMY TRIES TO ATTACK AFTER A TURN AND REALIZES SHE CAN'T HURT TWINK] Kammy Koopa: It... It can't be.... My attacks don't work... Oh... Oh no!!! Now I remember... The Stars get all of their power from ordinary people's wishes... Peach's wishes are giving that little Star Kid power! [TWINK DEFEATS KAMMY] Kammy Koopa: Ooooohhh... King Bowser... I have failed you... Peach: Oh, yes! We did it, Twink! Now we must save Mario! But... What can I do...? Twink: I know! Princess Peach! Make a wish! Just like you did for me! Make a wish to give more power to the Star Spirits! Think of the Mushroom Kingdom, Star Haven, Mario... Make a wish to the Stars, thinking of all those things! If your wish is strong enough, it will reach the Star Spirits and give them strength! Peach: OK, Twink... I'll try! Twink: I'll go help Mario! [PEACH MAKES A WISH] Bowser: Gwaah ha ha ha ha ha!!!!! What's the matter, Mario!? Feeling a bit under the weather? You ought to work out more! [TWINK HITS BOWSER TO DISTRACT HIM] Eldstar: Oh my!!! I feel power flooding into me! Twink: Honorable Star Spirits, I'll do what I can to help! Eldstar: Twink!? What a surprise!! I feel... The wishes of Princess Peach and all of the Mushroom Kingdom are giving us power! Perhaps now we can match Bowser's strength! Now! Mario! Don't give up! Everyone's behind you! Receive our power and do your very best! Power up the Star Beam!! "Star Beam has been upgraded! It's now Peach Beam! Mario can now use Peach Beam!" Bowser: Wha... What's going on...? [THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS] Bowser: Mario! Are you still standing? You should just give up! You'll never beat me! [MARIO USES THE PEACH BEAM] Bowser: Gwaaa-huh!??? You've gotta be kidding me! My Star Rod power's gone! [AFTER A LONG BATTLE, MARIO DEFEATS HIM] Bowser: Ohhhhhhh, NOOO!!!! Mario defeated me...again... He always defeats me... This time I became invincible! And I STILL couldn't beat him! Darn it!!!!! [MARIO GETS THE STAR ROD] "You took back the Star Rod!" Peach: Oh, Mario! Mario... I knew you would save me. Thank you, Mario! [THE ARENA STARTS TO SHAKE] Bowser: Whuh? Huh? I'm awake! Huh? What's going on!? This isn't part of my plan! Yo! Kammy Koopa! What's with all the shaking? Kammy Koopa: Uh, your Kingship, the battle with Mario was so intense that my device for increasing your power seems to have started malfunctioning. Uh...it's entirely screwed up, and its power appears to be heading back into your castle. I hate to tell you this, but both your castle and this spot right here are about to explode. We must flee, my evil King! We have no choice!! Bowser: What...? Are you... Really? That's...a big problem. Let's get outta here right... Huh?... Aaahhh!!! [BOWSER AND KAMMY FLY OVER THE EDGE] [THE STAR SPIRITS SAVE MARIO AND PEACH AND BRING THEM TO THE FRONT OF PEACH'S CASTLE] [MARIO GIVES THE STAR ROD BACK TO THE STAR SPIRITS] Eldstar: Oh, Mario! Thank you! You did it! You brought back our precious Star Rod! I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We will use it to bring peace back to ths world. Mamar: Now we'll be able to grant everyone's wishes again! All of this is thanks to you, Mario! Skolar: When you look at the night sky, you'll know that the glittering stars are praising you for your courage. Look upon their bright light and remember our thanks! Muskular: You really took it to Bowser, Mario! Really socked it to him! What impressive strength! I knew you could do it! Misstar: Mario... Don't think we don't know how hard you worked for all of us. It must have been difficult. We won't forget your efforts. Klevar: I hope Bowser learned something from all this. Maybe he'll behave himself now... Although I'd say the chances of that are pretty slim. Tsk tsk... Ah well... Kalmar: No words can express completely how thankful we are for all that you've done. Hope has returned, both to Star Haven and to all of the Mushroom Kingdom. We're in your debt, Mario. Eldstar: And Twink, may I say... you really rose to the occasion! You've proven yourself to be a grown-up Star! Twink: Tee hee hee... Aw, go on... Eldstar: Well... I think it's time we returned to Star Haven. All of the stars are waiting for us there, no doubt. It's time to say good-bye for now, Mario! May the stars forever shine brightly upon you! [THE STAR SPIRITS GO TO STAR HAVEN] Twink: Mario, I'd like to thank you, too. And Princess Peach... It was an honor to help you in your time of need. I hope...maybe...to see you again sometime... For now I'm going to become a respectable Star and make people's wishes come true! Peach: Thank you so much for helping me, Twink. You've always been a stellar friend to me! Twink: Princess Peach... I... I... Well, no, never mind! I have to go, too! Thank you very much, Mario. I'll always remember you, Princess Peach! Good-bye...! [TWINK GOES TO STAR HAVEN] ************** EPILOGUE [B12] ************** --MARIO'S HOUSE-- [MARIO FINISHES TELLING LUIGI ABOUT HIS ADVENTURE] Luigi: ... Ohhh. So that's it, huh? That's how you took the Star Rod back from Bowser. It seems like another wild adventure's in the books, bro. The castle's back in its normal place and everyone's returned home safely... You came through in the end, just like you always do! ... I know you've been back for days now, but I'll bet you still kind of feel like you're on an adventure. Don't you? [MARIO SAYS YES] Luigi: That reminds me... The pals who traveled with you... I wonder what they're up to now... --GOOMBA VILLAGE-- [GOOMBARIO AND GOOMBARIA ARE PLAYING A GAME] Parakarry: Goombario! Goombario: Hey Parakarry, what's up? I thought you were back at work delivering letters. Parakarry: Ha ha ha! I sure am! This isn't a social call! I dropped by to bring a letter to you, Goombario! It's from Princess Peach. Goombario: Huh? From Princess Peach!? Whoa! What's she writing to me for? Parakarry: Read it and find out! I've got to deliver more letters! [PARAKARRY FLIES AWAY] Goombario: Thanks, Parakarry! See ya! Keep working hard, buddy! Take care! Goombaria: Hey, Goombario! What did Princess Peach write in her letter? Lemme see! Goombario: Hang on, Goombaria... Jeepers! This is an invitation to a party! At the castle! It says the princess is having a party and I'm invited to go have fun! Whoa! Whoa! WHOOAAAAA! --KOOPA VILLAGE-- [BOMBETTE AND PARAKARRY ARE TALKING IN KOOPA VILLAGE, AND ALONG COMES KOLORADO'S WIFE GIVING PARAKARRY A MESSAGE] --BOO'S MANSION-- [BOOTLER GIVES BOW HER INVITATION] --SHY GUY'S TOY BOX-- [WATT IS TALKING WITH SOME SHY GUYS] [PARAKARRY COMES IN TO TELL HER SHE'S INVITED TO PEACH'S CASTLE] --JADE JUNGLE-- [SUSHIE READS HER INVITATION, AND THEN SHE HAS TO STOP THE YOSHI KIDS] --FLOWER FIELDS-- [LAKILESTER AND LAKILULU ARE TALKING] [PARAKARRY TELLS LAKILESTER HE'S INVITED] --SHIVER CITY-- [KOOPER IS HELPING KOLORADO WITH HIS ADVENTURE TO THE CRYSTAL PALACE] Kolorado: Now then, gentlemen... It's time to scale the frosty heights to the Crystal Palace! Kooper, old boy, you're in charge of guiding us. Your prior experience is terribly important to the success of our expedition! Kooper: Yeah! Leave it to me! I know the place front to back! Parakarry: Kooper! Kooper: Huh? Parakarry? What brings you here? Parakarry: Phew! ...I finally made it. I have a letter for you from Princess Peach. Kooper: Oh! Oh, wow! This is an invitation to a huge party at Princess Peach's Castle! It's directly from the princess herself! It's got her signature on it and everything! Cool! Oh, there's no way I can miss a bash this big! But... ...but I can't just turn my back on this expedition after I promised Prof. Kolorado... I should stay here and... Kolorado: Oh, poppycock! Balderdash! Don't be daft, dear boy! Turning down such an invitation would be terribly impolite. This is a golden opportunity! Go to the party this instant! Don't spare me another thought! It would ruin the party if the hero of Koopa Village... nay, the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom wasn't even there! Kooper: Huh... I knew you'd say that, Prof. Kolorado! You're so kind and generous! I'll do it! I hope you guys will be all right without me! I'm gonna party! [KOOPER HEADS FOR THE CASTLE] Parakarry: Oh, Kolorado, I have a message for you as well..., Don't bother coming back home, you wandering buffoon!!! What a no- good husband! ...That... was a message from your wife. Kolorado... You set out on this expedition without telling your wife again, didn't you? Boy, she was sooo furious. Kolorado: Oh good gracious... Pa puh puh puh... Parakarry! Why in the world didn't you tell me this first! This is a crisis, old boy! I must away back home with all due speed! [THEY ALL LEAVE] --MARIO'S HOUSE-- Luigi: Huh? Did you hear something outside? I think I did. I'll go take a quick look. [LUIGI LOOKS OUTSIDE] [HE COMES IN WITH THE MAIL] Luigi: Hey, bro, guess what? Parakarry stopped by to drop off a party invitation from Princess Peach. He said that he's also invited to the party, so he took off and said he'd see us at the castle when we arrived. Now, we'd better go, too! [MARIO AND LUIGI GO TO TOAD TOWN] --TOAD TOWN-- Luigi: OK... Listen, Mario. I'm just gonna run ahead. There's something important that I have to do. What is it? Sorry, bro... It's top secret! [MARIO GOES TO THE CASTLE] --PRINCESS PEACH'S CASTLE-- Minister: Mario, welcome to the castle. Princess Peach should be here very shortly. Door Guard: And now... Princess Peach! [PEACH COMES OUT] Peach: Greetings to all of you! I'm so glad everyone could be here on this special day. The Star Rod stolen by Bowser has been returned to its rightful place in Star Haven. Peace has once again returned to the Mushroom Kingdom. Above us, the stars shine with more beauty and power than ever before. It seems that they're sending us their thanks. Mario... Goombario, Kooper, Bombette, Parakarry,... Bow, Watt, Sushie, Lakilester, and everybody across the lands of the Mushroom Kingdom, we've regained peace because of all your efforts. Thank you very much, indeed. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I hope that the Mushroom Kingdom will enjoy peace and prosperity for a long time to come. Perhaps forever! This is my heartfelt wish. So, let's celebrate! Enjoy the festivities, everyone! [THE CREDITS START TO ROLL, WITH LUIGI LEADING A PARADE ABOVE] [AT THE END, PEACH AND MARIO WATCH FIREWORKS] ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` =============== 3. CREDITS [A3] =============== Like it says above, I'm going to give credit to the people who deserve it here. Even though I highly doubt I made any mistakes with what is supposed to be said in the game (I probably made a few spelling mistakes) you can e-mail me any corrections at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will credit you here. First person who gets credit: me! =) Nintendo also gets credit for making the game. GameFAQs was the site this script was first meant to show up on, and they posted this, so a big thanks to them! You read this, so...yeah, give yourself some credit, I guess! Heh. ;) ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` ===================== 4. LEGAL SECTION [A4] ===================== Like I'd say in any other FAQ I may make, I take no credit in any way for helping to create this game. I don't care where this is posted, but you need my permission first. Also, DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. In the credits section I gave credit to GameFAQs. If you don't want that written in there, too bad. Someone already deleted that from there when I made it pretty clear that they can't change anything. If you want to post this somewhere, e-mail me at email@example.com. Thanks. Last thing, I have to copyright this. Copyright (c) 2008 Paul Kolios (pkdatboi) Thanks for reading the script! See you later!