The true tragedy...this is the last episode
July 7, 2006 4:28 PM   Subscribe

The Mario Brothers Tragedy reaches the finish line. After a 2 year wait Alexander Leon has finally finished his Mario Bros. flash epic. (previously here and here)
posted by hugecranium (42 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Hadn't seen this before, and it was pretty cool.
posted by public at 5:24 PM on July 7, 2006

That's not at all the ending I was expecting. Very good.
posted by scottreynen at 5:28 PM on July 7, 2006

i think i'll watch the first four all over again before i watch the final. it has been a while.
posted by j-urb at 5:49 PM on July 7, 2006

Wow. Definitely ends the way no Mario game ever will.
posted by Bryan Behrenshausen at 5:56 PM on July 7, 2006

Years ago, I sat alone in my room looking over the tear-stained remains of my shattered life. I could taste only the gunmetal in my mouth and could think only of her.

"Someday," I thought I heard her say, "Someday it will get better." Slowly I lowered the hammer, placed the gun on the table, and vommitted all my sadness, all my hurt, all my rage.

Because someday, someday I would see the purpose for my life. That's what she promised me.

After watching Mario fight for everything, I know now what my purpose is:

To watch that video again.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:02 PM on July 7, 2006


great ending! much more than I ever expected. great post.
posted by freudianslipper at 6:02 PM on July 7, 2006

Suddenly, I must buy a Nintendo Wii.

< /cynic>

But, seriously, that was really good, and genuinely touching at parts.
posted by LordSludge at 6:06 PM on July 7, 2006

Nice action. Positively excrutiating Lucasian dialog.
posted by loquacious at 6:16 PM on July 7, 2006

That's impressive.
posted by delmoi at 6:23 PM on July 7, 2006

that really shows the power of music. thanks for the post.
posted by sineater at 6:28 PM on July 7, 2006

It's the music really, that and the lovely red headed princess.
posted by econous at 6:33 PM on July 7, 2006

Wow, I totally forgot about this. Thanks for reminding me. I finally get to know how it ends!
posted by absalom at 6:38 PM on July 7, 2006

Where was dazed_one at on this one?
posted by banished at 6:47 PM on July 7, 2006

That was really cool. From this faq:

What has given you the most difficulty during the development process of your new creation?

Animating each and every tiny little sprite... frame by frame by frame... It's a frightening undertaking when you have 70+ characters on the screen in all out war and it's up to you to move each one frame by frame and make sure they all are convincing and reminescent of Nintendos original Mario look/speed/feel.

I'm suprised. I assumed he had written some sort of crowd modeling system.
posted by delmoi at 7:01 PM on July 7, 2006

I'm impressed.
posted by Zozo at 7:03 PM on July 7, 2006

Watching this makes me think someone should make a Mario RTS. You've already got a huge selection of units for the badguys side.

You know what might be cool? Have a multiplayer thing where one player on each side has RTS controls for the Goombas/Mushroom people cannon fodder while a couple players on each side are Mario/Luigi and Bowser/Wario with platformer controls.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 7:13 PM on July 7, 2006

TheOnlyCoolTim: Please don't rape the Mario series. Go play Starcraft or something.

*makes a plan to play Yoshi's Island later tonight*
posted by loquacious at 7:21 PM on July 7, 2006

wow. impressive. loved the scoring - Philip Glass in a Mario flash film? very well done. despairing ending.
posted by seawallrunner at 7:32 PM on July 7, 2006

I have literally been reloading his deviantart site every month or so for the past two years. (...Interestingly, it isn't updated yet.)
posted by thejoshu at 8:00 PM on July 7, 2006

Generally I love things like this, but it was just wayyy too slow for me. Guess it's time to take my ADD pills.
posted by Juggermatt at 8:21 PM on July 7, 2006

First time I heard of this thing, and watched it all the way through. As others said, surprisingly powerful. It's amazing what a little cinematic flair will do, eh?
posted by danb at 8:27 PM on July 7, 2006

Radiohead + Mario. I wonder how long before the RIAA notices. Because this make the intra-tubes slow for everyone else.
posted by |n$eCur3 at 8:40 PM on July 7, 2006

I have literally been waiting two years for this. I never thought it would happen.

It was everything I hoped it would be.
posted by muddgirl at 9:05 PM on July 7, 2006

Man, it must be impossible to pump too much melodramatic music into a Mario Flash episode. Not that I don't enjoy them, but damn. I think I'm nicknaming that Requiem for Luigi.
posted by graventy at 9:23 PM on July 7, 2006


Seriously. That was SO much better than it had any right to be.

Anyone know what that music was when the final battle was just starting?
posted by geekhorde at 10:25 PM on July 7, 2006

Simply awesome! Puts that hack George Lucas to shame.
posted by king walnut at 11:04 PM on July 7, 2006

I liked.

Just pick up the pacing.
posted by sourwookie at 11:35 PM on July 7, 2006

Next up: Stick Figure Opera in Six Parts
posted by TwelveTwo at 12:24 AM on July 8, 2006

Thank god. I had given up hope on it ever getting finished.
posted by painquale at 1:13 AM on July 8, 2006

I would have liked to see the blocks falling in the background of Koopa's castle at the end be shaped like Tetris pieces.
posted by painquale at 1:29 AM on July 8, 2006

painquale: me too!
also, part III was WAY too slow.
but overall, for execution and use of music, it kept me going for what? 25 minutes or so?
well done.
posted by I, Credulous at 2:37 AM on July 8, 2006

You know, considering the incredible amount of painstaking work that apparently took... why on EARTH didn't he take the time to spellcheck and capitalize properly? I mean.... it would have taken, what, 10 extra minutes? He can individually animate all the characters in two opposing armies, but can't take the time to look up "brethren"?

It's distracting, at least for this viewer, and reduced the impact of hundreds of hours of work. I don't expect Shakespeare, just .... uppercase M in "Mario".

That said, it was really cool, and I doubt I'll ever make anything that creative in my life. :)
posted by Malor at 3:58 AM on July 8, 2006

Am I the only one who felt tears come to his eyes at more than one point in this series?
posted by neek at 5:51 AM on July 8, 2006

I second Malor - as cool as much of that was, the dialogue and atrocious spelling caused me physical discomfort in brain and stomach. What kind of entertainments do you have to grow up on to make something like that? Anime? The ludicrous tone reminded me strongly of late, lamented Ninjai. Did anyone else love that tiny little demon-hunter?

That final battle was great, though!
posted by waxbanks at 6:59 AM on July 8, 2006

I'm so glad to see this back and completed. His battle scenes are amazing.
posted by oraknabo at 9:56 AM on July 8, 2006

I liked it but I didn't like the toad sprite from mario 2(?) or bowsers fireballs since they didn't match the mario 1 palate used in the rest of the movie.
posted by I Foody at 11:38 AM on July 8, 2006

Yes. Finally! It was terrific.

neek, I hate to admit it but I welled up a few times there. It was the music. The music got to me.
posted by LeeJay at 12:41 PM on July 8, 2006

I tried watching the final part three times in two different browsers. Each time, my computer crashed halfway, and I had to reboot. No flash file has ever crashed my computer before.

That was not at all the ending I was expecting.
posted by martinrebas at 1:48 PM on July 8, 2006

Incredibly beautiful. The music, I agree.
posted by mert at 2:45 PM on July 8, 2006

I cringed every time mario says "my brother" instead of just "brother"
posted by Satapher at 7:05 PM on July 8, 2006

as cool as that was, it would have been 10% better if he had used the hot princess from mario 2 instead of the moderately scary princess from mario 1.
posted by modernerd at 1:28 PM on July 9, 2006

Great post. What a work.
Makes garry's mod look like cakewalk.

as cool as that was, it would have been 10% better if he had used the hot princess from mario 2 instead of the moderately scary princess from mario 1.
posted by modernerd

10% better? You couldn't break up the pathos of this work with such distraction:

posted by Busithoth at 11:52 AM on July 11, 2006

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