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Shigeru Miyamotos masterwork Super Mario Brothers is truly a classic work of modern literature borrowing heavily from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and an obvious inspiration for Trainspotting SMB shows the initial joy but the eventual mental and moral decline due to drugs Like in classic Greek drama much of the story is implied Because the setting is not a part of our common mythos however it comes with a small supplemental text which fills in the history for the reader the evil dragon Bowser Koopa a metaphor for a kingpin has invaded a once-propserous kingdom and those residents who did not join him and become goombas the local slang for dealers were turned into blocks - that is they were embedded in concrete to sleep with the fishes as it were Enter Mario the fallen hero At the very outset of his adventure he is doomed as almost right away he steals a dealers mushroom obviously mixed with peyote and begins to hallucinate that he is big that he is powerful As though on PCP he finds it easy to break solid bricks by punching it and does not perceive the pain however when dealers pushers personified by turtles much like Thompsons literal lounge lizards and other minions of the kingpin cause him pain in retaliation for his original drug theft he immediately loses the empowering effects of the peyote and in fact seems very small and vulnerable and must desparately seek out another hit When he is not seeking out a hit of peyote he is seeking out much more powerful stuff indeed - a flower the opium-giving poppy or a star a hit of LSD both of which further his delusions of being strong and powerful Right after he has apparently slid down a flagpole a strong reference to receiving anal sex he finds himself in the proverbial sewers already feeling a deep low from his initial hits
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