Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom is a pretty horrific place, if you think about it, what with the anthropomorphic plants, the murderous turtles, and the talking mushroom people.
Turns out it’s even more frightening without the cartoony Nintendo veneer that usually shields us from the nightmarish landscapes. But thanks to 3D artist Aryok Pinera and his work to port Mario over to the powerful game engine Unreal Engine 4, our favorite plumber’s antics look more like Game of Thrones with koopa troopers than the rainbow-hued Super Mario 64.
I don’t remember the “abandoned serial killer basement” level from that classic, but here it is in all its, uh, glory.
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