Quick, think of the most obvious joke about the Super Mario Bros. series. Is there any chance that "lol, Mario's on shrooms" was the first thing that came to your mind? We've seen it on shirts, webcomics, fan art, and tv shows. Here's the thing though, everyone across the Internet is late to the party. All this time we thought we were cleverly corrupting a corporate mascot with our sly counter-culture satire when in reality, Nintendo's the one who first made this joke in 1986. Roll the tape!
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That right there, is Luigi tripping his bizarrely color-paletted balls off after being tricked into eating some bad mushrooms. The compulsive laughter, the emotional swings, it's all there in what was considered a children's cartoon at the time.
If you've never seen it before, that's because "Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!" was a Japan-only animated adaptation of the original Famicom game and released in the summer of 1986. The 60-minute film created its own take on the Mario lore that was so divergent from what Nintendo later came up with, that it's never been re-released. Though you can find some fansubbed versions online.
There you have it. Now all I need to do is find the cutscene in Sonic CD where he snorts a bunch of amphetamines...