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Bowser Invades Grasslands by BenjaminTDickens Bowser Invades Grasslands by BenjaminTDickens
UPDATE: some of the Koopalings were updated to reflect their new designs from the New Super Mario Bros Wii. Still no Jr. because he wasn't around in the 80's...and i don't like him. He's the most boring character in the Mario universe.

This might just be my favorite piece in my Mario Collection.
Do you remember when the Airships flew into the 7 different Mushroom Nations in Super Mario Bros. 3 to steal the magic wands from the kings? Well, this is my version of that scene from world 1, the Grasslands.
This was originally going to be a piece based on Bowser's invasion of the Starbit Festival in Super Mario Galaxy, but I decided to go old school I am prone to do ;^)

The castle is based off of the sprite used in SMB3 for the Nintendo and I added a small mushroom town inspired by the artwork from the 1989 cartoon "The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3".

My love affair with Bowser's airship armada continues. I worked with the original SMB3 concept and melded it with the design used in SMG and I am thrilled with the outcome. I also drew some mini-airships that always flew along side Bowser's and the Koopalings' larger airships.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was the last truly magical Mario Game. The sequels that followed were great and extremely fun but SMB3 had a quality that has never been rivaled. One of it's claims to fame is that it introduced some of the most original concepts for characters, enemies, levels and items that have ever been seen in the Mario universe but we just don't see many of them used anymore. I would love to see more boomerang bros, or Boom-Boom, or mico-mugger-goombas, etc...
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wackko200 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great artwork! Wow! So many memories! SMB.3....I loved that game and the cartoon shows!:) I also agreed with you on the many charms that SMB.3 had and I missed them!:)
MagcargoMan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most boring Mario character is Toad.
ravenf6 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Because nothing says quality time with family better than invading unsuspecting kingdoms... :rofl:
Kamoodle Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
As soon as I looked at this, the Grasslands overworld song started playing in my head. The 16-bit SNES version from my All-Stars game.
A14MR Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cool :)
BabyWeegee Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Student Writer
They brought back the boomerang bros. in Super Galaxy 2. I hope this info will make you happier!
Tailikku1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
whats the link going to? I don't typically click on outgoing links that aren't labeled.
Tailikku1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It the invasion of Grass Land as Nintendo depicted it in Super Mario Advance 4.
chibiviolette Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
iggy must be pleased.
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