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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 instead...as 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!:)
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MagcargoMan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The most boring Mario character is Toad.
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ravenf6 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Because nothing says quality time with family better than invading unsuspecting kingdoms... :rofl:
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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.
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A14MR Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cool :)
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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!
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Tailikku1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
whats the link going to? I don't typically click on outgoing links that aren't labeled.
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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.
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chibiviolette Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
iggy must be pleased.
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Vierzbanator Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I want a 3D platmormer based off of SMB3 called, Super Mario Bros. 3-D. All the levels will be same, exept completly in 3D! And The airships... in 3D! (unlike SMG's mini-airships) how badass?!?
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Karimk1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
well 3d land came close
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HighinHeaven Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
I really enjoy the artwork and your description. It's great to find people who understand the magic behind Mario and take it seriously. Too many people look at the simple plot line and the fact that it's a video game and never look twice.

I agree that Super Mario Bros. 3 was the last magical Mario game. Even though I found Yoshi's Island amazing, technically it's a Yoshi game.

World was too familiar, 64 was too bland (once you got used to it), Sunshine was good but felt irrelevant, and Galaxy had... well... bee Mario--enough said.

I personally feel that the people behind Mario these days are only living up to the already low expectations of video games. New Super Mario Bros was a fun throwback, but nothing else. The one for Wii was the same, only with more people. And then Miyamoto actually up and front ADMITTED to avoiding a story line to Galaxy 2... Why do insanely brilliant people tend to have a habit of neglecting their own gifts?

But all in all, I still love the series and I hope I don't sound like a wussy nostalgia f*g, which I have been called before. In reality, I have enough going on in my life that it doesn't matter if Mario has changed--but that still doesn't mean I don't care. ;) Thanks for listening to this rant of the day :)
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MagcargoMan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your opinion is awful. 
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PaperLillie Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that´s just awesome!
I´m speachless!
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
thanks!
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Koopalingluver4evar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Nice pitchure
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2timesundefined Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Wow, it's like two awesome pics at once. Family snapshot and doomship invasion within the same image without looking overcrowded. How'd you do it?

However, I am positive that Morton Koopa Jr.'s star birthmark is on his left eye only, whilst here it could be on his right or both. Serious buzz-kill with all the awesome everywhere else. Though it is easily forgivable, what with all the design changes that the Koopalings have gone through.
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B-Yoshi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Wow, it's very cool actually!^^
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Vespaciano Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Never seen it done this way.. Good job
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GilmourApatosaur Featured By Owner May 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I want Bowser's ship:heart: Excellent job on the Koopalings:thumbsup:
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
thanks!
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SSBfanboy42 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
The invasion begins tonight.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
very cool and exllcent work here
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
thanks!
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
your welcome
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Freya-Silvermoon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
Greeeeat doneeee,man!
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
thanks!
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Freya-Silvermoon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
You´re welcome.^^
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spiker275 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lemmy looks all mesmerized or something!
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
i have a feeling he's always in a daze, hee hee
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spiker275 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD thats lemmy 4 ya!
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CrazyWitch111 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Niiiice work =D I like this picture!
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
thanks!
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CrazyWitch111 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3
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nintyalex Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
Nice. I like how you stylize everything, yet it still looks recognizable. :)
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
that's my goal at all times with my Mario fanart. I am glad you think so ^_^
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Luigi48 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Still dont get why so many people hate on Jr. But it wont do any good to argue about it. Personally I like him.

Iggy has to be my new favorite koopaling from the mayor update he had in height, hair color and attitude/personality.
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
eh, I just don't think Jr. has a stand out enough personality or design to be interesting. But that's just me...

I like Iggy's new look overall, but kinda wish his hair didn't look like the veggie tops from SMB2, LOL
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Luigi48 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
What I mainly like about Jr is his looks (chip off the old block) and that's his as stubborn as his dad.
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
well, stubborn is a very accurate description ^_^
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Dededeman7 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
I love Super Mario Bros. 3. Very awesome game. Hey, do you know the Koopalings and Bowser Jr. are going to appear in a new Mario game?
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
sure do! i have mine reserved already ^_^
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Dededeman7 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
Cool. I hate Iggy's new design. It's easy to tell the difference between him and Lemmy. Iggy is the ONLY ONE WITH GLASSES!
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
i don't hate it, but i did like it better when he and Lemmy were twins.
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Dededeman7 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
True. But you could still tell the difference between them.
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legatobluesummers32 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009   Writer
Very cool. Have you seen the cutscene they added on Super Mario Bros. 3: Super Mario Advance 4? It shows Larry invading Grass land.
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Sure have! They added a cut secene to the SMW advance game too. It's very good stuff.
Glad you like this piece. It's probably one of my favorites.
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legatobluesummers32 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009   Writer
Indeed. Your work always adds an extra aspect of a story to the games that never had many cutscenes.
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BenjaminTDickens Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
That's my aim most of the time...to tell the untold stories!
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