Super Mario Bros. – Why Mushrooms Are Everywhere

Super Mario Bros. – Why Mushrooms Are Everywhere

A lot of people have wondered why mushrooms are such a central part of Super Mario Bros. You’re in the Mushroom Kingdom. You’re fighting mushrooms along the way. You eat mushrooms to grow bigger or gain various other powers. And you occasionally even wear mushrooms as some kind of fashion statement.

At least one part of the mushroom motif was explained by Shigeru Miyamoto himself.

Miyamoto worked on various different games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, including Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Excitebike, and Devil World. He also worked on sequels to both Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda. Super Mario Bros. 2,
Miyamoto’s Super Mario Bros. was bundled with the NES in America. The game and the system are credited with helping to bring North America out of the slump of the 1983 game industry crash.

 

Super Mushroom
  • Break Blocks
  • Super
1-Up Mushroom
  • Gain 1 Extra Life
  • No
Mega Mushroom
  • Break blocks
  • Knock Out Enemies
  • Break Warp Pipes
  • Mega
Poison Mushroom
  • Reduce 1 Power-up
  • Lose Power-up
  • Death if regular Mario
Mini Mushroom
  • Increased Agility
  • Go through Mini Warp Pipes
  • Run up Walls (Certain Games only)
  • Mini
Bee Mushroom
  • Flight (limited)
  • Disappears in water
  • Bee Mario
Boo Mushroom
  • Float
  • Go through certain walls
  • Invisible
  • Lost when in light
  • Boo Mario
Spring Mushroom
  • Bounce with each step
  • Jump Higher
  • Easier to Wall Jump
  • Spring Mario
Propeller Mushroom
  • Launches player into the sky
  • Slowly float down
  • Used by shaking wii remote In New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Propeller Suit
Rock Mushroom
  • Turn into a Boulder which Breaks Crystals
  • Rolls over enemies
  • Knocks down heavy objects
  • Rock Mario