One day the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people was
invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic.
The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones,
bricks and even field horsehair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell
The only one who can undo the magic spell on the Mushroom People and
return them to their normal selves is the Princess Toadstool, the
daughter of the Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is presently in the
hands of the great Koopa turtle king.
Mario, the hero of the story (maybe) hears about the Mushroom Peopleís
plight and sets out on a quest to free the Mushroom Princess from the
evil Koopa and restore the fallen kingdom of the Mushroom People.
You are Mario! Itís up to you to save the Mushroom People from the
black magic of the Koopa!
--From the SMB Instruction Booklet
But what most people may think is the short and simple version,
The Princess has been kidnapped by Bowser. You must travel across 8
worlds and battle many enemies to save the Princess and the
the Super Mario Bros. Shrine