2011 was a different sort of year for Nintendo. Their money-printing machine, also known as the Wii, had continued its sales decline, presumably since everyone on the planet had already purchased one, and any more of the consoles being purchased were likely secondary units destined to wind up in nurseries, guest rooms, bathrooms, etc. Then the 3DS got off to a very shaky start, causing the company to hemorrhage funds and the executives to cancel a few of their swims in the company's enormous, Scrooge McDuck-style money vault.
Luckily, the Big N was able to turn things around with the 3DS, thanks to the now-infamous price drop and the fashionably late appearance of first-party must-haves like Super Mario 3D Land and MarioKart 7. Yes, once again, it was Mario to the rescue. Amidst our tireless sleuthing for the cold hard facts on this story, we came across the image below that depicts at least one of the different directions Nintendo wanted to take Mario in order to reach a broader, more mature audience.
Below is an outtake from many stills we found that depict guest writer Quentin Taratino's experimental contributions to the beloved character. Generally filled with language too coarse for the family-friendly confines of Game Rant, this was one image that was safe for the kiddies. Whether or not these materials will ever see the light of day remains a mystery. Personally, I'm hoping for a future release that features a director's cut of sorts. Because getting to see Samuel L. Jackson make a cameo in a Mario game playing the role of an arms dealer just so he can utter the line, "Fire flowers, for when you absolutely, positively have to kill every motherkoopa in the room...accept no substitutes," is worth whatever price they ask.
Comic by Zac Landry.