The original Super Mario Bros. is one of my favorite video games of all time. It paved the way for so many video games afterwards. You play the role of a common man trying to save the princess in a magical kingdom with a 'Alice in Wonderland' feel of eating mushrooms make you grow taller, travel across land and sea, smash bricks that were made of people.

Wait -- the bricks in Super Mario Bros were all people once? Yep, it's true.

SMB Instruction Manual / Nintendo

As page four of the Super Mario Bros. instruction manual clearly states.

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 horse-hair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin.

That's right! Every time you smash a brick in Super Mario Bros., you're shattering one of Toad's cousins. All for a stupid coin.

Now don't you feel bad?

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