Happy Mario Day! Four characters we need to see in the Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel

It's Mario Day, making it the perfect time to rewatch The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Of course, that leads to hopes for the sequel, and here are four characters we need to see.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie, image courtesy 2022 Nintendo and Universal Studios
The Super Mario Bros. Movie, image courtesy 2022 Nintendo and Universal Studios /
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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is the perfect way to spend Mario Day, aka March 10 (Mar. 10? You get it). And when you get to the end of the flick, you’ll want to revisit the fun end-credit scene that teases a fan-favorite character in a potential sequel. There are still so many characters from the world of the games that need to come into the movies!

While The Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel hasn’t yet officially been greenlit, I suspect that it will happen. The first movie was too much of a success with kids and adults alike. It had the perfect balance of nostalgia for the adults, and entertainment for the children. Plus, it was an enormous box office hit.

The sequel will need to offer more of the same fun for the whole family -- and with that post-credits scene, we know Mario's faithful dinosaur pal Yoshi is likely to be involved. Here are four other Mario characters we need to see in Super Mario Bros. The Movie 2.

Wario (and Waluigi, of course)

The first movie brought Bowser in as the villain. That wasn’t surprising considering Bowser is the bigger threat in the earlier games. Over time, though we got a different threat: Wario. He is Mario’s alter-ego of sorts.

Since Bowser is currently a tiny version trapped in a birdcage, the sequel will need a new villain. Why not Wario? There can even be some sort of storyline to explain how he is the darker version of Mario.

Yes, we'd need Luigi's counterpart too. Wario would of course bring Waluigi along for the ride.

Bowser Jr.

Don’t forget that there’s a mini Bowser out there. The Super Mario Bros. Movie sequel could opt for a new Bowser to take over the Koopa Army.

Bowser never hinted that there was a junior version of him or any more of the extended Bowser family. But there’s a way to work around that. Bowser Jr. did spend the game Super Mario Sunshine masquerading as a Shadow Mario. So, we could have Mario facing Mario and an easy explanation as to why Bowser Jr. was never mentioned. Has he always masqueraded as Shadow Mario?

Rosalina

While I would love to see Princess Daisy brought in as Luigi’s love interest, the first Super Mario movie brought in Lumalee. This whimsical character is a member of Luma world, and that means Rosalina should be in the next movie. She was introduced in Super Mario Galaxy, and is a mother figure to the Lumas.

It would be so much fun to see the Lumas developed more than just as a running joke throughout the movie. Maybe we can get an explanation for them, or it could connect to Peach’s relationship with the Toads.

King Boo

One of my favorite parts of any Mario game is when I get to go into the haunted houses. I love the ghosts and tricking them into thinking that I don’t realize they’re there so I can get around them.

We know King Boo is around in the universe. He was in The Super Mario Bros. Movie toward the end, but he was never named and never really used properly. A sequel would offer us a chance to get to know who he is and how he came about. Plus, Luigi seems afraid of everything and I would love to see him take down King Boo in some sort of way.

There are so many great characters from the world of Mario. It will just be fun to see some of them and expand the worlds even more in a sequel. And today, Mario Day, is the perfect day to sit around and think of all of them!

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is now streaming on Netflix.