California-based concept artist Anthony Jones has recreated the popular characters from Super Mario Brothers into darker, grittier versions of themselves. To go along with the series of images, entitled Mario, he has also written a back story about rival mobsters and broken brotherly bonds. You can see more of Jones’ characters and story lines on his website. Via io9, Reddit
[quote]Peach – She is a successful actress/model and is working her way to the top! unfortunately most of her fame has been due to the help of mob boss Bowser, which leads her into some trouble later on down the road.
Bowser – Is the mob boss in my version of super mario. He is responsible for crime, drugs (Star Power), and corruption in the mushroom kingdom. He also helps young actress/models (peach) get their break by using his power and wealth. If they don’t pay up, then they swim in the water level with cement boots.[/quote]