Super Mario-Kun

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This article is about the CoroCoro Comic manga. For information about the Pikkapika Comics manga, see Super Mario-Kun (Pikkapika Comics).

Super Mario-Kun is a Japanese-published Mario manga series written by Yukio Sawada and published by Shogakukan. The manga is printed monthly in CoroCoro Comic. They contain many of the characters and scenarios of various Mario games, including Super Mario World and Paper Mario. Some events in the books don't happen in games. It is aimed at children, and the series features different twists on the stories. It contains some crude humor, puns, breaking the fourth wall, mild swearing, and slapstick violence. Throughout the book, there are also a few puzzles (such as mazes and objects hidden in scenes).

Volumes[edit]

Main article: List of Super Mario-Kun volumes

Below are the covers of all of the volumes, up to the most recent. Some of this information is speculated, due to a limited amount of information about these comics in regions other than Japan.

Volume # Description Date of Release Image
1 The very first volume that came out appeared only in Japan; the volume is based on the game Super Mario World. On the front cover of this volume, the reader will see Mario with his cape; Luigi, a new friend named Yoshi and Bowser with his Koopa Clown Car. In the volume Princess Peach gets kidnapped, and Mario and Luigi must get her back. They fight giant Piranha Plants and Mario is revealed to have nunchuks of Super Famicom controllers to fight them with. August 27, 1991
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2 The second volume in the beginning manga. It is again based on the game Super Mario World. The front cover of the volume introduces the invincible Starman. This volume also includes a special chapter with short stories based on past games (at the time), such as Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong. November 28, 1991
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3 The third volume of the Super Mario World manga as the manga appears in. The front cover has Princess Peach riding on Yoshi. Includes a chapter incorporating many elements from Super Mario Land. January 28, 1992
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4 The fourth volume of the manga, once again based on the game Super Mario World. This volume includes some Christmas special short comic, a special chapter with the author, a story "based" on Mario Paint, a story when Mario goes to Hyrule, and a climactic fight between Mario and Bowser. November 28, 1992
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5 The last volume of the manga based on the game Super Mario World. Despite Mario and friends confronting Bowser in the previous volume, the story continues here. This volume also contains chapters based on the game Yoshi and Mario Paint (the Gnat Attack minigame in particular). This is the first cover to show Yoshi with his mouth closed. Kirby makes a cameo appearance in the volume. December 16, 1992
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6 The company next features a volume that is based on the game Super Mario Kart; the first and only volume based on that game. It also has chapters based on Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario World, and Super Mario Land 2. The front cover features Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Yoshi racing. Additionally, Yoshi is holding an Yoshi Egg. There is a Lakitu that has a microphone with a speaker to see the race and a traffic light for starting the race. March 27, 1993
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7 This volume is based on the game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Apart from this, the contents are unclear. In the front cover, there is a Mario figure that appeared in Mario Zone. Mario is hanging out on the figure while Wario, a new enemy, hides behind the figure. Also, there's a Carrot power-up on the cover. There's a story named Mario & Yoshi's RPG included as well. June 28, 1993
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8 This is the second volume that is mostly based on the game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. It also continues the story of Super Mario Bros. 2 for half the volume. Additionally, the final chapter begins the Yoshi's Safari arc. At the front cover, the reader will see a form of Raccoon Mario, and Bunny Mario. September 28, 1993
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9 The ninth volume in the series is based on the game Yoshi's Safari, and Mario can be seen holding a Super Scope on the front cover. It also contains an original story, called The Crystal Mushroom Adventure, which nevertheless includes elements from several existing games, and ties into the Yoshi's Safari arc. Chapters based on Mario Bros. and Mario & Wario are included, and the Super Mario Land 2 story is continued. The front cover shows that there is Bowser wearing the protected armor, a Yoshi Coin, Luigi, some items such as a Mushroom, a Fire Flower and a Starman and Wario. December 16, 1993
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10 Partially based on the idea of the game Super Mario All-Stars. On the front cover various enemies, including Wart, and many of Mario's friends and foes are featured, and the puzzle section is in a mash-up style. The volume contains the conclusion to the Super Mario Land 2 story, the continuation of the Mario & Wario and Yoshi's Safari arcs, as well as elements of Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land and Tetris, and Wario donning a Power Suit in homage to Metroid's Samus Aran. May 28, 1994
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11 Based on the game Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land and on the game Wario's Woods. In the Wario Land adaptation, Mario and Yoshi go with Wario in the trip to stop Captain Syrup, while, in the Wario's Woods adaptation, Wanda appears in Peach's Castle Garden asking for help to stop Wario, so Mario, Yoshi, Luigi and Toad go to help her. Another chapter in this volume focuses on the Game Boy game Donkey Kong. On the front cover, there are forms that Wario can gain from the Jar Powerups. October 28, 1994
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12 Another volume that is based on the game Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land. Also within is the second part of the adaptation of Wario's Woods. The front cover once again features the same Jar Powerups. Additionally, Luigi appears in the middle of the Wario Land adaptation, and Donkey Kong, both the Arcade and Country iterations, make appearances in these stories. A bonus chapter is also featured near the end, with a short story based on Donkey Kong Country. March 28, 1995
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13 This volume wraps up the Wario's Woods storyline, and also finishes the Wario Land one. The huge Mario face on the cover indicates that the volume contains references to Mario's Picross, although this is only in a short section at the end. There is a sort of "look back" at previous volumes, with some elements from past adventures, as well as introducing some from Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Virtual Boy. Additionally, a "special story" about a Survival Race competition with competitors Mario, Yoshi, Bowser, Luigi, Wario, and Donkey Kong appeared in the volume. August 28, 1995
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14 The next volume is based on the game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and later, Donkey Kong Country. The volume starts with some changes to the Yoshi's Island story: Adult Mario with Adult Luigi travel to the past to stop Adult Bowser from helping Kamek kidnap the two baby twins, and help Yoshi to deliver Baby Mario. Mario and Yoshi then end up in the Donkey Kong Country story, where Cranky Kong asks for help for Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong against King K. Rool. Inside the volume also are some 4-komas based on Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest with both Diddy and Dixie. January 27, 1996
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15 This volume concludes the Yoshi's Island and Donkey Kong Country story arcs, although the latter also incorporates the events and characters of Donkey Kong Land. Dixie also makes an appearance in the main story this time. A new arc based on Super Mario 64 begins, starting with Mario and Luigi receiving the new Nintendo 64. Mario then ventures through the first few worlds, and meets a Bob-omb Buddy who accompanies him throughout this story arc. The volume finishes with a short collection of 4koma based on Mario Kart 64. The front cover shows Mario flying with the Wing Cap as Baby Mario floats with the Cape and Yoshi takes on his Yoshi-Copter form. June 1996
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16 This volume is largely based on Super Mario 64, with the main storyline continuing in all chapters of this book (although it crosses over with Mario Kart 64 in one chapter). There are also two 4koma sets for Super Mario 64. Throughout the volume, Mario is accompanied by Yoshi and the same Bob-omb buddy he met earlier. April 1997
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17 This volume is split, with about half continuing the Super Mario 64 arc while the other half follows Mario Kart 64 in a separate story, with Mario and friends having misadventures in the various tracks of the game. November 1997
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18 This volume further continues the Super Mario 64 arc, with Bowser resetting the game with a N64 controller during the final battle, forcing Mario to start again. This time however, Bowser has managed to infest Peach's Castle with his minions. It also features the second part of the Mario Kart 64 story, including a section based on the Battle Mode. Another chapter continues the "overview"-style chapter from Volume 13, with elements from past volumes of the manga coming into play again briefly. August 1998
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19 This volume is apparently based on Yoshi's Story, with many baby Yoshis, Mario, and Poochy. The individual baby Yoshis are given unique personalitites and appearances. Not much else is known about its contents. October 1998
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20 Another volume with Yoshi's Story on the cover. Not much else is known about its contents. April 1999
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21 This volume is based on Mario Party, with the cover being similar to the box art for that game. Not much else is known about its contents. October 1999
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22 Another volume based on Mario Party, this cover has some of the characters posing. Not much else is known about its contents. January 2000
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23 Based on Mario Party, with the Star on the cover. The book also includes a story for Mario Golf, and Donkey Kong. Not much else is known about its contents. July 2000
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24 This volume is based on Mario Party 2, with Luigi as a cowboy and Yoshi and Bowser as pirates on its cover. Not much else is known about its contents. February 2001
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25 This volume is based on Paper Mario as the cover shows some of the partners like "Lady Bow", "Goombario", and "Kooper" as well as "Eldstar", "Twink" and Bowser holding the "Star Rod". New partners are introduced throughout this arc, but many stay for only a short time, while Goombario and Kooper follow Mario more consistently. Apart from the main focus on Paper Mario, it has special chapters at the end dealing briefly with Wario Land 3 and Mario Tennis. July 2001
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26 This volume continues the Paper Mario arc, showing all the Star Spirits on the cover, along with Goombario and Kooper. During this arc, there is a short detour into Super Mario Advance with Mario's main companions through the arc, Goombario and Kooper. During a battle against antagonistic clouds in Lakilester's chapter, Luigi and the Poltergust 3000 make an appearance along with the reminder, "Luigi's Mansion now on sale!" Wario also helps, with a sign declaring "Wario Land Advance now on sale!". Luigi's Mansion and Mario Kart: Super Circuit are also covered in single special chapters at the end of the volume. March 2002
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27 The Paper Mario arc is concluded in this volume. A new story, based on Mario Party 3, then commences towards the end of the volume. The cover features, among others, Sushie, Watt, and Lakilester. August 2002
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28 In this volume, the Mario Party 3 story begun in the last is concluded. The main story, based on Super Mario Sunshine, then begins. There is also a large section about Wario Land 4, with the manga for this arc renamed as Super Wario-kun. January 2003
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29 The second volume based on Super Mario Sunshine. It also has a longer version of "Luigi's Mansion", other name, Super Luigi Kun. Not much else is known about its contents. January 2003
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30 The third volume based on Super Mario Sunshine, the majority of this volume is taken up with continuing this story. Also includes a chapter based on Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. December 2003
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31 The fourth volume based on Super Mario Sunshine. The cover includes many Shine Sprites. Not much else is known about its contents. June 2004
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32 This volume is based on Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Assorted items from the game litter the cover, along with Goombella and Koops. Not much else is known about its contents. January 2005
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33 This is another volume based on Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, this shows the blimp used to get to Glitzville, along with the Emerald Crystal Star. Not much else is known about its contents. September 2005
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34 This is a third volume based on Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, with the cover showing lots of Crystal Stars. Not much else is known about its contents. May 2006
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35 This volume ends the Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door story arc and begins the Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time story arc. Not much else is known about its contents. January 2007
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36 Another volume about the Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time story arc. Begins approximately where Yoob appears. Ends approximately where Mario Bros. is at Star Shrine. The final chapters include segments on the minigame modes and Mario vs. Luigi of New Super Mario Bros. and a single chapter on Wario: Master of Disguise. February 2008
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37 The ending of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and the beginning of Super Paper Mario. This volume includes an extra story based on Super Mario Galaxy. Not much else is known about its contents. February 2008
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38 This volume ends the arc begun last time about Super Paper Mario. It also launches the story arc proper based on Super Mario Galaxy. Not much else is known about its contents. October 2008
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39 Another volume based on Super Mario Galaxy, some of the powerups from the game are displayed on the cover. Luigi will be centered in this volume, as he will get lost several times in various galaxies, and Mario will go save him. A special episode featuring Mario Party 4 will be at the end of the book. March 2009
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40 This volume is a tribute on the Mario series, hence featuring some characters in the cover art. It continues the story based off Super Mario Galaxy and the story based on Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story begins in this volume. At the making of this volume, the author meets with Shigeru Miyamoto and gets a drawing from him. At the end of the volume, there is a story arc based off the original Super Mario Bros., even basing designs off of it. November 2009
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41 Ending Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and starts a volume based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Not much else is known about its contents. July 2010
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42 Continuing from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The Koopalings are shown on this cover. Not much else is known about its contents. Christmas Eve 2010
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43 A third volume based on New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Not much else is known about its contents. August 2011
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44 The ending of the New Super Mario Bros. Wii arc and starting the arc based on Super Mario 3D Land. Not much else is known about its contents. April 2012
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45 Continues the Super Mario 3D Land arc. It also has bonus stories for Mario Tennis Open, as well as Mario Kart 7. November 2012
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46 The end of Super Mario 3D Land, and beginning of New Super Mario Bros. U. Not much else is known about its contents. May 2013
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47 The continuation of the New Super Mario Bros. U arc. In Chapter 2, Luigi is sucked into an unknown portal to the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon adventure, ending the chapter with Luigi returning to Mario. Not much else is known about its contents. December 2013
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Stories[edit]

While some stories are large arcs such as Super Mario World and Super Mario 64, there are also stories that are much smaller, sometimes less than a volume big. (#~#) or (#) indicates the volumes containing that story. (?) indicates that the name may be a mistranslation. Some stories run consecutively through several volumes, with half of the volume being one story and half of it being another story, or other similar splits in the volume.

  • Super Mario World (1~6)
  • Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros. 2)
  • Super Mario Land: The 6 Golden Coins
  • Yoshi's Safari
  • Mario and Wario
  • Super Maze Collection (special story, includes mazes to solve)
  • Wario Land (10~13)
  • Wario's Woods (11~13)
  • Mirai Hen(?) (Time Travel story)
  • Gekitou! Race Survival Guide(?) (special story) (13)
  • Yoshi's Island (14~15)
  • Donkey Kong Country (14~15)
  • Super Mario RPG
  • Super Mario 64 (15~19)
  • Mario Kart 64 (17~18)
  • Yoshi's Story
  • Mario Party (contains the stories of the first three Mario Party games)
  • Yoshi Paradise Hen(?) (special edition) (24)
  • Mario Story (Paper Mario) (25~27)
  • Super Mario Sunshine (28-32)
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door (32~35)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (special edition) (33)
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • New Super Mario Bros. (special edition) (36)
  • Super Paper Mario (37~38)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (38~40)
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (40~41)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (42-43)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (44~45)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (46~)
  • Luigi's Mansion (26)

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