Super Mario-kun (stylised as SUPER MARIO KUN in Super Mario Maker) 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 retellings of various Mario games, including Super Mario World and Paper Mario. Some events in the books do not happen in games.
The series is aimed at children, and it features different twists on the stories. It contains some crude humor, puns, breaking the fourth wall, nudity, and slapstick violence. There are also a few puzzles (such as mazes and objects hidden in scenes) to be solved throughout the installments.
Starting in August 2014, the Super Mario-kun series has been released for the "Bookstore Anywhere" application on Nintendo 3DS in Japan. The series has been released in bundles of ten volumes up to volume 40, and are available for 4,400 yen each. The first set containing volumes one through ten was released on August 27, 2014 the second set on September 24, the third on October 29, and the fourth on November 26.
In December 2014, Soleil Productions began to publish a French localization of the series in its Soleil Manga collection, titled Super Mario: Manga Adventures. A Spanish translation by Planeta DeAgostini under the name Super Mario Aventuras has started to be released since late November 2016. On March 31, 2020, VIZ Media announced that an English translation of the "best-of" Super Mario-kun would be released. The volume is titled Super Mario Bros.: Manga Mania, and the actual book was titled Super Mario Manga Mania, which released on December 8, 2020, and was 160 pages long. The book contains stories based on Paper Mario, Super Mario Sunshine, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Super Paper Mario, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and an extra story titled "Super Mari-Old".
To celebrate the manga series' 25th anniversary, Mario's Super Mario-kun design was added as a Costume Mario in Super Mario Maker. The costume is unlocked by clearing the "SUPER MARIO KUN 25th Anniversary" Event Course.
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.
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 Manga Mania