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Super Smash Bros. BrawlHave you seen the new Mushroomy Kingdom [sic] level from Super Smash Bros. Brawl?  It's the familiar World 1-1 from the original Super Mario Bros., but look what's happened to it.  It's a dead and dusty world.  What happened?!  I practically grew up in World 1-1, so to see it so dry and lifeless now is a little depressing. 

Ah, the Mushroom Kingdom. Most Smash players recognize this place from previous games in the series, where the world was represented in a pixel-art style reminiscent of the original Super Mario Bros. But why the "y" on the end of "Mushroom"? What’s the difference? This time around, we’ve designed a stage that recreates the layout of World 1-1 in Super Mario Bros.—but with rich backgrounds added to the mix. The stage scrolls forward at a leisurely pace. Pieces of familiar scenery scroll by. The kingdom you once knew has turned to ruins over the long years, and it is now your battlefield.

How could things have gone downhill there so quickly?  I mean, I was just there last year in Super Paper Mario and everything was green and alive.  Now this.  How could Princess Peach have let this happen?  I know she was busy late last year being kidnapped away to the center of the universe and all, but to let things in World 1-1 deteriorate like this is just poor government no matter how one looks at it.  I wonder if global warming is involved somehow.  At least we get a new remix of the famous overworld theme to help ease the pain.