Mario has gone from the fun-loving plumber we once knew to a face full of rage.
Now this mario here is exuberant to meet some new friends. Running headlong, with a smile on his face, unaware of what goes on in Super Smash Bros. He doesn’t even look like he’s aware he’s about to fight these guys. It’s like he’s running in for a hug. Mario is happy, he doesn’t know the dark future awaiting him. After this, he’ll know the truth. Everyone is trying to do him in. By the time Melee rolls around it’s clear Mario knows what’s up. His entire demeanor has shifted from one of unbridled joy to concentrated focus. He’s down to fight this time around.
By the time Brawl hits, Mario knows that everything is a lie and no-one, not even his very own paramour, Princess Peach, can be trusted. Unlike previous covers, his back is turned to everyone, his visage dark and shaded under his hat. His brow furrows as he looks around him at what he now knows are not friends, but mortal enemies.
Mario is now in full attack mode (hell, everyone is). After Brawl he has lost any and all remnants of the joyous, rotund hero who ran with open arms towards the other characters. He’s tired of dying and being reborn, only to die again and he’s not going to take it anymore. He attacks first in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. His battle cry is already ringing out before the game even starts. The distrust, the fights, the violence have turned him into this, and he doesn’t care who this fireball hurts. They’re certainly not being launched towards his competitors.
The Ultimate. At some point between fighting for his life concurrently in two separate games as his friends and enemies showed no remorse, Mario snapped. He is lost and all that is left is a fighting machine, hell-bent on destroying EVERYONE. And now they’ve given him that chance.
Once a hero saving people, did good deeds and even when his enemies crossed him he let them live on so they could play tennis or race each other sometimes. No more. That hero is gone. All that is left is madness. All that is left is fear. All that is left is death.
This is a synopsis of Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief at Flixist interpretation of Mario