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Super Mario Bros. Wonder’s end-of-level screenshots are absolutely unhinged

Raise your hand if you or any of your loved ones have been victimized by the end-of-level snapshot

Peach, Daisey, Mario, and Luigi all transformed as elephants in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder and my 73-year-old grandma now have one thing in common: Both have an utterly uncanny ability to capture my worst angle.

There is plenty to love about Super Mario Bros. Wonder. It’s a 2D platformer that manages to infuse its side-scrolling levels with a sense of magic and awe. In its world, items called Wonder Flowers can transform a place to jump around into a full-scale musical production. And while these parts of the game make it into a truly special experience, I have a bone to pick; it seems like it uses some other sort of magic to capture only the goofiest images of my playthroughs.

Wonder has a feature where it will take a screenshot as you play and show it to you once you beat each level. Although it happens in every level, the game doesn’t give any visual indicator as to when it takes the screenshot, so you’re completely at its mercy. At its best, it’s a cute feature that memorializes each and every level that you play. At its worst, it’s some sort of magical power that captures only the most chaotic and worst moments. Like this snapshot below, in which the game seemed to capture Toadette at her very lowest.

Toadette fighting for her life in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. She’s jumping away from two spikey enemies that are just a hair away from her. Also, here head is underwater.
Toadette was fighting for her life in this screenshot.
Image: Nintendo EDP/Nintendo via Polygon

Or this one, where I had a magical moment running with the Bulrushes and apparently was just completely hidden from view as I ducked between two pipes.

An image of a Wonder Seed scene in Super Mario Bros. Wonder. There are two blue bulls running and my character, Toadette, is no where to be seen for some reason. Image: Nintendo EDP/Nintendo via Polygon

My colleague also shared this gem of a memory for this article.

An image of Toad and Yohsi in Super Mario Wonder. Toad’s cap is peaking out from behind Yoshi. Image: Nintendo EDP/Nintendo via Polygon

Wonder isn’t an extremely difficult Mario game, but the Wonder Flowers bring their own sense of chaos and spontaneity to each level as each one undergoes a trippy transformation. Sprinkle in some multiplayer shenanigans, and the game has the potential to capture some pretty unhinged images. Now, others are sharing their worst screenshots online. Like this one where elephant Luigi appears to be... piping... I mean jumping over a pipe with elephant Peach in a level called “Swamp Pipe Crawl.”

Overall, it’s a silly and goofy way to capture Super Mario Bros. Wonder’s many mind-bending levels. If you’d like to see what kinds of highlights you get, Super Mario Bros. Wonder is out for the Nintendo Switch now.