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Worlds being annihilated. Bright skies dim. Across the multiverse, dozens of suns from dozens of different realities start to burn out, turn black. Traveling through a green pipe, Taking a shooting star for a joyride, blasting aliens to hell; no matter what they’re doing at the time, the inhabitants of these worlds stop their activities, close their eyes and wait. For some of them, they feel the wetness of a teardrop in the corner of their eye. Somehow they know that this is the end. Somehow they know that their world is about to fizzle out. Opening their eyes, they find themselves somewhere new. Little do they know that this isn’t the end. Little do they know that this is only the beginning.

 

“Oh mamma mia! What-a the heck is going on!?”

Mario groggily squints to see what is happening in the middle of the sunny day. The last thing he remembers was traveling underground in the darkness of a pipe, now he’s standing on solid ground in broad daylight. As his eyes adjust, Mario takes in his surroundings. He’s standing in the middle of an enormous grassy field. Also standing in the field is a huge group- maybe a hundred or so- of other people and some…animals? At least he thinks some of them are animals. A few of them are things that he can’t even describe. All of these people and…creatures appear to be just as confused and bewildered as he is. Mario doesn’t know whether to be comforted or more frightened by this fact.

What’s even weirder is the outside world surrounding the field. The enormous field stretched a great distance before the edges of it came to an abrupt stop, making the border between the field and the outside world undoubtedly defined. The borders between the sections of the world outside are distinctly defined too. Whichever way you would pick to walk from the field to the outside world, you’d be met with a different “biome,” each taking up their respective and equal slice of this peculiar pie. Mario scans the different variety of environments surrounding the field. He sees plains and forests. He sees jungles, “Huh… Weird,” Mario wonders to himself. He sees modern city sidewalks splattered in paint, “Huh, even weirder.” But finally, turning around, Mario is met with the weirdest of them all. Behind him he sees his own world! He sees green grass, cartoon trees, golden question mark blocks and hills of pastel colors. It’s undeniably his neck of the woods.

Flustered and even more confused than before, Mario takes a second look at the other faces surrounding him in the field. Now that the initial shock is gone he’s starting to pick people out. Mario finally spots his brother Luigi in between a couple buff taekwondo looking dudes. “Luigiii!” Mario shouts as he half-runs, half-hops over.

“M-m-mario, boy are you a s-s-sight for s-s-sore eyes.” Luigi says, shaking so much from fear and shock that Mario can barely make out the words he’s trying to say.

“Luigi, pull-a yourself together man,” Mario says clapping his brother on the back. “Have you seen anyone else that we know?”

“I s-s-saw Daisy but she w-w-went to find-a Peach. And I s-s-saw-a Bowser but I was too s-s-scared to say-a anything to him,” Luigi explains with both arms wrapped around himself trying to stop his shuttering.

“Well we need to find-a both of them and then-.”

“THOOOOOOM!!” Mario is abruptly cut off by a cracking sonic boom echoing through the sky. The sky fills with a blinding flash of light as a glowing white orb descends to meet all the stunned characters. To the onlookers astonishment, the shape of the orb transforms to that of a silhouetted person while still keeping its brilliant glow.

“Hello everyone. You must be very confused as to what is going on,” said the soft yet powerful voice emanating from The Higher Being. Wario, being the brave and foolish one that he is, is the first one to step out of the group.

“You’ve got that right! what the hell is going on and who the hell are you?” Wario asked the being. Mario was taken aback at the sight of Wario. He didn’t know whether to feel glad at the sight of someone else from his universe or bitter to know that his sworn enemy and evil counterpart was transported here with him.

“I know I have a lot of explaining to do,” says the being. “It’s a complicated story so it would be easier if I beamed the information into your minds instead of using the primitive concept of language.” before anyone can protest, their minds are filled with new memories they didn’t even know they had. The being knew that their human and animalistic brains wouldn’t be able to handle the full scope of the picture so he just filled them in on the basic details.

 

There are dozens of unique worlds across the multiverse, all coinciding, all layered on top of eachother. For reasons unknown, a dark powerful being conspired to destroy the worlds of the multiverse, wiping out everything within these worlds, including their inhabitants. The Higher Being caught wind of this and unable to stop the onslaught, in a last ditch attempt to save at least some of these worlds, took small pieces from five worlds of the multiverse and stitched them together in a hidden pocket dimension, inaccessible to the dark being. The Higher Being took the most important and powerful people from the entire multiverse and transported them to his pocket dimension to hopefully keep them safe and away from the dark being forever. In doing this, The Higher Being stretched his power to the limit, using almost all of it. The Higher Being was dying. He sacrificed himself so that part of the multiverse could live on.

 

Coming out of these newfound memories everyone had mixed emotions. Yet, they knew that they had to accept that their homeworlds were lost forever.

Captain Falcon, the only one from the F-Zero universe to be transported, was the next to step up. “Where are we supposed to live? What are we supposed to eat?” Captain Falcon asked The Higher Being. “You’ve transported part of the worlds here, but there are no animals in them to hunt. What do you expect us to do?”

“Ah, yes. I almost forgot,” said The Higher Being. He turned and with a wave of his hand the ground began to shake. As if by magic, a structure began to form out of thin air in the middle of the field. What would’ve taken years or possibly decades for mortals to build, The Higher Being constructed in seconds. In the middle of the field sat an enormous red castle. “Inside I think you’ll find all the amenities you would need,” The Higher Being told his audience before falling to his knees.

Many rushed out of the crowd to help the one who had saved them. “Enjoy your lives in this world,” The Higher Being told them. “Don’t think of missed opportunities or the ones you’ve lost, think of the great lives you could lead here.” And with that his body darkened and he dissipated, swept away by the wind.

With determination spread over the crowd, they set off towards the castle to explore their new home.

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The princesses, adventurers, and oddities trample over the grassy field, all racing to be the first one to reach the castle. The one to arrive victorious at the large wooden doors is the blue blur, Sonic.

“Too fast for ya, huh?” he taunts the others as they reach the doors, all amassing around the front of the castle.

“Come on, let’s go inside already,” complains Wolf, impatiently tapping his foot. But the good-hearted majority of the group ignore the requests, deciding to wait for the last of the slowpokes to arrive. Once it’s apparent that everyone is there, Sonic grips the latch to the enormous doors and swings them open.

“OOoof,” Sonic breathes as the doors come flying open. While the doors are the tallest that most of the group had ever seen, they came flying open with ease, shocking Sonic who was expecting to exert himself. With the doors wide open the group trickles inside.

They’re met with a vast and extravagant entry hall. Red carpet and beautiful red wallpaper make the room seem to glow a radiant crimson. A magnificent golden chandelier looms overhead, attached to the too-far-to-reach ceiling. Even the smuggest and most egocentric of the group can’t help but be amazed. Everyone is so entranced with the beauty of the room they almost don’t notice the well-dressed, bald gentleman waiting to greet them.

“Greetings,” says the man, dressed in a black tuxedo and round spectacles.

“Who are you supposed to be?” Captain Falcon asks the man before them.

“I’m Reginald, the caretaker of the mansion. I’ll be serving all of you as your personal butler.” Simon Belmont was the next one to step forward to address Reginald.

“And how are you supposed to be all of our ‘personal’ caretaker? There’s only one of you,” Simon asks. As Simons finishes speaking, Reginald’s body immediately splits into two, almost like a cell dividing.

“Dayum,” Doc Louis says from his spot in the back beside Little Mac.

“I can be anywhere and everywhere I want to be. I am, in a word, an ‘extension’ of the castle you stand in. I’m not actually a person, The Higher Being thought it would be more comfortable for all of you if I took the form of one. All you need is to call for me and I will come to assist you.” Everyone nodded their heads in understanding. “The bedrooms are all upstairs. There are more than enough rooms so there’s no need to fight for your spot.” With this, the Reginalds formed back into one and the solo Reginald steps aside and gestures up the grand staircase. The crowd begins climbing the staircase one step at a time, chatting amongst themselves.

“What are all these?” asks Daisy, gesturing to a large number of paintings decorating the wall beside the staircase. There must’ve been a hundred different paintings all with there own separate golden plaque.

“Oh, those are the portraits of all those staying in the mansion,” Reginald replied.

Daisy examined all the portraits, it seemed that everyone in the castle had one. The plaques told their name and what universe they came from.

 

Alph
Pikmin

Bayonetta
Bayonetta

Blue Inkling
Splatoon

Bowser
Super Mario

Bowser Jr.
Super Mario

Captain Falcon
F-Zero

Charizard
Pokemon

Chrom
Fire Emblem

Chun-Li
Street Fighter

Cloud Strife
Final Fantasy

Corrin ♀
Fire Emblem

Corrin ♂
Fire Emblem

Cranky Kong
Donkey Kong

Daisy
Super Mario

Dark Pit
Kid Icarus

Dark Samus
Metroid

Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong

Doc Louis
Punch Out

Doctor Robotnik
Sonic

Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong

Dr. Mario
Dr. Mario

Duck Hunt
Duck Hunt

Falco Lombardi
Star Fox

Fox McCloud
Star Fox

Ganondorf
Legend of Zelda

Green Inkling
Splatoon

Greninja
Pokemon

Iggy
Super Mario

Ike
Fire Emblem

Incineroar
Pokemon

Isaac
Golden Sun

Isabelle
Animal Crossing

Ivysaur
Pokemon

Jigglypuff
Pokemon

Kat and Ana
Warioware

Ken Master
Street Fighter

King Dedede
Kirby

King K. Rool
Donkey Kong

Kirby
Kirby

Knuckle Joe
Kirby

Larry
Super Mario

Leaf
Pokemon

Lemmy
Super Mario

Link
Legend of Zelda

Little Mac
Punch Out

Lucario
Pokemon

Lucas
EarthBound

Lucina
Fire Emblem

Ludwig
Super Mario

Luigi
Super Mario

Lyndis
Fire Emblem

Magnus
Kid Icarus

Mario
Super Mario

Marth
Fire Emblem

Mega Man
Mega Man

Meta Knight
Kirby

Mewtwo
Pokemon

Morton
Super Mario

Mr. Game & Watch
Game & Watch

Nana
Ice Climbers

Ness
EarthBound

Olimar
Pikmin

Orange Inkling
Splatoon

Pac-Man
Pac-Man

Palutena
Kid Icarus

Peach
Super Mario

Pichu
Pokemon

Pikachu
Pokemon

Pink Inkling
Splatoon

Piranha Plant
Super Mario

Pit
Kid Icarus

Popo
Ice Climbers

Purple Inkling
Splatoon

Red
Pokemon

Richter Belmont
Castlevania

Ridley
Metroid

ROB
ROB

Robin ♀
Fire Emblem

Robin ♂
Fire Emblem

Rosalina and Luma
Super Mario

Roy
Fire Emblem

Roy
Super Mario

Ryu
Street Fighter

Samus
Metroid

Sheik
Legend of Zelda

Shulk
Xenoblade

Simon Belmont
Castlevania

Slippy Toad
Star Fox

Snake
Metal Gear

Sonic
Sonic

Squirtle
Pokemon

Toadette
Super Mario

Toad I
Super Mario

Toad II
Super Mario

Toon Link
Legend of Zelda

Turquoise Inkling
Splatoon

Villager
Animal Crossing

Waluigi
Super Mario

Wario
Super Mario

Wendy
Super Mario

Wii Fit Trainer ♀
Wii Fit

Wii Fit Trainer ♂
Wii Fit

Wolf O'Donnell
Star Fox

Yoshi
Super Mario

Young Link
Legend of Zelda

Zelda
Legend of Zelda

 

Reaching the top of the stairs the group is met with a set of long hallways housing hundreds of different bedrooms. The beds in these rooms come in single, double, even quadruple. There are twin-size beds, king-size beds, bunk beds. Any kind or any number of beds for anyone’s preference.

Most choose to go solo, having a room all to their own. Some, like the Ice Climbers, Mario and Peach, Kat and Ana, choose to pair up. All the Inklings choose to share a room full of bunk beds at the end of the hallway.

As soon as the owner of the room walks through the door, the room is decorated to their preference and the closet fills with their clothes. The patrons are all delighted to discover another one of the castle’s many magical traits.

“Oh my!” says Peach sorting through her closet full of dresses and gowns.

“Come down for dinner after you’ve all settled in,” says Reginald’s voice emanating throughout the castle. Everyone, starving after a long day of bustling and confusion, rushes down the grand staircase to be greeted by the castle’s butler. “Right this way to the dining hall everyone,” he says, leading the way. Before they even reach the dining hall they can already smell the aromas of the delicious food wafting through the halls of the castle.

“Boy, does that smell good, I can’t wait!” warbles King Dedede, rubbing his gloved hands together.

When they finally arrive they’re shocked to see the dining hall is colossal. It’s filled with long tables covered with beautiful silky tablecloths and beautiful wood-carved chairs. The atmosphere of the room is dark and relaxed, perfect for an evening dinner with friends. But none of the famished group stops to appreciate the room at all. Saliva fills their mouths at the sight of what’s on the table. Chicken, salad, burgers, pizza, all kinds of soup and pasta, any type of food you would want: Mexican, Chinese, Korean, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s any kind of food to satisfy any sort of craving.

It seems like time stops as the group of characters stands, stunned at the sight of the hot, delicious buffet before them. And then, they all leap forward at once, fighting to be the one to claim their favorite piece of food.

“Wait!” says Reginald, his voice booming through the huge room, “you don’t need to fight over anything!” Everyone quickly realizes he’s right. The second a bowl or platter was empty, it magically filled right back up again, the food seemingly appearing out of thin air. After everyone realizes this they stop fighting over their food and sit back to enjoy it.

King Dedede has multiple plates in front of him, all covered in greasy, fatty foods. He is, quite literally, inhaling his food. Pac-Man is also engorging himself with the most delicious foods he could find. Everyone was shocked to see the amount of food that he could stuff inside him. He was easily taking in his own bodyweight in food. Piranha Plant, secluded to his own section of the table, plows into a pile of rare steak. Some, like Isabelle, take a more subtle approach to their evening dinner. Isabelle sits at the end of the table with a small plate of greek salad slathered in Italian dressing.

“Hey Mr. Butler,” says Sonic, looking around himself. Reginald immediately materializes next to Sonic.

“What do you need sir? And my name is Reginald.”

“Uh, sure. Sorry,” says Sonic, “all this food is great and all, but… I’m not seeing any chili dogs.”

“Oh, I see,” Reginald replies with a smile, “seeing as we just met a few hours ago, I’m not aware of any kind of preferences you would have.” Reginald says and waves his hand before a platter piled high with chili dogs appears in front of Sonic.

“Oh boy, this place just keeps getting better and better!” exclaims Sonic before ferociously digging into his meal.

By the end of the hour everyone was collapsed in their chairs, slumped over to the bottom of their seats, holding their stomachs. “Now that was a meal!” exclaimed Wario before belching. With that, everyone pried themselves out of their chairs and slinked back to their upstairs rooms for the night.

Lying in bed, everyone thought about the people they lost and the ones they left behind. But they couldn’t help but smile when they thought of the new lives they would lead in the wondrous castle they slept in.