Mario games really lose something when you replace the fat plumber with meme faces:
There is a flash version of Super Mario where you can play as other NES characters like Link or Samus. The kicker is they all keep their stats from their games. So you can blast blast all the enemies but may be too tall or cant jump high enough, so it adds a bit of a challenge as well. Ill stash it if I ever remember the name.
Please do stash that; it sounds awesome.
I'm pretty sure even in that version I'd go to all the wrong castles!