Bodies are scattered across the battlefield. The ground is muddy from all the blood. A fog of smoke drifts through the air.
Mario and what's left of the Toadstool Army are gathered around a small fire. It's the first time in weeks they've had a chance to rest.
A wizened old toad croons an ancient Mushroom Kingdom spiritual:
"Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun'! Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun'! Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones! Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones!"
The brooding Mario, suddenly becomes alert, and orders the toads to be quiet. At first the toads are confused, but soon, they hear what Mario hears:
grind... stomp... rattle... grind... stomp... rattle...
It gets louder and louder, but no one can see what is making the noise.
GRIND... STOMP... RATTLE... GRIND... STOMP... RATTLE...
Suddenly it bursts out of the fog... An abomination! This undead creature was magically resurrected from the bones of a prehistoric beast that hasn't walked for a million years! It ravages the camp, tearing toads from limb to limb. Toad viscera spills all over the camp site!
Mario grabs his hammer. He smashes the creature's skull, which breaks into hundreds of pieces. But this doesn't stop the bony giant. It swings its massive arm knocking Mario backwards into a tree. This time, it's Mario's bones that are breaking.
But Mario isn't ready to give up. He gets up and runs at the beast, swinging his hammer into the creatures ribcage. The beast retaliates by gouging a chunk of flesh out of Mario's face, blood gushing down onto his overalls. Mario hammers relentlessly, finally shattering the skeletal monster.
Relieved, Mario looks upon the pile of broken bones. However:
GRIND... STOMP... RATTLE...
More Dry Bones are approaching, surrounding the camp. Mario grips the handle of his hammer tightly, steeling himself for the battle ahead.
It's at this moment when one of the toads realizes with horror that the pile of shattered bones is reassembling itself!