Andre’s 5 Likes: Mario Games


Mario is the most recognized video game character ever.  Before he became “super” he was the main protagonist of the 1981 game, Donkey Kong. After that, he had another game where he had his little brother Luigi to tag along with him in the 1983 game, Mario Bros. Mario has been recognized by many fans for 38 years and he had his fair share of great games. The franchise consists of many different genres from adventure to racing. Here are my top 5 Mario games of all-time: 


5. New Super Mario Bros. – 2006 (Nintendo DS)


Personally, this was the first Mario and DS game I had and is considered one of the classic hand-held Mario games. It is a part of the New Super Mario Bros. series of the Super Mario franchise, and follows Mario as he fights his way through Bowser’s henchmen to rescue Princess Peach. Mario is able to use power-ups that help him complete his quest, including the Super Mushroom, the Fire Flower, and the Starman, along with new power-ups such as the Mini Mushroom, the Mega Mushroom, and the Blue Shell; each giving him unique abilities. While traveling through eight worlds with a total of 80 levels(10 each stage), Mario must defeat Bowser Jr. and Bowser before saving Princess Peach. New Super Mario Bros was successful and received positive reviews. Praise went towards its improvements, while criticism was targeted at its simplicity and similarity to previous games. It sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling game for the Nintendo DS and one of the best-selling video games of all time. The game’s success led to a line of sequels released for the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. New Super Mario Bros. is a great starter if you want start playing Mario games. 


4. Super Mario 3D Land – 2011 (Nintendo 3DS)


This game was the first 3DS game I played and it’s literally the first 3DS game in the Mario franchise. Super Mario 3DS Land is unique from other games in the Mario series, as it combines elements from both traditional 2D Mario side-scrolling games and modern free-roaming 3D Mario games. It also introduces elements into the series, including power-ups and gameplay mechanics. The game was released to critical acclaim, with gaming critics praising the amount of creativity and technical design presented within the game, though the utilization of 3D in the gameplay was met with a mixed reception. The game was a commercial success, and has sold 12.60 million copies worldwide as of September 2019, making it the sixth best-selling game for the 3DS. It was also the first 3DS game to sell over five million copies.


This game is a basic 3D platformer that is really relaxing but long at the same time.


3. Mario Hoops 3-on-3 – 2006 (Nintendo DS)


Personally this game had an amazing soundtrack that even I listen to till this day. Mario Hoops is the first game in which Mario and Final Fantasy characters appear together as playable characters, and the second Mario game developed by Square Enix, the first one being Super Mario RPG. It is also the first Mario basketball game ever to be released. The game features a series of three versus three basketball tournaments on different courts, each of three games. The game uses the Nintendo DS’s touch screen, and features items and coins from the Mario series. Critics praised the game for being amusing and fun, but criticized the weak AI and limited multiplayer options, with full basketball games only being playable across two players locally who each had a copy of the game. 


Personally, this game was one of my favorite DS games and it was pretty addictive too with the amount of stuff that you can do in the game. This game marked the beginning of a short and underrated 2-game Mario X Final Fantasy sport games.


And speaking of which……

2. Mario Sports Mix – 2010 (Nintendo Wii)


This was one of my favorite Wii sports games I’ve played. Mario Sports Mix features volleyball, hockey, dodgeball, and basketball. The game features mostly characters and locations from the Mario series with a few guest appearances by characters from Square Enix’s Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest series of games. Players can also opt to play as one of their Mii characters. The game is played much like the past Mario sports games, with features such as powerful special moves and arcade-like gameplay, including the use of a “coin redemption system” that allows players to collect coins that are immediately spent on adding extra points to the next goal they score. Both cooperative and competitive local multiplayer modes are featured: depending on the sport, two players (two-on-two) or three players (three-on-three) can play cooperative multiplayer and four players (two-on-two) can play competitive multiplayer in two teams of two. 


This comes with a story as well; it allows the player to be in tournaments in all four sports for a crystal for that specific sport as a reward. After the player beats the game in all four sports individually, the player is taken to a boss fight against Behemoth from Final Fantasy. After beating Behemoth, a Sports Mix mode is unlocked. It is largely identical to the previous tournaments, with the exception that all four sports are played in the tournament, and that the final boss is different, being Behemoth King instead of Behemoth.


As from April 2011, Mario Sports Mix has sold 1.54 million copies worldwide. This game is fun to play with, along with a lot to offer in all four sports and the multiple characters that you can play as.


1. Super Mario Odyssey – 2017 (Nintendo Switch)


Personally, the very first Nintendo Switch game I had, the game that people consider as the definitive sequel to Super Mario 64. An entry in the Super Mario series, it follows Mario and Cappy, a sentient hat that allows Mario to control other characters and objects, as they journey across various worlds to save Princess Peach from his nemesis Bowser, who plans to forcibly marry her. In contrast to the linear gameplay of prior entries, the game returns to the primarily open-ended, exploration-based gameplay featured in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. Super Mario Odyssey received universal acclaim from critics who called it one of the best games in the series, with particular praise towards its inventiveness and originality. It also won numerous awards, including for game of the year. The game was also a commercial success, selling over 15.38 million copies by September 2019, which makes it one of the best-selling Switch games. 

This game is an amazing game, however it isn’t considered to be a starter for people who want to play Mario games. Besides that, the game is loved by many and will be considered one of the greatest Mario games that Nintendo has ever produced.