There are a ton of video games in the Mario series. And why shouldn’t there be? It’s the highest sold game franchise in history, so it makes sense that it has a ton of games. And he doesn’t just star in normal platformer games. There are kart racing games, tennis games, golf games, soccer games, and board games! Mario is just about all over the place. And most of the games have been rated well by both fans and critics alike. This series is just about the definition of staying power and I don’t see Mario going away anytime soon. Even unofficial Android and iOS games are made that are ripped off of Mario so that people can have that Mario feel without having to be playing a game console. Those games don’t count, but their very idea suggests that even if Nintendo went completely out of business next week and never made any game ever again that Mario in a form would still be around. But with so many games I wonder: what is your favorite Mario game overall? There are a ton to choose from, so I’m going to list a few of mine and then you can do the same in the comments!
I’d have to start off saying that the Mario Party games are among my favorite. The first game I played in the series was Mario Party 3 I believe, and then worked my way backwards from there. Those games were always a blast with friends and family. You really tested the value of your friendship when people stole coins and stars from you. If you’ve played with a friend you know exactly what I mean! But I always enjoyed the games and look very much forward to the new games that’ll come out in the future. I haven’t played some of the latest games, but these Mario games are among my tops of all time. I’ve also enjoyed the Mario Golf games for the same reason. They were fun to play with my friends and were fun in general. I don’t recall being any good at the games I played but they were still a blast which is what it’s all about.
When it comes to the more single player Mario games I have to put Mario Galaxy at the very top. I’ve only played the first game so far and won’t play the second until I beat this one, but I love it so much. The game in its entirely is just about perfect. The levels looks great. The music is top notch. The controls are very simple and easy to keep up with. The entire game and atmosphere is something that I really enjoy. There is pretty good replay value, which I’m a sucker for. I don’t have a bad thing to say about Mario Galaxy. I’m also a major fan of outer space in real life, so a game that features it in various ways will always score bonus points with me too, so that helps. I’d also say that Mario Kart, especially the latest one, is high on my list as well. I ironically don’t ever play as Mario, I always pick Donkey Kong, but Mario Kart 8 is a game that I really enjoy. I rage about as hard on that game as any other, but the game itself is tons of fun.
There are other Mario games that I really enjoy, such as the “New” Super Mario Bros games. I think those are great, and I also remember enjoying Super Mario Sunshine. But the Party (and Golf) games, Mario Kart, and Mario Galaxy are far above the rest. Which Mario games do you consider your favorites?