Episode 234: Yoshi's Island

Oh no!  Baby Mario has fallen from his stork, and can't get up!  It's up to a team of egg throwing dinosaurs to escort this fresh human right out of his own egg back home!  But the evil forces of Magikoopa and Baby Bowser stand in their way.  Not to mention a raven on the moon!  Can our dinosaur friends get Mario home safely?  Or will Luigi have to become the hero we deserve?  Listen and find out!

Episode 201: Mario 64 DS

What do you get when you try to control a game originally meant for an analog stick with a d-pad?  Basically the same game, but somehow a lot worse.  Maybe it's because the whole thing smells oddly of garlic; Wario is just too well rendered in this game.  Join us as we hop, skip, and constipatedly hover over the familiar environs of Peach's Castle's magic paintings.

More hat replacements than you can shake a download at.

Show Notes

(00:00) Dokkan Battle has conquered all!

(11:00) Zach also played some Fate Grand Order to compare to Dokkan Battle, the greatest game of all.

(13:30) He’s also been playing Xenoverse 2: Electric Boogaloo

(18:00) Saiyan Naming Conventions, all hail Dragon Ball Z!

(21:00) Tyler Finished The Long Dark and West of Loathing

(24:30) Geremy started Sonic Mania and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle but likely won’t finish either.

(34:00) The Assignment, Super Mario 64 DS.

(46:30) Super Mario Ranking DS.

Next time on Last Time, Castlevania Dracula X!

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Let's Play on Video Games, Mario Party 2

Hey fans, apologies for the lack of content recently, snow, busy schedules and work have kept us from recording lately.  We promise a new episode next week, featuring Mario Party 2, the classic game where you roll virtual dice and yell at your friends!  In the mean time, we've managed to record a Let's Play of the game to capture some multi player magic, hopefully that will hold you over until next week when we release our full episode!

Episode 174: Adventures in Hyper-Realistic Plumbing [Super Mario 64]

One of gaming's first forays into the 3D realm, it'sa Mario time!  Run, jump, fight the camera, and generally avoid your greatest enemy: gravity.  Relive the game that launched the Nintendo 64 into long term memory and toss an effigy of what will become known as Bowser into bombs.  Now with 20% more Bombette firing you out of a cannon.

120 downloads unlocks Yoshi.

Show Notes

(03:00) Poké-spoilers.

(09:45) Because Blue is great.

(22:00) I can destroy the planet... In attack mode!

(28:00) Zach describing waifus in hell.

(33:00) It'sa game, Mario!

(35:00)  Apparently, were-hogs make sense at some point.

(40:00) Foils of a sedentary plumbing lifestyle.

(58:30) Ranking 64.

Next time on Last Time, Impossible Creatures!

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Episode 165: Paper Merit Badge [Paper Mario]

Paper so colorful, it'll have you seeing stars!  Never before has Mario gone on such a world building adventure as... oh.  Well, at the very least, the red-hatted hero will pick up a pile of sidekicks in this memorable stop on the endless journey to mildly inconvenience Bowser.

Legend of the seven downloads.

Show Notes

(01:15) Apparently it's morphin' time?  I kinda like the new suits, though.

(03:00) The original Jiraiya had unstoppable hair.

(09:00) It's a valid fear.

(11:30) Could actually be a pretty catchy ad.

(14:30) Not for the faint of heart, here's all the glory kills.

(15:45) Quite the improvement.

(24:30) Justified.  That's quite the ability.  Works double on ultra beasts?  Pretty sure we're talking about Meloetta here.

(27:30)  After some research, it looks like ROX is probably not actually a company name of any sort.  League teams do have the best names, though.

(28:00) Samsung's battery problems.

(32:00) Apparently the Wars series has been going on since Famicom.

(37:45) Neat storytelling tricks to build up the villain.

(43:15) Bow is bae.

(48:30) Combat mechanics.

(52:45) Man, do we have some things to say about Mystic Quest.

(1:14:00) Getting our ranking down on paper.

Next time on Last Time, Double Dragon 3, the least Fire Emblem game to be subtitled "Sacred Stones"!

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Episode 162: Peasantly Plum [Mario Gold]

What does a lowly serf have to do in the Mushroom Kingdom to earn some prestige?  Why, participate in the Mario Open, of course!  As it turns out, Mario used to be a pretty good golfer when he was a baby.  Pick, and choose, the best club for a Nice On! and compete against such notable Mario golfers as Frank and Gene Yuss.  Putter on over to the nearest course and rough it up!

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Show Notes

(02:30) This movie is as stupid as it sounds.

(07:00) MGO is just silly.

(10:00) Pixelmon's looking really good.

(15:00) Barbarians!

(20:00) Oh, Yo-Kai.  It does look pretty Pokemon.

(21:00) Squall vs. Cloud: Angst Fight!

(24:00) 605 km, or 376 miles, for Dragonite from Dratini.

(27:00) Can you run into other people?

(30:00) On the list of characters, Charlie was apparently the real name of Larry.

(41:00) Ranked under par.

Next time on Last Time, Rondo of Blood!

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Episode 153: Stroke! Stroke! Stroke! [Golf]

Never before have we seen Mario engaging in such intense action!  Carefully choosing clubs!  Lining up shots!  Keeping those shoulders straight!  Obviously, he was practicing way before inviting everyone else to play with him so that he would have a competitive advantage.  This is one of the earliest golf games, and it even includes dubiously effective wind!

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Episode 147: Hostile Corporate Takeover [Super Mario Land 2]

Now with twice the odd hats, Mario returns to the Game Boy to reclaim his castle (yes, Mario owns a castle) and defeat his rival!  You know, the one he's always had?  No, not some stupid lizard - it's Wario!  Fight your way through a bizarre variety of stages, ranging from Mario's giant mechanical statue of himself to the moon, and reclaim the ostentatious keys Mario presumably fashioned for himself!

Super Last Time and the 1 blue/purple download!

Show Notes

(03:45) Psycho Pass?!  Speaking of anime, this is a thing, apparently.  I don't know that it can really live up to the original, but it'll definitely make money.

(08:30) Retro City Rampage.  That was technically a game.

(13:00) Siege tanks?

(15:30) Let us know if you want to see Zach flail at this game!  Squick alert.  Apparently the Fight Club game did this (listen to that gravel!).

(23:40) In case you want to learn some trivia about MK.

(24:30) P4A looks surprisingly solid.

(29:30) Vaguely related, some Mario fauna.

(44:00) Being ranked gives you 100 feathers!

Next time on Last Time, Wave Race 64!

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Episode 131: Dinosaur Slave Ring [Super Mario World]

Tanooki tails are out this year, and capes are definitely in.  Join us as we try to wind our way through the twists and turns of the crazy geography of this game.  The solution to he Forest of Illusion is to just burn it.  Smoke and mirrors is no match for smoke and cinders.  Also, so many dinosaurs!

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Show Notes

(03:30) Getting your head out of the Clouds.  Those moves Tyler couldn't remember are Finishing Touch and Climhazzard.

(07:20) All the cool kids have Black Bear Magnums, but Luffy's setting the Grizzly trend.

(08:40) Lots of wood.

(09:30) Zach talks about the new Payday heist for the 2015 holiday season.  It's pretty festive.

(15:00) Zach and Geremy talk about the Pokemon tabletop they're playing right now.  Briefly mentioned: humans are Pokemon.

(19:30) The Psychic type answer to Dark.

(25:00) Super Mario World: The Revenge.

(33:00) This game has a lot of secret routes, which are fun to find.  Star Road, in particular, leads to a bunch of crazy bonus levels after you find all the secret paths there.

(39:30) Clown Cars!

(42:00) "It's like dunka dunka dunka."

(44:30) Pretty high on the list, this game might be.

Next time on Last Time, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire!

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Episode 109: In the Days Before the Mushroom Kingdom [Donkey Kong and Mario Bros.]

A POW block would have been extremely useful in dealing with the ENDLESS BARREL RAMPAGE of one Donkey Kong senior.  Additionally, death hammers would have been useful in clearing out Brooklyn's sewers once the brothers Mario found that homicidal turtles and crabs had infested.  I'm surprised there were no rats, though...  They eventually got Mouser, so that almost counts.  Join us on a trip back to some of the red-hatted plumber's first games!

This download really hit the turtle on the head.

Show Notes

(02:00) Robert gives that a.. Big No!

(05:40) All aboard the Kingdom Hearts hype train!

(09:00) Fire Emblem time!

(30:00) Hearthstone Adventures!  I might play that game if it existed.

(30:30) Infinite Crisis is dying on August 14th, 2015.

(34:30) Everyone's favorite carpenter, Mario!  Also, his gorilla nemesis, Donkey Kong, not to be confused with other giant gorillas.  Thanks, John Kirby!

(40:00) The Donkey Kong world record is insane.  As in, indicative of a mental disorder on the part of the holder.

(42:45) Plumbing never had so many turtles!

(46:30) The POW block and our problems with it as a "powerup" in this game.

(49:00) This Mech Warrior "cabinet" looks awesome.

(50:00) Ranking time!  The Return of Samus is up first, followed by Link's Alarm Clock.

Next time on Last Time, Joan of Arc's diary! Also, Age of Empires 2.

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Episode 95: No, Speed, You Must Not Race in This Race, This Race is Much Too Dangerous! [Super Mario Kart]

Man, Payday 2 is an awesome game.  Oh.  The episode?  Well, come on a super racing adventure that lacks the most iconic item of the franchise!  That's right, we're doing Star Wars Episode 1: Racer, the game that had no podracers!  Not buying it?  Fine, it's Mario Kart.  It made our collective eye bits hurt.

Download: blueshelled!

Show Notes

(00:10) For those who didn't get the title reference.

(01:30) Flintstones!  We discuss some movie ideas.

(06:00) Old Hitler is an actual shark.

(07:30) That hentai-ish game we mentioned is Nekopara.  Tell us how it is if you played it.

(11:00) Civ 5, guys!  We know you've all been playing it forever, but it's fun!  The AI's logic is a bit confusing at times, though.

(16:30) Mario Kart's DLC, while a bit pricey, is fun.  The track for this game is pretty great.

(23:00) Payday 2's Overkill Software let Lion Game Lion develop their new DLCs.

(29:00) Zach's tale of Microsoft not being a bag of suck for once.

(38:00) Indonesia has a word for a third gender that roughly translates to "lady boy".

(43:00) That Getter Robo sure is a combining robot of some sort.  Also, Geremy has so much stuff going that he's now got a gaming schedule.

(46:00) Bravely Default, you're such a Dracula.

(50:00) Our discussion about Mario Kart!

Next time on Last Time, Star Wars: Dark Forces!  Set your blasters to brain drain.

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Episode 93: Junk Shot [Mario Tennis]

Amazing Power Serve!  Spike Return!  Spinning Backhand!  Sadly, Peach doesn't yell out tennis attack names in this game, but it's still pretty amusing; you can substitute your own names and annoy your friends with them anyway.  Join us and find out how to volley!

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Show Notes

(06:20) Ultimate Marvel is finally dying.

(10:30) Future Tactics is pretty cool.

(17:00) League tales.

(28:00) DBZ Tennis!  Mario Tennis sadly lack some of the zaniness other Mario sports games like.  Also, just listen to Waluigi's voice.

(39:00) Geremy's experience with the Rift.

Next time on Last Time, Bonk's Adventure!

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Episode 83: Oh! Daisy [Super Mario Land]

It only took us more than 80 episodes to get around to it, but it's our first foray into the fabulous fun time that is the Game Boy! Because everyone's played Tetris (not to mention that it's been talked to death), we're starting off with a trip to Sarasaland, best known for its Super Ball exports. Wait... what's that over there? Is that... OH! Daisy.

The download just keeps bouncing everywhere.

Show Notes

(04:45) Deicide and the new gods!  Also, some comics history.

(19:45) On motorcycles!

(26:00) He's drinking your arm!

(29:30) Satchel like a bag!

(32:00) Rosalina's heritage.

(33:00) Conversion to the Game Boy did not treat this series well.

Next Time on Last Time, it's Megaman!  No, not that one.

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Episode 48: Marios Come in Threes [Super Mario Bros. 3]

The game that started the tanooki skinning craze, it's Super Mario Bros. 3!  The first true sequel to the original, this game features a number of changes in the formula, while still keeping the somewhat frenetic platforming.  It's colorful, full of power-ups, and generally fun.  Even Zach likes it!

Run fast and you fly if you have the download suit!

No fancy notes this week, sadly.  Tyler got teh busies.

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Episode 28: A Piggyback?! He's Supposed to be Dead! [Lost Levels and Mario 2]

It's been a strange week, so here's a strange episode.  You almost didn't get this one!  This week, we did what we've been threatening to do for a while.  No, not that.  That would break our rating.  The other thing!  We recorded a double-game episode!  That other one didn't happen.  To keep up the weirdness, this week's show notes are brought to you by Zachigan, son of Zach.

Our download is not a hard platform to land on.

(0:35) We argue about who is more clever.

(1:14) Geremy lies to you.

(1:34) What we've been playing.

(3:10) Civilization 5

(5:23) Iterative development vs Normal development

(8:00) EA shot itself in the foot.

(9:50) Geremy is paying KoL to shill for them.

(11:20) We talk about what we think sequels should do.

(14:20) Do you need a story in video games?

(16:20) Debate on greatness

(18:45) Nintendo doesn't do story. Example: Zelda..

(21:11) Tyler goes off topic.  Surprise.

(21:45) We get to the games of the week.

(23:25) Poison mushrooms suck.

(27:00) Game Force!

(32:00) Stuff taken from Mario 2 that made it into later games

(35:45) Evil Masks!

(36:30) Which one did we prefer?

(38:00) Improvements to be made.

(42:00) Sequel month is over :( Geremy is the villain!

Next week: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.  Let us go out and slay some vampires for pleasure!

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I Love Videogames: That's a lot of Mario

Earlier this week I ended up on the Mario wiki. I don't remember exactly what I was looking for, but due to link wandering and curiosity, I lost about three hours to the site, and 28 bucks when I noticed how cheap Amazon was selling a couple of Wii games, and it really donned on me just how big the Mario franchise is. The first games I ever played were Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, and the first one I bought (used, with trade in credit) was Super Mario 2.  I've always been aware of Mario, and when I was younger, each game that came out that I couldn't afford or didn't own the console for hurt a little bit.  But later I learned that Super Mario Bros. wasn't even technically the first Mario game, I'd miss Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong simply due to ignorance.  I've been on a bit of a Mario binge lately, playing Mario Galaxy and Mario RPG, with Galaxy 2, New Super Mario Bros Wii U and now its DLC Luigi U, Super Mario Sticker Star, and Super Mario 3d world all sitting on my stack to play next.  Which got me wondering... just how many Mario games are there?

I've compiled a list below, divided into catagories of my own devising.  This isn't comprehensive, I've left out Japan Only releases, as well as games that were released on the GB and NES or NES and SNES or 3DS and Wii at the same time.  I've also more than likely missed a couple of games, due to the sheer number of games we're dealing with here.  I've put the games I've played in italics, so you know how informed my opinions in each category are.

Early Games 5
Donkey Kong (Arcade)
Donkey Kong Jr. (Arcade)
Mario Bros. (Arcade)
Wrecking Crew (Arcade)
Mario Clash (VB)
I've defined Mario's early games mostly as those predating Super Mario Bros.  This is somewhat self-centric, as that's the first one I played, but it feels accurate since he was called "Jumpman" in the original, and there was no real unifying theme between them.  Mario Clash is an enhanced remake or Mario Bros. for the Virtual Boy (remember that thing?)  so I lumped it in here.  While these games are aracdy and fun, they're pretty basic by most standards, luckily most of them are available for Virtual Console if you want to check them out.

Sidescrollers 14
Super Mario Bros. (NES)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels (NES)
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Super Mario Land (GB)
Super Mario World (SNES)
Super Mario Land 2 6 Golden Coins (GB)
Wario Land Super Mario Land 3 (GB)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (SNES)
New Super Mario Brothers (DS)
Super Paper Mario (Wii)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) 
New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)
New Super Mario Bros. WiiU (WiiU)

Of the 14 games I put in the Sidescroller category, I've played half of them.  This is the meat of the Mario franchise, both it's greatest strength and greatest weakness.  On the one hand, they're a ton of fun.  On the other, New Super Mario Bros. WiiU is pretty similar to Super Mario Bros.  The graphics are way better, four player is fun, and there are some new powerups but you still run and jump and try to reach the end of the course.  I having finished New Super Mario Bros. WiiU yet, but I plan to fairly soon, and having never played any of the Super Mario Land games makes me think perhaps we should have a Mobile Month here on LTOVG soon.  I'll see what the other guys think.

Cameos 11
Pinball (NES)
F-1 Race (NES)
Tennis (NES)
Baseball (NES)
Golf (NES)
Punchout (NES)
Tetris (NES)
Alleyway (NES)
Qix (GBA)
NBA Street V3 (GCN)
SSX On Tour (GCN)

On our most recent episode, we talked about how marketable Mario has been for Nintendo.  They frequently used him to add to the "feel" of Nintendo games, as a simple mascot in many of their sports games, often acting as referee or umpire.  EA actually stuck Mario Peach and Luigi in a few of their Game Cube sports games as well.  Part of me still wishes that every game on a Nintendo system had Mario somewhere, though that just wouldn't be practical these days.

Puzzle 11
Dr. Mario (NES)
Yoshi (NES)
Yoshi's Cookie (SNES)
Mario's Picross (GB)
Mario's Super Picross (SNES)
Dr. Mario 64 (N64)
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong (GBA)
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS) 
Dr. Mario Express (DS)
Dr Mario Online RX (Wii) 
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong Mini land Mayhem (DS)

In a similar fashion, puzzle games were pretty easy to make, but hard to market.  Slapping Mario's name and iconography on them was an easy way to get people to buy them.  Dr. Mario is still pretty good, but Yoshi is incredibly easy and bland.  I've never played the Mario Vs. Donkey Kong games, which are far more complex then standard puzzle games, but I've always wanted to give them a try.

Educational 8
Mario Teaches Typing (PC)
Mario is Missing (PC) 
Mario's Time Machine (PC)
Mario's Early Years: Fun With: Letters (PC)
Mario's Early Years: Fun With: Numbers (PC)
Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun (PC)
Mario's Game Gallery (PC)
Mario Teaches Typing 2 (PC)

Mario was such a big deal, his likeness was even used for educational games, most of which were considered terrible.  I put there here for two reasons, 1 completeness, but 2, I played Mario Is Missing on the NES.  I never got far enough to realize how terrible it was, and didn't own it, I feel like I must have rented it, but I can't really remember.  Anyway, again I wish Mario was big enough to be in more things like this, even if they sucked, just to spread the brand.

Sports 20
NES Open Tornument Golf (Mario Golf in Japan) (NES)
Mario Tennis (VB)
Mario Golf (N64)
Mario Golf (GBC)
Mario Tennis (N64)
Mario Tennis (GBC)
Mario Golf Toadstool Tour (GCN)
Mario Power Tennis (GCN)
Mario Golf: Advance Tour (GBA)
Mario Superstar Baseball (GCN)
Super Mario Strikers (GCN)
Mario Tennis Power Tour (GBA)
Mario Hoops 3 on 3 (DS)
Super Mario Strikers Charged (Wii)
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)
Mario Super Sluggers (Wii)
Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winger Games (Wii)
Mario Sports Mix (Wii)
Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii)
Mario Tennis Open (3DS)

Some might say an obvious follow up to Mario's  many cameos in in early NES sports games was to simply feature him as a character in them.  Mario had a couple of scattered sports games early on, but it wasn't until the N64 and Nintendo's partnership with Camelot Software that things really took off.  I loved Mario Tennis when it came out, and Hoops 3 on 3 was one of my favorite DS games, so going through the list of Mario Sports games, I was surprised how few of them I've really played.  I really want to give Mario Sports Mix a try, as it was made by the same team as Hoops 3 on 3 and includes a dodgeball game, and one of the new Tennis games would probably be as fun as the old ones, but I've just never plunked down the cash.  Perhaps it's due to my friends mostly preferring Fighters or First Person Shooters on the rare occasions we do hang out these days. 

Racing 9
Super Mario Kart (SNES)
Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA)
Mario Kart Double Dash (GCN)
Mario Kart DS (DS)
Mario Kart Arcade GP (Arcade)
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 (Arcade)
Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
Mario Kart 7 (3DS)

The Mario Kart series is odd, in that it's clearly its own seperate series, with completely different  from any other Mario game, and yet the theme feels so close, and they're just so good, they're practically their own sub-genre of racing games.  It's amazing to me that they're already on Mario Kart 7 with 8 set for release soon, especially when that doesn't count the arcade versions, both of which I've had to pleasure of playing, and recommend if you can find one nearby.

3d Platformers 5
Mario 64 (N64)
Super Mario Sunshine (GCN)
Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Super Mario 3d Land (3DS)
The 3d Platformers have been the "big" Mario game releases for the past 14 years or so, so it's interesting that there are only 5.  Mario 64 is one of my favorite games, Sunshine one of my least favorite, certainly my least favorite in the Mario franchise, and Galaxy had some really cool controls and concepts but ended up sort of meh.  Both Galaxy 2 and 3d land are at the top of my "to play" list right now, so I'm glad I can at least finish all of these before 3d world comes out.

RPGs 7
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
Paper Mario (N64)
Mario and Luigi: Super Star Saga (GBA)
Paper Mario The thousand Year Door (GCN)
Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time (DS)
Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story (DS)
Paper Mario Sticker Star (3DS)

Paper Mario was a novel concept that I couldn't help but love when it was released, and as a big fan of Pokemon, but some one who didn't own a Super Nintendo, turn based combat was novel and interesting.  I've heard that great things have been done with the franchise since, but I've never played any of the Mario and Luigi games, and I've only barely touched Sticker star.  Still, that and Thousand Year Door are on my "to play" pile, and I'm very interested in finding a cheap copy of Super Star Saga.

Party 12
Mario Party (N64)
Mario Party 2 (N64)
Mario Party 3 (N64)
Mario Party 4 (GCN)
Mario Party 5 (GCN)
Mario Party 6 (GCN)
Mario Party 7 (GCN)
Mario Party Advance (GBA)
Mario Party 8 (Wii)
Mario Party DS (DS)
Fortune Street (Wii)
Mario Party 9 (Wii)

Man there have been a lot of Mario Party games.  I remember renting the first one and loving the concept.  I remember renting the second one and feeling they'd improved greatly, even if I missed some of the old maps.  I remember loving the third one, thinking they'd added plenty of new features and hit the top.  I remember buying the 4th and kind of hating it, it felt samey, and yet not as good as the third.  I stopped following the series after that, but have played Mario Party 8 and am curious about what could be done with the WiiU.  Fortune Street just arrived at my house today, it was only 11 bucks on amazon and I figured that made it worth trying, we'll see how I think it compares.

Other 6
Super Scope 6 (SNES)
Mario Paint (SNES)
Yoshi's Safari (SNES)
Hotel Mario (CD-i)
Mario Pinball Land (GBA)
Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix (GCN)

Included for completeness, here are the Mario games that didn't fit anywhere else.  I havn't actually played any of them, so I don't have much comentary.

Spin Offs
Yoshi Story (N64)
Luigi's Mansion (GCN)
Yoshi Touch and Go (DS)
Yoshi Topsey Turvey (GBA)
Super Princess Peach (DS)
Yoshi's Island DS (DS)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
Again, for completeness, these aren't really Mario games, but clearly spun out of them, so I included them.  Yoshi Story is the only one I played and it's a lot of fun.  I hear great things about the new Luigi's Mansion as well, so it's probably worth a look.

Now it's time for metrics.  By this count, Mario has been in 114 games.  As I said, the count is not complete, as I left off stuff like Mario 64 DS and some Japan only releases.  Of those I've played 31, or about 27%  If we remove the Spin Offs, Cameos and Educational games, the number drops to 89, of which I've played 29, or about 33% or a third of the games.  That means I have a ton to go, and in particular, I really want to track down some of the RPGs and Sports Titles from a few years back.  If we really drill down and only take the "core" games, that is the 2d sidescrollers and 3d platformers, the plumber has been in 19 games, of which I've played 10, which means I've played a little over half of them.  While it's a little depressing that I've left so many of my favorite characters games on the shelf, I'm really excited to try and make that number go up, especially with so many of the games available via things like Virtual Console.

Episode 19: Mario for the Money [Super Mario RPG]

Crazy antics ensue when you press the right button to really whack that guy with a hammer.  This week, we tackle the RPG classic that spawned a whole mess of odd titles featuring the mustachioed plumber.  It's Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.  Yes, that subtitle is super necessary.

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(02:30) Potato burgers!  They're magically potato.  Also, the current state of lab grown meat.

(05:00) Man of Steel, a movie with Superman!

(08:50) Not corrupt leaders!  Charlemagne was awesome.  I may have talked up Sukarno a bit, but he wasn't terrible.

(14:30) Pandora's Tower for the Wii!  Looks pretty decent.  Couldn't find the review I originally read for it, though. 

(15:00) JRPGs and turn-based combat.  Characterization is cool!  We get a bit distracted on other games here.

(23:00) Back to turn-based combat.  Star Ocean is pretty cool.  If you've never played FFX, it's pretty decent.  For the combat system thing, check out the right side of this image I found on Shamus Young's site. Another pretty decent TBC system, Wild Arms!

(28:20) Kind of a tangent, but here's a good description of how it feels to be shot.  On a lighter note, levels of abstraction in games!  Dwarf Fortress!

(31:30) We actually get to the game.  It's Mariorriffic.  Geno and Mallow are... not super setting appropriate.  Geno for Smash, btw.  The timed hits make the combat more engaging than Final Fantasy and the endless battles.

(38:00) The visual style is mostly this the entire game.  Neutrality!

(40:00) The weird design choices Square made with the setting.

(44:00) Better engagement through environmental interaction?  Golden Sun!

(47:20) Do you make up stories for plotless games?  Let us know!

(52:30) SLAP!

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Episode 7: Do the Mario! [Super Mario Bros.]

Coins and noings!  It's another fantastic episode, this time focusing on the indestructible demigod of videogames.  Mario's debut is certainly a classic, but, as is my solemn opinion, the classics are not necessarily good.  Does it hold up?  Do a plumber's routine duties involve jumping on turtles?

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(3:00) What we’ve been playing.

(10:45) Super Mario Bros.

(14:30) Enemies in Mario.

(19:20) Freaking water levels.

(21:15) We discuss this article

(22:30) Compared to later Mario Games.

(26:00) Super Mario Bros. Vs. Sonic the Hedgehog

(28:30) Final thoughts on Mario.

(30:00) Videogame Sequels

(33:00) The Legend of Zelda and Nintendo

Next week, we go even further back in the past and try to take on the legendarily difficult arcade classic, Gradius!

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