Nintendo of America is keen for today to be 'Mar10 Day', a charming little spin on date conventions which doesn't have the same ring to it elsewhere - it's 10Mar day in the UK, for example, which isn't anywhere near as catchy. With a cute video to celebrate and some social media shenanigans afoot, it is at least an opportunity to celebrate Nintendo's mascot and most enduring success to date.
Though many will naturally talk about the plumber's many, many platformers of both the 2D and 3D variety, we thought we'd give a little love to the spin-offs. There are so many of them and, seeing as we asked you to vote for your favourite Mario platformer last year, it seemed only right that we give you the same opportunity once again with these other Mario games.
In terms of the 'rules', we've got entries that are a mix of series and individual games - the logic is simple, if a spin-off has had multiple entries the 'series' has a vote, but one-offs are also in the running. We're also treating Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars as its own entry, as although it inspired other franchises it wasn't followed up with an actual sequel. We're also including Super Mario Maker, which may be contentious but we maintain that its status as a creation tool separates it from the typical platformer series. We are leaving some out, too, focusing on proper Mario spin-offs and not counting the original 'Mario Bros.', retro cameo appearances or every edutainment titles featuring the mascot. That also means games where the actual lead star is Luigi, Donkey Kong and others are also out.
In terms of voting for a 'series', if you've only played one entry (for example) that's fine - this is all about choosing the franchises or games you love the most.
This is likely to be a tough choice, so we're letting you give three equally weighted votes, but if you only want to vote for one or two that's fine. Also, if we've missed any franchises we're sorry - there are a lot of them.
Enough pre-amble, let's have the vote!
this is even harder than Sophie's choice
Easily Mario Kart though 2nd and 3rd are Super Mario Maker and Paper Mario. 2nd and 3rd may swap once I've played through TTYD.
Mario Kart...and it's not even close.
Bring back strikers! Miss that one, everybody would play it.
Paper Mario first, then Mario Kart and maybe Super Mario Maker 3rd.
Voted for Mario Kart, Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi games and in that order in rankings, #1 being Mario Kart
This wasnt as difficult as I initially expected it to be. Kart, Paper Mario & RPG for me.
Super Mario RPG Legend of the Seven Stars.
All the racing and sports games do nothing for me.
Obviously Paper Mario, but it won't win because not as many people have played the good games here, especially over the people that have played Mario Kart.
For me it's Paper Mario, just withThousand Year Door alone (though the series looks as though its slowly going down hill.)
Mario Kart has been consistently fun for the most part, and although it's ridiculous and awful now, Mario Party has several great games in the series.
The Mario Baseball series (Super Sluggers specifically). Really really fun game, with the best Mario character roster by far (they have all the main characters, the important spin-off characters, all the major enemies, and a good majority of the DK characters). I really hope they make a sequel soon...
I said I'd only vote for Mario Kart, the king of Mario spin-offs, but I gave a vote to Paper Mario, too.
Mario Kart #1 for sure.
Mario and Luigi is #2 because the bros interactions are simply adorable.
Then, Paper Mario I guess.
Clearly Mario Kart, and/or Super Mario Maker will win.
Mario vs Donkey Kong, Mario Kart, Mario and Luigi... in that order.
No Smash? I mean I know it crosses all series but Mario DID inspire the name and has the most characters, stages, and items throughout the series...
That was tough. Went with Mario Kart (easy one), Mario Party, and Super Mario Maker, but it really depends on my mood. I feel a bit bad for Baseball and Paint here. I loved both of those too.
I think they just decided to make soccer/football part of the Mario/Sonic Olympic series... I haven't played it so I don't know if it's any good.
Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi and Mario Strikers for me.
Mario Kart is a no-brainer.
Mario & Luigi is the still ongoing RPG series that still manages to remain fun, even if they get a little too tutorial-heavy lately.
Mario Strikers, it's just fun to see a different take on the usual happy-go-lucky Mario universe! It shows that all these characters can have attitude as well.
I really wish I could vote for Paper Mario too, but Sticker Star left too bad a taste in my mouth, and Color Splash doesn't look to be improving on that sadly (I really hope I'm wrong on that, though, I really want to like Paper Mario again).
That said, I like pretty much every single one of the Mario spin-off games. They're all fun in their own way!
I voted for Mario Kart and Picross. I liked Mario RPGs more when I was younger but lately they haven't been able to hold my interest.
Mario party 1 then super Mario maker 2nd and finally 3rd is Mario super sluggers but Mario party might go down if they keep making Mario party a group instead of a board where you split up like 8 and under.
Come on people.... Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars all the way! I also voted Kart and Party
Paper, Kart and Party even if we know the 1st and 3rd have had rough entires, I'm rather still happy with it all as a whole. 4th place would be Tennis, I think even the WiiU version that I've not played looks decent enough that I could delve into it someday.
@OutCold Some people on this site have never played the Masterpiece. As long as we know in our hearts what the best is, that will be enough.
Not enough people are Voting for Mario vs Donkey Kong
i wouldnt call super mario maker a spinoff.
Mario Kart easily. The handheld itterations have always felt subpar, but each console game seems to greatly improve on the foundation.
Meanwhile, I can see several other spinoff series that have been tarnished by newer games. *cough Paper Mario *cough Mario Tennis *cough Mario Party * cough Mario and Luigi...
Mario Maker is understandably a hit, but I wonder if it will ever be a series, rather than a one time thing.
I voted for Baseball and Party, although the last entries I bought and enjoyed were from the GameCube days. Mario Baseball was one of the first few games that my wife would play competitively with me, since she took to it pretty quickly and she played softball in high school. Mario Party 7 was the best - the minigames were great in that one. Blowing up the balloon to see who it pops on is forever ingrained in my memory. Super Sluggers didn't do enough to warrant a purchase from me, and Mario Party 8 came after the novelty wore off for me.
And of course, Mario Kart is self-explanatory. Every entry in the series has been a blast to play, alone or with friends (or online in the modern entries).
I voted for Mario Kart, like most people would, but then I chose Super Mario Maker as it is quite amazing how much creative freedom the game allows while also being so simple to use. But then I went for Mario Strikers as I want Nintendo to know we need more games like this. And with that in mind, I want to see that wrestling game that nearly got made Nintendo!!!
I don't think there is much of a contest here. Paper Mario and Mario Kart should be at the top of the list for most people.
Doesn't Wario Land, Warioware, Donkey Kong Country, Game and Gallery and Yoshi's Island count?
Thing is though many spin offs from Mario are Multiplayer oriented and there's only so few of them that are single player focused.
@iamDTS Yea very true and so so sad!
Mario Kart, Party, and Maker are my top 3
Paper Mario, Mario Kart, and Mario Maker for me.
For the people saying Paper Mario has been tarnished with bad games. The Thousand Year Door/Paper Mario 64 is still better than any of these other series on its own.
Mario Kart, Mario & Luigi and then Super Mario Maker.
Surely SMM isn't a spin off though? That's the next evolution of the 2D platformer?
For me it's Paper Mario, Mario Kart and Mario & Sonic at the olympic games
i voted mario kart but i've always loved mario party and the mario baseball games : o)
Mario Kart is easily the best spin-off series, but I also like Dr. Mario and the RPG series's.
Mario Kart, M&L and Maker are mine. Even Mario spin-offs have a very strong standard.
Kart. Always Kart.
I voted for Mario Maker, but is it really a spinoff?
(also voted Mario Kart and Mario&Luigi, which barely edged out Paper Mario)
Mario & Luigi is my number one choice. Paper Mario is a good competetitor because of TTYD but the series has gone downhill since then. Super Paper Mario had great story but gameplay wasn't as fun as in previous titles. Sticket Star on the other hand... disappointing in both story and gameplay.
Super Mario RPG was another solid choice. Superstar Saga and TTYD are better rpg's but this was an amazing start.
I gave last of my votes to Mario Kart even though the gameplay in some titles like in 8 is so slow. I prefer karting games that doesn't have Mario in them, although some of them are good.
As everyone else...Kart for me..then Mario Party 9 and 10 (yes I'm the one person in this world that loves the travel in a car together gameplay) then Tennis
Mario RPG, Paper Mario, Mario Kart. Though Paper Mario has been kinda losing my interest as a series.
It's testament to how good the original two paper Mario games are that the series is still in 2nd place despite its poor recent entries
Paper Mario, TTYD can still hold up for its successors.
@Luffymcduck 200cc my friend. If you think that is slow, then you, my friend, are an impressive game racer indeed!
Mario Kart (even including Double Dash which I loathed) is probably the best of the lot. Paper Mario not wanting to be an RPG anymore despite being vastly superior to Mario and Luigi (Dream Team the only one of those I didn't actively hate) is a bummer. Might vote for it anyway but eesh Sticker Star was so poorly thought out.
Did the absurdly low level cap in the original Mario RPG bother anybody else? I would always reach it before [spoilers for a 20 year old game?] I even finished the volcano and end up playing the last couple hours with no incentive.
"That also means games where the actual lead star is Luigi, Donkey Kong and others are also out."
That's kind of weird and excludes a lot of games. Makes the choice easy though, Mario Kart.
I went with Super Mario Maker, Super Mario RPG, and Mario Golf.
This is probably the first poll I'll not disagree with the results though. Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi, Mario Kart. Loads of good games in those series.
My favourites are Paper Mario, Mario Kart, and Mario Tennis, but honestly I love all the spin offs. My next three would have been Mario Golf, Mario RPG, and Dr Mario.
@hYdeks are we separated from birth or something
I would have voted Mario Kart if I had only taken Super Mario Kart into account.
Globally, Paper Mario and Picross are the best game series borned out of the character. If there was not Mario maker in the list, I would have choosed Mario Golf.
Still, it is a bit unfair to judge spin-off series when some are single titles.
Paper Mario, no question. Sticker Star kind of ruined the series for me but I still love the original trilogy.
Looks like I'm in the 1% that voted for Mario Picross It is a very under appreciated game, and one of the very best Gameboy games out there. Planning on tracking down and importing the sequel one of these days.
Mario Golf is easily the best sports series (next to Kart...if Kart is part of the wider "sports spinoffs), the handheld versions are very deep and very, very relaxing. Not a fan of 'real' golf, but 'Mario' Golf is a guilty pleasure of mine.
Um...I didn't vote for Mario Kart because I didn't...see it there...but I would have! Heehee...
Anyway, that means that my final vote went to another under appreciated series, the Mario Vs. Donkey Kong Series. The games are all really tight, silly and damn good puzzlers. Really enjoyed the DSiWare release and GBA release.
I chose Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario (but only for the first 2 games).
Mario Kart is easily the top answer here. I would have thrown in a vote for Paper Mario too, but Nintendo seems to have completely abandoned what made the first two games so great.
After seeing this list, I realize that most of my favorite Mario games are spin-offs! XD
1)Mario & Sonic - Mario and Sonic are my favorite series; It only makes sense!
2)Mario Kart - LOVE it so much!
3)M & L series - always a funny and enjoyable adventure.
Honorable mentions to Paper Mario, Mario Party, and the Mario Sports games.
@Superzone13 You misspelled three. Super Paper Mario still had what made TTYD memorable, the only difference being gameplay. Sticker Star didn't try to do anything groundbreaking, leading to an overall flat experience, no pun intended. Still, I love the other three games, so I cast a vote for Paper Mario. I would've voted for Mario Party, but with 9 and 10, it's become clear that Nintendo wants to avoid turning friends against each other, which is what made it great to begin with.
Easily the Original N64 Paper Mario (Mario Story - Japan).
Honestly, for me it's Super Mario Maker, and it's only had one game so far.
Since the poll was "Which are your favourite", then my top 3 is
1) Mario Kart - I love few other racing games as much
2) Paper Mario - Even though Sticker Star is what it is, I still found it enjoyable and I loved the three preceding games
3) Mario Party - While the quality of the titles is wildly varied, we still think it's one of the funniest multiplayers around
If I were to vote for the best spin-offs, I would have to replace Mario Party with Super Mario Maker.
I really thought Picross would have more votes. Especially considering you can pick up to three. I really liked Sports Mix too but even after my vote it only has 0%.
Mario & Luigi for me, no doubt.
@abbyhitter I agree with you 100%.
The multiple cameos, great new enemy types, solid RPG active battles, new main boss, creative storytelling and ability to play as both Peach and Bowser were huge.
Square's first high profile cross-over style game and it remains a masterpiece to this day.
I even like the isometric view, even if it made platforming kind of a pain in the backside.
Geno's 'introduction' was well executed and incredibly memorable.
A must-play game for any Mario or RPG fan.
Mario kart is a duh. I also picked Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars which I think are kinda the same. I haven't picked up Maker. I just don't know why.
Lol did that really need to be asked?
When I saw the article title, my teeny brain screamed internally for Mario Strikers, Mario Strikers, Mario Strikers.
Then I scrolled down to the options and was like... "OMG! I forgot Mario Kart!"
So my top 3, it's tough to actually pick a number one. I love Mario Kart 8 like a second penis, but I haven't actually played much Mario Kart before that since SNES. But Strikers? The two games are pretty similar...
... If I could perfect both series, I reckon if prefer my perfect Strikers over my perfect Mario Kart, but there's so little in it I'm gonna have to call it a tie.
3rd place goes to Mario Maker. Even though it's place in this poll is questionable, I haven't played any of the others apart from Olympics. Gonna have to get going on the Paper Mario series one of these days...
Mario Kart, Mario Strikers and Paper Mario. In particular the GameCube entries. Those are insanely good
Kart, Golf, Strikers. I like my Picross without Mario (or Pokemon, or anything else) in it.
Although Mario only shows up briefly at the end I was desperate to vote for Captain Toad Treasure Tracker, man I love that game!
Was thinking Mario Kart,Mario RPG,Mario party. Got a feeling I'd like a paper Mario game but never got around to it, guess there is a new Wii u one soon
Mario Maker isn't exactly a spinoff, so it's Mariokart, Mario and Luigi, and of course Paper Mario for me.
I'm voting for Paper Mario, Super Mario Maker, and Super Mario RPG. Those games and the Paper Mario series are the ones I thoroughly enjoyed from the beginning to the end. I would've voted for Mario & Luigi or Mario Tennis, but the former was a hit-or-miss for me while the latter lost my interest with Open and onwards, in my opinion.
If there was a fourth option, it would be Mario Sports Mix.
Mario vs Donkey Kong isn't a spin off, it's the main series!
Super Mario Bros. is the spin off.
@Deadstanley Well Donkey Kong is in the Mario universe and you do have Mario appearing in DKC2...... :/
Mario Kart followed by the Mario and Luigi RPG series and Super Mario Maker!
Mario Kart is a hit and miss fest, too much luck based to be enjoyable outside parties.
I love the paper mario series, but worried after star sticker. I really wanted to vote for mario party, but the last few have just been terrible
But my favourite game is Mario Teaches Typing. Where is it on the list?! I feel triggered.
Hard to narrow it down to 3! I went with Mario & Sonic, Mario Party and Mario Baseball.
Mario Party has been kind of lackluster lately, but I love the games from N64-GCN.
Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi, and... Puzzles & Dragons. Probably would have picked Mario Maker if I had played it instead, but I remember having a ton of fun with P&D.
After the excellent Mario Golf World Tour I'm surprised more people didn't vote for Mario Golf.
How does Super Mario Maker qualify as a spinoff game?
Super Mario RPG, Thousand Year Door, Mario Kart 64
Mario + Luigi
@JustJulyo Why would it qualify as a standard Mario game? There's no "Princess is kidnapped by Bowser again" story, there is no world map, no star coins/green stars/etc., no new powerups (costumes, albeit really really cool, don't count). It's just a game where you can create Mario levels — it is not a new entry in the standard Super Mario series.
In that order.
Mario Golf (toadstool tour/Gamecube for the win!)
Mario RPG - I also liked the first 2 Paper Mario games.
Paper Mario and Mario Party were my favorites, but unfortunately they've both gone to the dogs recently... I also like the Mario & Luigi series, but I feel like it needs to take a bit of a break to refresh itself and make more games as good as the first three.
I went with Kart and Paper Mario/Mario & Luigi. Puzzles & Dragon would've been there, but the Mario portion felt so recycled with enemy assets and sound effects, even if it feels more "new" compared to PAD:Z by having stuff like dual-element monsters, it just goes for the thin-plot puzzle story whereas Z has that saturday morning Anime feeling with wide characters. that and the monsters themselves are much more personal.
So it's not like you're going to have Koopas/Paratroopas or mixes of some enemies as "one unit" but you'll have somewhat similar counterparts of some dragons that's be more akin to Pokemon (like maybe there's 3 stage dragons that comes in fire, grass, water, dark and light. but comes in Dragon, Humanoid, Stegosaurus, ect), whilst also including "inhuman" Humanoids and monsters that are clearly Humanlike (technically Dragonoid) along with the obviously-overpowered legendaries; but those jiggling 2D designs are pretty nice, sad to see that all of that has gone once PAD:X comes out and forces generic knights per element and monsters being shown in 3D...
I'd also give a notable mention to Luigi's Mansion, since despite being a game that shows off the gamecube's features, it did quite alright at a genre that Mario couldn't have been done (Survival horror, essentially) with Luigi being in a canonical main role for the first time. even gave him personality and characterization other than his fluttering/higher jump+less traction that's shown in some other spinoffs.
Oh what I would give for a Mario Strikers game. It's so hard being an American Futbol fan.
I put SMM, Kart and Mario vs Donky Kong.
Next to Mario Kart, Super Mario Maker is the greatest reinvention.
Mario Kart for me. Really hoping there is one released alongside the NX release.
Mario Maker isn't a spin-off pfffffft.
I like Mario Party more than I should, I think. But maybe there's just a special place in my heart for Mario Party 2 & 3.
I do really love the Mario Golf games. The GBA and 3DS ones are great!
For me Paper Mario, altough it's getting dangerously close to losing that number one spot. The other two were Mario Kart and Mario & Luigi. Almost went with Mario Party, I freaking love 3 and 5, especially.
How on earth did puzzles & Dragons get 0% ?!?!? that game is fantastic! Hard as can be but so addictive. I'm 70 hours in and still trying to beat the world 6 final boss.
200cc is nice but turning is so bad in that I just want to play F-Zero GX that is faster, has better track design and better controls for that speed.
How about Wario Land?
Mario Kart, Super Mario Maker and Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars.
I think the Paper R.P.G. and the Mario and Luigi franchise never reached Super Mario RPG's level of greatness.
Mario Kart by a country mile.Strikers has so much potential to be more than it is though.It could be one of their blue-chip games along with Smash and Kart if they wanted it to be.I really hope they do something with it on NX!
I voted Mario kart, Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi. It surprises me that Paper Mario wins over Mario and Luigi (so far), seeing as the series is in decline in many eyes. While Mario and Luigi still are going very strong!
Not a fan of the Sports spin-offs, just dumbed down versions of actual sports games, which are pretty dumb anyway. But if there was a American Football Mario Game I might be interested.
Mario Kart, Mario RPG and when I'm not alone, Mario Party.
@CharlieSmile Nothing is harder than Sophie's choice
However, I agree that the question is very vague. For example I love Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi but only the first few entries in the series.
Other "series" like Mario's Picross or Mario Maker can't compete against true series like Mario Kart or Mario Party.
Surprised tennis is so low.
I would have voted Mario Kart if it wasn't for the rubber-banding AI.
As it is I went for Paper Mario, Mario&Luigi and Mario RPG.
@Franklin Maybe the last entry destroyed the good impression the first games had made.
1 Mario Kart
2 paper Mario
3 Mario&luigi RPG
4 Super Mario RPG
If Mario Party was the Mario Party of old, that percentage would be much higher. That once great franchise has well and truly been buried with its last several iterations...
This was not hard at all. Mario Kart wins it for me.
Paper Mario by far; I can't believe so many people would say Mario Kart is the best.
I have a few favourites here but, honestly, the most influential and the greatest results belong to Mario Kart.
The only one I'm really into is Mario Kart.
Paper Mario, Mario Kart and Mario Maker in no specific order
i loved the mario strikers series. need one on wii u or 3ds!
I loooooove puzzle games,and have played the demo but to pay full retail price on Puzzles & Dragons Z is just not an option for me. They should have released Z on (and the Mario version) separately on the eShop and I'd be all in. Too much costs to jump in given a slow, confusing and short demo. That is why it doesn't make my list.
Mario Golf all the way! For me, World Tour is one of the best sports games ever. I like that it's not quite so RPG-focused, and gives you the opportunity for a more strategic experience if you want to play that way, but either way Mario Golf is probably THE best golf series for me. Not that Nintendo consoles have that many options.
Also, every part of me wanted to vote for Strikers, but maybe one day when Strikers: World Cup unleashes 11-a-side mode (I'd settle for 5-a-side). Right now, it's a fun series but way too arcadey with no option to have it be a little more football/soccer-esque.
First: Super Mario RPG
Second: Super Mario Maker
Third: Mario Kart
Honorary mentions: Paper Mario and Mario Tennis ( both 64 versions preferably)
The best is definitely the Paper Mario series; the latest entries may have been trash, but Paper Mario 64 and TTYD are two of my all-time favorite games, and Super Paper Mario was alright, too. In fact, I'd say that I enjoyed the Paper Mario series more than the actual main series games: intelligent systems did a great job with that series. Mario Kart is a close second, many long hours of playing Mario Kart DS as a kid, as well as Double Dash. The MK8 was pretty good, as well as MK Wii, but DD is probably my favorite in the MK series.
@Goob Always figured since they added the title SUPER to Mario Maker it would be considered a main series to the Mario series
@Joshua179 The Thousand-year Door is my favourite Paper Mario game, I hope Paper Mario Colour Splash is great too, but after recent Paper Mario games disappointing me, I don't know what to think.
@ThomasBW84 "They're all friends, actually" LOL
@msvt it's soooo worth the $30 to get puzzles & Dragons though, and here's why. You go through the Mario side, beat all 8 worlds, and then it opens 8 more. Each world has like 10 levels to beat. And they can get pretty difficult! Just the Mario side of the game by itself is worth $30. But then you also have all those levels/worlds on the Z side. It's crazy how much game you get out of this for the price. Like I said, I'm only in world 6 (of 16!!) just on the Mario side and already clocked in nearly 70 hours gameplay. I've been a puzzle gamer for decades and never saw a better value puzzle game than puzzles & Dragons super Mario edition. It's sad that no one realizes how awesome this game really is!!
I am always craving a 'new' type of puzzle game and always sort of inventing ideas in my head. Once the discovery phase of a puzzle game hits its peak with me I lose interest.
What else are you playing for puzzle game (any platform)... top 5 (or more)?
[Lumines, Tetris-nes, Rotohex, Puzzle League, Meteos, HexicHD are some examples for me -Oooh and had to add Bittos+ I love that game -MaBoShi if you'd call it puzzle genre was awesome too].
@JustJulyo Super Paper Mario, Super Mario RPG, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario Strikers.
Ok who wouldn't include Mario Kart as their top 3 favorite Mario spinoff games?
Paper Mario > Mario Kart > Mario & Luigi = Mario Party
@msvt one more note on the puzzles & Dragons game. There is such a strategy to that, which I didn't get at all from the demo. Once it "clicked" I had a shameful addiction to this game. It's something that really takes time to figure out. That being said, man I have been playing puzzle games so long and through the years, my favorites of all time would be a strange mix. Bookworm (any platform), and Wordtris (SNES and GameBoy) rank really high for me, also Bejeweled 3 (on DS) is awesome. Been a huge fan of Tetris Attack/Puzzle League forever (especially SNES and N64), also love Dr. Mario, Tetris DS, Puzzle Craft 1 & 2 on iOS, Magnetica (DS), Bust-a-Move (any version, although my favorites were on PlayStation 1 and n64), Puyo Pop (any, including variants such as Kirby's Avalanche, Mean Bean Machine, etc), Meteos & the Disney Magic version, Zookeeper (DS and android/iOS), Collapse (any version/platform), the Seven Wonders games (especially 1 & 2), Treasures of Montezuma, Gem Quest 4 Elements, some of the Jewel Quest games, Fishdom, Jewel Match (love that one, even though it's very simple), Tetris Axis, most Jewel Master games, Yoshi's Cookie, Yoshi (different game), Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo, Dress to Play Magic Bubbles, Candy Match 3, Pong Pong Candy, and any version of 2048. That's not an all-encompassing list of favorites but it's most of them. I'm very much a puzzle gamer lol 😊
And I just bought P&Dz new for $15, shipped (problem solved!).
Check out Bittos+ on WiiWare very underrated and my god it had tons of potential for an interesting franchise. And also another I liked a lot was Chime (XBlive). Nemrem (art style game; was ok but I am too stupid! ha). Number Battle (DSi) is pretty good. Kirby Super Star Stacker (snes version) and Sumico (3ds eshop) is ok too. Oh and Pop 'em Drop 'em SameGame was good a bit for me too (WiiWare). Just some you didn't list.
Back on topic:
New Strikers Wii U would have been a killer title to fill a huge void this generation! And would have been a MUCH better use for Next level Games than that Metroid Prime cash-in.
Mario Kart obviously, as first. Mario and Luigi as second, as that series has been divine since the first game. Mario Party in third, though it's probably really close between some others...
It's a shame my favorite isn't even on here — Mario Pinball Land. I am sure there aren't many that would agree. But I love that game.
@msvt I actually don't have a Wii U... Been so satisfied with handheld gaming these last several years, I just never bought one yet. Don't have the Xbox either. I have Kirby super star on SNES but don't actually recall the puzzle game being in that collection. Maybe I should hook up the old SNES and play some of my treasured classics! I did hear a rumor that the Kirby game will be coming to Eshop (SNES) sometime soon. Perhaps this summer. 😀
Keep the list of games I wrote down. Chime for example is on PC and other platforms and buying it goes to charity. Really cool music/puzzle/tetris type game! Also if you have Wii (one that can get to the Shop Channel) check out those WiiWare games. And that Kirby puzzle game is not on SuperStar, it is a full version of the GB Star Stacker. Another one I fogot to list was Groovin' Blocks (WiiWare). Trust me, my list is years in the making too. You would freak for some of these. Have fun!
@msvt I've been intrigued by videos/screenshots of Star Stacker. Always wanted to try it. By the way I forgot to say, that's really cool you found such a deal on puzzles & Dragons. My sister and I bought ours on launch day on a BOGO deal at Best Buy so we paid around $22 each. Let me know (if that's possible?) how you like it after giving it a few hours to learn all the facets of its unique strategy! It takes all match 3 strategies and throws them out the window, apart from the basic/literal fact you are matching like items. If you've played Pokemon Shuffle, you can use that strategy in part, because of the fact the elements make all the difference in beating a large number of characters (i.e. Water kills fire, etc). But it's the movement of the gems and strategically placing them to trigger chain reactions that makes all the difference!
I'm an excessive thinker type when it comes to gaming, I used to write computer programs in the 80s and it made me always want to figure every game out, and so over the years I've always found that "way" to outsmart the AI on any game I've ever played. And, like you, once I do that, I kind of lose interest. But with a few, like puzzles & Dragons, it changes the whole paradigm every time I think I have a foothold on conquering it, so that keeps me coming back again and again. How many puzzle games exist with that kind of challenge? It's awesome... They need to make more like this! They kind of nailed it with Pokemon shuffle but whenever I got the momentum going it would be interrupted by running out of plays. I refuse to pay for that - I would have rather just bought the game for $30 - so I quit playing it. That's when puzzles & Dragons came out, so it basically scratched that itch for me, haha!
Sorry for my long winded replies! Have fun gaming! 😀
Awesome, thanks for the replies. I will follow up once I get my head around P&D for a bit, should arrive within a week. Try to track down some games I listed, I think your brain will L O V E them -I am very selective about it all too.
@msvt thanks so much, will do! Looking forward to hearing back from you about P & D also!
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