Mario is one of the most noticeable icons in gaming and while his name is usually attributed to successful games, thing haven’t always looked well for Mario. The following are the five worst Mario games that you likely never heard of.
Mario Teaches Typing
In the name of exploiting the crap out of the Mario franchise to earn a quick buck, Nintendo licensed Mario Teaches Typing; a typing tutor that did the Mario franchise and typing tutors a huge disservice. Mario Teaches Typing has been ridiculed for its horrible soundtrack, sucky gameplay, and for its laughable exploitation of Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool. The worse thing about Mario Teaches Typing is that Nintendo actually created a sequel, Mario Teaches Typing 2, 6 years later in 1997.
Do you remember the CD-i? Who does? Well, there was once a gaming system manufactured by Phillips, Magnovox, and Sony called the Compact Disc Interactive and it gave birth to one of the worst Mario games ever; Hotel Mario. In Hotel Mario, you play a puzzled Mario that has to go through seven Koopa hotels in search of Princess Toadstool. Hotel Mario has been cursed due to its horrible animation, cut-scenes, and kooky controls.
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
Once upon a time ago Dance Dance Revolution was all the craze in the gaming world – and would later give birth to the music video game genre – and instead of being a trend-setter Nintendo decided that it’d be good idea for Mario to ride the coattails of the DDR craze. Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix featured a two-left footed Mario dancing to old-time Mario theme music and totally ripping off the playing style of other DDR games.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Take Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy, and Mario; mix them all together and what do you get? A kickass game, right? Wrong. You’ll get Super Mario RPG; a game developed by Square and Nintendo – in their prime – and still managed to suck majorly. Instead of playing Super Mario RPG, you’d be better off playing a Mario, Chrono Trigger, or Final Fantasy game by itself instead of playing this merge.
Mario’s Tennis (Virtual Boy)
Don’t be mistaken, I’m not talking about Mario Tennis for the Nintendo Wii – which is kickass – I’m talking about Mario’s Tennis for the Virtual Boy – a videogame that will make both your eyes and butt bleed at the same time. The Virtual Boy was the first gaming console to go 3D or what I like to call 3 times 2D and while Mario’s Tennis might have seemed appealing, it was more boring than staring at a wall and has the worst graphics of any Mario game ever released.
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