Mario has appeared in over 200 video games and is the most recognizable video game hero in the history of gaming – besides Pac-Man, but with all of his success, Mario still found time to pop his head in on these four WTF video game cameos.
SSX on Tour
Mario has been known to be a jack of all trades and has served under many professions including plumber, racer, golfer, doctor, and more, but ice skater? Both Mario and Luigi made a cameo appearance in the ice skating game SSX on Tour which was featured on the Nintendo GameCube. With Mario’s obsession with other sports and keep Princess Peach out of Bowser’s prowess, how did he ever find the time to bust crazy ice skating moves like he did in SSX on Tour?
NBA Street V3
If you ain’t learn nothin’ from playing the millions of Mario Party games where Mario gets the opportunity to handle a basketball; Mario’s got hoop skills. While you might have known the Mario has “game” you might not have known that he was “street” until you saw his unexpected cameo in NBA Street V3 for the Nintendo GameCube. Not only Mario, but Princess Peach, and Luigi have mad street cred and can be seen dunkin’ on fools and getting up in they shizz in NBA Street V3.
Tetris made its way to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989 and when you step onto Mario’s gaming platform; you gotta see Mario, yo. If you managed to beat the extremely difficult challenge that was Tetris for the NES, you were rewarded by seeing a dancing Mario, Luigi, Samus, Link, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Kid Icarus, and Princess Peach. Now, that’s just about as random as it gets.
The original Punch-Out! for the NES was a pop-culture gaming classic and introduced gaming characters including Don Flamingo, King Hippo, and Little Mac, but it was also one of the first games where Mario played a background role of being a referee. I’m not sure why they got the idea to make a gaming icon like Mario into a ref, but it worked out and seeing Mario say “KO” or “TKO” was all you could ever hope for in the original Punch-Out!
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