Nintendo's Mario is the best known icon in the videogame industry thanks to his massively popular appeal in games like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, and most recently, Super Mario Galaxy. All told, Mario has starred in literally dozens of games, including multiple multimillion-sellers. But not every title in the Mario oeuvre has been a smash. The everyman hero has headlined a few clunkers and bizarre off-shoots since his debut in 1981 as Jumpman.
IGN Retro is taking a peek at those games which are still canon, but not necessarily the brightest stars in the Mario universe. This feature series kicks off with Mario Clash, technically the very first 3D Mario game since it debuted on Nintendo's ill-fated Virtual Boy system.