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Has Mario Overstayed His Welcome?

What else can Nintendo do with the Mario series that they haven't done already? Are the games really becoming repetitive and maybe even boring?

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Phil322779d ago (Edited 2779d ago )

I don't think so. Fans and critics loved the blend of 2D and 3D gameplay of Super Mario 3D Land, they adored the gravity gameplay of Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, they enjoyed the multiplayer mayhem of New Super Mario Bros. Wii (some even compare it to the greatness of World and Bros. 3, which I'd agree), etc. And how is any of that "lacking originality"? You might not have liked them, but that doesn't mean they had zero originality.

One game that plays it safe gets released (NSMB2, even though its level design is excellent), and suddenly we have articles like this. It's weird how it just takes one game for that to happen after so many wonderful ones, and how everyone piles on easy targets.

Thankfully, the opinion that past DS, 3DS, and Wii Mario games being "lackluster, repetitive" and lacking originality is a minority opinion. You are entitled to it. Most disagree, however.

timothylittle2779d ago (Edited 2779d ago )

Actually I felt the same thing was happening to the "original" New Super Mario Brothers for the DS and Wii. I think it's been going on ever since the DS games. But I appreciate your honest feedback.

*sigh* that's not the point. The point is that I'm surprised at how fast they're making a NEW game right after they came out with Super Mario Land 3D for the 3DS. The question was rhetorical.

Phil322779d ago (Edited 2779d ago )

No problem. But I just read it again, and this caught me off guard:

"now they are already making New Super Mario Brothers 2 also for the 3DS and Wii U?"

Uh, I don't see how a self-proclaimed "huge Mario fan" and "Nintendo diehard" doesn't know that NSMB2 is for 3DS and New Super Mario Bros. U is the Wii U game. Two completely different games. I'm not a "Nintendo diehard" and even I know that. :/

ShinMaster2779d ago (Edited 2779d ago )

Nintendo is running out of ideas and lack the innovation in design they once had.
They're just adding a power up, increasing the number of coins and making one Goomba bigger than the other. Even the music is exactly the same.

I honestly couldn't tell you which NewSMB levels or music belong to which NewSMB game.
BUT I could tell you exactly which levels and music belong to which older Mario games and to which worlds.
Why? Look at classics like SMB1, 3, World, World 2. Each unique.
Now look at NewSMB1, Wii, 2, Wii U. No personality.

Freakazoid20122779d ago

@shinmater, Using that logic all Halos are the same, All Uncharted games are the same, All LBP games are the same. Do you also think they should go away? Probably not.

ShinMaster2778d ago (Edited 2778d ago )

What kind of logic are you using!? Level design, story and music in Uncharted, Halo and LBP are different from game to game.
You made absolutely no sense.

Again, look at classics like SMB1, SMB3, World, World 2.
Level design, art direction, music, etc. All unique.

Now look at NewSMB1, 2, Wii, Wii U.
All the same.

I never said it needed to go away. Nintendo just needs to start trying again.

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mike1up2779d ago

He's always welcome at my house.

timothylittle2779d ago

As a diehard fan, I agree!

timothylittle2779d ago (Edited 2779d ago )

Folks, I'm not trying to offend anyone with this piece. You're free to disagree with me. Just don't call me a hater or say that I'm not a "true fan" or anything like that.

PopRocks3592779d ago

I can't speak for anyone but myself. And I politely disagree. Mario is the face of gaming like how Mickey Mouse is the face of traditional animation. I see no reason why Mario should go away unless people (and I mean a LOT of people) truly don't want Mario games anymore.

JKelloggs2779d ago

Everyone has an opinion, but on the internet, you can't

Freakazoid20122779d ago

Yes everyone has opinions but not all of them are valid ones

If I said it was my opinion that the Sun was purple and the sky was Orange is that valid? No because the FACT is the Sun is not purple and the sky is not Orange.

People seem to be hating on Mario for reasons that also apply to many other franchises.

4 games since 2005 and all are the same.
Well 5 Uncharted games since 2007 and they all play and look the same.

If you think one should go away but the other should pump out 10 more games then your opinion isnt really valid.

take any known sports franchise in gaming and they all have yearly releases, yet if you cant wait for the next Madden and still think 4 mario games in 8 years is too much then your opinion isnt really valid.

If your opinion changes based on a company name then your opinion isnt really valid IMO.

tehpees32779d ago

As long as people are buying the games then clearly they don't think he is boring. If you think he is then thats fine but too many people love his games and its very selfish of you to deny them the games just because your sick of them.

Moncole2779d ago

If you dont like it dont buy it.

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