Let’s Remind Ourselves How Absurdly Good Mario Games Are

Let’s Remind Ourselves How Absurdly Good Mario Games Are
Image: Bowser's Fury

There’s a great comment flying around, one that says that Mario games accomplish more in a couple of hours than some AAA games do over 20 or 30. That’s a little unfair, but it does highlight an especially brilliant trait of Nintendo and Mario games: design that you can see.

A lot of games concentrate on their gameplay loop, or their underlying systems, open worlds or what have you. Mario games are highly visual: changing environments that all encapsulate a single theme or idea.

Super Mario 3D World, and Bowser’s Fury, are both brilliant about keeping everything fresh like this. And since the embargo is all lifted and the game’s out today, Leah and I will be venturing through 3D World and Bowser’s Fury (or parts of it, at least) together. Because Mario is always better with a friend, right?

The stream will run from 2:30pm-3:30pm AEDT today. You can can jump on board via our official Twitch channel. Follow that below or follow directly here.

You can join our Aussie Discord server as well. We’ve got a lovely little community going, and you can ping myself or Leah any questions, or hang out with the other TAYbies. Lot of chill, funny folk in there.


  • Mario games are like Zelda games for me, I just can’t get into or enjoy them at all. I’m Atari 2600 gen, and my younger brother was NES gen so I’m curious if that might have anything to do with it. By the time Mario was out, I was back on the Apple IIe playing a plethora of other games.

    • Which brings to mind the one exception to the Mario rule… Mario Bros on the Apple IIe, with all the simple stage crab bashing fun.

  • I think I’m in the boat on my own here in really enjoying them all, but thinking they’re all a bit overrated. Great, yes. Absurdly good? I think you could really only apply that to Mario 64 (but even that hasn’t dated well).

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