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So that’s Australia out of the World Cup then. Tch, eh? To keep the celebrations (and heated debates) going, I've assembled my personal dream team of favourite football games. Shock horror: FIFA isn't #1!


Mario may be known for his background as a plumber, or his recent adventure as a body-snatching fashionista, but over the years he's also become one of gaming's most popular athletes. With Mario's newest tennis iteration launching later this year for the Nintendo Switch, it's the perfect time to look back on the many games that preceded it.

Like other classic Nintendo franchises, Mario sports has become a staple of each console and handheld library. While it seems like Mario's athletic glory days are behind him, through the good, the bad, and the painfully mediocre there have always been moments and modes that have stuck with players.

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One night at my church youth group, I thought I played the best game of Mario Kart in my life. Somehow the controller perfectly interpreted my moves better than it usually did - I wasn't crashing or going the wrong way at all! At the end, I realised I had actually been watching my opponent's screen, and I'd never caught on that I wasn't actually controlling it. Meanwhile my character had just been careening randomly into the side of the racetrack.


Mario Tennis Aces is the sequel to the spiritual successor to the follow-up to Pong. Somewhere along the way, video game tennis became significantly more complicated than two paddles and a square ball. Fortunately, this upcoming Switch game will teach you all its tricks, by way of the RPG-style single-player adventure mode.


Last September, modders created a way for up to 24 people to jump around together in Super Mario 64. The ROM hack was called SM64 Online and it garnered a lot of attention, including Nintendo's who promptly issued copyright strikes to have the ROM hack and videos demoing it taken down.

Eight months later the modders have revived it under a different name and are trying again.


Super Mario Odyssey came out last October and continues to delight players. Datamined secrets, awesome glitches, and a fancy balloon hunting mode have kept players exploring the game's vibrant world long after other games have come and gone.


I try to play Super Mario Bros. 2 every spring in the US. The game's bright colours, whimsical level design, and obsession with weeding make it feel right at home around the time of the the vernal equinox, and it's also one of the easiest to pick up and play. It isn't as challenging as the original Super Mario Bros. but not as long and involved as Super Mario Bros. 3. Dipping back in over the weekend, I remembered all over again why it's one of my favourites.