Mario on Hibernation?
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Editorial Posted: October 27, 2001

It is very, very strange. How could Nintendo do this to Mario, their most successful and most popular character/game series/icon/title/whatever you want to call it. It seems like it's been very long since Shigeru Miyamoto and his crew have come out with a Mario game, that they made.

Make no mistake, it's not that there are no Mario games, there are no "real" ones really. No new Mario adventures. Unless you count Paper Mario (which was made by Intelligent Systems), but it's very debatable, it's not really following what Miyamoto does.

It's even more shocking that Mario will not launch the Nintendo GameCube. That job will be left to his brother Luigi, in Luigi's Mansion. Though, there are a handful of other games, it's still sad to see no game starring Mario on a new system launch. But at least this time, there is more than 2 games to launch the GameCube. Enough games to make people happy. I still remember back in 1996, there were 2 games for the N64, Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64.

This doesn't mean that Mario won't make it on the GameCube, he will be in a game with his own starring role in 2002, tentatively called "Mario Sunshine", it would be nice if this is "the game" that we've been waiting ages for, the true successor to Super Mario 64. There were few games, but Super Mario 64 made its way into history. The GCN on the other hand has many more launch games to choose from...

This has been talked about for a lot too, there have been no new adventures for Mario on the Game Boy either in ages. Since Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, there has been no Mario platformer. Though, despite the success of the Game Boy, Mr. Miyamoto hasn't really done much for Mario on it. There have been some ports of SMB and SMB2, but those don't really count as a "new game", do they?

It's not that Mario's not being seen in games now, it's that he's no longer having as much significance. There are still many games with Mario, mostly spin-off titles, such as Mario Golf, and Mario Tennis, and the 3 Mario Party games.

Mario fans all over the world are waiting for Mario's next grand adventure. Nintendo needs to bring Mario back to full form in order to have success with the GameCube and Game Boy Advance. Imagine a Mario game that could be synchronized with the console or portable, or something similar...it would be really amazing.

Perhaps all this long wait is for something good, something amazing, or nothing at all. Hopefully this will not be the case, or maybe it is. No one really knows what's going on at Nintendo's offices.

The message to Nintendo is: Bring Mario Back!

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)