Mario. You know him, you love him, and you’ve played all his games. Or have you? For a video game hero as iconic as Mario, there are bound to be a cavalcade of spin-offs, tie-ins, and generally obscure games that have his likeness slapped on them. Most gamers are familiar with Mario’s not-so-great moments - edutainment games like Mario is Missing or the abysmal Hotel Mario are legendary for their bait-and-switch tactics. Oh, you thought you were buying an awesome platformer? Psych! This game sucks (at least, for those who already know their ABCs).
But then there are the Mario games that practically nobody’s heard of. Maybe they were released solely in Japan, had near-nonexistent marketing, or simply pre-dated Mario’s mainstream popularity. Whether or not these titles deserve to languish in obscurity, we present them for your enjoyment. Feel free to spread the gospel of these unsung Mario games – just don’t expect people to have any idea what you’re talking about.