Friday Night Fights - Mario vs. Meat Boy

In the words of Winner2: "I'm kind of surprised as to how few comments this fight [between Captain Price and Duke Nukem] stirred up as opposed to chief vs shepard. I know that fight needed some explanation and parameters to be set but still." Here's the requested explanation and parameters. Captain Price, Duke Nukem. Fight to the death. Go. The same explanation and parameters apply for all forthcoming fights, including...

When a villain is loose, when war is imminent, when the very known galaxy is facing certain destruction *breathless pause*... it's totally inappropriate timing to have a popularity contest. But right now we've got peace, and with our 100 Best Heroes of All-Time rankings out, it's time to tease out--scientifically!--just who is better than whom. We'll tally up the votes at the end of each week and let you know which hero reigns supreme.

Tale of the tape: Mario, a mustachioed plumber with an affinity for red, not-so-arguably launched the platformer genre. Meat Boy, a naked wad of meat that oozes blood, arguably perfected it. What we have here, folks, is a battle of the old-school versus the new.

Meat Boy (Super Meat Boy) - One of the top character traits that a hero needs is persistence. He can't give up no matter how many times a buzzsaw tears him apart in one hit. Meat Boy might be easy to kill, but even 10,000 deaths means nothing to him in his quest to save Bandage Girl. And despite the horrors he faces, he still keeps a positive outlook on life.

Mario (Mario series) - While most mascots are designed with wide appeal in mind, Mario is beloved in spite of being something as noncommercial as a squat, fat, mustachioed, middle-aged guy. When he first appeared in Donkey Kong, Mario couldn’t helped but be seen as one of the most human characters in gaming. He’s spent his career beating the odds in David and Goliath battles, continually besting monsters that overpower him through quick jumps and quick thinking.

And if you're looking for more Wii U coverage, check out GamesRadar's reviews for New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land.


  • Hobogonigal - November 17, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    Super Meat Boy perfected platforming? I think that was done a while ago, haha. I will vote for Mario, because lets face it, he just has too much experience behind him. Also, does Meat Boy have an attack move?
  • FOZ - November 17, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    The creators have clarified that Meat Boy is simply a boy made out of meat.
  • StrayGator - November 17, 2012 9:46 a.m.

  • D0CCON - November 16, 2012 11:14 p.m.

    It has to be Mario. Super Meat Boy may be a great, fun challenge, but Meat Boy himself doesn't have the legacy that gaming's legend has.
  • winner2 - November 16, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    Also, I feel like suggesting a fight: Asura vs Bayonetta
  • winner2 - November 16, 2012 5 p.m.

    I just think meat boy will win cause of his determination. Just look at his face, the little guy doesn't care what happens, it's all good.
  • Fuzunga - November 16, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    Heads up to everybody, Meat Boy is actually a boy with no skin.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 16, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    I have died a LOT trying to get every star/coin/flagpole/secret exit in all of the Mario games that have came up over the years... but 10,000 deaths? In one game? I doubt I've died half of that in all the games I've played combined...who in their right mind would waste that many lives(including their own) to complete a game? Heck I've played Meat Boy but not that seriously Lol There is a line that crosses from fun to mental illness... to a genuine problem... and 10,000 tries... one game... Holy S***...
  • J-Fid - November 16, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Kirby always supports his fellow Smash Bros. companions!
  • taokaka - November 16, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    mario eats meatboy, meatboy respawns, mario eats meatboy etc until mario dies of a heart attack and respawns. repeat until marios limited lives run out and super meat boy wins.
  • RonnyLive19881 - November 16, 2012 3:59 p.m.

    Uhh... Meat Boy is probably made from the meat of a boy... Guess if you told Mario it was a beef steak Lol
  • winner2 - November 16, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    Lol , logic'd
  • D0CCON - November 16, 2012 11:13 p.m.

    If it were a modern game, especially NSMB2 on 3DS, Mario would get so many one-ups that he essentially would have unlimited lives.

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