The Top 7... Little heroes in big worlds

This may or may not be the first case of a main character in a game shrinking, but it’s certainly the most memorable for its day. Mario 3, already wowing millions of gamers with new powers, a massive new world and level design that will be emulated for the rest of time, kicked our eight-year-old asses with an entire set of levels based on a tiny Mario bursting baddies regardless of size.

No special environmental changes, just a total sense of bewilderment at the idea of larger-than-life enemies:

Goombas, Piranha Plants and Koopas grow up!

Teensy blocks and obstacles double in size!

Koopa Kid boss has normal head with hideously shrunken body!

A magical door directly compares the awesomely oversized...

...with the underwhelmingly regular!

Most embarrassing tiny thing that kills you:

Regular or super-sized, Goombas should never be able to stop Mario. But every single one of us has made that one dumbass jump that stops short and ends up killing you. Then you silently hope no one was watching when it happened.

We could have mentioned any number of other little heroes in big worlds, like Cool Spot, Micro Machines or Harley’s Humongous Adventure, but we figured Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins deserved a nod for Macro Zone.

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Top 7


  • Gkicker2 - October 26, 2010 5:56 p.m.

    Macro Zone!! Now that takes it back. Number One was the only game I played, but the Macro Zone.. I had forgotten all about it!
  • FierceDeity - October 26, 2008 2 a.m.

    pikmin? no?
  • noofer7 - October 24, 2008 2:34 p.m.

    OK, I decided. I'm getting Okami.
  • iluvmyDS - October 22, 2008 4:08 a.m.

    This is a pretty damn good article, especially because I played most of these games.
  • hunter.s.b - October 22, 2008 3:47 a.m.

    me like pie!
  • noobeater - October 21, 2008 6:05 p.m.

    buck bumble was awesome whoever said it above...i loved the killer pillers or watever they were called. great trying to think of other examples....quite hard well done for finding those they arequite different to what i normally play
  • ELpork - October 21, 2008 10 a.m.

    Almost forgot about the Pray level.
  • Tasty_Pasta - October 21, 2008 5:03 a.m.

    WTFHAX, no Army Men 2?!?!? That was classic, c'mon.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - October 21, 2008 4:13 a.m.

    Pikmin! Dammit I knew I'd miss something crucial. Oh well, that's why we have comments. Also felt bad for not calling out Micro Machines more. Great party games.
  • garnsr - October 21, 2008 3:54 a.m.

    The Mario shots don't give me the feeling I had decades ago when I played the huge goombas. And why the hell are Okami and Psychonauts so ignored? What a world! What a world!
  • JoeMasturbaby - October 21, 2008 12:40 a.m.

    why are my pants wet?... gaddamn! (i have an Okami fetish)
  • FromTheDeskOfAndrewRyan - October 21, 2008 12:20 a.m.

    Nice haha these games destroy my perception... do not mix with alchohol
  • M-for-Mustache - October 20, 2008 11:06 p.m.

    Cool top 7. This can't be a crowded competition so I'm sure you had dig up some of those. Very original thinking Brett!
  • lava_lamp - October 20, 2008 9:36 p.m.

    oh by the way i love pyshoconauts, that napoleon level is my second favorite one, its funny
  • TobiUchiha - October 20, 2008 8:34 p.m.

    As I read the first one I was thinking about Kingdom Hearts but I though you wouldn't include it because it was only one leve and was preparing to complain in the comments section then BAM my favourite RPG pops up.
  • T0M95 - October 20, 2008 8:24 p.m.

    aaaaaaaaaaaw crappy slow computer. i thought i'd be first, but i was 4 minutes late. damn you! (now i REALLY hate myself.)
  • The_Lurcher - October 20, 2008 8:17 p.m.

    FIR- no im not gonna stoop to that. very good gamesradar id totaly forgot about the okami one!
  • Defguru7777 - October 23, 2008 1:45 a.m.

    Good article. I loved the Minish Cap.
  • relrel310 - October 22, 2008 4:12 a.m.

    i was looking for chibi robo... : (
  • Ravenbom - October 22, 2008 1:13 a.m.

    Great list, as always. Yeah, I was going to say Micro Machines for the 64, but you already beat me to that one in the comments Brett! With another comment mentioning Pikmin, all I can think of now is the levels in Soulblazer where you go into Dr. Leo's model cities in his laboratory.

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