10 Mario Games You've Probably Never Heard Of
More than that, the game integrated staples of earlier Mario games. The crab enemies from Mario Bros. appear regularly, and Mario can wield the hammer from Donkey Kong as a weapon. It's also the first game in the franchise to offer a flying power-up.
Mario Teaches Typing: Speaking as a professional writer who types all day, the years that teachers spent hammering the idea that if I didn't learn to type fast I would eventually be left to rot in the desert of abandoned American capitalism into my head were completely worthless. I type about 40 WPM using three fingers, four if I'm feeling daring, and that's fine because I can only think about 45 WPM tops.
But hey, kudos to those that play the QWERTY like a piano. Maybe if my parents had forked out for a copy of Mario Teaches Typing I would be among you today. I especially like the 1997 sequel, where Mario uses a snorkel (Completely submerged, mind you) to investigate a sunken ship and steal typewriter pieces from an octopus.
Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race: Super Mario Kart wasn't the first Mario racing outing. This game was another exclusively Japanese title, and as promised it does have Mario in it. In fact, as you can see from the picture above, all it has in it is Mario. All the drivers are Mario, all the crew is Mario, and though you can't get a close look all the fans are probably Mario too. At least in the sequel they threw Luigi in.
Mario's Cement Factory: Quick question, what was the first video game success story for Nintendo? The answer was the Game & Watch series, a group of handheld electronic games that also served as alarm clocks. Each one came with its own single title, like Mario's Cement Factory in 1983. The systems were so popular they paved the way for all those Tiger games that we all so remember so fondly and were still being made up until 1991.
Cement Factory is honestly kind of gruesome for a Mario adventure. His job is to make sure that two pipes don't overflow in the titular factory, because if they do they spill out and kill one of his workers. More and more I'm starting to understand why he finds fire-breathing dragons a respite from his previous day jobs.
Still more of the strangest Mario games on the last page.