Mario the gaming icon is perhaps most synonymous with his 2D platforming adventures dating back to the 1985 hit: Super Mario Bros. for the NES. It was a pioneer of sorts and has quite rightly been cited as the most important game ever made. Naturally, a succession of sequels have been released spanning decades.
Unfortunately the past few entries in the series have stagnated and coagulated into a giant blur of similarity. In its current state, the kinds of originality and tonal differences that made the earlier games in the series so memorable, even to this day are sorely lacking.
With that in mind, here are Five Things that I think should be in the next Super Mario Bros. Game! Before we jump in, make sure you check out the previous 5 things article for Donkey Kong Country if you missed it!
5. A New Art Style
While I’d like to preface this part and say that there’s nothing wrong with the current art style, it’s time to change it up a bit. Part of what helped separate the early Super Mario Bros. titles were its distinct art styles and settings. You can see a screenshot of Super Mario Bros 3. and immediately identify that it’s from Super Mario Bros 3. The same can’t particularly be said for the latest cluster of SMB titles.
4. A New Villain
Bowser will ALWAYS be Mario’s greatest rival, but that doesn’t mean that he should be the main antagonist of every single title. Mario has gone toe-to-toe with different villains in the spin off games, such as Count Bleck, or Wart, but rarely does a main-series Mario game introduce a brand new character as a villain. At least one that’s not Bowser’s son.
It would be another great way to set it apart from the last few entries.
Couch Co-Op is a staple of Mario games, and that should never change. But we’re also living in the year 2016, and online gameplay needs to be implemented in all games that can accommodate it. This goes double for Nintendo as they push a new system out of the gate.
Very often will a player only have his or her self, or a single other person to play a multiplayer game with locally. It means they can’t really grasp the full experience. It’s restrictive. More options are better for everyone.
2. Old favorite costume… The Frog Suit!
Each new Super Mario Bros. game does a pretty good job of introducing a handful of interesting new costumes, and many of the puzzles you’ll find within the levels revolve around using these costumes.
However, the Tanooki suit revival has proven to be very successful in its own right. Tanooki Mario even popped up in Mario Kart 8 as Downloadable Content. What’s the natural followup move to that? Bring back that cute Frog suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. Frog Luigi for Mario Kart 9 DLC!
1. Wario & Waluigi.
With the recent home console Super Mario Bros. games supporting up to FOUR player simultaneous gameplay, Nintendo decided to bring back the ever-popular Luigi and round out the selectable roster with…. Generic blue and yellow Toads.
Let me paint you a picture of the opening cinematic:
Wario and Waluigi are casually walking along a road when our new villain speeds past them with Peach in-arm, who screams ‘help’ as they pass. She has been kidnapped again! Trailing behind are Mario and Luigi. As they dash out of view, the dastardly evil plumbers look at each other and laugh, when to their surprise a henchman speeds past them with their collected treasure in-arm. It has been stolen! They panic and join Mario and Luigi on their quest to defeat this villain!
What do you think? What Five Things would you like to see in the next Super Mario Bros. game? Which series would you like us to cover next? Let us know in the comments!