Like I said last week, the Mario series is gigantic. With over 20 platformers, over 10 Mario Party games, 9 RPGs with another one on the way (Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam), quite a number of edutainment games, ports, re-releases, spin-off sport series (such as Kart, Golf, Sluggers, Tennis, Hoops)… and don’t get me started on all the supplementary material, like the Super Mario Bros. Super Show and its sequels, the large number of comics, and the movie! And since the 30th anniversary of the franchise was last Sunday, I decided to dedicate a second week to the Mario series.
A gigantic franchise like this means a lot of characters, a lot of enemies and bosses, and thus a lot of items… that is, a lot of power-ups. The Super Mushroom and the Fire Flower are incredibly popular. But there’s always going to be power-ups that are overlooked. Or some that become forgotten over time. Some are recent, others are old. They're all supposed to be useful, though some of them may be more difficult to master. Today, I’m counting down what I consider the 12 best power-ups in the Mario series!
Keep in mind that this is MY list. MY opinion. You’re free to disagree with it all you want. And if you were to choose different power-ups for such a list, I’m all ears; just don’t be all superior about it. Okay, we’re counting down!
12. Flight (Multiple items)
|Always getting a little closer to Asterix.|
11. The Goomba Shoe (Super Mario Bros. 3)
|It's a one-size-fits-all.|
10. Double Cherry (Super Mario 3D World)
|I'm seeing double... am I drunk again?|
9. Rock Mushroom (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
|It looks... kinda uncomfortable.|
The Rock Mushroom, from Super Mario Galaxy 2, sounds like a pretty fun idea; Mario basically steals something Bowser did in the previous game, coats himself in stones and rolls around, crushing enemies and crystals. He’s even more resistant to damage! Of course, you probably need to steer it with great precision, so there might be control issues. But it still sounds like a pretty clever idea. Next I wish we get a Bowser Mushroom that causes Mario to gain a Bowser form!
8. Super Bell (Super Mario 3D World)
|Look out. They're not declawed.|
7. Tanooki Suit (Super Mario Bros. 3)
|He's ready for the next convention!|
And sure, a variant of the Super Bell, the Lucky Bell, gives Cat Mario that ability as well… but hey, you gotta love the classics.
6. Fire Flower (Super Mario Bros.)
Yet another classic, one that has been there throughout all of Mario’s history! Well, except in Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Mario Bros. and Wrecking Crew… you get what I mean. Mario’s overalls turn a bright red, his shirt and cap become white, and now he can shoot fireballs! This makes him much more dangerous than before, as the fireballs can defeat most enemies that couldn’t be stomped in the first place, like Piranha Plants and Spinies. And, thankfully, this method of attacking doesn’t leave burning carcasses behind. It has more upsides than that, too; instead of leaving shells behind, Koopas will be completely defeated with a fireball. But it does have a downside; it’s useless against the enemies with tougher shells, such as Buzzy Beetles. But hey, you can still stomp them. The Fire Flower is a staple of the Mario series, and fan reception to it won’t get colder anytime soon.
5. The Metal Cap
|Can someone guess which SM64 stage he's in?|
4. Mega Mushroom (New Super Mario Bros.)
|Just look at the expression on Mario's face.|
Clearly he loves this power-up too.
3. Super Star (Super Mario Bros.)
|The first one who makes a Rainbow Dash joke...|
...will get some sarcastic applause.
I'm not exactly a violent guy, am I?
2. Penguin Suit (New Super Mario Bros. Wii)
|I believe I can slide...|
1. Hammer Suit (Super Mario Bros. 3)
|If being able to pull out and toss an endless stream|
of hammers isn't awesome, then I don't know what is.
And this concludes my list! Do you agree with all of my choices? Probably not. What items do you disagree on? Feel free to talk about it in the comments!
Next week… the beginning of a new themed month. Take a guess.
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