Vidjagame Apocalypse 229 – Mario Karty

Between this week’s release of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Kart, this was a very Mario week – so to celebrate the latter, let’s rank our five favorite Mario Karts, with help from returning guest Matthew Jay. Then it’s on to Rabbids, Yakuza Kiwami, the end of Miiverse, the games you’d like to see add a story mode, and more!

Question of the Week
What genre would you like to see Mario invade that he hasn’t already?

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Kingdom Hearts III
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole
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Final Fantasy VII Remake
Spider-Man
Super Mario Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Origins
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Destiny 2
Call of Duty: WWII
Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
God of War
The Evil Within II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Metro: Exodus
Monster Hunter World
Metroid: Samus Returns
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

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13 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 229 – Mario Karty

  1. In the RSS feed, there isn’t an mp3

    QotW: Mario should do stealth. Imagine it, the Mushroom Kingdom as a regime ran by Bowser. You, Luigi are the only hope and must sneak about to find Peach, rescue toads, and overthrow Bowser. Sneak pass goombas like Snake, hide behind walls and pipes, get close with QTE head stomps and/or punches. Give it a grim dark story.

  2. QOTW: I’m surprised it hasn’t happened yet, but it would be pretty cool if Nintendo made a pair of games where Mario and Zelda switch formats. Maybe it would have a storyline cross-over, but who cares? They would copy the classic style for each series, so Link gets to be in a 2D platformer jumping around, collecting power-ups, shooting arrows, and stomping moblins. Meanwhile, Mario gets a top-down adventure where he gets to accumulate items and upgrades as he progresses. They could still take a lot from the traditional Mario series, so instead of stockpiling arrows Mario collects fire flowers to shoot at the bad guys and mallets to smash goombas. He should probably get a sword too, just for the hell of it (and I don’t think Mario has ever swung a sword in a game, but I could be wrong).

  3. I’d love to see Wario Bowling. Wario is the perfect blue collar schlub to run a bowling league. You could even bring in the neglected Wario Ware characters like Jimmy T or 9-Volt. Either that, or Bowser Tower Defense, where you send Koopas and Goombas to prevent Mario from reaching the castle. It could even be multiplayer, where one player plays Mario and the other is Bowser.

  4. QOTW: The genre I would like to see Mario invade would be the “Rock Band / Guitar Hero” music genre. Not music maker app as it was in Mario Paint on SNES, but with Mushroom Kingdom aesthetic plastic musical instruments to purchase in a bundle to the tune of the iconic Mario Bros. Series music and with The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong music packs as DLC a week after release. Love the show

  5. I was in high school when Double Dash came out, so playing with my friends definitely makes this the apex of the series for me. Playing that odd co-op mode or four player vs with the giant trinitron was a huge delight of many an afternoon when AP homework wasn’t that much of a burden. I don’t own a Wii U or Switch, so I have no experience with 8. I was a latecomer with the handheld versions, and I did enjoy DS, and never found the time for 7.

    Now where would I want Mario to invade… He’s already doing open world, done basketball, puzzles, baseball, golf, hockey, tennis, brawling, and exploration, AND dancing. I guess… Visual Novel? Nintendo’s only franchise that dabbles in the genre is the Famicom Detective series, and if it weren’t for the Smash Bros. series gamers would’ve forgotten about it forever. Now what would the plot be? How about having it star Princess Peach in a political drama as the Mushroom Kingdom finally has Parliament but Bowser and his monied interests threatens the peace and stability, especially when he wins the primaries. It could be a combination of a variety of PC games that don’t require many reflexes and could very well end up being the only Mario game I ever finish.

  6. QOTW: This is bigger than Mario himself, but how about a MOBA populated by all the characters from Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Splatoon, etc. and featuring maps inspired by classic Nintendo titles.

    I give you…NintenDOTA!

  7. QOTW: I would love to see Mario in a true, 2D side-scrolling Metroidvania. A Mariovania? Imagine traversing through a giant Bowser Castle, collecting different gloves to let you bash through different types of walls and blocks. Different shoes would let you sprint, walk on spikes, swim, jump high, etc. Big Berthas would hop out at you like Mermen in water areas, you would avoid Boos like Medusa Heads, and different kinds of Goombas and Koopas would be the ubiquitous Flea Men and Skeletons. Pipes are the way you warp around the castle, and you can even meet up with Toads along the way to sell you gear and power-ups. Bowser’s kids are the minibosses strewn throughout the castle, and when you beat them you would get different costumes that grant abilities to help you explore more of the castle. To top it all off, once you finally beat Bowser, you get to do it all again in the harder, upside-down castle where the enemies are the weird palette-swapped critters you unlocked from clearing Super Mario World.

  8. Golf Game Fact: The reason you like Mario Golf AND Hot Shots Golf so much is because Mario Golf for the N64 is essentially Hot Shots Golf 2. The original Everybody’s Golf/Hot Shots Golf was made by Camelot back before their final split with SEGA (yes, I know it’s a PlayStation game, but look it up). After their fallout over Beyond the Beyond, Camelot signed an exclusivity deal with Nintendo and started working on their sports games. Mario Golf is basically the Hot Shots sequel they would have made, but that series was handed over to Clap Hans on the PlayStation. I personally think that Clap Hans has done a better job of evolving the series than Camelot, but then again, I don’t have any affection for Nintendo’s characters.

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