Monday, August 11, 2014
Personal List: 5 Mario Power-Up That Didn't Quite Catch On
Anyway, you know what I love? Some good ol' platformers. My biggest soft spot is probably for the Mario franchise, with its often fascinating gameplay, universes, and of course, the power-ups. Nothing is quite as satisfying as that classic sound of when Mario gulps down a Super Mushroom and your NES goes "Frrump-rump-rump" or whatever the sound was (it's hard to describe in words, but dear God was it satusfying). However, I am not here today to talk about the classics; I'm here to talk about that ones that, regardless of if they have a plce in our hearts, didn't quite catch on for the future installments. These are my top 5 favorite power-ups that didn't catch on.
5. The Frog Suit - Super Mario Bros. 3
4. Bunny Ears - Super Mario Land 2
3. P-Balloon - Super Mario World
Perhaps the rarest power-up in Super Mario World, grabbing it causes Mario (or Luigi) to swell up like a hot air balloon. Other than arousing paraphiliacs, Mario floats in the air for a temporary time before plummeting back to the ground to uncertain doom.
It is most notorious for its appearance in the mind-numbing, infuriating level "Tubular" in which you float past Chargin' Chucks and death traps.
It sucks. Thankfully, we haven't seen it since.
2. Blue Shell - New Super Mario Bros.
1. The Hammer Suit - Super Mario Bros. 3