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Wrecking Crew series
VS. Wrecking Crew / Wrecking Crew
In VS. Wrecking Crew, an arcade game for the VS. System, Mario and Luigi are workers on a demolition site. Mario must break all the walls before enemies can stop him. In this game, Mario wears a helmet, shoes, and dark red overalls. Unlike the NES version, this game has a simultaneous two-player mode, where Mario and Luigi can compete or cooperate. In single player mode, Luigi is an opponent that attacks Mario, but Mario can hit him with his hammer and cause him to fall. They use hammers similar to those previously seen in Donkey Kong against Gotchawrenches or each other. If Mario stays too long, a fireball appears to hinder his progress.
In the NES game Wrecking Crew, Mario faces off against Foreman Spike instead of Luigi. Mario can now defeat enemies by trapping them in drums. Mario call also wield the Golden Hammer which can smash any wall with a single swing.
Unlike their Japan-only sequel, Wrecking Crew '98, these games have no specific plot.
Wrecking Crew '98
In Wrecking Crew '98, Mario finds the Mushroom Kingdom covered with Bowser's new high-rises. Foreman Spike also makes a reappearance, along with several other enemies from Wrecking Crew, this time helping Bowser. These buildings negatively impact the Mushroom Kingdom's environment, so Mario must demolish these structures.
Unlike in the earlier games, Mario can hinder his opponent's progress by raining panels on them. To clear the stage, Mario must demolish blocks or arrange three consecutive panels vertically or horizontally. If four or more panels are aligned, Mario can rain panels onto his opponent. If he clears the field, he receives a Mushroom, boosting his offensive combos toward his enemy.
Mario is featured in the first game of the Yoshi franchise, entitled simply Yoshi (or Mario & Yoshi). The gameplay is similar to that of Tetris: Mario holds several enemies and must align them vertically to eliminate them and score points. Mario can also match egg halves vertically (even with enemies in between) to create a Yoshi's Egg that hatches a Baby Yoshi, giving Mario 50 points. The Yoshi that Mario can hatch is dependent on the enemies between the egg halves.
Mario is portrayed as a baker in another puzzle game of the Yoshi franchise, Yoshi's Cookie, along with its remake in Nintendo Puzzle Collection. The title screen of the NES and Game Boy versions shows a small narrative: Mario fails to open a cookie jar, but when he gets an idea and leaves, Yoshi enters and eats the jar. Mario then chases Yoshi with a hammer. When Mario returns with the cookie jar, however, the jar is empty. In the game, Mario must clear rows and columns of cookies by matching them. There are six types of cookies he must match. Mario can also face against Princess Peach, Yoshi, or Bowser in the VS mode of the game, where he must maintain a higher lit fuse than his opponent by clearing rows of cookies. Matching five Yoshi Cookies gives a special move that can disrupt the opponent's playing field.
In Yoshi's Safari, Mario and Yoshi are sent by Princess Peach to rescue Jewelry Land from Bowser's occupation. In this game, Mario uses a gun called the Super Scope (controlled by the player with said accessory for the Super Nintendo) to shoot enemies while riding on Yoshi's back. Mario fights the Koopalings and Bowser to free King Fret and Prince Pine of Jewelry Land.
Yoshi's Island series
- Main article: Baby Mario
The Yoshi's Island series takes place while Mario and Luigi are babies, who are referred to as Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, respectively. In entries of those series, the stork delivers Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to their parents but is intercepted by Kamek. He succeeds in capturing only Baby Luigi and the stork, while Baby Mario is rescued by Yoshi. The goal of the series is for Yoshi to rescue Baby Luigi so the stork can safely reunite the two brothers to their parents.
Adult Mario appears as a high score icon in Yoshi Touch & Go.
In Yoshi's New Island, adult Mario is disguised as a live Warp Pipe named Mr. Pipe, and he helps them by giving them needed items. He reveals himself in the end credits, where he eventually vanishes, presumably going back to his own time period.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island depicts Mario's beginnings by delivery of a stork at nearly the same time as Luigi, suggesting a twin birth. Mario, however, receives help from Yoshis shortly after Luigi has been kidnapped by Kamek, pointing them to Luigi's location. While Mario can still use a power-up, Superstar Mario, the Yoshis must otherwise protect and guide him to Bowser's Castle. Once Mario and Luigi are rescued, the stork delivers them to their parents. Yoshi's New Island, however, states they are the wrong parents. After Luigi is kidnapped a few more times, Mario and Luigi reunite with their true parents in Yoshi's New Island and Yoshi's Island DS.
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island is usually considered as one of the first media chronologically in Mario's history, but a few other sources, usually older than Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, depict different beginnings. In Super Mario Momotarō, for instance, two elderly Hammer Brothers have found and raised Mario, who emerged out of a peach that has fallen from the sky. Mario here resembles his older self, although smaller and without a cap. The story in Super Mario Momotarō, however, is a retelling of a popular Japanese fairy tale and may have no actual bearing on Mario's history. The Nintendo Comics System comic entitled "Family Album "The Early Years"" is another early medium that depicts Mario's childhood. According to it, Mario has taken an early interest in plumbing, although frequently misbehaving, such as making his father's pipe emit bubbles instead of smoke. Mario is also adept at sports, scoring home runs in his neighborhood softball team. Mario at birth is shown to have full hair on the head and facial stubble that quickly became a mustache. The comic also implies that Luigi was born several years after Mario, whereas he is depicted as Mario's younger twin in the video games.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Although Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3's title has Mario's name in it, Wario is the protagonist of this game. Mario is mentioned as one of Wario's motivations to go on a treasure hunt in the game's manual. Mario himself makes a small appearance at the end of the game, where he steals a Princess Peach statue from Wario.
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Mario has made only minor, albeit occasional, appearances in the WarioWare series, being small cameos in some microgames. In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Mario is the "judge" in the microgame Ultra Machine. He and Bowser are also parodied in Classic Clash I, Classic Clash II, and Classic Clash III. Mario also appears in the microgames Rock Paper Scissors, in which the player must beat him in a game of the same name; Grow Wario Grow, where Wario must grab the mushroom and not let it go to Mario; and Wario Bros. starting at Level 2, where Wario must grab the coin before Mario does. In WarioWare: Twisted!, Wario must greet him in the microgame Burying the Hatchet. In WarioWare: Touched!, he appears as a blackboard drawing in Jimmy T's microgame Chalk Full. Mario also appears in Wario-Man's microgame You Scratch Mine, alongside Wario and even Toad. In Where's Wario, he appears alongside Luigi. Mario also makes an appearance outside the microgames in Retro Action, as a small figure, with Luigi, on 9-Volt's DJ set, who reacts accordingly to winning or losing a microgame. Mario frequently appears in 9-Volt's classic microgames, like Super Mario Brothers and Super Mario Sunshine. In Game & Wario, one of the microgames in the Gamer minigame, Sole Man, involves Mario, in the third level of difficulty. Here, the player's character, dressed as a Goomba, must purposely be stomped by his foot, which is different from other difficulties where the player must avoid being stomped.
Game & Watch Gallery series
In the Modern games of Game & Watch Gallery remakes, Mario also takes some roles previously taken by other characters. Other times, he is a non-playable character. In Fire, for instance, he and Luigi rescue Toads, Yoshis, and Donkey Kong Jrs. from a fire. In another example, in Chef, Peach must cooperate with Mario and Luigi to feed Yoshi. Mario and Luigi throw the food, and Peach can catch it in her pan.
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Luigi's Mansion series
Mario plays his third role as a captive during the events of Luigi's Mansion. Mario visits a mansion that Luigi has mysteriously won. There, King Boo overpowers Mario with his many Boos and imprisons him within a portrait. King Boo is apparently mad at Mario for harassing his kind during his past adventures. Luigi comes later to discover why his brother did not come back. Luigi overcomes his cowardice and captures all Boos by using his Poltergust 3000. After defeating King Boo, Luigi takes Mario's portrait and reverts him to his original form by using Professor Elvin Gadd's Ghost Portrificationizer in reverse. Mario is left dizzy in the picture frame while Luigi laughs at him.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
While Mario reappears in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, he plays a relatively minor role in the game. Prior to the final boss battle, Mario is found trapped as a sketch in a painting again. Mario is not directly referenced or seen until in Haunted Towers, where Luigi sees the Boos holding an upside-down portrait of his being trapped. There, only his feet are showing. Later, King Boo reveals that he trapped him and engages Luigi in battle. After King Boo is defeated, Luigi frees Mario with his Dark-Light Device, after which he, Mario, E. Gadd, several ghosts, and several Toads pose for a picture. Before the picture is taken, Mario is shown to be proud of Luigi for facing his fears to rescue him, congratulating him and putting his hand on his brother's shoulder.
Luigi's Mansion 3
Mario reappears in Luigi's Mansion 3, where he is invited to a hotel alongside Luigi, Princess Peach, and three Toads, but is later trapped in a painting with everyone else (barring Luigi, who manages to escape from King Boo). Luigi manages to free Mario after he defeats Hellen Gravely. Mario is very happy that Luigi saved him, and jumps in his arms to hug him, then he immediately leads Luigi to Princess Peach for her to be freed too. However, King Boo traps everyone besides Luigi (who was shoved out of the way by Polterpup) in a single painting. After Luigi defeats King Boo, Mario and everyone else are freed again, and they all work together to rebuild the hotel, which collapsed after the battle. Afterwards, Mario and the others leave to return home.
Super Princess Peach
Mario once again ends up needing rescue during the events of Super Princess Peach. Bowser sends an army of Hammer Bros. (led by Army Hammer Bro) and Goombas to invade Peach's Castle. Mario, Luigi, and the Toads, busy defending the castle, are subdued by the power of the Vibe Scepter and captured by a group of Hammer Bros. Princess Peach is not in the castle at the time and so escapes the attack. Mario and the others are sent to Vibe Island, the source of the enemies' power. There they have no power to escape, so Princess Peach, along with a magical umbrella named Perry given to her by Toadsworth, goes there to rescue them. After defeating many of Bowser's minions and rescuing Luigi and a number of Toads, Princess Peach defeats Bowser by using emotional powers called Vibes, and Mario escapes himself. Princess Peach kisses him, and he gives her a bunch of flowers.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
In Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Mario makes a brief cameo at the fiftieth and final room of Mummy-Me Maze Forever on a poster. Tapping the poster gives a single coin. In the Wii U version of the game, he also appears in the post-credits cutscene, which is the same as the cutscene shown at the beginning of Super Mario 3D World.