- I Am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater- 1986: Famicom Disk System (Japan only)
Would this game be worth playing? It’s a neat idea, but no, this is one of the rarest games on the Famicom Disk System.
- Super Mario Bros. Print World- 1991: MS-DOS, Commodore 64, IBM, Tandy, and Apple II (USA only)
Would this game be worth playing? If this was the early 90’s, then sure, but with more advanced programs for these types of things, no.
- Mario Paint BS Ban and Mario Paint Yuushou Naizou Ban- 1997: Satellaview (Japan only)
Would either of these games be worth playing? No. The contest has been over for almost twenty years and Satellaview is no longer running.
- Mario no Photopi- 1998: Nintendo 64 (Japan only)
Would this game be worth playing? No. It’d be easier to do this kind of stuff on a modern computer.
- Mario Artist series- 1999-2000: Nintendo 64 Disk Drive (Japan only)
Outside of the creative tools, Mario Artist had mini-games to let players take a break like how Mario Paint had the fly swatter game. These various mini-games used the player’s creations they made in some way or another and these games would later appear in Wario Ware: MegaMicrogame$ for the GBA. If you’d like to see all of these games in action, I recommend checking out Hard4Games look at not only the Mario Artist games, but the other N64DD games like the F-Zero X Expansion Kit.
Would these games be worth playing? They look fun to me, but getting these games along with a Nintendo 64DD can get costly since the add-on was only released in Japan and only around 15,000-20,000 64DDs exist. The Randnet internet service and Mario Artist: Communication Kid have been defunct for over a decade now, so a portion of the game is no longer playable. However, an English translation for Mario Artist: Paint Studio now exists.
- Jaguar Mishin Sashi Senyou Softi Mario Family- 2001: Game Boy Color (Japan only)
Would this game be worth playing? Like with the Mario sweater game for the Famicom Disk System, it’s a cool idea, but getting a copy of the game and one of two models of sewing machines from fifteen years ago, would probably be more trouble than it’s worth. If the game got a North American release, I’d be more interested in checking it out.
- AAA Super Mario games- 2010: iOS
Would any of these games be worth playing? No. I’d be surprised if these apps are even around considering how protective Nintendo is of its IPs. However, the world of mobile gaming is chock-full of knock-offs, so who knows. If you’re looking for a Mario game on mobile, I’d recommend trying Super Mario Run.
- Photos with Mario- 2014: Nintendo 3DS
Six compatible AR cards were made for Photos with Mario: Goomba, Mario, Peach, Luigi, Koopa Troopa, and Bowser. As mentioned, these cards are from certain $10 eShop fund cards that’ll also have a QR code to take you to the Photos with Mario app page in the eShop. Their exist other versions of this app on the 3DS that work with Animal Crossing and Pikmin character AR cards, but have more or less only been released in Japan.
Would this game be worth playing? It’s free and you can just look up the character specific AR cards online if you don’t want to purchase a fund card. As a reminder, the camera on the 3DS systems are pretty poor, so don’t expect to get super clear images; they will however be in 3D if that’s something you care about. Other than that, you can probably pass on this one.
Did any of these games get you in a creative mood? Maybe not to the point where you'll be dusting off your old DOS computer or going onto eBay and purchasing a N64DD to play these games, but hopefully you are in a creative mood now. If not, that's okay too. Next week's part will be covering sports and party games.