The Mario franchise has had a lot of different types of games coming out over the years that stray from its normal gameplay. While some entries in the series have seen numerous sequels and spin-offs, there are a few hidden gems (and some not so hidden) that are deserving of a sequel but have been overlooked in recent years. Let’s check out some Mario Games That Need A Sequel.
Mario Superstar Baseball and its sequel, Mario Super Sluggers, injected the Mario universe into the world of baseball, offering a delightful mix of baseball and classic Mario charm. It’s been over 15 years since we’ve seen Mario step up to the plate. A sequel could introduce new characters, stadiums, and gameplay mechanics while maintaining the accessible and fun sports gameplay that fans have come to love. Mario Strikers made its return also after a 15-year break, so who knows, we might see Mario and friends swing some bats again in the near future.
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is often considered one of the greatest 3D platformers of all time, thanks to its innovative level design, creative power-ups, and captivating gameplay. While the original Super Mario Galaxy received a sequel, its follow-up, surprisingly, did not. A sequel to Super Mario Galaxy 2 could once again take players on a cosmic journey through imaginative and gravity-defying landscapes, expanding on the series’ inventive mechanics.
Puzzle fans have a special place in their hearts for Mario’s Picross. This series of grid-based logic puzzles featuring Mario and friends has been absent from the gaming scene for quite some time. A modern sequel could reintroduce players to the joy of deciphering pixelated images while incorporating new features, like touchscreen controls and multiplayer modes, to breathe new life into this classic franchise. With Pokémon Picross being released in 2015, it doesn’t seem that far off to hope for a Mario Picross to make a return.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series has seen several iterations, but it has been a while since we’ve seen a new entry. These puzzle platformers blend classic gameplay with modern mechanics, challenging players to guide mini-toy Marios to safety. A sequel could continue to explore creative level design, incorporate new characters, and leverage the capabilities of modern gaming platforms. With Mario Maker, this game would be able to make perfect use of what that established and give the reins to players to make their own challenges.
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars holds a special place in the hearts of RPG enthusiasts. This collaborative effort between Nintendo and Square delivered a unique blend of Mario’s world with traditional RPG elements. Fans have long clamored for a sequel, hoping to revisit the engaging story and turn-based battles that made the original so beloved. With a complete remake coming out November 17, 2023, we might see an actual sequel being made if the game sells well enough.
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