Game SERIES Debate to the Death! Super Mario series

Talk about a nostalgia-fest! Last week had more lengthy bonus question comments than ever before, and I’m pretty sure I read every single one of them. There was so much insight that I even pulled out Wind Waker and replayed through all of it over the past week (I’m beating it after this debate!). So, what was the most legendary Legend of Zelda of them all? Here are the final results:

  • Link to the Past (43 votes) — Winner!
  • Wind Waker (36 votes)
  • Ocarina of Time (32 votes)
  • Majora’s Mask (20 votes)
  • Link’s Awakening (14 votes)
  • Twilight Princess (11 votes)

The rest of the Zelda games had only one to three votes, and were omitted from the list. This week I’ve got an equally difficult decision for everyone to make. Excluding all Paper Mario, Mario RPG, Mario & Luigi, and all other non-platformer Mario games, here are the two questions for you to answer:

  1. What is your favorite Super Mario platformer game in the series?
  2. What is your least favorite Super Mario platformer game in the series?

And yes, Luigi’s Mansion and New Super Mario Bros. Wii count for this debate. Next week I’ll post the results, and then we’ll do it all over again with the RPG Mario games to keep it fair and more exciting.

Which game do you like the most out of the entire platformer series, and why? What aspects of its game design, gameplay, visual and audio experience made up your mind? Give it some serious thought, share your thought process with all of us, and then get some Super Mario friends to join in on the fun. Hit the jump for new bonus questions and next week’s debate topic!


BQ1. Do you like Mario or Luigi better? Why? (Thanks, EnigmaticHarle!)

BQ2. What is your favorite method of flying in the series? Raccoon suit, cape, winged hat, F.L.U.D.D. water jet backpack, etc. Why? (Thanks, donkeykong!)

BQ3. What is your favorite item, suit, power-up, etc in the series? Why?

BQ4. What is your least favorite item, suit, power-up, etc in the series? Why?

BQ5. Have you grown to like, dislike, or hate that damn Princess Peach who keeps getting captured? Why or why not?

BQ6. What are a few of your favorite levels in the series? Why?

BQ7: What are a few of your least favorite levels in the series? Why?

BQ8. What do you want to see the series do next? Why?

BQ9: This bonus question is in another castle.


Each week I will post what next week’s debate will be, and allow you to all post your own “bonus questions” in the comments for next week’s debate. I’ll choose the best of the bunch and then we can get some serious feedback from all different gamer perspectives on not just each game/series, but also a few individual aspects of those games/series. Have something you’re dying to know what other games thought of in the game or series? Post your question in the comments and find out what the response is!


What’s your favorite Super Mario non-platformer game in the whole series of RPG Mario games?

As usual, there’s always an open door policy on suggesting future game debates in the comments. So don’t be shy!

Tom Fronczak