This new Mario board game looks-a bad

Level up!

There have been a lot of video games turned board games recently, and some (XCOM, This War of Mine) have turned out okay. But when I first saw Super Mario: Level Up!, I could only shake my head in disappointment. Granted, I haven’t read the rules, but from what I gather from the promotional material it looks pretty dang bad.

It sounds like players try to arrange various characters from the Mario universe in a particular order, using a voting mechanic and special power cards. Ah yes, it’s reminiscent of that classic Super Mario World level where you look at a line of the Koopa Kids and vote to tell Ludwig to move forward one spot.

This is being produced by USAopoly, a company best known for taking a hundred-year-old design, pasting different graphics on it, and calling each iteration new. It’s not surprising it could take this random thing and plop some Mario characters on it. It’s technically a Mario board game now!

Super Mario: Level Up! is releasing in the United States and Canada for $20.

USAopoly Announces Super Mario Level Up! Board Game [Dice Tower News]

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Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.
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