In the next Warped Pipes, I will be discussing the Game & Watch version of Super Mario Bros. Before getting there, I wanted to briefly discuss some games that I will not be considering canon games in the timeline and explain the reasoning behind those calls. First up is...
Super Mario Bros. Special
I’m considering this game non-canon for the same reason as Mario Bros. Special and Punch Ball Mario Bros. These games were developed and published by Hudson Soft rather than Nintendo. The Special version is mostly similar to the original NES game, although it includes items and enemies from Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong that were absent from the original game. The story beats are essentially the same, so I would just consider it the same entry if it were included anyway.
I Am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater
This is a Japan-only game that simulates the act of knitting a sweater. While the sweaters are adorned with the likenesses of characters from the Mario series, this is not enough to warrant inclusion in our canon.
Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race and Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally
While these Japan-exclusive racing games prominently feature Mario and Luigi on their box art and promotional materials, this seems to be entirely a ploy to use the popularity of the characters to move copies. Within the games themselves, which are realistically-styled and straight-forward racing games, the brothers are nowhere to be found. Mostly, these games are an interesting piece of gaming history as early precursors to the Mario Kart series but they don’t really have a place in our story.
Once again, this is a game that uses imagery from the Mario series but otherwise seems to be separate from it. Specifically, Alleyway is a Breakout knock off that has the player bouncing a ball into brick recreations of sprites from Super Mario Bros. and also implicates Mario as the protagonist. However, there is no real story or setting here that would justify inclusion into the timeline.
That’s it for now! I’ll be back next time to talk about the Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. and continue adding to the timeline!
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