Mario's Game Gallery

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Mario's Game Gallery
Mario's FUNdamentals
Mario's Game Gallery.jpg

Box art for Mario's Game Gallery
Developer(s) Presage Software, Inc.
Brain Storm Entertainment (Mario's FUNdamentals)
Publisher(s) Interplay Entertainment Corp.
Mindscape (PC version of Mario's FUNdamentals)
Stepping Stone (Mac version of Mario's FUNdamentals)
Platform(s) Macintosh, PC: (Windows and DOS)
Release date(s) PC
  • NA January 1997 (re-release)
Mac
  • NA 1996 (re-release)
Genre(s) Game compilation
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution Floppy Disk or CD-ROM

Mario's Game Gallery is a compilation of games published by Interplay Entertainment Corp. and developed by Presage Software, Inc. for the PC. It was released in 1995 in the United States. It was later re-released as Mario's FUNdamentals, though it was published by Mindscape for the PC version and by Stepping Stone for the Macintosh version. It was also developed by Brainstorm Entertainment.

It was released for the Macintosh in 1996, and for the PC in January 1997. It is the debut work of Mario voice actor Charles Martinet, though most incorrectly attribute Super Mario 64 as being the first. The game includes five traditional games: checkers, backgammon, Go Fish, dominoes, and "yacht", a version of Yahtzee. Players play against Mario in these games, which play similarly to their real world counterparts, though with themes based on the Mario universe.

Since their releases, both versions have received mixed reception; while publications such as The State and the Los Angeles Times found the game to be a good educational game, authors David Wesley and Gloria Barczak blamed it in part for almost destroying the Mario brand. Official Nintendo Magazine listed it as one of the rarest Mario games as well.

Gameplay[edit]

Mario's Game Gallery consists of five games: checkers, Go Fish, dominoes, backgammon, and "yacht", a version of Yahtzee. In these games, players face off against Mario. The games all play similarly to their real world counterparts, featuring pieces based on the Mario universe.[1] Mario's Game Gallery is the first game in the series to feature Charles Martinet as Mario's voice actor, who has since gone on to act as Mario's voice actor in all games that give Mario a voice since.[2]

Development[edit]

Mario's Game Gallery was published by Interplay Entertainment Corp. and developed by Presage Software, Inc. for the PC. It was released in 1995. It was later re-released as Mario's FUNdamentals, though it was published by Mindscape for the PC version and by Stepping Stone for the Macintosh version. It was also developed by Brainstorm Entertainment. It was released for the Macintosh in 1996, and for the PC in January 1997.[3][4][5]

Reception[edit]

Since their releases, both Mario's Game Gallery and Mario's FUNdamentals have received mixed reception. The State praised it for "providing fun for whole family," describing the games included as "excellent."[6] The Miami Herald praised its "sharp" graphics and "fun" animations, as well as the music, which they claim to be based on music from the Mario series. Like the The State, they describe it as "fun for the whole family," though they criticize it for being too difficult at times. However, they recommend it for first-time PC users who want an "easy-to-install product for the new CD-ROM."[7] The Advocate called it a fun game, and praised Martinet for his Mario voice, stating that small children will "giggle with delight."[8] The Los Angeles Times included it in an article of educational video games that would appeal to younger gamers.[9]

Authors David Wesley and Gloria Barczak cited Mario's Game Gallery as one of the games released in a "flood of ill-conceived Mario spin-offs", stating that it and the others nearly destroyed the series.[10] Official Nintendo Magazine's Tom East featured it as part of his "Rare Mario games" article, commenting that though it featured Martinet as Mario first, most identify Super Mario 64 as his first role as Mario.[11] It was deemed the sixth worst Mario game of all time by ScrewAttack, concluding that there was "nothing fun about FUNdamentals".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ScrewAttack - Top Ten Worst Mario Games". GameTrailers. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  2. ^ Records, Guinness World (2008-03-11). Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition - Google Books. ISBN 9781904994213. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  3. ^ Search:. "Mario's Game Gallery Release Information for PC". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  4. ^ Search:. "Mario's FUNdamentals Release Information for PC". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  5. ^ Search:. "Mario's FUNdamentals Release Information for Macintosh". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  6. ^ "`MARIO'S GAME GALLERY' PROVIDES FUN FOR WHOLE FAMILY". 1995-06-09. 
  7. ^ "A must for first-time PC users who want an easy-to-install product for the new CD-ROM.". 1995-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Mario helps children jump into fun with five offerings in Game Gallery". 
  9. ^ Churnin, Nancy (1997-12-15). "EDUCATION: SMART RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  10. ^ Wesley, David T. A; Barczak, Gloria (2010). Innovation and Marketing in the ... - Google Books. ISBN 9780566091674. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  11. ^ "Nintendo Feature: Rare Mario games". Official Nintendo Magazine. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2011-01-20.