Most of Mario’s sports spinoffs are subdued translations of real-world sports — if you ignore the ghosts and Chain Chomps. Mario’s soccer game, Super Mario Strikers, heads in a more NBA Jam direction with over-the-top, arcadey action. (GameCube)
Dr. Mario sometimes feels like a forgotten experiment, more notable for its novelty than anything else. Play a few rounds of this addictive twist on Tetris, however, and you’ll be thinking about its catchy music for a long time to come. (NES/GBA)
Mario Golf makes the most boring of real-world sports more enjoyable with fun multiplayer and story modes. It’s also the latest Mario spinoff to get an update, with Mario Golf: Super Rush due out on the Switch in June 2021.
From its wide selection of characters and karts to friendship-destroying blue shells, Mario Kart is one of the best party game franchises ever. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the series at its peak, perfecting everything that made previous entries great. (Switch)
Super Smash Bros. has grown so far beyond its original Nintendo free-for-all premise that it wouldn’t feel like a Mario spinoff anymore if it weren’t right in the name. Some fans may prefer earlier iterations, but Ultimate is the series at its biggest and best. (Switch)
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