Mario is such a popular video game mascot that it requires no introduction. This Italian plumber made his appearance at a time when the gaming community needed him the most, and boy did he deliver! With the massive success of the ‘Mario’ platformer, the mascot cemented his position both in gaming history and pop culture. Nowadays, it’s basically impossible to find one who is unfamiliar with the character. Such was the popularity of the game that a whole new genre of games followed, which were then dubbed ‘Mario’ clones.
The base premise of the game is extremely simple. Traverse through the level either by killing or avoiding monsters in order to reach the end of the level, with the main aim being to rescue Princess Peach. Along the way, you get to collect various powerups, which give you the ability to grow larger and shoot flaming balls. Today, we are looking at some of the other titles that play similar to this iconic game but also manage to introduce new gameplay elements into the mix. Here is the list of video games similar to Mario that are our recommendations. You can play these games like Mario on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Android, mac or even online.
6. Kirby’s Return to Dream Island
‘Kirby’s Return to Dream Island’ is the 12th instalment in the massively popular platforming series. If you are unfamiliar with this particular instalment, then you are probably from Europe where the game was released under the name ‘Kirby’s Adventure Wii’. It can somewhat be called a spiritual successor to the first ‘Kirby’ game, ‘Kirby’s Dream Land’ as the models for the characters, enemies and bosses are modeled around the same theme. It also features the traditional platforming mechanics that can be found in other ‘Kirby’ titles where you need to fight or evade enemy monsters while scrolling through the level. It is very similar to the ‘Mario’ gameplay but a bit more intricate. You have the ability to copy the powers of your enemies which can range from breathing fire to swinging swords. This is not just for power-creeping purposes but also is crucial in some segments of the gameplay.
The main aim of the game is to traverse through the levels while collecting pieces of an alien spaceship that has crash landed. However, you are not alone in your journey and are accompanied by your trusted friends Waddle Dee, King Dedede and Meta Knight. The entire campaign of the game is adapter for co-op gameplay of up to 4 players, each controlling one of the above characters. Developed by HAL Laboratory and initially published by Nintendo in the year 2011 for Nintendo Wii devices, it was later ported to Wii U due to popular demand. As far as we can tell, the port stays extremely loyal to the original and no changes have been made since it’s available on the Nintendo E-shop under the same banner. This is one game you will definitely enjoy playing through if you like platformers like ‘Mario’.
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