The rotund plumber Mario has represented Nintendo in some of the best platforming and adventure games of all time. Mario was even the star player in Nintendo’s transition from two dimensions into three; therefore, it’s no surprise that Nintendo has often found a way to place Mario in games that are out of his perceived comfort zone. The following are the 10 best titles that Mario has appeared in without having to rescue a princess or platform through clever level design. The criteria is that Mario himself must star in the title, making Luigi, Yoshi or Captain Toad spin-offs ineligible for this list.
10. Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix
This 2005 GameCube exclusive is one of Mario’s most forgotten titles but one of the very best. Developed by Konami in partnership with Nintendo, this game offers an updated take on the DDR formula with a Nintendo-themed presentation. Featuring a classic Mario story and remixed Nintendo themes, DDR Mario Mix is a great dance title to own. Featuring extra mini-games and dance-offs with opponents, it is also a great party game. One draw that could be appealing or distracting depending on the player’s interest is that the title is certainly geared more toward kids, as the difficulty level is relatively low and the presentation is youth-friendly. As a party game for kids (or adults) though, DDR Mario Mix is unique and incredible fun.