We all know Mario as the happy go-lucky, kiddy-friendly, mushroom munching plumber, but is this ‘image’ going to damage Nintendo’s future relationship with the now adult gamers? I believe it will, and now is the time that Nintendo MUST redesign Mario, or risk losing the large majority of the ageing fanbase.
Below I’ll present 4 potential paths that Nintendo could take Mario on.
Mario of War.
With Dante’s Inferno & Bayonetta recently reviving the Hack and Slash Genre, now would be the ideal time to put out a Mario inspired hack and slash! Can you imagine dualing against Wario, doing quick time events to try and slash him up, while avoiding swarms of goombas? That would be seriously awesome.
Or even better, taking on Bowser in true Shadow of the Colossus fashion, giant boss, combos, blood, and loads of gore! An then finally, after rescuing the princess being able to make love for bonus points, and health regen. Bonzai!
A Mario with excess blood and gore would certainly make a dent in the adult market.
Okay, this is what I envision, an adult themed Mario RPG, dealing with life, death and survival.. Also potentially make Mario a little bit emo-ish to inspire the younger players.
Ideally I would like it to be a multi-dvd game, perhaps 3? And at the end of the first dvd they kill off Princess Peach (Maybe Wario stabs her with a sword), this would work to get the gamers really angsty, as emotion filled RPG go down a lot better then mundane text filled adventures (yes, i’m looking at you Paper Mario).
Make note of this one Nintendo, it’s gold!
World of MarioCraft.
This one is a bit of a no-brainer, a MMO-Mario would sell like bananas coated in chocolate with nuts! They could make multiple factions the Antagonists and Protagonists. Imagine being able to play as an Antagonists Koopa, grinding away so you can go kidnap the princess from Mario, then the opposing faction has to attempt to rescue her before you brutally rape and murder her.
Further more, you could have factions within factions, eg; you could have different policies on kidnapping… like the bowsers could just take her and not abuse her, but in opposisition the Dry Bones will kidnap her and attempt to plunder her body for goodies…
While the protagonists are regularly rescuing the princess for rewards.
Think of the potential Nintendo!
Seriously Nintendo, no serious gamers want a Wii, if you want our loveable Mario to survive, please unleash his future games on real consoles.
To conclude, where would you like to see the Mario franchise taken?