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Game Identification

    Game Identification is one of the single most important skills a Mario player needs. Without game identification skills, the consequences can be severe. Just listen to this tragic tale.

    A small child is innocently playing a game of Super Mario World. He is currently "normal" (or small) Mario and is riding Yoshi. Suddenly, the boy comes across a long pit he needs to jump. He briefly considers swallowing a blue koopa troopa to aid in the jump, but decides against it and rather tries to "flutter jump" across the pit. He starts the jump and holds the B button, only to realize the jump isn't going far enough. He desperately tries to remember how to do a spin jump off Yoshi to clear the gap but it is too late... Mario is already dead.

    This is an all too common story of how a lack of game identification skills can cause much heartache. Due to the presence of Yoshi nad a small Mario on the screen, he thoughtlessly assumed he was playing Yoshi's Island, and that he could easily clear the pit. His mistake cost him Mario's life. The information presented here should let you quickly determine which Mario game you are playing and prevent accidents like this before they happen.

Quick Identification skills
    The first clue as to what game your playing comes from the system that it's on. If you are at any time unsure of what game is being played, take a quick glance around the room and look for the system (it should be a grey or black box). Once found, examine the oute casing to determine hte system. Using this information, and the game list, you can narrow down the possibilities. (Important note: If you are holding the system in your hands while playing it is a Game Boy of some kind, or a Nintendo DS. If you are looking into the system, it is a Virtual Boy.)
    If the system is not readily visible for some reason, another good indicator of what game you are playing is the colors on the screen. A quick glance at the game will tell you all you need. If the colors are muted and mostly basic, you are playing an NES game (or, if the picture is smaller, Game Boy Color). If the colors are rich and vibrant, but still 2 dimensional, you are playing an SNES or Game Boy Advance game. If they are vibrant, but seem to jump out of the screen at you a little, they are pictures from an N64 or DS game. However, if the pictures jump out at you, but are not colorful, and instead shades of red, you are playing the Virtual Boy. Finally, black and white or "pea soup green" coloring indicates a Game Boy game.
    Once the system is determined with one of these quick checks, you will need to determine what specific game you are playing...

Specific game ID
    Listed here are flash card style notes on some unique, identifying features for most of the Major Mario games. Use these notes to determine what game you are playing.
Template: NES games
Mario Bros/Donkey Kong Super Mario Bros./The lost levels Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Boy games
Super Mario Land Super Mario Land 2 SNES games
Super Mario World Yoshi's Island Super Mario RPG Super Mario All-Stars N64 games
Super Mario 64 Paper Mario Gameboy Advance games
Super Mario Advance Super Mario Advance 2 Super Mario Advance 3 Super Mario Advance 4 Gamecube games
Super Mario Sunshine Paper Mario 2 Pop quiz!
1) Why is game identification important? (in 10 words or less)
2) Why can't you just look at the cartridge and read the name? (Answer: No reason)
3) What game are you playing if Mario looks like a female in a pink dress? (Answer: SMB2, SMA)
4) What game are you playing if Mario looks like Yankee Doodle? (Answer: SML2
5) What game(s) are you playing if Mario looks like Superman? (Answer: SMW, SMA2)
6) What game are you playing if Mario looks like he's in the exorcist? (Answer: SMB)
7) What game(s) could you be playing if you see a shyguy? (Answer: SMB2 or YI)
8) What game(s) could you be playing if you see Mario doing a spin jump? (Answer: SML2, SMW, SMA2)
9) Which Nintendo system is normally black? (Answer: N64)
10) Who is Mario's brother? (Answer: Luigi)


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