Sports Game Appearances
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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!:
THE original boxing game. Controlling a little shrimpy guy named little mac, you fight a variety of characters from around the world until you beat Mike Tyson, and are crowned WVBA world champion. Mario appears as the referee. He comes at the beginning of a fight and says "Fight!" in a really good (For the NES) speech sample (I guess this counts as Mario's first speaking role!) and in a word balloon. When someone's knocked out, he counts to 10, when they go down 3 times, he says TKO. He looks so cute in a ref's uniform. In the sequel, Super Punch-Out!!, Mario's nowhere to be found. Go Fig!
Another very cameo appearance. Mario appears as the official/referee in both the NES and Game Boy versions of this game. You can see Mario in the tall referees chair from afar. Also, when something happens, a big picture of Mario saying "Out" or "Fault" in a big word balloon. It's not much, but it's a cameo, none the less.
One of the first NES games, this was one of Mario's first home appearances. The game is a basic pinball game, with bumper, paddles, bells & whistles. Mario appears in a special bonus game. When you shoot the ball through a hole to the third level, you can get this level. Mario is on the bottom with a white platform. This lets him bounce the ball around the room, which has the princess trapped up top. After hitting her barriers enough, the princess will fall. Mario can catch her on the platform and then send her off to safety. In my opinion, the best pinball game on any home system.
As the name implies, this is an F1 racing game. This game boy sleeper title is a pretty generic racing title, but it was the first to use the Game Boys 4-player link-up. Mario appears when you win a race, waving the checkered flag and congratulating you. It's not much, but it is Mario.
Um, there's not much to this one. It's golf. Pretty primitive overhead graphics, but otherwise a good simulation. Mario is the golfer as far as anyone can tell. It is a mustachioed man who's kind of short and stocky, but without the trademark red hat & overalls, it's hard to say. The book Mario Mania credits it to Mario, so I'll give it to 'em.
NES Open Tournament Golf:
An update to Nintendo's first golf game, released near the end of the systems career. The small, indefinite character in golf (see cameo above) is replaced by very large (almost full screen tall) versions of Mario and Luigi, who you see as they tee off. Better graphics than the original, and a much better Mario/Luigi picture are the major updates.
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