Metal Mario (character)
“Metal Mario, the best!”
Metal Mario is a character in the Mario universe, usually being one of the fiercer end-game opponents in the Mario sport games or Super Smash Bros. series. He is a spin-off from Metal Mario, which is a form of Mario, rather than a distinct character. Metal Mario often plays the role of Mario's rival, suggested by his roles in Super Smash Bros. and various bios. This is also implied in the Mario Kart games, where he says "Mia mama" as opposed to Mario's "Mama mia" and "Papa" instead of "Mama".
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros.
In Super Smash Bros., Metal Mario makes his debut as a mid-boss encountered before the game's final boss, Master Hand. Like the Fighting Polygons, he has his own stage. He is far less powerful, and is susceptible to much more damage than in Super Mario 64. Nevertheless, he is a much more durable character than the regular Mario. Heavier and more resistant to knockback in general than any other character in the game, he's very difficult to beat.
On a side note, Kirby is unable to copy Metal Mario's powers, which is later possible to do in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In this game, Metal Mario fights alone by default, but if the player unlocks Luigi, Metal Luigi joins the fray as well. Additionally, players can pick up the Metal Box item, turning into metal forms, boasting the same attributes as Metal Mario and Metal Luigi. KOing Metal Mario and Metal Luigi in Adventure Mode awards the player the "Metal Bros. KO" bonus, worth 8000 points.
He also appears as one of the many trophies in the game. Strangely, Yoshi's Island, a stage in the game, is reflected on the texture of Metal Mario's model.
Metal Mario has not appeared in the later Super Smash Bros. games as an individual, being replaced by metal battles in Classic Mode, where players face a metallic form of any character rather than only Mario.
Metal Mario is an unlockable playable character in Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64. He boasts the strongest drives from his set of clubs and is usually the last character to be unlocked. However, he is available only in the North American and PAL releases; he is missing from the original Japanese version.
Dr. Mario 64
Metal Mario returns as the final boss of Wario's storyline in Dr. Mario 64. In this game, Metal Mario can be unlocked as a playable character by beating the entire Story Mode with Wario without losing once. Dr. Mario turns into Metal Mario when he accidentally eats some Megavitamins. In the game, he looks like a metal version of Dr. Mario.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart 7
Metal Mario makes a return appearance as an unlockable playable character in Mario Kart 7, where he is unlocked by winning the 150cc Special Cup. He is a Heavy class character (alongside Bowser, Wario, and Honey Queen), with an advantage bonus of weight and some speed. He is one of four drivers to enter the Mario Kart series for the first time (the other three being Lakitu, Wiggler, and Honey Queen). His signature emblem is a shiny, metal version of Mario's M logo. Bowser, Rosalina, or Mario always appear as rivals when he is picked.
On a side note, Metal Mario's karts have the same body frame size as that of the Medium class characters, which makes him a smaller target than the other Heavy and Cruiser characters.
Mario Kart 8
“Oh, mia mama!”
Metal Mario appears as a returning racer in Mario Kart 8, and he is an unlockable character. Additionally, there is another character related to Metal Mario named Pink Gold Peach (who is classified in the same weight subdivision as Metal Mario). Like in Mario Kart 7, Metal Mario is classified as a Heavy character, but within this category, he is tied with Bowser, Wario, Morton, the large Miis, and Dry Bowser in the acceleration, weight, and traction department. However, his speed and handling are tied with that of Rosalina, Donkey Kong, Waluigi, Roy, and Link.
Also much like in Mario Kart 7, Metal Mario's (as well as Pink Gold Peach's) vehicles use the same body frame size as the Medium class characters, making him a smaller and slightly harder target to hit.
Metal Mario appears as the Staff Ghost for N64 Rainbow Road.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Metal Mario also appears in an arcade game for the first time in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. Just like previous Mario Kart games, he is a heavyweight, with high speed, but below average acceleration and handling. His kart is the Metal Spark.
Mario Tennis Open
Metal Mario returns in Mario Tennis Open as a QR Downloadable Character. His type in this game is Power, and, as in Mario Kart 7, his voice is a warbled variation of Mario's voice, although he has the same voice set as Mario otherwise. He is the final QR Downloadable Character. He is also the only QR Downloadable character that is not a Yoshi. He is the strongest character in the game with the fastest serves. He returns Chance Shots with little effect on him (if he returns them correctly), and his Chance Shots themselves have a longer-lasting effect on his opponents. He is one of the slowest characters in the game, however, and unlike Bowser, another slow character, he has below-average reach and a poor lunge. This makes it difficult for him to predict and return shots. Metal Mario's racket costs 1750 coins to buy at the Clubhouse for Miis to be able to use.
Super Smash Bros. Melee Trophy
Mario Kart 7
Normal Staff Ghost Times
Expert Staff Ghost Times
Mario Kart 8
Mario Tennis Open
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