Are You Smarter Than Mario?
The game is a quiz game inspired by the game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? The player chooses one of five categories: Games, Characters, Nintendo history, People, and Places. The game is themed as a Nintendo DS quiz game, featuring the questions and answers on a DS, and replacing the player's cursor with a Nintendo DS Stylus. Once the player chooses a category, then they are presented with a question from that category. On the left, there is a column of blocks with numbers, emulating other game shows where the player has a chance to earn more money or stop with what they have, though this element is not in Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? Each time the player answers a question correctly, they occupy one of the blocks until all of them are occupied, which will result in the game being completed. If the player gets a question wrong, however, they are presented with a Game Over message and sent back to the title screen. On the right of the DS is a picture of Mario with a block beneath him saying "Ask Mario" referencing the part of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? where the contestants can ask one of the kids for help.