Mario's FUNdamentals

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Mario's Game Gallery
Mario's FUNdamentals
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Mario's Game Gallery box
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Mario's FUNdamentals box
Developer(s) Presage Software, Inc.
Brainstorm Entertainment (Mario's FUNdamentals)
Publisher(s) Interplay Entertainment Corp.
Mindscape (PC version of Mario's FUNdamentals)
Platform(s) MS-DOS (Mario's Game Gallery); Windows (Mario's Fundamentals)
Release date Mario's Game Gallery:
USA February 23, 1995
Mario's FUNdamentals:
USA March 3, 1998
Genre Educational
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
Mode(s) Single-player, Two-Players
Media
Home Computer System:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Input
Home Computer System:

Mario's Game Gallery is a compilation game in the Mario franchise, published by Interplay Entertainment Corporation and developed by Presage Software Inc. for PCs running Microsoft Windows. Exclusive to the United States, it was originally released in 1995, and later reissued in 1998 as Mario's FUNdamentals, which was developed by Brainstorm Entertainment and published by Mindscape on PC; a version of this re-release for Macintosh computers was published by Stepping Stone.

This game is the debut work of Charles Martinet, who has since become the official voice actor for the Mario character. Five traditional games are included: checkers, backgammon, Go Fish, dominoes, and "yacht", a version of Yahtzee. Players play against Mario in these games, though at times they can also play against Bowser. Gameplay for all the games is similar to their real-world counterparts, though pieces are altered to be themed after the Mario universe.

Both versions of the game have received mixed reception. Upon its initial release, various publications found it to be a good educational game: The State and The Miami Herald praised it for "providing fun for the whole family"; and the Los Angeles Times said that it would appeal to younger gamers. Much later, the game was negatively received by authors David Wesley and Gloria Barczak, who labeled it and the other Mario games manufactured by third-party publishers in the 1990s, which were made without the supervision of Nintendo, as "a flood of ill-conceived Mario spin-offs" that almost destroyed the Mario brand.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Mario's FUNdamentals staff

Trivia[edit]

  • In Go Fish, Bowser's name is misspelled "Bowzer".
  • Mario refers to Toad by a pet name, "Little Toadie". This nickname originates from the 1993 Nintendo Character Guide, a set of guidelines and information given by Nintendo of America to licensing partners.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wesley, David; Barczak, Gloria (2010). Innovation and Marketing in the Video Game Industry: Avoiding the Performance Trap. Gower Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9780566091674.

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