Mario's face is a floating disembodied head of Mario. The gameplay element of an interactive floating head of Mario along with other disembodied character heads has appeared in many games.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Mario Teaches Typing series
Mario's floating head (animated with VActor technology) later appears in Mario Teaches Typing and its sequel, Mario Teaches Typing 2. He narrates players' lessons and actions as they learn to type, while also making random small talk, sometimes invoking jokes and comments about his lack of body.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
Mario's head later appears on the title screen of Super Mario 64, where players can tug and stretch his facial features (his nose, ears, cheeks, chin, and hat) to humorous positions. As Super Mario 64 was Nintendo's first title for the Nintendo 64, an interactive Mario face served to familiarize the player to the Nintendo 64 Controller without worrying about actual gameplay. Additionally, on the Game Over screen, Mario's head will appear dazed and worn out.
In the remake Super Mario 64 DS, the Mario head appears along with a Yoshi head. In this game, Mario's face is able to turn into an ink outline version of itself, which can be distorted with the stylus or various buttons. The player can also erase the face and draw their own creations.
Mario's face is also a feature in some of the minigames in Super Mario 64 DS. When the player opens a treasure chest in Boom Box, the chest makes a sound, astonishing Mario's face on the top screen. If the player makes a mistake, Mario's face frowns, while if the player succeeds, Mario's face beams joyously at the player. If the player gets a Game Over in any minigame, Mario's face will yell and look dazed. When a player clears any minigame round or beats a high score, Mario's face is astonished, then bursts out laughing. In Tox Box Shuffle, if the player finds Yoshi in the right Tox Box, the Mario head will burst into laughter like how the player succeeds in Boom Box, and will yell if all three chances are lost.
Mario Party series
Mario's face later appears in the Mario Party 2 version of Face Lift (also in Mario Party, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Mario Party Superstars but with Bowser's face and no other faces), where the player has to alter the face of Mario or other characters in the game. The more accurately the face is changed to match a picture, the more points the player receives. The player who earns the most points wins, although two players can win if they earn the same number of points. Mario's head, along with a Luigi head, Peach head, Yoshi head, Wario head, and Donkey Kong head, appears in the 1-vs-3 minigame Look Away, where each head has to dance along to the music, and the team of three heads must avoid looking in the same direction as the single player head. Soon, in the next game, Mario Party 3, Mario's face is one of the faces (alongside Wiggler and Toad) to appear in the minigame Picture Imperfect. The player must get his M on his hat right, nose right, mustache right, mouth right, and eyes right.
Super Mario Sunshine
Mario's head has also appeared in website advertisements for certain events that promoted Super Mario Sunshine.
Super Mario Galaxy series
The heads of Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Toad, along with Mii heads, have appeared in both Super Mario Galaxy and its sequel as file icons. In the sequel, a Rosalina head can be unlocked as a file icon when the player collects 120 Stars and unlocks the Green Star Prankster Comets. Also, the Peach head has her neck removed unlike in the predecessor, allowing more of a disembodied feature.
Mario's face is also spoofed in a beginning chapter of volume 16 of Super Mario-kun. This volume also follows Super Mario 64's story. Later in the volume, there is a 4-koma that involves Yoshi playing the game and not only moving Mario's face to bizarre positions but also drawing on it.
Nintendo DS tech demo
The following quotes are from the Mario Teaches Typing series.
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