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MiracleDinner is an active user of the Super Mario Boards community.
I'm a 18-year old woman from the United Kingdom with a huge interest in the Mario franchise and several other things. I study Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science for my A-levels, and am hoping to study Mathematics at university. I've been playing Mario since early childhood and joined the online community in 2019.
I am a huge fan of the Mario RPGs and in particular I love the first three Paper Mario games and the first four Mario & Luigi games. I value the story and characters above all else but there are also other things I like about these games. I would say that the order in which I like the games from favourite to least favourite is as follows (bear in mind that as my opinions can shift this may be inconsistent with other lists I have posted in the past):
1. Super Paper Mario: Played since I was very young and has always been my favourite Mario RPG as well as my favourite game of all time. Like most fans of the game, I like it most of all because of its story and characters but I also loved a lot of other things about the game, such as the music and gameplay. Of course, it's also an extremely nostalgic game at this point.
2. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door: I started playing this game age 15 and at the time it was my third Mario RPG and the first new one (to me) in many years so it was a very refreshing change and it lived completely up to all the hype the Paper Mario community had given it that inspired me to get the game, although I retain the unpopular opinion that it is bested by its successor, Super Paper Mario. Everything about this game is great, the battle system, the story, the music, the artstyle, etc. This is my second favourite game of all time.
3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: Also very nostalgic as like Super Paper Mario I have been playing this game since I was very young and like TTYD it is a very well refined game in almost all respects. However I prefer TTYD due to having a better story and battle system in my opinion.
4. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: Great story and characters and amazing music and the gameplay is pretty great too, overall it has everything I want in a M&L game (besides Fawful), I'm still in the very early stages of my first playthrough of this game though so I find it hard to say if I like it more or less than Bowser's Inside Story.
5. Paper Mario 64: I liked it because it was quite like TTYD and had many of the same admirable qualities like a good battle system and a lot of great characters. However I feel that it is a dated game in some ways such as graphics, music, and I also feel the overworld gameplay and battle system both felt a lot less... smooth than BIS and TTYD.
6. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga: Second Mario and Luigi game after BIS, and it was a great throwback and really cool to see so many similarities that I never thought I'd see in another game (growing up I had no idea about the other Mario RPGs besides SPM and BIS). It was especially a treat to see Fawful again. The story and characters were good and the music was amazing.
7. Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time: Close between this and Superstar Saga, as this too was a cool throwback to the M&Ls I had played by that point. I found the gameplay significantly improved from Superstar Saga and although it didn't rival BIS it was still good in its own right. The story was pretty good but I felt the music was a lot less interesting than Superstar Saga or Bowser's Inside Story.
8. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars: My least favourite so far by a wide margin. I think the story and characters are good but I find the gameplay and graphics really drag it down for me and I don't like the music either. In particular, I feel that the battle system is much better refined in later games and the overworld gameplay lacks the fun features found in later games (such as the paper transformations in TTYD or the babies in PIT). Overall I like the game at least a little but I don't love it.
The order in which I first played these games was SPM -> BIS (when I was very young, fairly sure it was this way round but may have been the other way round) then TTYD -> M&L:SSS -> PM64 -> PIT -> SMRPG -> DT (during my mid to late teens.)
Mario RPGs I plan to play (in the order I plan to play them)
1. Paper Mario: Colour Splash: Seems to be generally disliked by the Paper Mario fanbase but I may still enjoy it to some extent. I already have a copy and a Wii U to play it.
2. Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam: Similar deal to CS.
3. Paper Mario: Sticker Star: Generally hated by the Paper Mario fanbase but I feel I wish to try it anyway maybe unless I end up really hating Colour Splash (apparently the two use a similar formula)
4. Paper Mario: The Origami King: Don't own either a Switch or a copy of the game at this point and being new it probably won't be cheap but I hope to get to play it one day.
My favourite Mario RPG characters are the main villains of SPM (including Mr. L), Vivian, Fawful, Cackletta, Lady Bow, TEC-XX, the Shadow Queen, Tippi, Starlow, Luvbi, and Doopliss. I also feel many of the games contain great versions of characters who aren't exclusive or original to the Mario RPGs, such as Bowser in BIS and the babies in PIT.
Super Mario series
I love the 3D platformers of the Super Mario series, discounting reissues I've played them all except for Odyssey which I would absolutely love to get to play one day. My favourite list is:
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2: My first 3D platformer is not only an excellent game as agreed on by most of the Mario community (and usually arguments against this game's quality argue that it's too similar to its predecessor, which, well, I played this first) but is very nostalgic.
2. Super Mario Galaxy 1: Great for many of the same reasons but I feel its principle shortcomings in comparison to its successor is being a bit too easy and much less nostalgia. However the story was great (not Mario RPG level though.)
3. Super Mario 3D World: Played this when I was 16 and it was really cool how it was like the 2D Marios but in 3D. Its graphics and music were amazing and its gameplay was very well polished. I've only played the Wii U version and I'm not sure if I'll ever try its re-release on the Nintendo Switch.
4. Super Mario 3D Land: Great for most of the same reasons as SM3DW barring the graphics (I played SM3DW before SM3DL) and it was really cool to have it on handheld. However I found it too easy.
5. Super Mario 64: Played over the summer when I was 16 and though I didn't play it during "its time" it was a blast. I did like the open-ness of it that hasn't been replicated since but I also felt some of the time that worked against it as for instance I'd often struggle, not knowing what to do. I did feel it was too hard. The music was quite good.
6. Super Mario Sunshine: I did like this game but I feel it's my least favourite by far. Much too difficult, doesn't benefit from the open-ness nearly as much as 64, monotonous theming, didn't like the music very much, and I found many of the levels more frustrating than anything else. I did appreciate the story though. This is the only game on this list I've not beaten the main story (I have around 30 shines.)
Super Mario Maker 1 was an amazing game and it was a dream come true to create and share my own Mario levels and to play the genius, and sometimes not so genius creations of others providing and endless supply of interesting Mario platforming. I'd love to play Super Mario Maker 2 some day and I'd be delighted if Nintendo made a 3D Super Mario Maker or incorporated Super Paper Mario into the Maker series somehow (albeit the latter is a little unrealistic to hope for if I'm honest.)
That aside, I won't rank these but basically New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. are at the top by far because I grew up with them and I have played Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels but find all of these three games to be very dated by comparison. I have also played Super Mario Land and its sequel and I find that these games too are outdated and do not reach the quality of NSMBW and NSMBDS although I do enjoy them more than SMB, SMB2, and SMB:TLL. I prefer NSMBW to NSMBDS. I'd like to try New Super Mario Bros. 2 and either version of New Super Mario Bros. U.
I own Mario Kart Wii, which I do not like.
I own Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, which I enjoy a little.
I used to own but have lost Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! which I enjoyed somewhat.
- I'm a huge fan of Teen Titans Go! with my favourite character being Starfire. I'm aware of popular opinion to the contrary, but I've never seen the original series so that explains a lot. Teen Titans Go! To the Movies is brilliant in my opinion.
- I also love DC Super Hero Girls (2019 TV series) with my favourite character being Zatanna.
- Aside from Mario games, my favourite video game is Minecraft.
- My first video game was LEGO Chess.
- My first Mario game was Mario Kart Wii.
- My birthday is the twenty-seventh of February.
- My favourite colour is red.
- My favourite number is five.
- I don't have a favourite animal.
- I love multiple Disney animated features, most of all the Frozen franchise with Elsa being one of my favourite fictional characters. Other Disney films I like include the Toy Story series and Wreck-it-Ralph.
- The only games I've beaten to 100% are Super Paper Mario, the two Super Mario Galaxy games, and Super Mario 3D Land.
- My favourite foods include cheese, lasagne, pizza, caramel, and chocolate.
- As of last year I have a slight interest in the German language, although I'm not too good at it presently.
- I passionately support LGBTQ+ rights.
- I don't like sport.
- I am afraid of some bugs such as wasps.
- I am an atheist.
- I don't have many hobbies besides playing video games.