The Month of Mario: Week 4

This September marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES! To celebrate, Mario Party Legacy is spending each day of the week looking back at the Mario titles released in a single year. Each retrospective will also feature a remix or medley that best fits that year! Check out Week 1 here, Week 2 here, and Week 3 here!


 

2006

Day 22, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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This might be the year the Nintendo Wii was released, but don’t expect to see any Mario titles making it onto today’s list! The GameCube has already come and gone, so 2006 will look to the Nintendo DS alone. The creative and surprising Super Princess Peach was released, along with a sequel to the beloved Yoshi’s Island. We also got the latest Mario spin-off with Mario Hoops 3-on-3.

New Super Mario Bros. DS was released in 2006, making this the first 2D Mario side-scroller in 15 years. This was a big deal! Nowadays, the moment we see a “New” in the title, we groan and hope for something a little more original. This was not the case at the time. Today’s remix takes the castle theme, a track that is not used in every single game in the series, and gives it a modern revamp. Enjoy!

Mario games released in 2006:

  • Super Princess Peach (DS, February 27)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (DS, May 15)
  • Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (DS, September 11)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS, September 25)
  • Yoshi’s Island DS (DS, November 13)

2007

Day 23, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Lots of games in 2007, including big ones like Super Paper Mario and Super Mario Galaxy. It was the last hurrah for Hudson developed Mario Party series and it saw the start of the popular Mario & Sonic series. Great year to be a Mario fan!

Super Paper Mario split the Paper Mario community quite a bit with its change in gameplay, but it’s hard to argue that the game features some of the best story and music in the series. That said, take a listen to the medley above featuring the final boss themes of the game!

Mario games released in 2007:

  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Wii, January 15)
  • Diddy Kong Racing DS (DS, February 5)
  • Wario: Master of Disguise (DS, March 5)
  • Super Paper Mario (Wii, April 9)
  • Mario Party 8 (Wii, May 29)
  • Mario Strikers Charged (Wii, July¬† 30)
  • DK: Jungle Climber (DS, September 10)
  • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (Wii, October 8)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii, November 6)
  • Super Mario Galaxy (Wii, November 12)
  • Mario Party DS (DS, November 19)

2008

Day 24, Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Mario Kart Wii holds a special place in the hearts of many fans. It was the first game to be fully functional online, and Wii owners flocked to this installment in the series. As one of the best selling games in the series, it rightfully gets the remix for the day. Listen to hear a remix of all the track and battle map themes in the game!

Mario games released in 2008:

  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (DS, January 22)
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii, March 9)
  • Mario Kart Wii (Wii, April 27)
  • Dr. Mario Online Rx (Wii, May 26)
  • Mario Super Sluggers (Wii, August 25)
  • Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii, September 22)

2009

Day 25, Friday, September 25, 2015

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While this year might be short in terms of releases when compared to years prior, there still were two major releases in the form of New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story. The orchestra remix above features the beloved final boss theme of the third Mario & Luigi title. Enjoy!

Mario games released in 2009:

  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (DS, June 8)
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS, September 14)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Wii/DS, October 13)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii, November 15)

2010

Day 26, Saturday, September 26, 2015

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The Super Mario Galaxy games were considered some of the best games to be released not only on the Wii, but in recent memory. Giving the Super Mario series a fresh new idea in terms of visuals and gameplay, both games stand out as memorable classics. Not only that, but both games were remembered for their incredible orchestrated soundtracks. The medley above takes themes from Super Mario Galaxy 2 and orchestrates them live to audience!

Mario games released in 2010:

  • WarioWare: D.I.Y. (DS, March 28)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, May 23)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (DS, November 14)
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii, November 21)
  • Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (Wii, December 12)

2011

Day 27, Sunday, September 27, 2015

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The 3DS arrived in 2011, and as such, the latest Mario handheld games were released! Super Mario 3D Land made its impact first, but was quickly followed by the latest in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 7. For the remix today, take a listen to a redone version of Wario Shipyard, a track in Mario Kart 7.

Mario games released in 2011:

  • Mario Sports Mix (Wii, February 7)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (3DS, November 13)
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii, November 15)
  • Mario Kart 7 (3DS, December 4)
  • Fortune Street (Wii, December 5)

2012

Day 28, Monday, September 28, 2015

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2012 was the year we finally saw a new release in the Mario Party series. As many veterans of Mario Party Legacy will tell you, this was an incredible moment for fans of the series to see the series resurrected. While the final product may not have been what fans wanted, the wait and build up for the game was still one of the more memorable experiences in recent years.

The medley for today is one the we featured earlier this year when Mario Party 10 was released. Take a listen to hear a theme from every Mario Party to date!

Mario games released in 2012:

  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (DS, February 14)
  • Mario Party 9 (Wii, March 11)
  • Mario Tennis Open (3DS, May 20)
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS, August 19)
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS, November 11)
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U, November 18)
  • Nintendo Land (Wii U, November 18)

2013

Day 29, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Another big year for Mario, but more importantly, this is the year Super Mario 3D World was released! Another instant classic, Super Mario 3D World brought multiplayer to the Super Mario 3D platforming world. To top that off, the game featured yet another incredible soundtrack, and that’s why we’ll be featuring as our medley of the day!

Mario games released in 2013:

  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS, March 24)
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (3DS, May 9)
  • New Super Luigi U (Wii U, June 20)
  • Game & Wario (Wii U, June 23)
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS, August 11)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games (Wii U, November 15)
  • Super Mario 3D World (Wii U, November 22)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour (3DS, November 22)
  • NES Remix (Wii U, December 18)
  • Dr. Luigi (Wii U, December 31)

2014 and Beyond

Day 30, Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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And just like that, we are all caught up and up to date. Back when Nintendo was celebrating the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Mario Bros., a talented group came forward and released two different medley covering the entirety of the Mario series. Both are incredible to not only listen to, but also to watch, and I encourage you to take a look at both if you feel like taking a trip down memory lane.

And that concludes our Month of Mario! Thank you to everyone who has been checking out and supporting the daily remixes and medleys, and we hope it helped you celebrate Super Mario Bros.’s 30th anniversary that much more!

Mario games released in 2014:

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U, February 21)
  • Yoshi’s New Island (3DS, March 14)
  • NES Remix 2 (Wii U, April 25)
  • Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS, May 2)
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U, May 30)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (3DS, October 3)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U, November 21)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Wii U, December 5)

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Mario games released in 2015 and Beyond:

  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U/3DS, March 5)
  • Mario Party 10 (Wii U, March 20)
  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition (3DS, May 22)
  • Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure (3DS, June 11)
  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U, September 11)
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U, October 16)
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U, November 20)
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS, 2016)
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U/3DS, 2016)
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