Favourite Mario Spin-Offs featuring Double Jump


From plumber, to multi-sport athlete, to doctor, Mario has done much more throughout his illustrious career than save the Mushroom Kingdom from the clutches of Bowser. These side hustles of his are documented in dozens – if not hundreds – of spin-off games. Some of these are best left forgotten, but many of them are great and some are arguably more popular than the mainline series of Super Mario games.

With me to discuss some of our favourite Mario spin-off games are Kris and Rachel from Double Jump!

Jett
First off, thank you so much for joining me on this journey through Mario’s spin-off games!

Kris
Thanks very much for inviting us! We’re excited to be here, and we’re always willing to talk about one of Nintendo’s most famous mascots.

Rachel
Thanks for having us! We’re happy to have connected with you and when it comes to talking about Mario and Nintendo, we’ll be there.

Jett
If we’re going to talk about Mario spin-offs, I think we should tackle the big one first. Ever since the debut of Super Mario Kart in 1992, the franchise has ballooned in terms of entries, sales, and prominence in the zeitgeist to the point where Mario Kart is arguably bigger than the mainline Super Mario games. Do any of the Mario Kart games crack your personal top three?

Kris
I don’t think any of the Mario Kart games are in my top three spin-off titles, as racing isn’t one of my favorite genres. I definitely enjoy the Mario Kart games, finding them wicked fun to play with others, but they’re not the type of game I would pick up on my own. With that said, Mario Kart: Double Dash was amazing with the paired drivers and special items for each character. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is also a great game, but I prefer most of the battle modes than the actual racing.


Rachel
I agree with Kris when she says Mario Kart: Double Dash was an awesome game. We have a lot of fond memories from the Gamecube classic. However, thinking of my top three Mario spin-offs, I would say that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds a spot. Mario Kart Wii was always my top favorite Mario Kart, but when I played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the first time, it easily stepped over the Wii game. I personally love racing games and I’m pretty good at them so I definitely favor the latest Mario Kart game. The races are plentiful and diverse and the battle modes are awesome and so much fun with others.

Jett
To that point, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn’t make my personal top three. Not because it’s bad, because it’s hands-down the best one. However, I don’t have the nostalgia for it, as it’s a game I played as an adult, mostly with random players online. Instead, I would put Mario Kart 64 in my top three. It’s still a blast to play now and I’ll always remember the joy that game created for my friends and I as we crowded around the TV for split-screen racing.

Rachel, if a Mario Kart game didn’t make your top three, what Mario spin-off would make the cut? [NOTE: I confused Kris with Rachel here. Rachel did have a Mario Kart in her top three. I caught the mistake further in the discussion! Sorry!]


Rachel
Paper Mario is definitely number one on my list forever and always. It’s my all-time favorite game. I absolutely love the music, the humor, the game play style, everything about it. It’s a game that I revisit often and always want to play.

Kris
Paper Mario is right up there with my list as well, especially the original installment of that series. I’ve always considered it to be the spiritual successor to my number one spin-off, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. I pretty much love it for the same reasons that Rachel loves Paper Mario, and I’m still crossing my fingers for Geno to be in Smash Bros. Ultimate!

Jett
High praise for Paper Mario! I…never gave that series a chance, despite having access to all of the games through my brother. At the time, I was incensed that Nintendo would make a Mario RPG that wasn’t Super Mario RPG 2 in that same universe with Mallow and Geno. That first Super Mario RPG is also my number one spin-off because of its engaging story and for it being the first – and maybe only – JRPG I’ve ever loved. My stubbornness to accept anything other than that is really the only reason I haven’t played any of the games in the series. I actually have the original Paper Mario on Nintendo 64 in my display case right now, though I currently don’t have a Nintendo 64. That’s a story for another day.

Rachel
Well, now you need to go play Paper Mario. Do you have a Wii or Wii U? Download it there. Though… I don’t think the Wii Ware is available anymore? Anyway, I have a lot of respect for Super Mario RPG. I used to watch Kris play that over and over when we were kids. I’ve never played it myself though. Paper Mario is actually the first game I played and completed myself, which is also another reason it holds a special place in my heart. I had watched Kris play so many games and Paper Mario was a good place for me to start playing as “player one.”

Jett
Aw, that’s cute! Great reason for it to be where it is on your list.

As I start to count the scores for each person’s top three, I realize that in the process of mixing you two up, Kris hasn’t mentioned any of her favourites yet. Sorry! Kris, name a game that makes your cut.

Kris
Haha, no worries! As sisters, we get mixed up all the time. Well, Super Mario RPG is my number one spin off. It’s honestly my favorite Mario game to date, and I even prefer it to the mainstream Super Mario games. Another on my top three, though, would have to be something from the Mario Party series. It’d be easy to say Mario Party 2, but Mario Party 3 and 4 were great installments as well. I especially enjoy the mini games in Mario Party 4 and the special duel mode in Mario Party 3. Either of you have the Mario Party series high on your lists?

Jett
I enjoyed the first two Mario Party games, but I had my fill after that. None of those games would make my top three. I do have fond memories of playing that mini game in the first Mario Party that required you to spin the analog stick really fast. I got blisters on my palm from it, because it was way faster to spin the stick with your palm than your thumb.

Rachel
I believe everyone got blisters from that. That was fixed for the later Mario Party games though. I would say Mario Party would be in my top three as well. Though, I’ll admit, I’m not sure which one. Mario Party 1 was great, but 2 was definitely better, in my opinion, even though they’re almost the same. We have a lot of fond memories of 3 and 4, 5, 6, and 7 were just okay for me. I played 8 a lot. I never played 9 and I don’t like to talk about 10. Those are just the games on the consoles too, not even the handheld Mario Party games. If I had to choose just one Mario Party, I’d have to go with 2. It’d be torn between 2, 4, and 8, but probably 2 was the best for me.

Kris
With that said, we’re definitely looking forward to Super Mario Party in October. I’m cautiously optimistic for it, since it seems like it’ll go back to the party’s routes instead of having… cars. Jett, since Mario Party doesn’t make your top three, and we spoke already of the RPG series and the Kart series, what other spin off is on your list? One of the sports titles, maybe?

Jett
As a matter of fact, yes, a sports game does make my top three. It might seem like an odd choice, but Mario Golf on the Nintendo 64 easily makes my top three. Though I have virtually zero interest in the real-life sport, I’m still enamored with Mario Golf‘s perfect balance of quasi-realistic golfing mechanics paired with fantastical arcade action. It’s one of the few games I’ve ever completed 100%, as I eventually unlocked every badge by scoring at least a birdie on every one of the game’s holes. Later entries in the series faltered by adding too many silly elements to the action, so I personally prefer the “purity” of the Nintendo 64 entry.

Rachel
That’s cool. Honestly, I don’t remember too much of Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64. I don’t recall us ever owning the game or ever really playing it. With that said, I do enjoy sports games to a certain extent and the Mario sports games are usually pretty good. I’m just terrible at them.

Kris
I played very little of Mario Golf, mainly because a few of my friends in elementary school had it. It wasn’t too bad of a game to me, I remember having fun with it, but that could have been due to the good company. I remember having much more fun with Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64, renting that from Blockbuster a fair amount of time. Sports games aren’t my favorite genre, but I do like how accessible they are to those of us who, as you said Jett, may not have any interest in the sports in real life.

Jett
If this were a top five list, Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 would make the cut. But this is top three, and for those keeping score, our personal lists (in no particular order) look like this!

Kris
Super Mario RPG
One of the Mario Party games
Paper Mario

Rachel
Paper Mario
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Party 2

Jett
Super Mario RPG
Mario Kart 64
Mario Golf

That’s gonna do it for this discussion on Mario spin-offs. Thank you so much Kris and Rachel for sharing some of your favourites with us!

Rachel
Thank you for having us! It was a pleasure!

Kris
This was lots of fun! Here’s hoping we’ll be able to collab in the future!

Jett
Definitely!


Once again, thank you to Kris and Rachel from Double Jump for the collaboration! Make sure to check out their work on their site. While you’re over there, don’t miss our other collaboration where we discuss Mini Consoles in a “Would You Rather” format!

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5 thoughts on “Favourite Mario Spin-Offs featuring Double Jump

  1. Matt August 23, 2018 / 7:34 AM

    Very nice choices all around!

    • Jett August 23, 2018 / 9:16 AM

      Thanks! What games are in your top three Mario spin-offs?

      • Matt August 23, 2018 / 9:57 AM

        The first two Paper Mario games, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.

  2. Kris P. August 23, 2018 / 8:00 AM

    Thanks again, Jett! This was a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to doing more with you in the future! 🙂

    • Jett August 23, 2018 / 9:16 AM

      Enjoyed working with you and Rachel too! Looking forward to working with you both on future projects!

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