In case you missed the memo, at Miketendo64, this week is #MarioWeek and this is Mario & Me! Our latest mini-series of interviews where developers, Miketendo64 staff and even Friends of Miketendo64 reveal just how much Mario means to all of us.
Under the spotlight in today’s first of two new instalments, is one of the terrific twosome that is Double Jump. Here’s what Rachel had to say when undergoing our Quick Fire round:
Q1. Name and/or Known Alias? Rachel.
Q2. First Mario game you played? Paper Mario.
Q3. Last Mario game you played? Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Q4. Favourite Power-up? Super Star.
Q5. Least favourite Power-up? Blimp Fruit.
Q6. Favourite Boss Battle? Ninja Koopa Brothers in Paper Mario.
Q7. Least favourite Boss Battle? Bowser in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.
Q8. Mario or Luigi? Luigi.
Q9. Princess Peach or Princess Daisy? Princess Peach.
Q10. Metal Mario or Rabbid Mario? Metal Mario.
Q11. Frog Suit or Racoon Suit? Racoon Suit.
Q12. Goombas or Koopa Troopers? Koopa Troopers.
Q13. Super Mario Odyssey, physical or digital purchase? Physical.
Q14. Playing Mario alone, or with a friend? With a friend..
Q15. Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2? Super Mario 64 and Sunshine.
And from short, yet delightfully sweet answers, it is time we moved on to the longer answers, so here’s the Final Three round:
What does Mario and his associated franchise mean to you?
Family. I know that sounds corny, but I remember playing a lot of Mario with my family when I was younger. I grew up watching Kris play video games, but our oldest sister used to play with us once upon a time. We’d play Super Mario Bros. together as well as Mario Party and Mario Kart.
My Mom and Dad would even occasionally play with us sometimes too. My uncle is a big gamer and now his kids are too. Kris and I got our other cousins into gaming as well and we play Mario Kart and Mario Party with them a lot. The games vary a lot between kart racing, board games, platformers, and RPGS that anyone can play them and have fun whether you’re alone or with friends/family.
What is a Mario moment you will always treasure?
My most memorable Mario moment was when I beat Paper Mario for the first time. I always watched Kris play video games, especially if they were one-player. I had watched Kris play Paper Mario before and it easily became my favourite Mario game. It was a big deal when I tried playing it myself because it was rare I played games myself, but it’s an easy enough game. When I finally beat Bowser I was super excited that I played again. Paper Mario, to this day, is my favourite game and the game I’ve beaten myself the most times. I can play it over and over again.
What are you most looking forwards to doing in Super Mario Odyssey?
I’m looking forward to exploring New Donk City! I’m excited to see what Nintendo has come up with for this new Mario world. I’m also eager to try out the new mechanic with Mario’s hat. Transforming into other objects and beings certainly doesn’t seem like a “Mario” game to me, but I’m sure it it’ll be fun all the same. It’s definitely a cool idea.
Rachel, like we say to everyone, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and making your mark on #MarioWeek. It like all your previous contributions to the site are most appreciated, also enjoy the heck out of Odyssey, you deserve it! Now should any of our readers feel like contributing, here are the two ways you can do so:
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