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Mario's Game Gallery!

Mario's Game Gallery is an MS-DOS game released by Interplay in 1995. As the name suggests, it's a compilation of games you play with Mario. There's five to choose from: Checkers, Go Fish, Dominos, Backgammon and Yacht.

In 1997, a Windows 3.1 version was released as "Mario's FUNdementals" under Interplay's "Brainstorm" division.

Notable for being Charles Martinet's first role as Mario's voice.

This game shows examples of:

  • Artificial Stupidity: In Go Fish, Mario may repeatedly ask for the same card two times in a row that you don't have.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: The game is infamous for using this trope.
    • In Go Fish, the game knows what's in your hand. More often than not, when you draw from the deck, the AI will call for what you just drew.
  • Continue Your Mission, Dammit!: If you take too long on your move, Mario will get impatient and start complaining.
  • Continuity Nod: The suit Mario wears on the title screen is reminiscent of the suit he wears on the box art for Super Mario All-Stars, minus the top hat.
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  • Couch Gag: Mario will always recommend a different game to play at the title screen.
  • Covers Always Lie: The jewel case for FUNdamentals has a checkerboard with circular checker pieces. In the actual game, you play as either Yoshis or Koopas.
  • Everyone Rating: The game is rated K-A. Although the cover itself recommends "Ages 6-101".
  • Idle Animation:
    • Mario taps his foot every once in a while on the title screen.
    • During checkers, Mario will sweat if you're close to winning.
  • Just Eat Him: In Checkers, Yoshis will eat Koopas alive when they jump over them.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The entirety of Yacht.
  • Luck Manipulation Mechanic: The entirety of Yacht.
  • Malaproper: Mario (aside from the thick Italian accent) has a rather tenuous grasp on the English language in this game, leading to strange turns of phrases. For example of one such quirk, he'll often use "I'm-a" when he should be using "I" "I'm-a like-a [game of choice]" "I'm-a lost". Tellingly, this aspect of the way Mario talked was largely abandoned in the years to come.
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  • My Nayme Is: Bowser is misspelled "Bowzer" in the subtitles.
  • No Fair Cheating:
    Hey! That's not a legal move!
  • Oh, Crap!: Mario will sometimes go "Uh-oh" when you jump one of his pieces in Checkers.
  • Pun-Based Title: FUNdamentals, The word "fun" is in all caps to lampshade this trope.
  • Updated Re-release: Mario's FUNdementals has more polished graphics, new voice clips, and fixes a few bugs such as slowdowns.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: The game expects you to understand how to play Dominos and Backgammon, both of which are uncommon board games. The help menus don't help either.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Yacht is obviously Yahtzee, just renamed because it's the only game included to be trademarked. Mario even calls the game "Yacht-ee" hiding the trademark violation behind Charles Martinet's faux Italian accent.

Alternative Title(s): Marios FU Ndementals


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