Marios Game Gallery

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a game by Presage Software, Inc.
Platform: PC (1995)
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 3 votes
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Marios Game Gallery
Marios Game Gallery
Marios Game Gallery
Marios Game Gallery

Although Mario is a figure irremediably associated with Nintendo and its video game consoles, there have been certain occasions when we have been able to see him outside these platforms. In the mid-1990s, Nintendo granted certain licenses for the personal computer market in North America. These licenses allowed certain companies to make use of the characters of the well-known saga but, in no case to make a game of similar characteristics, so most of them were channeled towards educational or casual titles. Perhaps one of the most interesting examples of this is Mario's Game Gallery, which is also one of the most obscure Mario games ever released. But what is this game all about? And why many people haven't heard about it? Well, let's talk about it!

About the game

Developed by Presage Software and released in 1995 for PC by Interplay and Macintosh by MacPlay, this game is, as the name implies, a collection of traditional games. However, it's not a collection of Mario games, nor is it all about Nintendo video games.

Instead of classic Mario games, this title presents five classic games: checkers, dominoes, the card game Go Fish, backgammon, and yacht (in this case it is an unlicensed version of Milton Bradley's dice game Yahtzee). Games that in most cases did not require too much explanation for any family that got the game, which also had the added attraction of having Mario as an opponent in each of the games.

But Mario is not the only member of this universe that appears in the game, as we have small winks in each of the games. Thus, the pieces used by Mario in checkers and backgammon will be represented by koopas and those of the player by Yoshis. Similarly, both the cards of the deck of cards, such as the values of the dominoes, are also replaced by characters appearing in the various games of the Nintendo saga.

Haven't heard about it?

Likely, most people have not heard about Mario's Game Galley, it's not even available to play on Nintendo consoles after all. It's one of those strange games that were released when trying to get the Mario name bigger in America and outside japan. We can't blame you if it's the first time you hear about it.

But as incredible as it may sound, this is one of the very first times, and only second to the CD-Rom version of Mario Teaches Typing, that the iconic character gets his voice actor Charles Martinet. Since then, Martinet has been the voice of Mario and many other characters in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Review.: 6.5/10

The simplicity of the games themselves, make the title visually correct, with a good representation of the characters (although with a lower resolution than in Super Nintendo) and a clear exposition of the elements of the classic games. It is worth mentioning the menu system, very Mac or Windows style, which was not so common in MS-DOS but could be found in some video games like Battle Chess or Sid Meier's Civilization.


This is not a game you'll play if you want the classic experience of a Mario game, but something more unique.


  • Visuals are good
  • Character design is accurate to the original games
  • Nice recreation of the games


  • Lack of variety in the games
  • A little boring

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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