At this point, there have been so many different Mario sports series that it’s hard to remember them all. Golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, the Olympic Games. Yet there are still many more sports where that came from, and hence many more opportunities for Mario sports games. What should be the next sport explored? For me, the answer is simple: “Mario Wrestling” has to happen.
I want to see Mario military pressing Waluigi. I want to see Wario poking Luigi in the eyes. (It’s the quintessential wrestling move.) I want to see Bowser powerbombing Toad through the top of a steel cage. Heck, Peach should be trapping Daisy in the Sharpshooter. This is the sort of thing that would easily sell 50 billion copies.
In classic Mario fashion, there could be extra gimmicks added to the arenas. Maybe there’s a Chain Chomp wrestling ring where falling out of the ring means getting a bite taken out of you. Maybe there’s a Boo ring where Boos interrupt the referee’s count, or they steal important objects (like the ladder in a ladder match). This could be stupidly fun.
And to ensure the wrestling mechanics are actually good, Nintendo would have to get syn Sophia to develop it. Never heard of them? They used to be AKI Corporation, which were the heroes who gave the world its greatest wrestling game ever: WWF No Mercy from Nintendo 64. Yes, in these ways, “Mario Wrestling” could become the greatest Mario sports game ever.
Your turn! What should be the next new Mario sports series? Tell us in the comments below!