Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up
What better way to close out this curious list of Mario professions, than with a game where Mario opines on the various jobs he’d like to have when he grows up? The dude is actually in his 30s, canonically, so the ship has probably sailed on most of these dreams, but we’ll let it slide for now.
One of the delightful features in Mario Paint was the ability to take a picture of Mario, color it in, and make whatever alterations we saw fit, most often adding some kind of inappropriate imagery that our parents would surely scold us for. In When I Grow Up, however, your only option is to color. There is no editing. There is no frivolity. There is no bathroom!!
The canvases in question see Mario and his buddies taking on all sorts of career paths, ranging from the obvious like teacher, scientist, or carpenter, to the questionable: if you’ve ever dreamed of someday seeing Mario and Luigi as business executives, being scolded by Bowser for decreased sales, then this is the game for you!
It’s just another of the many peculiar titles Mario has been sleazing about in his many years on this earth. The actual list is fairly exhaustive, but that’s another tale for another day. Have you played any of these games? And more importantly, have you got a Mario sweater of your very own?