Hotel Mario

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Hotel Mario
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"I hope she made lotsa spaghetti!" - Luigi
Genre: Puzzle
Platforms: Philips CD-i
Release Date: April 5, 1994
Developer: Fantasy Factory
Publisher: Philips Interactive Media
Made in: United States
Franchise: Mario


Hotel Mario is a puzzle game developed by Fantasy Factory and published by Philips Interactive Media for the Philips CD-i in 1994. The primary character of the game is Mario, who must find Princess Peach by going through seven Koopa Hotels in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Every hotel is divided into multiple stages, and the objective is to open all doors on each stage. Defeating a Koopaling on the hotel's final stage takes the player to the following building.

Gameplay

Controlling Mario, or his brother Luigi in two-player mode, the player has to complete all stages of the seven hotels in the game. The first six hotels contain 10 stages, and the last contains 15 stages. Progressing from one stage to the next requires the player to shut every door without exceeding a time limit. The purpose of closing the doors to progress is not explained. Elevators, which operate differently depending on the hotel, enable the player to go between the five floors of the stage. The faster a stage is cleared, the more points will be given to the player. Every stage has its own title screen via which the game can be saved. The screens are also used to enter previously played hotel stages and the map of the Mushroom Kingdom, which allows the player to access any visited hotel.

Plot

The game takes place in the Mushroom Kingdom, which Bowser has turned into a hotel resort for the use of himself and the Koopalings, renaming the land the "Club Koopa Resort". Each hotel in the area is guarded by one of the Koopalings and their henchmen. The hotels represent different building types with various locations, including a tree, a mine, and a cloud.

Having been invited for a picnic by Princess Peach, Mario and Luigi enter the Mushroom Kingdom. At the entrance, however, they find a message from Bowser. He reveals that he has taken control over the kingdom and established seven hotels there, at one of which Princess Peach is being held as a "permanent guest". As they visit the first six hotels, Mario and Luigi find the Princess several times, but on every occasion she disappears out of their sight, ending up in another hotel. They eventually enter a palace where Bowser himself resides. With the hotel's owner defeated, the brothers flee the building with Princess Peach before it collapses. The Princess, now able to rule her kingdom in peace, thanks to the Mario brothers, giving them both a kiss.

Why It Sucks

  1. Odd dialogue. One example is the infamous scene where Mario goes into a room filled with toasters and says: "You know what they say, all toasters toast toast!" First of all, who even says that? And second of all, they toast bread, not toast.
  2. Bad and stupid gameplay, similar to that of Elevator Action. The only goal in each level is to run around and close doors.
  3. Awful and cheesy writing that doesn't stay to the true source.
  4. You can get hit by enemies in the platform above you when trying to jump over enemies.
  5. Enemies respawn without warning, killing you if you don't watch out. They also reopen doors when they do respawn, making the levels drag on quite a bit, and if all the doors open, you lose.
  6. Poor controls, which can lead to cheap deaths.
  7. The only way to avoid enemies you can't jump on is by hiding in the elevators.
  8. Some of the bosses are a pain to beat, with Ludwig being the most annoying boss in the game due to his hard-to-dodge lighting beam ability.
  9. Mario is given a deep voice with a gruff Brooklyn accent, which makes him sound more like a generic guy than a plumber.
  10. It has a French dub on cutscenes, but it's done very poorly. For example, Bowser is called "Boswor" in the French dub.
  11. The cutscenes are hilariously bad. They are not very fun to watch and have many problems:
    • Often have too long pauses (three to five seconds) between clips, like when Princess Peach thanks Mario and Luigi for saving her and then the one where she thanks the player for helping. This is also true for when she just gives a creepy and long look at the screen until it finally transitions.
    • The audio quality is extremely low. It can get extremely loud for people's ears, especially during the line where Mario says "Hey you, get off of my cloud!".

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Most of the time, has surprisingly good framerate and non-glitchy gameplay for CD-i standards.
  2. Decent level design.
  3. Catchy soundtrack, especially in the cutscenes.
  4. Great in-game graphics, along with the well-drawn sprites.
  5. Luigi's voice is actually surprisingly similar to how Charles Martinet would voice him starting with the international release of Mario Kart 64.

Trivia

  • It spawned several internet memes and YTPs, and also the famous quote "I hope she made lotsa spaghetti!" and "No!".
  • The warp sound here and from Super Mario 64 originated from Sound Ideas' The General Series 6000 sound effects library.

Reception

Hotel Mario received mixed reviews. GamePro gave it a 2.5/5 stars rating, while Video Games: The Ultimate Gaming Magazine gave it a 7/10 rating. On Google, Hotel Mario received 61% likes.

Cancelled CD-i Mario Game

In the early development stages of the CD-i, Philips and Nintendo were originally going to create a sequel to Super Mario World called Super Mario's Wacky Worlds, which was supposed to be developed by NovaLogic. It was cancelled due to declining sales of the CD-i and even though it wasn't released, with this being made instead (watch James Rolfe and Mike Matei play the unfinished demo here).

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Comments


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EnnardTrap1987

19 months ago
Score 9
But hey, at least this is the only good game on the CD-I tbh. And that's coming from a console with frustrating to unplayable games.
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Lsw1002

14 months ago
Score 3
PAC-ATTACK was released on the CD-i as PAC-PANIC.
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Zeephare

29 days ago
Score 0
This comment aged poorly, I guess. We have some better games, which are actually good, such as The Apprentice, Tetris, Burn:Cycle, and Lemmings.
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JDM4678

17 months ago
Score 8
This game recives the so bad its good stamp for being the origin of ytp
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EnnardTrap1987

14 months ago
Score 11
"HEY, YOU! GET OFF OF MY CLOUD!"
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Paprika

14 months ago
Score 11
"NO"
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RuslanJuve07

5 months ago
Score 2
LOL
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Glitchedblood

14 months ago
Score 13
nice of the princess to invite us over for a picnic, gay luigi?
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Vicious187

14 months ago
Score 10

I hope she makes lotsa spahghettiǃ

Lugi Look its bowser she going to cuck us out of princess peach againǃ
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OpenRISC

14 months ago
Score 9
Dear pesky plumbers
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SuperSonicKazooie

6 months ago
Score 8
"the koopalings and I have taken over the Mushroom Kingdom. The princess is now a permanent guest at one of my seven Koopa hotels. I dare you to find her if you can!"
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Grammar guy

5 months ago
Score 7

"We gotta find the princess!"

"And YOU gotta help us!"

"If you need instructions on how to get through the hotels, check out the enclosed instruction book.
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Hookuai

13 months ago
Score 9
"You know what they say, all toasters toast toast." more like "You know what they say, all toasters toast bread." You developers need common sense
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Akash The Nintendo Guy

12 months ago
Score 8
Well, I actually think it's funny.
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Grammer Guy

6 months ago
Score 8
Technically, toasting toast can toast it more, therefore clarifying that all toasters can, indeed, toast toast.
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A.A Founder

13 months ago
Score 5

To be honest, this is a Medicore game, it’s not THAT BAD.

The only reason people love to hate it is the cutscenes and it’s premise.

Besides that, it’s OK, at least it’s better than any educational Mario game.
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Hinami

13 months ago
Score 6
The only reason people love to hate it is the cutscenes, its premise, and it's featured in AVGN.
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Akash The Nintendo Guy

12 months ago
Score 1
Guys, This game doesn't ACTUALLY suck. I like it mostly because of the YTP Memes. Sure this game can be laggy sometimes, but that dosen't mean it's bad. It has some decent cutscenes that later became memes.
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 1
Well, that's your opinion, and you are allowed to have it.
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Botbuster

11 months ago
Score 8
Nice of the Princess to invite us over to her picnic, ey Luigi? I hope she made lotsa spaghetti!
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DarkMatterMan4500

8 months ago
Score 6
I HOPE SHE MADE LOTSA SPAGHETTI!
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

10 months ago
Score 10
This Game gave us tons of memes
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Okboomer45

8 months ago
Score 8
Mario: NO
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Harrison Dye

7 months ago
Score 6
At least without Hotel Mario, we wouldn't have YouTube Poops.
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

7 months ago
Score 6
The only good thing about this game is how it created YT poops.
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GapYoukai

6 months ago
Score 5
"if you pinch Wendy's pennies, they pinch back!"
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BriaaanMcShane

6 months ago
Score 4
The most infamous mario game
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Zeephare

6 months ago
Score 3
Absolutely legend and the definition of YTP.
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Glitchedblood

6 months ago
Score 4
Zeephare: Along with the Zelda CDI games.
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Zeephare

6 months ago
Score 3
Glitchmaster: Don't forget about Mama Luigi from Super Mario World TV show.
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Apvbulg

6 months ago
Score 4
This game is so bad tha is Good it's actually hillariously bad is good.
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Igot

6 months ago
Score 1
hip
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GRAND-DUCHY

5 months ago
Score 3
The YouTube Poops makes this game (and the CD-i Zelda games) look good!
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Rechiheaghie

5 months ago
Score 4

Toasters toast bread toast

Toasters burn toast toast
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Blubabluba9990

4 months ago
Score 3

All toasters toast toast.

Flawless logic Mario, flawless logic.
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Verywittyusername.exe

4 months ago
Score 1
Toasters toast bread you idiot.
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Verywittyusername.exe

4 months ago
Score 2
Then it BECOMES TOAST. THAT'S THE POINT OF TOASTERS!!!!!!!!
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Verywittyusername.exe

4 months ago
Score 1
Actually toasting toast creates burnt toast, soooo...
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Verywittyusername.exe

4 months ago
Score 1
And toasting burnt toast just... uhh... I don't know. What happens when you toast burnt toast? It just becomes pure carbon?!?
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DoubleJumpMan

one month ago
Score 0
Then toasting toasty toast will toast the toast even more
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Verywittyusername.exe

4 months ago
Score 3
A quote from Link Vs. The Faces of Evil: "MA BOIIIIIII THIS PEACE IS WHAT ALL TRUE WARRIORS STRIVE FOR"
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SuperStreetKombat

4 months ago
Score 3
Gay Luigi?
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Freddy83

3 months ago
Score 0
Who's that character that had black hair and a pair of glasses that appeared in the boxart?
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ExploringEditor

3 months ago
Score 1
Probably some irrelevant Elvis reference, this game sure knows how to be cheesy.
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RaymesisEvil

3 months ago
Score 4
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Remely1000

3 months ago
Score 2
NOU
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Marcus567456

3 months ago
Score 3
G A Y L U I G I
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Oggyxilam1998

2 months ago
Score 2
I hope she made lottsa spaguetti
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Zeephare

2 months ago
Score 3
Where there's smoke, they pinch back.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 1
Be careful when you pinch Windy's pennies, there's fire!
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BlazePlastic2003

2 months ago
Score 2
Honestly, I'm glad that Marc Graue likes what people have been doing with the footage because the Youtube Poop people are really funny. I missed watching the old YTP videos back then.
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RaymesisEvil

2 months ago
Score 3

CD-I U cOnFiRmEd

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Arctic01

2 months ago
Score 1

Remember, when there's smoke...


There's fire.
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Remely1000

2 months ago
Score 1
Ah-ha! Here's the problem, too many toasters.
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SuperStreetKombat

2 months ago
Score 2
You know what they say: all toasters toast toast!
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DoubleJumpMan

29 days ago
Score 0

Hey, you!

Get out of my cloud!
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TtA

17 days ago
Score 2
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Voxelvillager

16 days ago
Score 1
Looks kinda peaceful...
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SuperStreetKombat

16 days ago
Score 1
Looks are deceiving when Koopas are involved.

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