It's not often one hears "Mario" and "worst video games of all time" in the same sentence, but every great game franchise has to have a worst entry, and Hotel Mario owns that title. There have been other games where Mario is not a hero anyone can really root for, but Hotel Mario is hands down the biggest, which perhaps explains why it's one of the most obscure Mario games.
Hotel Mario was developed for the Phillips CD-i (a failed game system you may never have heard of) and released in 1994. Even if it had been the first Mario game, it still would have been hated, but it came along well after the series reached all-star status, making the offense even worse. The game shouldn't have been made in the first place - and it almost wasn't. Alas, creators didn't stop themselves, so the world now has to remember its radiant terribleness.
Even if you think you know everything about the history of Super Mario, you may not know the sad truth of Hotel Mario. Once you find out the truth, you'll probably appreciate how great the series has become.
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