Hotel Mario cover
|Developer(s)||Phillips Fantasy Factory|
|Publisher(s)||Phillips Interactive Media|
|Release date|| December 31, 1994|
Hotel Mario is a fanon puzzle game that was created by Philips Media for the CD-i. Philips Media had acquired the rights to produce Mario and The Legend of Zelda games after initial plans to make a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Nintendo fell through. Released in 1994 to little fanfare, the game did very poorly due to a lack of interest in the CD-i system. The games resulting from the license did not gain much success, with Hotel Mario being regarded as one of the worst Mario games.
In the Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser has built a hotel resort for the use of himself and his children, renaming the land "Klub 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 Toadstool, 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 made seven hotels there, at one of which Princess Toadstool 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 resides. With the hotel's owner defeated, the brothers flee the building with Princess Toadstool before it collapses. The Princess, now able to rule her kingdom in peace, thanks the Mario brothers, giving them both a kiss.
These Full Motion Videos, however, are frowned upon by the Mario community for containing what is considered to be some of the worst scripting, drawing, animation, and voice acting yet seen in a video game. And as mentioned, the gameplay was not up to series standards, to the point that the majority of the Mario community totally rejects Hotel Mario as canonical to the series, something made easier by the fact that these games had nothing to do with Nintendo.
- Screenshots - A collection of screenshots featuring this game.