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The Most Famous Video Game Character Ever?

nintendo-371171-mEver wondered how many games Mario has been in? If you’re here on Mario Game Download then you already know that Mario is the most popular video game character on the planet. Would you be surprised to learn that the Super Mario franchise is worth over $10 billion USD? Maybe not, and especially not when you realize the sheer number of games that the character has featured in.

Most people are familiar with the classics. Games like Super Mario Bros, Super Mario World, Mario Kart, and Super Mario 64 are games that many of us grew up playing. Some of us even grew up and kept playing them! Not every Mario appearance is part of a high profile release, but these appearances do prove the widespread influence and power that Super Mario commands in the gaming industry.

Hotel Mario

Do you remember the Philips CD-I? Not many people do. This hybrid device incorporated elements of a game console, along with an advanced CD/Karaoke player. Nintendo rarely licenses its franchises to other companies, especially console manufacturers, but the CD-I had just one game; Hotel Mario.

NBA Street 2003

Mario playing basketball? Why not! This EA game from 2005 was released on the PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox. Nintendo’s GameCube had exclusive content that allowed you to ball with Mario, Luigi, and even Princess Peach. All were playable characters.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

What happens when you combine two of the most popular video game characters of all time? This game, apparently. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was developed by SEGA, and is interesting because continued the fierce rivalry that these two characters had during the 1990s. There are playable characters from both Nintendo and Sega as you go for gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Surprised by any of the releases? In addition to these games featuring Mario, there are over 180 more. Games range from Japanese-only cell phone games, to region specific releases, and even the classics that the world loves.

If you’re ready for some Mario Game Downloads and other classic games, head to our New Mario Games or Old Mario Games sections.

Spelling Games for Kids

The following spelling games can be used by parents — or teachers — to reinforce spelling in children.

SPELLING GAME FOR KIDS 1: USE BOARD GAMES, SUCH AS MONOPOLY

Play any game that is normally played with dice with the child — Monopoly, for example. The parent can continue to move her token forward in the normal way by throwing the dice, but the child must orally spell a word to move forward.

To select words that can be used, the parent can use words from the child’s schoolwork that he often misspells. She must make word cards of these words. It is best to use not fewer than 20 words and not more than 30. When playing a board game, the same 20-30 words can be used, or if the child already knows how to spell them, other words can be selected. The parent must thoroughly shuffle the word cards, and then put them in a pile upside down on the table between the two (or more) players.

When it is the child’s turn to play, the parent must take a word from the top of the pile and then say the word aloud. The child must spell the word. If the child spells the word correctly, he may move his token the same number of spaces as there are letters in the word. For example, for a word of seven letters he may move his token forward seven spaces. The word card is then put aside. If, however, he misspells the word, the parent must show the word to the child, and the child must spell the word aloud three times while looking at the word, and then three times without looking at it. Then the word is put at the bottom of the pile, so that it will come up again later. If the child misspells a word, he may also not move his token for that turn.

SPELLING GAME FOR KIDS2: HIDE AND SEEK GAME

Use the letters of a particular word, and build new words with these letters. For example, if one decides to use the word “difficulty,” one would write this word on a piece of paper and put it in front of the child.

The aim of the game is that the child must make a list of all the words he can think of using only the letters of the chosen word. It can also be played as a competition, meaning the parent can play it with the child, and at the end, the one with the largest number of correctly spelled words, wins.

There are always many words that can be formed in this way, and in an indirect manner the spelling of the chosen word is practiced, while many other words are also tested for spelling. A few examples of words that can be formed from the letters of “difficulty” are: if, left, cult, cliff, fifty, duty, etc.

Note that each letter may be used once only. The letter f appears twice in the word “difficulty,” and therefore a word like “fifty” is acceptable. “Dull,” however, is not acceptable.

Some examples of words to be used: alphabetical; misunderstanding; occasionally; postponement; mayonnaise; multimillionaire; credibility; determination; education; friendship; generosity; hippopotamus.

SPELLING GAMES FOR KIDS3: WORD JUMBLES

Another interesting method of practicing spelling is by making word jumbles. The child then has to sort out the confused letters to come up with a word, which he has been taught before.

Words must be selected from the child’s schoolwork. Use a piece of paper, and write the word jumble on the paper. For example, if the letters “hergun” are written on the paper, the child must rearrange them to form the word “hunger.”

SPELLING GAMES FOR KIDS 4: NAME, SURNAME, ANIMAL, AND CITY/TOWN

To play this game, the parent and child will both need a piece of paper and a pencil. Write the 26 letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper, and select a letter at random. The parent and the child must now, as fast as they can, write down a name, surname, animal and town that starts with the selected letter. The one that finishes first gives the other party only 5 seconds, before shouting “Stop!” and then all pencils must be put down.

Ten points are awarded for each correctly spelled word. If both parent and child had exactly the same word under one of the headings, for example, both had the same animal, only 5 points will be awarded if the word was correctly spelled.

Say, for instance, the letter “d” was selected:
Names: Douglas, Danny, David.
Surnames: Davis.
Animals: dog, dinosaur, deer.
City/Town: Dallas, Durban.