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Casinos & Betting in Super Mario Games - Super Mario RPG, Sunshine SML2
- Written by Luke Hackett
The player can use any gold coins they have collected throughout the game to pay to get into the casino and then you get to try and win bonuses by picking the right pipes. But instead of winning money in these games you'd actually win extra lives - if your bet won the main prize you'd get 99 of them; if there's one thing better than gold coins, its gotta be being alive to spend them right? So here's where you can participate in casino and slot games without having to put money into a betting site.
The next instance of casinos in Mario games chronologically speaking followed in the form of Grate Guy's Casino from Super Mario RPG which was entered through a secret passage in Bean Valley. Right in the middle of the valley in one of the pipes the player will come across a Chain Chomp once he or she has done this jump 3 times to make an invisible platform appear and gain access to Grate Guy's. Within this casino the player can play a slot machine, blackjack or a completely different game called Look the Other Way. Listen carefully to the music playing in the background of Grate Guy's Casino and you'll notice its actually a sort of remixed version of the N-Spade Card game soundtrack from Super Mario Bros 3.
And I bet you remember the final instance of a Casino (that I know of at least) is in Super Mario Sunshine where we have Casino Delfino which forms part of the main Hotel Delfino area. It's got two big slot machines in it that are operated by spraying water at them and a couple of littler ones, these little ones can be ground pounded for coins - but don't let security catch you doing it!
A video by hyrulesmasher on youtube showing how to get the secret shine sprite at Delfino Casino.
Should Mario games with a large proportion of the audience being too young to gamble really feature casinos and gambling? Well I don't know about you but I enjoyed playing my way through all 3 of the above mentioned in game casinos, 2 of which when I was a kid - and it didn't encourage me to go on any mad gambling binges.