What Makes a "Core" Mario game? Settling the Debate

With roughly 200 games featuring "Mario" in the title, how do we separate the "core" platforming games from the cameo ephemera? Super Mario Bros. is definitely in, and Mario’s Picross is definitely out, but what about Yoshi’s Island? Mario Maker? Super Mario Run?Donkey Kong?! Our panel of experts will discuss what recent poll results say about how the community views the Mario disapora, and debate some potential guidelines for what truly defines a core Mario game.


Kyle Orland [Senior Gaming Editor, Ars Technica], Anthony John Agnello [Head of Social Media, VentureBeat], Jeff Grubb [Mario Whisperer, VentureBeat], Gene Park [Washington Post, Audience Editor for Opinions]