My daughter and I have been dabbling with Mario games on the Wii U for the past few weeks. We started with New Super Mario Bros. but recently switched over to New Super Mario 3D World, which she says is her favorite. I suspect that her preference is not so much due to the gameplay, but because of the cat suit powerup and the ability to play as Princess Peach.
We had our first ever Mario-thon today, consisting of playing “Kitty Mario” (her name for Super Mario 3D World, which I now regret correcting her on) all day. In reality, it was really four game sessions of about 30-45 minutes each, interspersed with meals, yardwork, and other activities. What made this event even more special is that although I picked this game up the day it was released back in 2013 with the intent of playing it with my wife’s family over Thanksgiving, I’ve barely touched it since then. This means that almost all of the game is still new to me, so we’re playing through it together for the first time.