General Commentary and Game Overview
When I first revisited the original Mario's Mansion, I was surprised by how thoughtful such a short game could be. The story and silliness were top-notch, and the gameplay was surprisingly enjoyable and not nearly as frustrating as I was worried it would be! Quite a feat for something made in The Games Factory almost 20 years ago, no?
By the time I started going on MFGG in 2002, both of the Mario's Mansion games had already been released, with the third one yet to be teased in any real capacity. I don't necessarily know why, but I recall the vibe of downloading Mario's Mansion to be pretty different from other fangames of the time; apart from a fairly tame alcoholic joke in the second game, the Mario's Mansion duology steered pretty close to what I'd consider "family friendly", and so it seemed very close tonally to the actual Mario games - something that a younger me appreciated a lot.
I'll spare you all of the details, but I just thought it was really nice that there existed a group of fangames you could like... actually show a little kid and it wouldn't be "Mario Says The F Word". It's interesting I say this, because Mario Quest 2 is rife with swearing and adult themes (and ALSO features a more egocentric Mario character, coincidentally), and I love the hell out of that game - but the thing is, it's for a thousand and one different reasons compared to why I love Mario's Mansion and its sequel.
Tangent aside, now that I've finally beaten said sequel again after so many years, how well does it hold up? Especially when compared to the original game that managed to impress me when I was convinced it was the weaker of the two? Continue onward to find out!
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