NintendoPie on 05 August 2012
Only if story progression was the reason we played through stages, but that's not why we do it. The enjoyment is found in the excellent level design and how we choose to explore it. Of course, there are games who use both ways of encouraging us to play through them *coughHalocaugh*, but unlike Mario they are dependent on a deep story. Add too much story to Mario and we would have a new Super Mario Sunshine.
(I know you like that particular title a lot, but evidently the masses didn't) :P
I LOVE SUPER MARIO SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!
...Sorry for that...