I do enjoy when games have good stories, but it isn't a huge deal. It would just be nice to see some new villains.
How hard is it to give another reason to Mario to go forward in levels? That is just plain laziness what they do.
You're right. I can't believe how much fun I've had over the years polaying Mario games when i shouldn't have. Wow. I've completely fallen for the 'save the princess' mechanic countless times all in the name of good, clean platforming fun.
I swear from here on out that I will never play another Mario game again until Mario's motivation for running to the right side of the screen is changed from saving the kidnapped princess to signing an intergallactic peace treaty with the High Priestess of Draydion beore the Karpathins finalize the Red Shift Quantum Harmonizer and obliterate the 9th dimension.
And, and....he needs to wear space armor. And they need to replace the fire flower with a molten obsidian plasma thrower. And he should stop driving go karts and switch to a star cruiser with a quantum tunneling drive.
Man, I'm motivated to run to the right side of the screen now for sure.