Nope, Twilight Princess, Super Metroid and Shadow of the Colossus mostly disagree.
If Mario was larger than life, people life Euphoria would still be playing. Something alienated him like it alienated me. Something's missing.
Well than I dont know, as for me, I've been playing Mario since 1991 and my views on gaming have expanded over the last few years, I've played games and experienced games that I thought I would never experience/play 10 years ago and yet my views on past games and past franchises remain the same.
(If I had the money for a 3DS XL and a few games, I would go buy NSMB2 despite the fact it may not be as "New" in gameplay as much as SM3DL or SMG series were to previous mario games)
Edit: Although I am mostly story driven in games that I play (which is why RPGs are my fav genre), Mario is one of the games that I would play and buy despite the lack of a proper storyline / as refined storyline.