The excitement is building, fans are getting ready. But for what? Mario Day of course, that special day on 10 March (Mar10), a day to celebrate that special video game character that some of us grew up with and one that children still play with today. Celebrated every year on 10 March, It is generally celebrated by dressing up as Mario, having a Mario-themed party, playing Mario video games or simply levelling up your family game nights by playing Super Mario board games / tabletop games. In anticipation, we have been playing some Super Mario themed games. We have already played some superb tabletop games with Super Mario Air Hockey and Super Mario Rally Tennis and this time we went in a different direction than a sporting game and are playing Super Mario Lucky Coin Game.
Mario along with his twin brother Luigi and some of their friends have been around for a long time and have leapt out from our screens and into the world of family tabletop games. They are always a fun addition to game night.
Super Mario Lucky Coin game is a game for 1 to 2 players, aged 4+. It is a tabletop game that recreates the classic ‘coin drop’ arcade game. It features all your favourite Mario characters (these can also be used on other Super Mario games with the Link System) and has 2 fun game rules so that you can play in different ways.
In the box:
- Battery-operated Slider (batteries not included)
- Coin Dropper
- 6x Stands with Matching Super Mario Character Stickers
- 2x Dice (with stickers for all sides)
- 56 Coins (28x Red, x28 Yellow)
There are two ways to play the Super Mario Lucky Coin Game – win as many coins as you can or win all your team characters. But before you can play either, you need to assemble the game. It does require batteries, just not the usual AA or AAA that you will have already have around the house but two of the larger and fatter C size batteries – these get installed under the slider unit and you will need a small screwdriver to open the battery cover. The Coin Dropper then slots into the slider base. Stickers then need to be applied to the dice, the six character stands and the coin dropper.
As I said, there are two ways to play:
Game 1 (2 player game) – Win as many coins as you can. Choose your coin colour (red or yellow) and place 7 coins in the dropper in the Lucky Coin channel. Place your remaining 21 coins in the coin rack on your side of the coin slider (base unit). Place the ? blocks on the top of the slider. Pick the starting player and turn on the switch. Players take turns inserting 3 coins at a time, targeting them to push any coins and the ? dice block back into your coin tray. If the ? block falls in to coin tray you can place it on the Lucky Coin Chance to release your 7 coins in the dropper. Once each player has used up all of their 21 coins, count the coins in each player’s coin tray and the player with most coins is the winner.
1 player game – played the same as above but just using your 21 coins to win as many coins as you can.
Game 2 (2 player game) – Complete your team of 3 characters. Choose Team Mario (yellow coins) or Team Bowser (red coins). Pick the starting player. Place the characters and ? blocks on the slider. Turn on the switch, take turns inserting 3 coins at a time targeting them to push your team characters into either side of the coin tray. If you push your opponents’ character into the coin tray it goes to them. If the ? block falls in to coin tray you can place it on the Lucky Coin Chance to release your 7 coins in the dropper. The first player to complete their team is the winner.
1 player game – try getting all the characters with minimal number of coins.
Overall, this is a very simple game that young players and families will just love playing. It is easy to play and lots of fun.
Assembling the game is very simple and it all stores neatly back in the box when finished playing. The components feel very good quality and durable and the slider works well pushing coins and characters down and doesn’t get jammed.
Whilst this is a game that will suit younger players, it is still great fun for family play. We have loved playing Super Mario Lucky Coin, it is competitive and requires a bit of thinking to work out the best way to get the coins, blocks and characters to drop into the coin tray. Very easy to play, and the coins are a good size for little hands to hold easily.
A good simple and fun game with easy rules and even easier playability.