With over forty years behind him in the gaming world and over two hundred titles in everything from 2D platforming to sports games simulations, it's clear that Nintendo have had to constantly freshen up their Mario franchise with new and interesting concepts. As mechanics and capabilities of consoles continue to shoot up, so do the possibilities after all.
Whether it be an expansive 3D adventure or a more classic homage to the heyday of his 2D platforming roots, there are a list of features that every Super Mario game has to adhere to: Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach, hitting item boxes to find Mushrooms, jumping on everything from Koopa Troopas to Goombas etc.
However, there have been plenty of instances where Nintendo have pulled out a mechanic, mode or feature and left fans of the franchise absolutely stunned. Whether it be through lucking out with a theme of a game that a character really nails, a last minute throw in that exceeds expectation, or simply a gimmick that so bad it's good, here is our top list on some of the most amazing features from Super Mario history that only turned up once.