Happy MAR10 weekend! This weekend is a special time to celebrate the world’s most famous plumber and his many adventures. This Mario Day weekend, we thought we’d combine two of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, Pokémon and Mario, and ask a very important question: what Pokémon would Mario have if he was a Pokémon Trainer? Here are the six we think would make the team.


Mario’s very familiar with collecting star shapes.

In the 2D Mario platformers, stars are a special item used to grant players invincibility. Like Mario with a star, Staryu is a Pokémon that is essentially invincible—it can regenerate itself when its body is destroyed, as long as its center remains intact. Additionally, in the 3D Mario games, stars signify the end of the level, and Mario must collect more of these in order to unlock new areas to explore. It’s definitely in Mario’s interest to have a Star Shape Pokémon!

Mario 64 star
Mario grabbed a lot of Stars in Super Mario 64!


A coin Pokémon for a coin collector.

Mario has been collecting coins since the first Mario Brothers game. Picking these up grants Mario extra lives or funds in which he can purchase useful upgrades. Gholdengo is known as the Coin Entity Pokémon, and takes the form of a ghost possessing a being made of coins. Gholdengo evolves from a Gimmighoul once its Trainer has collected 999 Gimmighoul coins. After all his adventures, Mario would definitely have enough coins to evolve this powerful partner!

New Super Mario Bros 2 coins
New Super Mario Bros. 2 put a lot of emphasis on coin collection.


Revavroom on Starmobile
Revavroom on a Starmobile reminds us of a certain Kart racer…

Mario loves to kart race with his friends (and enemies). Mario has been racing for generations now—the first Mario Kart game released for the SNES, and there has been one for almost every Nintendo console, with the newest installment on the Switch letting Mario race in real life! Revaroom is a car-shaped Pokémon, and used in the Paldea region as transportation by leaders of Team Star. Revavroom even looks similar to one of the karts Mario uses to race. With this Pokémon, Mario would never have to give up his love of racing as a Pokémon Trainer.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe racing
Mario loves racing in custom karts so much, it has its own series!


Cinderace in the Pokemon anime
Mario would love the striker Pokémon.

Mario doesn’t just love racing, he loves sports of all kinds. He’s even participated in the Olympics! Cinderace is a very athletic Pokémon, and loves to play soccer itself. It would be a perfect partner to keep up with Mario’s competitive nature! In addition, Cinderace’s signature move, Pyro Ball, has it launching a fireball at its opponents. Mario also uses fireballs as weapons, usually when he has gotten a Fire Flower, but in Super Smash Brothers, he can launch them without the assistance of the flower.

Mario Strikers art
Cinderace and Mario are great at soccer!


Cyclizar Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Cyclizar are perfectly designed to give their partners a ride from point A to B.

When you think of Mario, you can’t forget Yoshi, his trusty steed. Yoshi is a cheery green saddled dinosaur, and he has been Mario’s partner since Super Mario World in 1990. In the Paldea region of the Pokémon world, people also often ride around on partner Pokémon, with Cyclizar being the Pokémon of choice for many Trainers. It is also a green saddled lizard that enjoys being ridden, as it is warmed by the riding humans. Mario would never abandon Yoshi, even as a Pokémon Trainer, so it’s obvious he would have a Cyclizar.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Mario riding Yoshi
Cyclizar and Yoshi have a lot in common.


Octillery Pokemon anime
Octillery might just remind Mario of his time on Isle Delfino.

In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario has to clear Delfino Island of ink (and clear his name) with the assistance of F.L.U.D.D., the Flash Liquidizer Ultra Dousing Device. He can use F.L.U.D.D. to fire powerful jets of water to clean surfaces or propel himself. Octillery, the Jet Pokémon, can fire powerful streams of water from its mouth to damage its foes, being able to learn powerful Water moves like Hydro Pump and Water Spout, making it a natural choice for any time Mario needs the power of F.L.U.D.D.

Mario Sunshine Fludd
Mario had a lot of ink to clear in Super Mario Sunshine.

So there we have it! Mario’s full team of six Pokémon. Do you agree with our choices? Who else could Mario have on his Pokémon team? Let us know in the comments below, and keep your eyes on GameLuster for more gaming news.

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