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Action

Description

In action games players are required to have good reflexes and quick reaction in order to overcome challenges. Action games typically focus on combat, during which the player must press buttons or keys rapidly or in timed intervals in order to execute attacks and other moves. Non-combat challenges may include avoiding traps, jumping, running, completing tasks within a pressing time limit, etc.

Common action sub-genres are shooters, fighting, and platform games.

Though most racing / driving, sports, and many simulation games contain action-oriented gameplay, they can be considered action games only if they specifically emphasize arcade-like, reflex-based gameplay.

Action games may include extensive non-violent exploration and/or puzzle-solving, or combine themselves with other genres, e.g. role-playing or driving.

Quick thinking is often required to succeed in action games; however, games that specifically emphasize quick thinking over reflexes are usually real-time strategy or puzzle games.
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Mario Bros. in Pipe Panic Browser Front Cover

Browser (2006)

Pipe Panic is a mixture of Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. where the player can play as either Mario or...

Mario Bros. Special PC-88 Front Cover

PC-88 (1984), Sharp X1 (1984) and FM-7 (1984)

Mario Bros. Special is based on, but very different from, the original arcade game. Much like the original title, the...

DOS (1990)

Mario Brothers VGA is an unofficial remake of the classic Mario Bros. game of the arcade in VGA 16 colors.You...

Mario Clash Virtual Boy Front Cover

Virtual Boy (1995)

This game is essentially a single-player sequel to Mario Bros. While the Super Mario Advance games would later contain a...

Mario Clock Nintendo DSi Front Cover

Nintendo DSi (2009)

Mario Clock is a Nintendo DSiWare app. It displays the time in 8-bit graphics. The user can switch between an...

Windows (2004)

Mario Forever is an unofficial remake of the famous Super Mario Bros. with some improvements and additions: better graphics, music...

Mario Golf  Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (1999) and Nintendo 3DS (2012)

Mario Golf on Game Boy Color isn't a straight port of the N64 game - it's a totally different game...

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

Mario and the team, including Peach, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Luigi and Wario, return for another round of golf.Play through courses...

Mario Kart Super Circuit Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2001) and Nintendo 3DS (2011)

This GBA conversion brings together elements of both Super Mario Kart (the original SNES classic) and the N64 sequel, Mario...

DOS (2001)

Mario!!! is an unofficial DOS remake of Super Mario Bros. Just like in the original game, it features Mario the...

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2009)

The Mushroom Kingdom is stricken with a horrible disease known as 'The Blorbs'! Princess Toadstool calls a meeting to discuss...

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2005)

The famous Mario Brothers return in this sequel to the humorous Superstar Saga. In this adventure, Princess Peach takes a...

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2003) and Wii U (2014)

Princess Peach's voice has been stolen by Cackletta and replaced with explosives! Mario and Luigi with the help of Bowser...

The Marionette Windows Front Cover

Windows (2009)

The Marionette is an adventure game about the struggling sculptor Martin who tries to make a living in the city....

Mario Party Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1998)

Mario Party is a party game for 1 to 4 players. The festivities are based on a board game format,...

Mario Party 2 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (1999) and Wii (2010)

Mario and a range of well known Nintendo characters, including Yoshi, Bowser, Luigi, and Wario return for some more party...

Mario Party 3 Nintendo 64 Front Cover

Nintendo 64 (2000)

The series continues with a set of 70 new mini-games. Play in the new single-player Story mode, or bring in...

Mario Party 4 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2002)

The fourth entry in the Mario Party series features 5 new game boards and over 50 new mini games. Part...

Mario Party 5 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2003)

This is the fifth entry in the Mario Party series and features similar gameplay as its predecessors. Up to four...

Mario Party 6 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2004)

This new Mario Party has a twist. Along with the four-player party action that is expected with the board game...

Mario Party 7 GameCube Front Cover

GameCube (2005)

Mario and his friends need a break from fighting evil and saving the world; so they decided to go on...

Mario Party 8 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2007)

Mario and friends are invited to the Star Carnival. Of course, they are thrilled to join. Whoever wins the main...

Mario Party 9 Wii Front Cover

Wii (2012)

Like its predecessors, Mario Party 9 is a board-game-style party game starring Mario and friends. There are around 80 minigames...

Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover

Game Boy Advance (2005)

The first portable incarnation of the Mario Party series, Mario Party Advance shakes things up quite a bit on the...

Mario Party DS Nintendo DS Front Cover

Nintendo DS (2007)

Mario Party DS continues the Mario Party gameplay on the Nintendo DS. It is a multiplayer game played as a...

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