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We've seen the iconic plumber appear in many of the best games of all time, but he hasn't always been content to stay confined to his own starring vehicles. From the NES to the Wii, his unmistakable face has shown up in some unlikely places. Here's a look at the times Mario popped up in unexpected cameo roles.
Pilotwings 64 (Nintendo 64)
In this Nintendo 64 launch title, we saw the head of Nintendo's mascot carved into Mount Rushmore.
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)
Mario served as the referee for all bouts, in both the original and Tyson-less versions.
SSX On Tour (Gamecube)
Mario was playable on the Gamecube version of the game. Something tells us we won't be seeing him in the newly-announced, significantly more serious-looking SSX: Deadly Descent.
In bonus rounds Mario ran back and forth in an attempt to keep the ball in play. Pauline from Donkey Kong also made an appearance.
The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past (SNES)
In Kakariko Village, Mario's face can be seen on the wall. I mistakenly saw this as a smiley face until I was corrected during our Super Replay of the game.
Kirby's Super Star (SNES)
Both Mario and Luigi appear in the crowd (twice?) during Kirby's Megaton Punch Championship.