Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process

First Advisor

Michael Agresta

Second Advisor

Oscar De Los Santos


The purpose of this project, Mario's Meta-Cap, is to take a critical look at the various genres Mario has had a hand in as well as to analyze the characters, themes, and impacts of the franchise. This project will feature a series of reviews on various Mario games in chronological order, with captioned screenshots and fun facts about the franchise included throughout. Brief analytical pieces on characters and themes will also be featured. The intent of these reviews is to critique the games in a vacuum to see how well they hold up to modern standards as well as to analyze the rippling impacts they had on the franchise and the industry at large over the years. This project, if sold as a book, would be an asset to those interested in gaming history as well as game design conventions, specifically good and bad ones. It is also intended to be a fun reminiscence for both the readers and the writers of a long lineage of games that has touched many lives.