Top 10 Greatest Mario Games of All Time

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Mario is the most popular and well known video game icon of all time, but which games are his best?

The Top Ten

1 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy

This was really tough since I own a ton of Mario games, but I must say this one is the best. The story line is great. Even after you defeat the game, your still not finished. When I defeated the game, I went back to my favorite planets just for the heck of it! I really enjoyed exploring them, this is the only mario game where you can walk around without being timed and explore to your hearts content. I found secret passageways, special coins, etc. I also went back to collect stars. I hadnt collected all of them and it was such a journey! I also liked the nice little touch with the comics, and how the red star can make you fly. Truly amazing game. There were silver stars that turned into gold stars, green stars, hidden stars. The missions were amazing. When your done the game, there is this one mission where you have to beat the 3 planets, I forget what its called, its the one with the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy. Plus the soundtrack was amazing. My personal favorite is the dusty dune music. ...more - dragonfly99

Super Mario Galaxy is, without question, one of the best Mario games of all time. The amount of effort put into this game is incredible, and it really, really shows. The gameplay was absolutely fantastic, the gravity mechanic was done perfectly, and the graphics are gorgeous.

Despite a lot of complaints that this game isn't nearly as non-linear or exploration-centered as 64, it's better in so many other ways that it just blows 64 out of the water in my eyes. This game is still far more non-linear than Galaxy 2, and Galaxy 2 made up for that by encouraging exploration with the Green Stars.

The Comet Observatory is absolutely fantastic, and far better than Peach's Castle, Delfino Plaza, and Starship Mario. It's big, it's beautiful, and it is bustling with Lumas. There are Toads in the Garage, along with Luigi. You can even explore every inch of it with the Red Star! The size, the beauty, and most of all the people in the Observatory makes it much better than the hubworlds ...more

It's my favorite game of all time. It's the first game ever to incorporate gravity like they did. This was great work by Nintendo. Some missions could be played over and over again. Storyline was great. Music was great. This game felt better than any other 3D experience I've ever played. Sonic Adventure 2 came close but the gravity is a ground breaker for me. Also there are many hidden missions similar to other Mario games. These ones were difficult to find. Nintendo will never be able to match this game. Let alone anyone will. The only thing that could've made the game better would've been incorporating multiplayer.

This is without question, the best Mario game ever. It actually has a DECENT plot, there are new game mechanics, a character who isn't weak like Princess Peach, there's more freedom, epic boss fights, lots of boss fights (some of which are meh), and most importantly, SPACE! Super Mario Galaxy 2 was good but there wasn't anything new, unlike the legendary Super Mario Galaxy. There were more new things added in SMG than in any other Mario game. If I gave it a rating, it would be 11/10.

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2 Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64

How come somebody said that he liked to "rescue the princess" in his comment? Peach was nice in this game but most games where she has a more girlish voice she is bossy, crabby, infantile & a home wrecker. Also, she is overrated & Super Mario 64 DS sucks! But the original N64 classic called "Super Mario 64" rocks.

3844 stars out of 10000 for Super Mario 64 DS.

9604 stars out of 10000 for the original version & a little more stars than 9604 out of 10000 for the hack games, especially Super Mario 65: Star Road. Super Mario 64 DS still needs to be in the middle of the list & I'd also like there to be a Super Sonic 64.

Play the ds one on 3ds or preferably, 2ds. The circle pad makes it feel more like the original. The multiple character thing sucks though

When I put this game on the list, I mean the original N64 version, not the DS version.

I believe that Super Mario 64 is now very underrated and deserves much more love. The overall aggregate critical score is now around a 9.5 score. There is nothing wrong with this game. The graphics are perfect, the level design is awesome (as well as all the levels themselves, especially Shifting Sand Land and Snowman's Land), the music is very nice (especially the Wing Cap music), Princess Peach is not annoying, the game is HD, and all other reasons. Other than that, the gameplay is very amazing and the voice acting - flawless. IGN should've given this game a 10 (aka Masterpiece) score. So could have every other critic. This video game deserves to be the top 1 highest-rated video game for these reasons, and the bosses are also very fun. I can never stop playing this game. I am guessing that this game is not the best video game of all time. Well, this is the best Nintendo game of all time. ...more

I think most people vote for the Mario game that they grew up with. I grew up with this but if I put that aside this is still the best one and this is why. I recently played Super Mario world for the first ever time(I never got round to playing it) and to think that this game came after that is seriously impressive. The leap that Nintendo made with this game will never be done again. Sunshine and galaxy were clones of Mario 64 it is the original and best. People are going to hate me for this but I actually disliked galaxy. The hub world was really bad and the levels seemed small compared to 64 and sunshine.

#1 guys! come on! This was amazing! - Blizzard

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3 Super Mario World Super Mario World

This is the first game I ever played and I loved it from the start. Thanks Nintendo!

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island on the SNES is much better! But this game is still great except for having to rescue Princess Peach & that Princess Daisy did not replace her. The GBA version of this game sucks. Where's Princess Daisy?!

It's a classic, the best when it first came out, the best now - ihatethisname

I play it with my grand dad

Like my opinion on Mario Bros. 3, I got up to Forest of Illusion and just got bored with the game. Sure it may be fun, but it's the same in every level. - cabennett18

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4 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3

One of the only games known to man that never ever gets old no matter how many times or how long you play it. It also provides a challenge for all ages and skills. If someone thinks they are a pro at gaming then I would like to see how they fare with some of the 7th and 8th world levels. Besides, there are some moments that cannot be replicated in any other games: the time you first find out that you can slide down the big snowy hill on 1-5 and kill all the beetles; the first time you face the jumping blocks on 2-1, giant world (enough said), the level with the boot (5-3 my favorite), when you first discover what the tanooki suit or hammer suits are capable of; and swearing and slamming your paddle against the screen when you keep dying on those harder than hard swimming levels in the later worlds (I hate that big fish and those strategically placed jellyfish, thank goodness for the frog suit). 100% the best game ever created, hands down!

This... Should be Number 1. Seriously, more powerups, more secrets, and more enemies than ever. This is the game, that I, recommend to everybody. But this isn't my favourite, it's
The prequel to the prequel, the original, Super Mario Brothers! But that's a story for later. Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced the koopa kids, the Mario world map, and much more, and BOY, did they succeed in that.

My first game my NES and I never finished it :( The game never had a save so I had to keep the console on for weeks. And then when I was on world 8 (one of the first stages) my dog walked past and stood on the reset button. Needless to say I never played that game again until a couple years back on an emulator and I found a cheat to warp you straight to world 8. I played a couple stages but it was honestly just way to hard and I didn't have the time, will or motivation to battle through it. But the first time I played up until world 8, was one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. I used to wake up early on school days so I could get an hour or so game time.

It's my childhood and I'm still a child - TrisTris

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5 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario Galaxy 2

Back in 2009, I would have answered Super Mario World. I loved the first Mario Galaxy, but just not as much as SMW. But the sequel is just too good: it solves every problem the original had, and it's plainly the best Mario game ever.

As a side note, how on Earth can Super Mario 64 be number 1? This (SMG2) is how 3D Mario should be done. SM64 is not. SMW is way better! - afpabon

It was like super Mario 64 extreme it was just amazing game-play graphic music everything this game is perfect 10/10 by the way it had the most stars (242) in any Mario game

Three words: JUST PLAIN AWESOME! No other Mario game tops this one. It corrects every mistake of all the others, making it a near perfect game. - Godisawesome1

This was the first mario game I truly loved. The graphics, gameplay and replayability are all exceptional and I love the fact that YOSHI! made it in. It's AMAZING!

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6 Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario Sunshine

This game was the BEST! I loved every element about it! It really creative with all the little features like the fruits, the scenery is actually gorgeous, the people are fun to interact with, the story is decent, and it is overall quite an enjoyable game. There's something about it that I liked more than any other game in my life, maybe the fact that the vacation theme made me feel like I was on vacation, or the cool, welcoming and brilliant setting, but whatever it is, I latched on and never let go of this game. I hope they make a sequel, something about this game gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, I hope maybe next time there is more interacting with primary non-playable characters, and that there is a more detailed story line. 100/100, no doubt, the Mona Lisa of gaming in my eyes.

I loved everything about this game, all the missions the stories, it was Mario at his finest never got how Bowser got so big though, still play it today.

I love this game it is so fun and has a great plot - footballanytime

I love this game! During the summer I would play this all the time! - cabennett18

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7 Super Mario 3D World Super Mario 3D World

I didn't vote for this game, but I would like to point out that every thing this game did, it did better than 3d land. 3d world has better gameplay, better visuals, MANY more power ups, Rosalina as a playable character, better music, better level design, a better story, and two of the special worlds are actually made up of unique levels, while all of the special worlds in 3d land were just lazy remakes of other levels in the game, ALL EIGHT OF THE WORLDS. Yes 3d world does that with 2 of its four, but at least the other two don't. I only wish that the characters could move in any direction, that there was actual dialogue, and that the game was longer

I feel like 3D Land was just so boring compared to other Mario games, so I was reluctant to buy 3D world, especially because of the price, but when I bought it, I was really surprised about how good it was. - SuperLonk

Better than Galaxy 2. Yeah, I SAID IT! Awesome graphics, music, and fun gameplay.

I thought Princess Peach was useful for extremely hard levels like Champion's road. - recaller

It's like a great 2D Mario game combined with Super Mario Galaxy and has a great multiplayer experience. What's not to love?

This is the best Mario game next to MK8. They should put a bonus DLC world called Tropical Island and Yoshi is an unlockable character. That would make it ^_^

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8 Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

I agree with these comments. I love this game. I would rant so much about it and NEVER STOP EVER, but I don't have much time. All I can say is, it has made up my life. Also, for fans of Super Paper Mario who say it is better, it makes me sad because I also LOVE Super Paper Mario to death and I don't want to tear it apart, but it is no Thousand Year Door, and while I agree it is amazing, I hate arguing for it because I would agree if you put it up against literally ANY OTHER GAME. Some people love this game, a few dislike it for whatever reason, many Mario fans don't think about it as a main, good game. At least it will always have me to play it over, and over, and over. By the way, I first thought this game was mediocre until I got to Chapter 3. Every chapter in this game is phenomenal, most notably 4, 6, and 8, but HOLY COW Chapter 3 takes the cake (pun because there is a cake in it somewhere) and I won't even say anything just play it and I'm so excited I'm making a run-on sentence ...more

I can't spell a word due to the sheer awesomeness of this game. It's not a game. It's not even an experience. This is part of your LIFE. Play it.

Really, do it. This game was the only reason I bought a GC Memory Card and a GC Controller for my Wii, and I still think it was worth it, even for the big total price I paid for all of that. The story's beautiful and funny at some times, the plot twists at every corner and HOLY COW the last two chapters just made me shed tears as how deep this game gets. This isn't a Mario game. Heck, this isn't a game in general. This just set a staple in gaming history as we all delved to the more realistic world, while THIS GAME maintained a storyline just as deep with paper-like graphics. This isn't a game. This was and IS a symbol of RPG perfection. This even showed Nintendo that, even by though the Gamecube flopped, they can still make a quality game that everyone agrees, is fantastic.

I can't say anything else. I just think some people ...more

Great story, great gameplay, great music, great partners, great bosses, great locations, this game has it all! Not everyone will have the same opinions but there are (fairly objectively) not too many flaws with this game, and nothing glaringly bad. This is the embodiment of what the Paper Mario series brings (or at least brought) to the table: a change from normal Mario games with an added RPG element and tons of originality (mostly in characters, locations, bosses, and story). I don't hate Sticker Star and probably not the upcoming Color Splash, but they are definitely disappointing, not just because of the game itself but more so because of how it is taking away more games like these. At the very least, give us both. It's too painful to miss out on more amazingness after waiting so long.

I like doing MARIO sunshine, but this is better

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9 New Super Mario Bros. Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The DS version sucks this one is better because of the ships witch bowser jr owns and you need star coins to get to toad houses on DS and not wii

The fact that this game has a multiplayer for story mode makes it it a bit better that the DS version, I mean you can use teamwork and it's really fun.

Great levels, except 8-8 and 9-7 all levels are super balanced. Love it, will love it.

Introduced me to Mario also multiplayer one of the many reasons why I still play it!

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10 Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros.

This game made Mario what he is today. Without this game, we'd be stuck with Jump-man.

A good Mario game. Shouldve been higher. Also, it was the 1ST SUPER Mario GAME. My dream is to go to the minus world. Buy the NES!

The first mario game was Donkey Kong, The First Mario game that included both brothers was Mario Bros. This is considered to be the third game released after Mario Bros. But its true that it's the first Super Mario Game. - Super64Mario

The games seems so simple, yet it is chalk full of hidden secrets. This is the first game to offer power ups to upgrade your character. This is the first game to offer warp zones to skip levels. It has hidden blocks and secret beanstalks. I still remember the first time I managed to enter the minus world. And I've never done it myself, but I'm impressed with the people who can pull off infinite lives by jumping on a turtle shell on a stair case.

It's actually very underrated compared to Super Mario Galaxy (I love both games for how innovative they are, plus they are unbelievably motivational), according to GameTrailers's list of top 10 Mario games with comments such as "Super Mario 64 is overrated" when I didn't use to see positive opinions on Super Mario 64, but not top-positive (meaning a 9.5 at least). I am a hardcore fan of Classic Mario.

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The Newcomers

? Super Mario Odyssey

This game did not come out yet.

Even though I most likely wont be purchasing the nintendo witcj for a while, I have such high hopes for this game

The Contenders

11 Mario Kart: Double Dash Mario Kart: Double Dash

This isn't just the best Mario game in my opinion, it's also my favorite video game! The idea of using two characters at once is really creative. More players means more items on the track, so be ready to get hit, a lot. It has amazing tracks, my rating in order: 16. Peach Beach 15. Dry Dry Desert 14. Mario Circuit 13. Luigi Circuit 12. Sherbet Land 11. Mushroom City 10. Shroom Bridge 9. Waluigi Stadium 8. Dino Dino Jungle 7. Bowser Castle 6. Daisy Cruiser 5. Baby Park 4. Rainbow Road 3. Wario Coliseum 2. DK Mountain 1. Yoshi Circuit. Another creative feature are the special items, my rating in order: 9. Fire balls 8. Triple shells of any kind 7. Giant banana 6. Hearts 5. Yoshi egg 4. Bob-omb 3. Golden Mushroom 2. Bowser Shell 1. Chain Chomp. This is what I have to say about this unique game.

I love the idea of being on a team in multiplayer because most mario games are single player except the mario karts but other mario kart games are all against eachother - TheAxlErmin

A message for that retro fanboy who hates every Mario Kart since Double Dash: SHUT UP! - DaisyandRosalina

Played this with my sister when we were little! We loved the fact it was multiplayer- made it so much more fun! - Zollyzoo

Aaaahh this game is too fun! I played it with my sister when we were kids, and it was a blast! Especially during the summer of 2006, when I was alternating between Mario Sunshine and double dash - cabennett18

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12 Mario Kart Wii Mario Kart Wii

This is my best game ever. I'll say why. It has the most secret characters out of any Mario kart ever, it has my best track out of any Mario kart, it even has the best soundtrack out of any racing game even though role-playing is my best genre this is my best game ever

This game is pure quality.
Extreme quality.
WAY more quality than this comment.
Really, this is the best game I have ever played in my whole epic life... (Pokemon Battle Revolution is good, too. )

Very good game, probably THE racing game of my childhood! Nostalgia factor aside, it had good karts and characters, fun roads with fantastic themes and epic music, but most importantly great replay value, even better with friends! 976 out of 1000!

Best Mario kart. Sorry, but it is. - DCfnaf

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13 Super Mario 3D Land Super Mario 3D Land

27? REALLY?!? This is a tough desicion, but right now, this tops all others. (Seriously, so many good games. COME ON PEOPLE! LOOK INSIDE YOUR HEART AND VOTE FOR THIS!

Come on? 16? This game is AWESOME! Without a doubt my favorite Mario game ever! This is a 3d Mario game that feels like a classic game!

I never played much, but I know it's a great game, with the return of the FOX SUIT!
That is NOT the Tanooki Suit! The Tanooki Suit looks like a suit. The Fox Suit is obtained with the Super Leaf.
This was true since Super Mario 3, people! Speaking of...

Ok... you kind of have to get some facts. 3D land was for 3DS, and 3D world is for wii u. I have both, and I have to sat this is a good game and all but there are some pros and cons for both games. For one, 3D world is mich easier than land. But world has better gameplay, graphics, etc.

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14 Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars

I got this game on my virtual console about a year or two ago, and I gotta say, it was awesome, and kinda easy since I was a little over leveled. In fact, I thought Smithy was harder than Culex, but I was all level 30. And then there's the fact I couldn't stop playing this for about a week or two. And I got to Smithy and beat him on my first try, then the credits rolled and it said THE END, but I left for a little while and I got mad, so I turned off the game and back tracked all the way to Culex, took him on, think the Final Fantasy IV reference, and took him down without the Frying Pan. I think this game needs more attention, and I think it's my top 5 for favorite Mario games, maybe Top 3.

An instant classic with great graphics, awesome music, a big world, memorable characters, good dialogue, a good story, an awesome combat system with timed hits and enormous replay value make this the best Mario title ever, which is why I had it as #1 when I made this list! - loganruckmanman

So much nostalgia... This game made me laugh, cry, smile... It was like I was in there! Seriously, I think this is the best game I've ever played. And I've played lots of games...
And that end. THAT END. I cried during several minutes, maybe half an hour, and when I watch to this again I feel so sad...
I hope Geno and Mallow will be back one day. They were awesome, this is a shame that Nintendo never used them again. Yeah, I know it's because of Square, but I really wish it would be possible to see them just one more time.
(Yeah my English isn't that great, I'm sorry, but I had to say my opinion. Only a few people know about this game... This game is so beautiful and incredible that it would be more famous or something.)

As advice, do not OVER train, or else the game will lose some interest. I was level 11 by the time I got Geno as a partner, and Geno was level 6. Geno should have been the most powerful partner at the time, but now, I must carefully catch up Geno. - gakiguru

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15 New Super Mario Bros. New Super Mario Bros.

This is the best Mario game in the world for me.. I just totally love playing with my friends and my big sister because you get to enjoy a lot and sometimes my sister thinks the game is by looking at the characters on their adventure saving Princess Peach. Vote for this game cause it is the BEST!

Great game. Brings back the nostalgia from the original Mario bros to a new game

This is much better than the wii. this just brings back great nostalgia while the Wii brings back bad memories about how hard it is

Better than Wii, U or 2 (lives per level) - computerfan0

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16 Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8

Came out today (5/30/14) and it is AWESOME! - Berger

It's been a year (almost) since I got the game, and I have to say, this course is awesome, I still feel the same as I'd did a year ago. With DLC your never done w/ the game. Oh yeah they fixed/stopped trollers online - Berger

Best One ever! Better Item Balance, better controls, better everything! Except the battle mode. Vote for Mario Kart Wii if you only like overpowered items, really annoying character voices, and crappy controls. Mario Kart 8 is a refreshed version of Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. Just better. - recaller

This, game isn't even out yet

This game is my fave game only because that's the game I have been playing lately - Aidanisawesome

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17 Paper Mario Paper Mario

When I die I want this in my coffin - rockhawk8

Besides Ocarina, it's the best 64 game of all time.

its the best mario game I have ever played

My personal favorite N64 Game. I have beaten the game 4 times and still never find myself bored with it. - cabennett18

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18 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Why is this game only number 15 and not number 1 this epic video game is not only the best Mario game it is also the best Wii game and one of the best games ever to date this needs to be number one this is my favorite fighting game and is also the best fighting game ever! Only super smash bros universe can beat this!

This is a great game, and it deserves to be loved, but it isn't really a Mario game, it's a Nintendo game. That's what I never understood about people counting Smash as a Mario game but not Luigi's Mansion games, since those are at least part of the Mario franchise, while this is equally part of all Nintendo franchises. Sure, you can play as Mario in this but not in Luigi games, but Luigi's Mansion is part of the same thing as Mario, and this isn't. Don't get me wrong, though, I'm not complaining about this game, it's great, it's just not a Mario game.

While I do agree this game is awesome, SSBB shouldn't be here, as it isn't a Mario game, although Mario is present there.

This is pathetic. It is a multi-series game. It is not a Mario game. - gakiguru

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19 Super Paper Mario Super Paper Mario

This game deserves better. The story is well thought out and the characters are original. The only problem is that the 3-D landscape is not very visual compared to 2-D.

Level 3-3 (to me) was one of the toughest levels in the game. I'm stuck on 4-4. YOU HAVE TO GO ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE WALL TO A DOOR BUT THE AREA WITH THE DOOR ON IT HAS AN IMPOSSIBLE JUMP!

It may not be the best, but Super Paper Mario deserves more love. I've played through it at least five times because of the story. The dialogue is clever and funny and the puzzles are interesting too. The ending also made me get teary. It's just the kind of game you won't forget, no matter the flaws.

I love games with an emotional story with plot twists. I love the platforming of mario as well! My problem with most mario platformers is lack of plot, so this game is perfect for me!

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20 Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story

Amazing game that shows what we love about mario and you can even play as bowser! This game is a MUST for all DS owners even though I wish it was longer. Also uses the DS feature very well using the DS mic and holding the system sideways.

Really? Number 24? I HAVE FURY! Great soundtrack, wonderful characters, high replay value, fawful, the enemies! How is this 24? Hands down the best Mario game.

Bowser's Inside Story was truly an epic for the ages. An amazing, layered story topped with hilarious, over the top characters that have solid backstories, and come on... PLAYABLE BOWSER for the win! Bowser plays much differently than the bros, and it gives a nice shift in gameplay whenever you change sides to start a new chapter! The boss battles in this game are insanely well designed, with good progression of difficulty (Except their kind of easy when you've played the game as many times as me). Also, the music is truly something to behold! All Mario RPGs have amazing soundtracks, so its no surprise that this awesome adventure is backed with sweet sweet tunes! All of this... IS ON A HANDHELD! AlphaDream outdid themselves, and it's the best Mario game, in my opinion.

23? Should be in the top ten at least. It's my favorite video game. - DCfnaf

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