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

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.

Of course, I had to pick this one! Nintendo spent over 5 years to bring this game to life, and the wait was worth it! From the beautiful orchestral music to the stunning galaxies with proper exploration, this has to be the best game of all time!

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2 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

Super Mario 64 (N64) deserves a Godly rating of AAA (even higher than an A+), and Super Mario 64 DS deserves a Good rating of B.

Super Mario Galaxy deserves a Favorable rating of B+.

Super Mario World deserves a Superb rating of A.

Super Mario Bros. 3 deserves a Flawless/Masterpiece rating of A+.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 deserves a Great rating of A-.

Super Mario Sunshine deserves a Bearable rating of B-.

Mario Kart Wii deserves a Good rating of B.

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door deserves a Favorable rating of B+.

Super Mario 3D World deserves a Great rating of A-.

Mario KArt: Double Dash deserves a Good rating of B.

This was the first Mario game in which was 3D. Thanks, Nintendo 64!

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3 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

A complete class ice a complete masterpiece a complete load of fun!

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4 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

Sonic colors ain't got anything on this masterpeice

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5 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.

Best mario level enemies, theme,graphics,and sound,levels

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6 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 was pretty young when this game came out, but it quickly became a childhood favorite, and I still play it to this day. Most people complain about how FLUDD made the platforming and game play easier, but honestly FLUDD made way for more unique and dynamic platforming. The story is decent, and game play is really fun. The only issue I have is with the voice acting, but that doesn't even come close to ruining the experience.

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7 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?

One of the best Mario games I ever played.

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8 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.

This the very first mario game I have ever played. I love it so much.

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9 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

This, in my opinion, is the greatest RPG ever. From the highly intriguing story to the vast diversity of characters, this game is up there with all time greats, not just for Mario but for any game, ever. The game runs smoothly yet challenging at times but you won't be able to stop playing it. I love the turn-based battles and how you must adapt to the enemies you encounter as only certain strategies work. Even though lots of characters in this game are not common throughout mario games, it just fits in so well with the game it doesn't even matter, it actually introduces characters for future mario games to come. The relationship with your partners and enemies only fuels the fire that keeps you playing. This game is down right amazing in every way possible and since 2004 I've been waiting for a sequel or a paper mario game that reaches the potential this game has set for future mario games

This is quite possibly one of the greatest RPG's of ALL time. From the story, the characters, the gameplay, and the music, it deserves to be the #1 spot. The only reason it isn't is because its extremely underrated and not many people have played it.

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10 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 Contenders

11 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

I remember playing this game a lot as a child! This is by far the best mario kart installment! This game introduced one of my favorite mario kart tracks: Daisy Cruiser. This mario kart also has a great soundtrack. Mushroom City/Mushroom Bridge is my favorite mario kart song after Rainbow Road from Mario Kart 64 - Heyo_Simba

Love it best Mario kart ever And game

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12 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

But the game controls poorly! Why does no one ever notice this? You can't turn. - ckets4769

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!

Really like this game. Mario has many different types of games. - EpicJake

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13 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!

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...

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!

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

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.)

overrated

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15 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.

Not a Mario game - Randomator

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16 New Super Mario Bros.

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

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!

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

This is my favorite 2D platform mario adventure! The controls and level designs are so unique for a mario game - Heyo_Simba

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17 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

It's not the greatest mario game, but one of the best and this game sure is better than Thousand year door and Super Paper Mario in my opinion. Best RPG Mario with Mario RPG SNES. - MaxPap

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18 Mario Kart 8

This is my number 1 favourite Mario game, Mario Kart game, Wii U game, number 2 favourite Nintendo game, and video game! This game is far too superior. I've never played a Mario Kart game like this before! I love the anti-gravity mechanic, better customization choices than Mario Kart 7, amazing graphics, and overall fun gameplay! If you have a Wii U, DEFINITELY pick this game up. This may not be your number 1 Wii U game, but I guarantee this will be high on your self-rankings! GET IT RIGHT NOW!

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

This is probably my favorite for right now (especially because it's out for the Nintendo Switch) but when super mario odyssey comes out then that will be my favorite mario game.

This is an awesome game! It is my first wii u game so it is one of my favourite Mario games. This is better than any other Mario kart game. It may not be my first Mario kart game but it is my favourite. Now VOTE.

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19 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.

It was one of my favorites! I'm surprised it didn't get better.

Great plot, ost and the graphics were pretty good too.

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20 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

This Bowser battle is simply the best ever. This game brings every element that we love about Super Nintendo

I agree that this game must be top 1. It's my most favorite game of all time! But there are ways to make the game better! I'll tell you the ways eventually.

Why this game isn't considered one of the greatest 2D platformers and at least on the Top 5 best Mario games is beyond me.

This game...is...wow. One of the finest SNES masterpieces to date. My fourth favorite (F-Zero, Mario RPG and Mario World) SNES game and a true masterpiece as well. Amazing level design and music way ahead of its time 10/10. - EspioTheChameleon

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