Hardest Mario Games

The Top Ten

1 Super Mario Bros the Lost Levels

So hard haven't beat it after like 30 years

The original Super 2, this was not originally released in America because it was deemed to difficult for Americans.

This is literally the worst design decisions Nintendo has ever made to be honest. It's somehow still fun for me to play, but half the level mechanics are like Mario Maker.

What about mario and luigi: paper jam?

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2 Super Mario Sunshine

This game is EZ I beat it when I was 4 and even then it took 4 hours to beat Bowser and his hot tub. (Including getting there)

This game is easily one of the best, also very challenging!

Just beat this game recently some levels are easy but others seem like they are impossible

This is so hard! The first world in the game is harder than The Perfect Run in Super Mario Galaxy 2! - darthvadern

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3 Super Mario Bros. 3

Best Mario game ever I played

Each of the first 7 worlds provides unique challenges, but world 8 combines all of your prior experiences and skills. Without an acute knowledge of all of the games mechanics, world 8 would be nearly impossible. I have only beaten it after hours of grueling farming for secrets and Easter eggs to help me along my way.

Hard for me as well, I got to world 2 tower and its painful for me, recommend two players.

Gosh The fortress and the sky ship levels were most challenging

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4 Super Mario Galaxy 2

Grandmaster Galaxy: The Perfect Run. I have only beaten that level twice in my 5 years of playing the game. SMG2 is one of the greatest games of all time however.

The motion control levels are frustratingly hard.

The perfect run...dare I say more

Not as hard as the first one. - Money1208

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5 Super Mario World

This game is easy! Miyamoto even said he wanted to make this game simple for newcomers.

I can't get masked koopas in my game on Wii u very hard the last Star world level the secret exit is hard and I don't know how to fly up there because I'm on The flipping Wii u

I downloaded it on my Wii U and today I made it to Vanilla Dome and I accidently pressed Erase Data!

Very challenging, especially the star world levels.

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6 Super Mario 64

Hardest 3D Mario only due to the fact the camera angles are awful... also the flip isn't as responsive as the newer games

All the stupid stars!

What makes this game hard? CONTROLS!

That damned Bowser finale is beyond hard - DubstepLover

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7 New Super Luigi U

This is super easy! Beat fairly quick.

This is the hardest Mario Game I've played in my life! I'm still stuck on the first World! New Super Mario bros. U is the second hardest! Super Mario 64 is a piece of cake and Super Mario World isn't too hard either. Super Mario Sunshine isn't even as hard as New Super Luigi U! I don't know if it's just because I'm an excellent gamer, but I've litterally had Super Mario Galaxy for less than a month and I've already beat the final Bowser battle and I only have 50 stars left to collect! You don't know a truly hard game until you've played NSMBU or NSLU! What makes New Super Luigi U so much harder than NSMBU is that you only have 100 seconds to complete each level! It's impossibly hard!

8 New Super Mario Bros U

I beat it in a week when I was nine

I couldn't beat the 1st world and I'm 28

Way too easy I beat when I was 8 years old

No way, it's easy!

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9 Super Mario 3D Land

This game is not hard until the special worlds. This should not be hear.

It is easy at first but when you beat Bowser in world 8 you goto the special world's and they are hard.

This shouldn't even be on the list, it is too easy. - Extractinator04

The regular worlds are super easy and the early specials are easy, but the later worlds such as Special 6, and Special 7 are so difficult.

10 Super Mario Land

Easy at first, quickly gets difficult later in game. Turtles are effectively bombs.

This is Number 1 material for sure. - Extractinator04

The Contenders

11 Super Mario Bros.

The hammer-throwing dude on level 5-2 kills me EVERY SINGLE TIME

It’s too hard for me!

12 Super Mario Bros. 2

One level is simply long as heck!

The Enemy placement is stupidly difficult!

Hard,hard,awful hardly...

13 Super Mario Galaxy

It's hard! I'm stuck. - Money1208

Gave me a splitting headache. multiple ones.
where did u learn to fly dat ship, toad?!

14 Super Mario 3D World

This game is fun, but it can be challenging, especially the champions road on world crown because there are no power ups, and I died like 70 times so far without making it through the whole level.

Champions road can die

15 Hotel Mario

I have trouble even purchasing this game. lol

It's the hardest one to sit through - B1ueNew

Really? - Extractinator04

16 New Super Mario Brothers Wii

This game was relatively easy but getting the star coins were challenging.

It iss hardest

Getting the star coins is extremely difficult

World 9-7 is difficult on its own, but trying to get the star coins is like herding cats: you can get 1st and even the second one fairly easily but the 3rd one is insanely difficult. Why this game is below sonic and mario at the olympic games (at the time of writing this) is beyond me.

17 Super Mario Maker

(I mean the Expert/Super Expert mode, not the game in general.)

Trolls, enemy spam, YES! A level which kills Hammer Bros! - computerfan0

Play it and you will know - DylanheBuilder

18 Super Mario Odyssey

No way this was super easy! SMO's Darker Side is easier than SMS's Bianco Hills! - darthvadern

999 korok se I mean moons are hidden in it. Some are extremely hard like herding sheep above the fog. I like Super Mario Odyssey, but it is hard.

19 Super Paper Mario

Personally, I think that this game has the best story line out of all the other Mario games and it’s challenging at times

EVERYTHING! - spicycheese

20 Super Mario Flash 2

The game is fairly easy. Press C and H while starting a level.

How is this not number one

I hit a koopa on the head and he suddenly started to spin all over the place and killed me.

Boom boom - level 3

21 Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story


This game is easy

22 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
23 Unfair Mario Unfair Mario

Best official Nintendo super Mario registered game I have ever seen

Why is not on list

So unfair! )3

24 Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

WAIT! They made ANOTHER one? - Money1208

25 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

My friend has this and it's really hard. - Connor360

26 Super Mario 64 DS

I have the game it really hard

150 Stars.

27 New Super Mario Bros

Why did Nintendo make world 7 harder than world 8? Main reason it is hard
World 5 too because of ice, and also world 6 because of variety.

Too easy. I can't beat LEGO Star Wars again and I still think this is overly easy. - Extractinator04

28 Mario Kart Double Dash

Too many hazards and a trolling pipe in peach beach.

29 Mario Kart DS

150cc is brutally unfair

30 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

It has to be number 1


31 New Super Mario Bros 2


Damnit! 9.999.999 coins?
ARE YOU SERIOUSLY?! It's very insanity!

32 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

This game is as easy as hell

33 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

It not that hard! - Money1208

34 Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
35 Paper Mario: Color Splash

It just takes forever
and is almost impossible to 100% without a walk through!

36 Mario Tennis Aces
37 Mario Kart Wii

I beat it when I was 6! - Extractinator04

38 Yoshi's Island DS
39 Super Mario Kart

You'll be hardpressed to find a challenge more frustrating than the 150cc Special Cup

40 Mario and Luigi: Dream Team
41 Mario Kart 7

This game is really super easy even 150cc
Also this game is home to the best Rainbow Road of all time

42 Mario Party DS
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