Hardest Mario Games

The Top Ten

1 Super Mario Bros the Lost Levels

Do I even have to explain why this one is hard?

Its been 5 years still haven't beaten the game, plus you wonder why no ones ever speed run it

Screw this game

I'm not going to play it because I know it is brutally hard

2 Super Mario Sunshine

This game is broken

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

3 Super Mario Bros. 3

Crazy man... I can't even make it past 2-Airship... - Kankajou

Just... so hard I have to beat the switch version

Yes its best. The game plays like a casino game as you have to know when to holdem, foldem, walkaway and run as they say. When I finished it as a child of 8 I had to leave the nes on over night, take breaks, skip some levels and most of sky world. I cannot remember if I had 1 or 2 lives remaining when I defeated bowser. But it was that close. A good mario game for any fan of mario. Part of the magic was movies adverteisments on T.V. and magazine. This game had a hype that frankly it deserved.

Second best Mario game! World is first for me

4 Super Mario World

Maybe this is a "me" thing, but I found the controls in this game to be pretty funky and slightly out of control and had trouble adjusting to them. Plus I can't figure out how to work Cape Mario correctly.

Super Mario World isn't hard! - Kerbiman123

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

Very challenging, especially the star world levels.

5 Super Mario Galaxy 2

Easy fun game... Oh wait, what is this final course...

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.

Not as hard as the first one. - Money1208

The motion control levels are frustratingly hard.

6 New Super Luigi U

Basically a hard mode of NSMBU

Can’t get past the 5th world yet. And I’ve tried for 2 months

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!

This is super easy! Beat fairly quick.

7 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

New super Mario bros u: fairly easy to the 6th world. Then it gets really hard and, in the 8th world, it is just almost impossible. New super Luigi u: very easy with toadette or nabbit. But in the 5th world onwards, just undeserved punishment. Boost rush: Very cool mode, 11/10. Challenges: don’t even wanna talk about them. Coin battle: 6.8/10. Just, average. Coin edit: Boring HELL. -11/10

Way too easy I beat when I was 8 years old

8 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

That damned Bowser finale is beyond hard - DubstepLover

What makes this game hard? CONTROLS!

What the hell were they thinking when they made this?

9 Super Mario Bros. 2

Hate this game but I keep playing

One level is simply long as heck!

It’s the same as running on ice

The Enemy placement is stupidly difficult!

10 Super Mario 3D Land

Up until S5, it is easy. From S5 + onwards, it gets brutally difficult (especially S7 + S8)

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 Newcomers

? Paper Mario 64
? Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The Contenders

11 Super Mario Land

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

This is Number 1 material for sure. - Extractinator04

12 Super Mario Kart

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

13 Super Mario Maker

Why is this not number 1? this is so hard because
no one knows how to make a mario level

Expert/Super Expert should be about skill but goes too far:
1. Invisible Blocks (going for Mushrooms, 1ups, Fire flowers, etc. but get tricked)
2. Enemy spam
3. Frustrating Parkour
4. Random Chance (Pipes/Doors lead to death)
5. Kaizo Levels - Ar0nT0pTeNz05

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

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

14 Super Mario Bros.

This game should be #2. World 8-3 is crazy. It's a matter of chance whether you're gonna survive those hammer bros.

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

It’s too hard for me!

15 Super Mario Galaxy

hard - Yoshidude

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

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

16 New Super Mario Brothers Wii

hard - Yoshidude

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

Same I found 9-7 easy to beat without the star coins but completing it with star coins is like trying to earn £1M in just a month but I finally did it and now yhave all star coins from whole game yay! But I do have to say 9-8 was just way to easy with or without star coins! Geez!

It iss hardest

17 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

It has to be number 1


18 Super Mario 3D World

The game starts out easy, then, once you reach World Star, it gets SUPER BRUTAL. The difficulty drops a bit during Worlds Mushroom and Flower, but then goes up again on World Crown. AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON BEATING EVERY COURSE WITH EVERY CHARACTER >:(

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

19 Hotel Mario

I have trouble even purchasing this game. lol

It's the hardest one to sit through - B1ueNew

Really? - Extractinator04

20 Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Almost all the mario games are too easy, but this one is so hard.


I love Starlow


21 Super Mario Maker 2

If you add up all the online courses this game has, it's number 1 since Nintendo announced there are 10 million courses uploaded to the game. This means SMM1 is number 2 because it only has 7.5 million. Then the 3DS port of SMM1 is number 3 because it has the same courses from the Wii U version although some are blocked. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is number FOUR.

22 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

23 Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun

Oh my God, the hardest game. I can't get past the very first lesson!

Died so much broke game from raging on this

24 Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
25 Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

WAIT! They made ANOTHER one? - Money1208

26 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

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

27 Mario Kart Wii

Mario kart Wii is fun and unfair

I have everything and I'm 13 - Yoshidude

I beat it when I was 6! - Extractinator04

28 Super Mario 64 DS

I have the game it really hard

150 Stars.

29 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

30 Mario Kart Double Dash

Too many hazards and a trolling pipe in peach beach.

31 New Super Mario Bros 2

The game it self is really easy but collecting all star coins and collecting 9,999,999 coins is almost impossible takes probably a few days to do all of that


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

32 Mario Kart DS

150cc is brutally unfair

33 Super Mario Odyssey

Darker side was hard even though I am the master at super Mario odyssey I can master every jump

Impossible especially the secret dark side moons and darker side.

Did you know that The Darker Side is a secret kingdom

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

34 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

It not that hard! - Money1208

35 Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Hard mode is impossible

36 Paper Mario: Color Splash

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

37 Mario Party DS
38 Mario Tennis Aces
39 Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
40 Mario Kart 7

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

41 Yoshi's Island DS
42 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

It is too easy

This game is as easy as hell

43 Puzzles and Dragons: Super Mario Edition

This game took me around the same time it took me to beat Bowsers Inside Story. Maybe even longer. This is the most difficult Mario game I ever played.

44 Mario Paint
45 Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
46 Dr. Mario
47 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
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