Top Ten Mario Games Since 2015Nintendo is one of the best video game companies on the planet. They've always created original video games that focused more on gameplay being the selling point, and the storyline being just a holder for the game to work, which is especially clear in Mario games. Most of the mario games have been pretty great and I'm a fan myself. However 2015 was a year when Nintendo started to sink in quality, and coincidentally, their president Saturo Iwata passed away as well. Might be coincidental, but after his death, Nintendo felt much more greedy, as numerous of their games started to have little content on release, and if lucky they'd update overtime. On top of that, the games have been way too expensive nowadays since as well, as the games cost 60 bucks at times, which is doubled the usual price it used to be. Not to mention a lot of games are just remakes. However, that doesn't mean all of these games are bad. Which Mario games since 2015 have been really good? Let's find out!
The Top Ten
It's widely accepted that Super Mario Odyssey is one of the best Mario games ever released. This game was so addicting and fun that I played it for a total of over 115 hours back in 2017-2018 when I got it. It revolutionized the 3D Mario games for the better, and has the biggest and best excuse for the player coming back to the game even after you've beaten the boss, becuase there's 880 moons in the game (+ another 119 that can be purschased in the shops), all scattered throughout the kingdoms, and collecting them is just so much fun! Unfortunately after that it kind of loses its replay-value, but it was an EXCELLENT time while it lasted.
By far the best 3D Mario game of all time everything from visuals to gameplay the capture mechanism is really innovative and unique
It's safe to say that Superstar Saga and Bowser's Inside Story are the most loved games of the Mario & Luigi series, with most people ranking these games at the top of their lists. And I wholeheartedly agree (although I'd put Dream Team above both of them). Out of the two mentioned though, Superstar Saga is more casual and simplicity-oriented, whereas Bowser's Inside Story is more gimmicky, which makes them both great in different ways. I personally have the most memories from this game, and I feel the most nostalgic for it. But what can I say, I love the gimmicks of BiS, so it stays a spot higher than this game. Still amazing though!
Superstar Saga isn’t as good as BIS but this is a solid remake
The last Mario title on the 3DS..., anyways. The Mario RPGs are the best types of mario games in my opinion, because while not just having really great gameplay and imaginative worlds, they also usually have a strong story and plot that goes along with it, giving the games more depth. Well..., not Modern Paper Mario, but that's out of the question. Bowser's Inside Story is the most acclaimed of these games, and while it was technically a DS game from 2009, it got a remake a decade later, bigger and better than ever, with improved graphics, more balanced difficulty, and an added side mode called Bowser Jr.'s Journey, where you control Bowser Jr.. Obviously I wouldn't put this game down.
I loved BIS so this is a great remake
Mario Kart 8 was a fine game on the Wii U. While I loved the graphics and course selection, I had a much less welcoming taste on the battle mode, character roster and overall item distribution. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the first mario game on the Switch however, solves many of these problems, making it overall a much better game, possibly rivaling the legends like 7 or DD!. However, this is also the game that started the trend of super expensive Mario games, which is a negative, but the game itself? It's great!
I don’t like this simply because it’s the same game as the Wii U version with a few tweaks. So the fact I’ve already played these courses to death just
This is a very addictive game and I like it a lot. The graphics are great and the music is cool
I technically haven't played Super Mario Maker 2, but I have played its predecessor on the Wii U, and my opinion on that was that it was "good". There were loads of features missing, but the idea of creating levels and sharing them worldwide was a very pleasing time-breaker. And it recieved a sequel on the Switch. And I mean it's the original but better, with much more features such as slopes, more settings and a Super Mario 3D World style. And since I liked the original, I can still somewhat judge this game, so it will be in the top five of this list.
This laughs in the face of the original. Seriously this was beyond imaginable from the first game. It quite literally breaks all the rules for Mario Levels which isn’t a bad thing at all. The vast amount of creativity is unmatched here
I can't understand the hate on this game. Sure it's a LITTLE lackluster, and has pretty bad minigames, but just about everything else was really great! I'd consider it the most unique Mario game to date, with its seven different game modes! The main one, Toad Scramble is similar to the classic formula but much more open-world as you can walk legit anywhere you want, plus you don't need to wait for computer players. And even if you don't like Toad Scramble, you can try some of the other minor gamemodes, like Challenge Tower, Mario Shuffle or Boo's Blocky Party. They are AMAZING and super addicting, with a LOT of strategy, especially in Challenge Tower.
It’s Ok. Not great but not absolutely terrible either. It’s a very middle of the road game for me
The most unlikely and random crossover that turned out to be pretty good. Mario + Rabbids is the only Mario RPG that wasn't developed by Nintendo, but rather Ubisoft, the guys who created those rabbids. And yes, the rabbids are a plague upon the internet, with their retarded personalities and films. But here in this game, I never found them annoying a single time. I actually in fact thought they were quite charming and chill (especially Phantom). My biggest problem with it are the puzzles which can get frustrating in the last level, plus it doesn't look that good for a Switch game, but it's pretty entertaining nevertheless!
Surprisingly I had a lot of fun with it. This is better than you’d think.
At #8 we have the weakest title of the Mario & Luigi game quintology. But I still like it, as a matter of fact I actually really like it, a lot. While on the surface it might seem pretty terrible with the basic level design, bland characters, boring storyline and horrific Paper Toad Hide & Seek, there's a lot of things that still make it a fun game. The main battle system is improved a lot, with Paper Mario joining the team, adding Trio Attacks as an available attack method. And although the bosses are basic, they're pretty fun and offer nice challenge. There's also Papercraft Battles, as successor the giant battles in the 3rd and 4th M&L game and while it's not as good, it's pretty interesting. Overall, Paper Jam is a good Mario game overall.
I thought it was decent but not my favorite Mario and Luigi game.
Mario Party game taking some of the best bits from recent previous games and together getting merged into Mario Party 11, also known as Super Mario Party. In terms of Mario Party games using the classic formula, this one is one of the better ones. While I still highly prefer 6, 7 or DS for such, I think Super has a lot of its own quirks that make it stand out. Not only does it bring back the classic mode, but it also brings back an altered version of the Toad Scramble mode in Mario Party: Star Rush, now in the form of Partner Party (which I think is the better of the two gameplay styles by a long shot). There's also three side modes which are fun but nothing too eye-popping. Overall, the game is pretty good but there's a lot of wasted potential. I mean there are only FOUR boards and they're literally just squares and are way too linear in the main Mario Party mode, so much that it's not even funny. There also isn't really anything that new about the game that makes it stick out, as ...more
Finally a good Mario Party! I love almost everything about this game bringing nostalgia from the old games with some fresh air into it. Very solid game all around
Mario Tennis Aces is the only Mario sports game (Besides Mario Golf: World Tour) that I own, and so as for the Tennis franchise as whole, I can't say much about, but what I can say, is the I think Mario Tennis Aces is a nice and fun little game you can play. The main thing it has that makes it stand out from the other titles is a story mode, and how it's related to Tennis is pretty interesting, as there's a racket that contains a spirit which takes control over other people. It's a really fun mode and the courts and boss battles are all really fun and interesting. However, once you finish the adventure mode, the game becomes stale and boring unless you have an online subscription. When it is fun though, it really is.
It isn’t Ultra Smash so that’s a win. It at least has substance to it to keep you playing it.