Best Mario RPG Games


The Top Ten

1 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GameCube)

Should be #1 by a lot more then it is right now.

Great game, although the backtracking sucks. My favorite Mario RPG along with Super Paper Mario and Superstar Saga. - SonicFan4Life

I LOVE THIS GAME. It kills me when people hate on it for trivial things, give it a chance for some of its great qualities that actually matter! If you really can't get into it, that's fine since everyone has different opinions and likes, but at least appreciate why others love it so much...although most people who play this game love it. The story, music, humor, gameplay, originality, bosses, locations, characters, and pretty much everything else are fantastic! This will always be my favorite Mario game even though I love pretty much all of the Mario RPG's for their originality and how immersive they are compared to other Mario games and how immersive they are. That's not to say I don't like all other Mario games though, since I do. Everyone, play this game! Give it a chance if you can't see past an annoying voice or "bad" graphics or whatever, or if you only play "main" Super Mario games-what lies ahead of you is an experience you'll never forget.

It's obviously better than Super Paper Mario

2 Super Paper Mario (Wii)

This is perhaps the most underrated game on Wii. More than any other Mario RPG, this game mixes platformer with RPG and the results are incredible. The 2D/3D dynamic also adds a healthy does of exploration into the mix. Like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night or Resident Evil 4, Super Paper Mario is one of those rare titles that manages to blend several genres into something that feels completely unique.

This is a great PLATFORMER. (not RPG)

This is a PLATFORMER, I know the rest of Paper Mario is RPG but this is the only exception. - myusernameisthis

This is unquestionably a lot better than PMTTYD! Oh, man, this RPG has the best graphics, plot, voice acting & music ever! This game totally rocks! I would give this game an 8.3 score.

Super Paper Mario is my favorite Mario RPG due to being one hell of a groundbreaker, great graphics, non-confusing text, awesome characters, great elements, Princess Peach having a much better role/voice that in The Thousand Year Door & Sticker Star.

The top 1 best Paper Mario game is Super Paper Mario. This game gets an 8.3 score)

The top 2 best Paper Mario game is the original Paper Mario on the N64 & Virtual Console. This game gets a 7.8 score.

The top 3 best Paper Mario game is Paper Mario: Sticker Star. This game gets a score of 4.7 score.

The top 4 best Paper Mario game is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. This game gets a 2.0 score.

3 Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS)

No way am I passing this one up, now before I say anything I will give spoilers for this who have not finished or seen the game, so with all do respect ignore this, but if you don't care... The game in of itself knew it was quirky, silly, and even downright fun to play, but what intrigued me the most was BOWSER being an ally to both Mario and Luigi, be it still rivals until you beat the game, which the final boss, dark star fawful and dark bowser were incredible, the music is something I could go back to and listen any time and not get enough even when I've listened for hours, hosting bowser and powering him up with the mario bros inside him felt oddly rewarding despite it being either short or sloggish mini-games, but people can say that the ending was tacked on, or out of no where, it's honestly not, think about it people. You have the host Bowser and Dark Bowser, with the manipulators for Bowser, Mario and Luigi, and for Dark Bowser, Dark Star Fawful, heck I dare say the final boss ...more


This was part of my childhood

This is one of my favorite games of all time, would reccomend it to anyone who even remotely likes RPGs.

4 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

Awesome game! - myusernameisthis

Anyone who played this when it was new understands that it is by far the best. It's literally the reason this list exists!

Some times you really CAN'T beat the classics!

Super story line, great music, drama (I cried playing the game man! ) and TONS of fun. You can play it, your nieces can play it and still it will be awesome. A classic.

5 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)

This is the BEST! Bowser's inside story and Super Mario RPG are very close runner-ups. PS: Super Paper Mario isn't an RPG!

This is definitely a masterpiece! I love the sotry and charactersin this game, and the amount of twists in the story is super fun too! - darthvadern

I know it's taken a while to decide this, and believe me that Dream Team and Super Paper Mario are EXTREMELY close runner-ups, but this is simply the most fun out of all the Mario RPGS. Um, in my opinion. - Garythesnail

6 Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)

Best game ever

Truly amazing... unique villains, amazing soundtracks... what more could you want?

Why are you underneath Superstar saga

This game is so much fun to play! I never get bored of it, and the music is amazing. - benpiano800

7 Paper Mario (N64)

My favorite game ever! - myusernameisthis

Amazing game. - MaxPap

8 Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Crossover between Paper Mario, Mario, and Luigi. It's all I ever wanted.

Good game, however it's story and level design is very bland and it makes it a bit lackluster, thankfully the music and papercraft battles makes up for that - darthvadern

Only #11? Below Sticker Star and PiT? To each their own, I guess... - Garythesnail

9 Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time (DS)

This honestly should've gotten a remake on the Switch instead of Bowser's Inside Story's pointless 3DS remake, despite both being great games

This one isn't my absolute favorite Mario RPG, but I LOVE it! All the Mario RPG games are fantastic in my opinion (with the exception of Sticker Star and Paper Jam, which were alright but lacking in many departments) but PIT often gets overlooked for some reason. I don't know why, since it's great! The music is good, the bosses are fun, the locations are cool to explore, the babies and time travel add an extra layer to the already fun gameplay of Mario and Luigi games, the story is intense and has amazing plot twists, and the entire game is immersive! It's a little short, but that's my only complaint. People sometimes complain about enemies having too much HP, or that buying special attacks is annoying, but I found no big problem with either of these things. Play this game!

This one was amazing, but not as good as inside story

This game was my favourite, it is way better than Bowser inside story

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10 Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS)

I played this game pretty soon after it came out, and I really liked it. People complain that the story is just bowser took peach, go get her back. The original paper mario had that plot as well, so that's not an issue. The bosses require certain stickers to use to beat them. The boss battles make it clear what stickers to use. A poison soaked squid, suck up the poison with a sponge. A giant snow monster, use a heat sticker. The navigation it pretty clear. It tells what world it is, so you do them in order. It also says the order of levels so you know what order to do them in. Although the lack of levels was sad and you couldn't feel overpowered, I say play this game. 9/10

Dude... That Game Sucked!

Best game ever, seriously, this game is far better than SPM, that game sucked so bad and nobody cared for the horrible story that SPM had, this game on the other hand is a true masterpiece, it is everything what a Paper Mario game should be.

The Contenders

11 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

This remake was pointless, the 3DS is already backwards compatible with DS games so it was just a waste of money for Nintendo to remake it! - myusernameisthis

Great Remake - JPK

12 Paper Mario: Color Splash

The most overlooked Mario game of all time.

What? This game was awesome! It's more fun than any other Paper Mario titles. Give it a try, it's not just a Sticker Star 2.0.

13 Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Great storytelling, amazing new features, cover in exiting, plot twists I never saw coming, great Idea, introduces how baby forms of characters can come to go kart and play games, great new characters. I have a blast replaying the game every time.

14 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Someone's going to hate me for adding this game. I feel like it deserves a little more love. It in't a good Paper Mario game, but the music is great, it's good for on-the-go Paper Mario, the linear world map is nice, and for an early-ish 3DS game, it looks pretty good. The battle system is okay, but not amazing.

15 Mario Golf: World Tour

Best rpg ever

Dis best rpg

16 Minions Quest

This is an amazing game that made buying the superstar saga remake worth it

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
2. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GameCube)
3. Paper Mario (N64)
1. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)
2. Paper Mario (N64)
3. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (GBA)
1. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (3DS)
2. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GameCube)
3. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS)

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