Best Super Mario RPG Games

The Top Ten

1 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Product Image

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

I've played this game at least 6 times, and it's fun every single time I play it. Out of all the Mario & Luigi RPGs, this one is the best. I have no idea how Super Paper Mario got above this. It takes the elements of previous M&L games and makes them better. The reason most people like BiS so much is because you get to PLAY AS BOWSER. The most kickass king in the kingdom. And the artwork/sprites still hold up well today, the interactions between NPCs (although sparse) are great, the battle system is improved, the music is amazing (to say the least! ), and the game is just cool in almost every way possible. If you haven't played this game yet, you need to. Whenever you can. If you don't have a DS, get one just to play Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. 9/10

No, Super Mario RPG is underrated by modernists that call it "just a Final Fantasy ripoff/Mario version of Final Fantasy) and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story's predecessors are even greater than Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time's successors!

This is the best Mario RPG in my opinion. I think Super Mario RPG is overrated and this game gives character development to Bowser. We were also greeted with the best villain in Mario Games.

2 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Product Image

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.

I love this game so much that seeing what nintendo have done to the series makes me very sad I struggle to find flaws with it. ITS MY FAVOURITE GAME EVER

I really don't understand how anybody could rank this above Super. I mean both are awesome games but something about Super is just so charming. IRTO though

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

3 Super Paper Mario Super Paper Mario Product Image

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.

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.

Great game, but I have some problems -

1. THE DUMB SAVING OPTION, especially noticeable in World 8, where you have to fight Count Bleck (who have to kill 25 times or so) and Mr. L Bot (since he doesn't deserved to be called Super Dimentio since he is Luigi) IN THE SAME SAVE, this got my mom bored to the point where we turned it off, if you do, you are BACK to Flopside and have to go all the way back, Yes, cut scenes, Mimi, mazes, key doors and other stuff.
2. Mimi, she is unsettling to many people, when it gets an HD remake, ADD A SKIP BUTTON TO THE BLOODY CUT SCENE
3. Why does Flopside not have an arcade, yes, I know it would be confusing to the sub plot revolving around Flopside where a Flopsider moved to Flipside for the arcade

This game is so good! The two best things about it are the music and the story, which are both better than perhaps any of the other RPG games, but it's very close. Sure, it was different with the sidescrolling and such, but don't dismiss it as a normal Mario game, since it still has tons of layers to the gameplay and story that you wouldn't expect from a normal Mario game! Frankly, despite the sidescrolling, SPM is less of a Super Mario game than Sticker Star because of Sticker Star's lack of originality, depth, and RPG elements other than the battle system. Now, some people say that SPM is great and The Thousand Year Door is terrible, which makes me sad, since TTYD is my favorite of all time, but I also love SPM. Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but I see people hating on TTYD for trivial things like Peach's voice, graphics, and such. Give it a chance and appreciate its fantastic qualities! Same with SPM, don't dismiss it as a non-RPG or a terrible sidescroller that didn't ...more

4 Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Product Image

One of the most unique mario RPG's out there along with Super Paper Mario and Superstar Saga! The story and gameplay is so creative and unique and the dream world concept is amazing! Let's not forget the excellent Antasma! And am I the only one who never had a problem with the tutorials and graphics?

Oh how I love this game! It's jam-packed with funny writing and characters, still executing slapstick well (reminder that you literally do slapstick actions to advance in the the dream world.) And the music is likely the best in the series. (rivaled by it's previous entry.)

This is such an original and fun game! It's the thrid most original mario game I think. Not only is this game super original and creative, it's super fun to play! Sure tutorials can get annoying but since when did tutorials make a game?

I love this game so much because of how important they make Luigi, my favorite nintendo character. Also, Antasma is probably the best villain in all the RPGs.

5 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Product Image

I grew up playing this as a kid and you know what its one of the most nostalgic games ever behind Super Mario Bros1,2,and 3and Mario 64,Mario Kart 1.Also in October 2017 a enhanced remake of this game released.It lacks the charm of the original but still is good.

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.

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!

6 Paper Mario Paper Mario Product Image

Why is this at the lowest rank? It's a really great game.

My favorite game ever!

This kis super pape rmario covers but paper Mario is a great game.

Amazing game.

7 Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Product Image

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

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.

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

8 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Product Image

This game is my favourite! I also love Paper Mario 64, Super Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga, and Bowser's Inside Story is wonderful enjoyable game too, but this one started Mario's trilogy of RPGs, therefore gets my vote.

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.

Nintendo and Square's underrated lovechild. This game was the stepping stones for some of the greatest RPGs of all time (paper Mario and Mario and Luigi.) And it's OST is godlike.

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

9 Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Product Image

This game is very underrated, it surely is very generic and bland but there's so much good stuff about this one, one thing is Paper Mario, he makes the battle system so much more interesting and has these trio attacks. I also LOVE the papercraft battles, are are so unique and entertaining and give me Nintendo Labo vibes. However, one problem is that when you level up, normally in other mario rpg's you get to choose a stat to rise up even more, but you can't do that here, instead you must wait until the next rank and then you can choose a stat to rise up extra during level-ups

I think Paper Jam is better than Sticker Star and Partners in Time. I was worried about them going on the NSMB route with the characters, but it's okay because they did it well. However the levels are bland and the papercraft battles are dumb. But the regular bosses are really good! I have mixed feelings about this one. It's better than some of the other games on here though.

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

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

10 Paper Mario: Color Splash Paper Mario: Color Splash Product Image

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.

The most overlooked Mario game of all time.

Should be above Sticker Star

The Contenders

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

Somebody says this remake is pointless because 3ds has backwards compatibility with the ds. What I say to you. Superstar Saga was on the GBA you noob

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!

Since I don't own as GBA I played this version. One of the greatest mario games of all time!

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

12 Super Paper Mario 2 Super Paper Mario 2 Product Image
13 Paper Mario: Sticker Star Paper Mario: Sticker Star Product Image

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

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.

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.

Higher than the other Paper Mario games...

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