Most Underrated Mario Games


The Top Ten

1 Super Paper Mario

This game rocks! Too bad people prefer TTYD over this great game. Also, this is the best Mario RPG ever & I find this game to be really underrated. This game gets an 8.9 score.

This is one of my favorite Mario games. Everything about it is great- thar story, the characters, the gameplay, and everything else! The story is beautiful. The dialogue is witty and charming, but also can be serious. It is a shame that it gets overlooked by the other Paper Mario games.

Along with Dream Team, my all-time favorite game. People call it bad because it's not like the first two, but I think it handles things even better. - Garythesnail

Luigis Mansion on 1.?! And Super Mario Bros 2 on 2.?! Luigis mansion is not underrated anymore, and not super mario bros either, however this game is one of my favoirite games of all time, but is treated like one of the worst

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2 Luigi's Mansion

Luigi's Mansion is overrated & should not be top 1. But I do notice criticism which makes this game more underrated...

But come on! The most underrated Mario game is not Luigi's Mansion. It's Hotel Mario!

3 Super Mario Bros. 2

100% agree. Great game. All the fans say: it's not a Mario game, It's the worst!

It's Almost As Underrated As Hotel Mario.

I know I said this times before, but I can't believe the Super Mario games released in the late 20th Century don't get as much praise as Mario spin-offs in the 2010s!

It's not solely a Mario version of Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic (Hepburn: Dream Factory: Heart Pounding Panic). It debuted such underrated enemies like Pokey, Bob-Omb, Flurrie, Birdo, Wart and Shy Guy.

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4 Super Mario Sunshine

Sunshine may be when Peach turned 'dumb' (really I don't know what fans expect her to do right then and there when Jr. said she was his mom and continued to bash Mario without giving her much room to talk on screen and how would Jr. figure out Peach is not his mom BEFORE Bowser told him? She knew it just shocked her that some random kid jumped in firmly believing she's his mom). Also, I guess it was the voice acting (that you could, ya know MUTE). Or Maybe it just seemed really easy due to fludd...

But this game turned away from the traditional Mario games. From the plot to how the game worked. It doesn't doesn't deserve the hate it gets. Besides, the voices are goofy and when the guy big-noise-things scream 'NOO! ' when you slash them is hilarious!

Super Mario Bros. is much better. It has a much catchier presentation and doesn't get as much respect for not being a modern Mario game. Super Mario Sunshine is a mixed bag for me.

5 Wario Land 4
6 Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Thanks to the insane Mario Kart: Double Dash, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7 & Mario Kart 8, this game, Super Mario Kart & Mario Kart 64 are all underrated.

This, yes. Mario kart 64 and super Mario akrt, no! They get respect! Unliek this game! - HeavyDonkeyKong

7 Hotel Mario

I hate this list so much! Why has Luigi's Mansion got to be top 1 on this list?! This or Super Mario 64 should be top 1.

The lowest rated Mario game of all time has n excuse not to be top 1.

I may hate the gameplay, but the cutscenes, graphics & retarded-sounding voice acting is perfect!

This should be top 1!

Super Mario 64 is overrated its worshipped.

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8 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

I agree that it's highly rated by Paper Mario standards (I wouldn't say OVERRATED because it's really that good, but I see where people are coming from in saying that) but I would argue that it's underrated as a Mario game in general by most Mario (not specifically Paper Mario) fans. The whole RPG series is, really. Almost all of the Mario RPG's are games that more fans should play and love due to their immersion, music, characters, bosses, and epic stories, among other great qualities. I'd say TTYD is the finest form of a Mario RPG (although you can disagree if you want and that's fine), so it should be paid attention to more by fans. The Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi series are fantastic series, and Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars is also a great game, so play the Mario RPG's if you haven't already!

Overrated, not underrated. I would strongly recommend Super Paper Mario because of such a strong plot and Princess Peach not getting kidnapped/being strong/not having a whiny voice.

How dare you put Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door on the list & Luigi's Mansion is not top 1!

9 Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the 7 Stars

There are unexplained reasons why PhantomStrider said that Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars is one of his favorite Mario games of all time, after all, the topic he had to stay on is why he hates Paper Mario: Sticker Star. Keep hating this masterpiece in favor of Super Paper Mario sequels, I give it a 7/7 stars for its clever writing, confident characters, homage to the second Final Fantasy trilogy and energetic presentation.

Did I get vision problems or the picture is too small?

This has to be my top favorite Mario game, as such a giant fan of the classic 16-bit RPG games.

I got thumbs down for saying that Super Mario RPG is great, for crying out loud? >8(

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10 Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix

The Contenders

11 Super Princess Peach

Amazing game. Very fun and inventive. I love this. Such a shame it got flagged as sexist. I never viewed as such but I'm not a girl.

12 Super Mario Kart
13 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
14 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

Why are Mario and Sonic tied for the running right now? Isn't like Mario some fat, slow plumber and Sonic a fast hedgehog? This doesn't make any sense!

15 Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time

My least favorite of the Mario & Luigi games, but still a great game. - Garythesnail


Underrated. Should be way higher!

16 Mario Party Advance
17 Mario Party 9

It's really overrated. You do not get to free roam the boards. The graphics are very weak. The soundtrack is childish at times, especially for Mario Party standards. The Mario princesses have overly excruciating, one-dimensional voices/princess dresses. Modern Mario spin-offs in general have the hideous, childish feel of a straight-to-video Don Bluth sequel. I give Mario Party 9 a 3/10.

Whenever I look in the comment section of a Mario Party video. I always expect to see a hate on this game and its car mechanic. THIS DESERVES TO BE #1!

This is my favourite mario game of all time! - darthvadern

18 Mario and Luigi Dream Team

You're evil. Dream Team is overrated.

People act like it's the worst of the M&L games, but I find it the BEST. - Garythesnail

This game is the last good Mario and Luigi game made so far. I don't understand why
it's not liked, it has creative characters, worlds, and a never before seen villain. the music
is top notch as well!

19 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Better than the thousand year bore

Actually a good game but everyone seems to hate the card system, for myself I hate the xp system


20 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Overrated, not underrated. This game brainwashes fans of Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the 7 Stars & the old Mario & Luigi games. This game is not underrated at all! Its aggregate score is a 9.5 now, so thus, it can't be underrated!

And how is Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story underrated?!

The only Mario and Luigi game that gets the respect that it rightfully deserves! - HeavyDonkeyKong

The aggregate score is so not 9.5! - HeavyDonkeyKong

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48 listings
5 years, 144 days old

Top Remixes

1. Luigi's Mansion
2. Super Mario Bros. 2
3. Mario Kart: Super Circuit
1. Wario Land 4
2. Super Mario Bros. 2
3. Hotel Mario



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