Top 10 Overrated Mario Games

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Nobody has done this yet, so I figured it needs to be done

The Top Ten

1 Super Mario Galaxy 2

10/10 for yoshi? YOSHI!? Yoshi is just as overrated as this game. It's no different than galaxy one but yoshi is here. - Garfieldtop10s

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the true highest-rated video game of all time. Yes, I know it is a masterpiece and possibly the top 1 most creative video game of all time, but the plot where Princess Peach gets kidnapped by Bowser is not fair!

I had at least more enjoyment with prequel then this. The just put in more gimmick and more power-ups - Chaotixhero

Yeah. I agree. I love the prequel but unfortunately the disc one day just vanished :'( The whole dome idea rather than a boring world map was awesome! With SMG2 it just doesn't have the same warmth about it.

This game is extremely difficult to beat.

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2 Mario Kart 64

Why does this game get all the praise to the point where every kart racer is concidered 'a Mario Kart rip-off' The game has aged terribly, the controls are clunky, the tracks aren't all that good (except Wario Stadium) and there are other, better kart racers in the 5th generation alone (Crash Team Racing and Diddy Kong Racing come to mind)

I'm tired of people saying this is the best Mario kart game even with Mario kart 8 people still say it's the best. What?

Well, it is true. Mario Kart 64 is the best Mario Kart game ever tying with Super Mario Kart & Super Circuit.

Great game but the controls are slippery. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Those controls give me Vietnam flashbacks - AStumpedHuman

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3 Mario Kart DS

This game is actually a great Mario Kart game! They need to bring back the mission mode and bosses. Totally loved it. - DCfnaf

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is much better. And Rainbow Road actually sounds like it belongs in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time due to how phenomenal it is, just like the game Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is (especially its unique, mature, reminiscent-to-MOA presentation).

Totally boring and too flat. It's nothing but adventure landing spinoff with horrible characters a 2/10.1/5 from me out of ds games I played. Zero gravity way better 9/10 5/5

Horrible characters? Only one character was bad and it was ROB. But how does that affect the game...oh wait it doesn't. - DCfnaf

As a huge Mario Kart fan I really liked this game however it deserved the top 3:
The graphics were disappointing, filled with bugs and flat.
The tracks were cool but that's it, even the Rainbow Road is just ok, the retro tracks were much more uninteresting than the original ones, the roster was cheap.

This game is mainly liked for nostalgia. - DaisyandRosalina

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4 Super Mario 64

Sorry. I had to dislike your comment. Super Mario games released in the late 20th Century have reasonably superior enviornments to most modern Mario games. The graphics are unique for the N64, which is why I originally acted like Super Mario 64 (N64) deserves more than a 10/10, but it does deserve a 9/10. Also, Sonic Adventure's character design is not great (but good lord, don't get me started on Amy Rose's redesign in Sonic Adventure).

Good game, but not the best game ever

It was revolutionary when it launched, the first fully 3d game. But people treat it like it's still new. - Garfieldtop10s

Camera and graphics were so annoying, great game but it's the OOT of the Mario franchise. - DaisyandRosalina

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5 Super Mario Bros. 3

How people can say that is game is overrated is beyond me. This game was perfect, Super Mario World binned all the great ideas of this game and just ported a sequel to the SNES that couldn't even match to this one. That game should be classed as the overrated one because SMB3 had better level design, maps with more variety, more levels, more challenging bosses, you were able to store items, it had the Airship levels that were much more unique than the same old castle levels you got in Mario World, it had Mushroom houses and Card games, the items were way interesting than the stupid cape in Mario World. The reason people claim Mario 3 to be the much more superior game was because it had way better ideas than Mario World. The only thing I can give Mario World a plus for was Yoshi, but in all honestly he really just made the difficulty of the game laughable. - BorisStingy - BorisStingy

Is it fair this game is the third most voted game on this list? Is it fair I voted just to comment? I feel the advance series paints the game as the darkest in the Mario trilogy. Love the original, but Advance 4 is better.

First, the music sucks. It loops very quickly and is repetitive. Where is the save feature. its too long of a game to lack a
Save battery! Why you no save battery. And there are so many better games on the NES. Like kirbys adventure, legend of Zelda, and even Mario 2. This game is also too difficult. Looking back on it, it's at least playable, but not excellent.
- Garfieldtop10s

I sort of agree with the music part, but it has its moments like the Castle music, Bowser music, and Airship Music. It's a NES game, you can't expect them to make a save feature on such an old console. The game doesn't even warrant a save feature because it's not even a difficult game. Part of the beauty of this game was putting all the effort in getting to the last world in one sitting without saving half way through. Putting a save feature would of taken away the charm of getting to the end because it wouldn't of felt like you fully earned it. To be honest, If you have trouble beating this game then I would hate to see what you be like playing Rayman 1. - BorisStingy

Why Everyone says it is the best game ever is beyond me...

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6 Mario Kart 8

Bad character, roster. Too many babies. Great tracks and gameplay mechanics though! - HeavyDonkeyKong

For so many reasons, yes.

Reasons: Too many versions of Princess Peach, annoying voices, the graphics, etc...

Meghan Trainor or Alecia Beth Moore would be a much more suitable voice actress for Pink Gold Peach than Ariana Grande and Samantha Kelly (the true voice actress for Pink Gold Peach, who gave her the worst gaming voice in history).

Will people STOP TALKING ABOUT PEACH? Too bad that Peach is playable! She is the main female and there are actually people that like her. Peach is here to stay. Cry me a river, build a bridge, and GET OVER IT. - DCfnaf

I hate it because Peach is all over the damn roster as if we didn't have enough of her. Stop it with the Peach bias!

The game suffers from Mario bias too. I know he's the main character, but we really didn't need four versions of him. - Treacle

Crap character roster. Power ups as characters. Diddy Kong and Birdo not returning. Great gameplay, though!

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7 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Love this game! I hate when people say it's overrated and shove some "cool" and "underrated" Mario game down our throats. I love all Mario games, so I also like that other one that is seen this way (I see this a lot with Super Paper Mario). Anyway, this is my favorite Mario game ever, but others can have their own opinions. HOWEVER, this game deserves its high rating for everything that is done so well. Therefore, I GUESS you could call it overrated, but if anything, more Mario fans NEED to be exposed to the Mario RPG's as a whole, since they should be more loved and known as much as the main games. If you hate me for loving this game, just know that I love the other games too and respect others' opinions, but I don't want to be told that this game doesn't deserve its high rating or that it's nothing compared to Super Paper Mario or the original Paper Mario or whatever, since everyone's entitled to have an opinion and love every game.

Just because a game is cool doesn't make a game not overrated. This game IS overrated. - DaisyandRosalina

Best Mario RPG ever! 11! 11!

Nope, just the most overrated. It is always considered the best and all other Paper Mario games (or any Mario RPG for that matter) gets pushed aside in favour of this one. I've always liked Paper Mario a lot more.

This game better not be lowered down because it seems as if 9/10 people like this game meaning 1/10 people dislike this game. I dislike this game. I would strongly prefer Super Paper Mario

I love this game but it is NOT flawless. The fandom is so quick to point out any little problems with Sticker Star and Color Splash(and even Super, to an extent), but ignore any problems with TTYD and act like it's the second coming of Jesus. It's a fantastic game, no doubt, but it has flaws, the biggest one being that there's CONSTANT backtracking throughout a lot of the game(Chapters 2, 4, and General White especially). It's still a really fun game and one of the best Mario RPGs, but it's not utterly flawless. - Garythesnail

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8 Super Mario Galaxy

It has been rated as the highest game ever which is obscurbed when comparing it to the old Mario games it's absolutely ridiculous why Mario bros 3 is #1 it's absolutely wrong even hardcore Nintendo fans would agree with me - htoutlaws2012

This game introduced rosalina. And now she's everywhere. WHY? - Garfieldtop10s

You shouldn't hate a game because of Rosalina " she appear in everything" yeah, she does! Why? She's popular and she is a new character! Nobody seemed to care when Yoshi started appearing in everything! - DCfnaf

This game is awful and overrated by kids too young to experience Mario's golden age.

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9 New Super Mario Bros. Wii

This game is awful! Peach gets kidnapped, we have to listen her her voice (I think people prefer that voice over Jen Taylor's voice), very intense game if going for all Star Coins, CGI (I am not that big a fan of CGI), overrated for sure, not even at least 5 crossover characters, etc...

Not nearly as good as the oldies. It's too easy, the story sucks and it's on the most overrated console ever, the Wii. More overrated than Galaxy 2 because at least Galaxy 2 is a game and not a toy...

A great multiplayer game, a good investment, and a fanbase that is just too big. - Garfieldtop10s

I hate this game because everyone thinks it's the best NSMB or it's just a multiplayer mod for NSMBDS

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10 Super Mario World

But they are not the most underrated video game of all time. However, there are way too much modernists and I have a right to prefer Classic Mario over Modern Mario for reasons. Super Mario World is extremely fun and has a very sharp 16-bit presentation, but the only thing that makes Super Mario World more overrated is the anti-feminism (only because Princess Peach defenselessly gets kidnapped and Mario is overly pressured to rescue her ass, but hey! She sneaks to give Mario power-ups! )! I give Super Mario World a 9/10.

Classic Mario games are underrated. Hotel Mario was a severe disappointment (it was originally going to be a sequel to this game), no matter how much of a masterpiece it is compared to educational Mario games *retches*.

This is like new smb ds. Voted best platformer of its gen. But it was real difficult. But I give it slack for being an older game. - Garfieldtop10s

THIS IS NOT THE BEST MARIO GAME, probably the best 2d platforming mario game, but not better than galaxy 2, paper mario: the thousand year door or bowsers inside story, or galaxy 1, sunshine, 64,ariokart,...

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The Contenders

11 New Super Luigi U

Hacks in a Nutshell

12 Super Mario Bros.

People play this game for nostalgia. I'd prefer battling the Koopalings than battling Bowser 8 times. - DCfnaf

Who put this on the list?

Yo, DCfnaf! Super Mario Bros. is a phenomenal game! Actually, I love the original Super Mario Bros. trilogy a lot. I am aware of its flaws, though. You have a very good point which is ""battling bowser 8 times". But the bosses before the final ones are actually not Bowser. They are Bowser's underrated minions disguising themselves as Bowser. - The Ultimate Daredevil, who gives Super Mario Bros. a 9/10 (a 9 for the presentation, an 8 for the characters and a 10 for the gameplay).

That doesn't change the fact that it is overrated. I understand that they're not all Bowser, but their boss fights are literally the exact same thing over and over. - DCfnaf

Ok, this was one of my first NES games I've played. And to be honest, it's just so outdated. The controls are often frustrating, the bosses are exactly the same and pathetic, same level design and no one likes time limit. Tell me one objective reason why you think this game is fun to play. Just to let you know, nostalgia is not objective.

13 Mario Party 10

No Liked this Game to Begin With - s646451

14 Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

Really?! It's great if this introduced how Deanna Mustard voiced Princess Daisy?! HELL NO! SHE SOUNDS LIKE A TEENAGE HILLBILLY! IT SUCKS HELL! It didn't really have a story either. Gameplay may make the game, but the presentation is plain.

Overrated? This? - DaisyandRosalina

15 Mario Party 9

You could get hate for preferring Classic Mario over Modern Mario. Modern Mario Party games are no exception.

Actually this game is overhated not overrated. - Tyler730

Underrated not overrated. - DaisyandRosalina

16 Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

I like this game. It's not quite as good as Superstar Saga or Bowser's Inside Story but it's still really great. - Garythesnail

I Don't Care If It's Overrated Or Not! I Love It!

People actually like this game? How weird.

This game is basically... a fanservice Luigi game, my least favourite of all the Mario & Luigi games. Is it overrated? Sort of. - DaisyandRosalina

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17 Super Smash Bros. Melee

Its an okay game, though too many people like it and treat it like gold!

It's one of my favorite games and also my favorite Super Smash Bros game but I'll admit that it's overrated. - GamingDude888

IT’S NOT MELEE! - Tyler730

18 Paper Mario: Color Splash

Modern Mario fans who don't know/believe the true meaning of Paper Mario. Need I say more? The only Mario RPG that is inferior to this will be Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

What, this game isn't overrated. It doesn't get that much praise

Underrated not overrated. - DaisyandRosalina

I don't think it's either. It didn't get much praise, but it had too many annoying flaws to *deserve* much praise. - Treacle

19 Mario Kart Wii

The music was OK. Not all that great. People love wii for: mushroom gorge, coconut mall, maple treeway, grumble volcano, moonview highway, and rainbow road. The only good soundtrack was grumble volcano. All the rest can go wither away forever. Let's not forget funky - flame runner either. - Garfieldtop10s

COURSES: 86/100
ITEMS: 94/100 CHARACTERS: 90/100
BATTLES: 80(THWOMP DESERT MAKE ME FEEL SICK)
HOW the hell is this game over-rated?

People are allowed to have opinions. So people can say this game was better. Personally I think it was. - DCfnaf

RAINBOW ROAD WAS A GREAT SOUNDTRACK FROM MARIO KART WII AS WELL! But yes, Mario Kart Wii is overrated for the standards of a Nintendo game. I wish it had an actual story, the presentation of a Mario RPG that came before Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Sonic Riders-esque gameplay (screw Sonic Free Riders) and... well, if you don't know some of the rest...

Only reason people like this is because of custom tracks, something Nintendo had nothing to do with lmao

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20 Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine is overrated? Compared to other Mario games it's quite underrated, in my opinion.

This game is awful. Like all Mario bros game the useless peach gets captured by bowzer's son again. Terrible storyline, awful characters as usual and the bad cast Mario, toads and peach could've took Luigi, but no this game sucks! It's a 1/5 1/10 from me. Sonic's the actual hero. Amy rose is more cute and useful than Peach.

Best Mario game ever, I wish people didn't hate on it so much. Why do people seem to point out the flaws in this game when 64 had most of the same flaws?

As someone who hasn't played the game: which flaws are you talking about? - Treacle

Underrated not overrated. - DaisyandRosalina

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21 Luigi's Mansion

It's underrated not overrated

22 Paper Mario: Sticker Star

I Hate This Game So Much! But I Don't See How It Could Be Overrated When Everyone Hates It.

Everyone hates this game. But I understand why because it SUCKS. - DCfnaf

I Enjoyed the Game Despite it's Flaws - s646451

But the comment section of Top 6 Worst Mario Games in a nutshell is "How dare you put Paper Mario: Sticker Star on that list! ". Paper Mario: Sticker Star was awesome compared to the educational Mario games, but it is one of the most disappointing Nintendo games of all time. PhantomStrider is allowed to have Super Mario RPG as one of his favourite Mario games of all time and Paper Mario: Sticker Star as his most hated video game of all time. The Super Mario games released in the late 20th Century always deserved much more praise than most of the Mario games released in the 2010s.

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23 Mario Party 2

Why is Mario Party 9, ahead of this? This is the REASON the car is hated in the first place.

Why is this higher than 9 and 10? First of, 9 and 10 are udnerrated because all nostalgia blinded fans hates everything that's new. Second of, this game is so overrated! 10 out of 10 because of costumes, JUST because OF COSTUMES!? It's fans are nostalgia blinded! - darthvadern

Yes, but we think Mario Party 9 should be way higher because I got thumbs down for saying that the original N64 trilogy of Mario Party games was great and that the Mario Party games in the 2010s were bad in general. - The Ultimate Daredevil

24 New Super Mario Bros. 2

This game is awful... and don't get me started on the krapalings

Overrated all the critics like it because it have Mario in it. Not all Mario games are good this worst 3ds game I played nearly other than smash 4 and Pokemon or..

This game is overrated because critics liked it even though no new stuff was added, but the gold. It seemed lazy and unoriginal.

No one likes this game.. - noo7na7

This is without a doubt, the WORST nsmb game in my opinion. The game is too easy.

However, I would not say it is overrated. - DCfnaf

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25 Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Praised like crazy. - DaisyandRosalina

26 Mario Kart: Double Dash

Underrated. too many haters. All Mario Kart games are awesome! - HeavyDonkeyKong

I will always take most Mario RPGs over this no matter what. They have actual stories, stronger presentations and does not feel as much like it appeals to a younger audience.

They should of added Rosalina - RevolNiartRuasonid

No they didn't. Rosalina didn't exist yet when Mario Kart: Double Dash! (2003, GameCube) was released. - TheYoshiPyro64

So are you hating this game only because two characters?... you have problems dude.

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27 New Super Mario Bros. DS

This nothing but a copy of the gameboy version. ONLY THING THAT CHANGED WAS THE items. For me this game deserves a 4.5

I think it was great game hell it is one of my first game of all time

This was better than the other NSMB games. - DCfnaf

Cool game but I prefer NSMBWII - DaisyandRosalina

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28 Mario Kart 7

What's so special about Mario Kart 7?! The educational Mario games deserve to be on here as well!

SEVEN is the ds one if I correct. This is a 1/10

Why? I thought it was better than Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart: Super Circuit - DCfnaf

This is underrated compared to other Mario Kart games. It's also my favourie Mario Kart due to soundtrack and courses. - darthvadern

29 Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Superstar Saga was funnier overall

Partners In Time was vastly more of a challenge (unless you're attempting to do a full-length Challenge Medal run on Bowser's Inside Story, in which case there's a good chance you might be insane) - xandermartin98

30 Mario Power Tennis

It really is no Mario Power Tennis, but how the hell is this better than Mario Tennis 64?!

31 Fortune Street
32 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Underrated, not overrated. I would give this game a 9.8.

The average score of this game is an 8.7.

Overrated but still good - ParkerFang

WHY DOES EVERYONE HATE THIS GAME?! IT ACTUALLY HAS A STORY! IT HAS A VERY FLATTERING 16-BIT PRESENTATION! NINTENDO AND SQUARE ENIX (OH, HECK TO THE YES! ) WERE VERY INDUSTRIOUS ON THIS! >:(

33 Mario Party DS

Why are people saying that this is one of the best Mario games instead of the Super Mario games released in the 20th Century?! I don't see specific details on the appeal. Mario Party DS is not that great. It's much better than I remember, but on the list of worst Mario games for the DS, people are defending Mario Party DS like it's great, even for Mario games.

34 Super Mario Odyssey

This game is good, but I don't see why it is supposed to be "the best". Is it because it is the first switch game? wow... it happens, first game in console, gets right into hype. Or is it because it's "Mario" or just 1 song? - TeamRocket747

It's overrated BUT it deserves the praise. - darthvadern

I mean first MARIO game on switch. Oops - TeamRocket747

35 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

I can't believe that the Super Mario games/Mario RPGs that were released before the 2010s (especially this one) are this underrated compared to Mario Sports games in the early 21st Century (or should I say the 2010s, to say the least).

36 Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games - Nintendo DS

That box art looks epic. I don't know why it looks so cool but it sure is - Chaotixhero

More like the Wii version. I mean, seriously. The Wii version sucks!

37 Super Mario Maker
38 Dr. Mario

I know, right? Since ScrewAttack loves this game and ranked it as top 7 on their "Top 10 Best Mario Games List" regardless of whether it is the NES version or the Game Boy version.

39 Mario Party 7

It's a moden Mario game (although it is best to say that it is a Mario released in-between the late 20th century and the 2010s), so don't expect it to be underrated.

40 Super Mario 3D Land

Should be MUCH higher. It's not bad at all, but compared to Mario Galaxy, this is just underwhelming. Nothing new is added here, the soundtrack is kinda weak, the bosses are lame, and the story is lacking. - DCfnaf

41 Super Mario 64 DS

I respect your opinion. Pac-Man World for the PS1 is much better and more underrated than its GBA counterpart (because of how that version is edited out).

Underrated, this is my favorite Mario game. - DCfnaf

42 Mario Party: Island Tour

There is a reason why I put a lot of modern Mario spin-offs on this list.

Great! More hatebrats that don't understand the meaning of overrated. This is UNDERRATED! - darthvadern

43 Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Winter Olympic Games

I think I meant to put this as "Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games".

44 Super Mario 3D World

This games not that good as a 3D platformer. Little substinance behind each level. Very inferior to its predecessors. It woulda been better as a 2D platformer

45 Super Mario Bros. 2
46 Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As someone who likes this game this wasn't that hype worthy. This was better than 4 and melee by roster, but it still fails. Brawl the last good smash 4 is way worse than this. This had better music, hype worthy cutscenes, allowed a fourth party character, epic ending, perfect voice acting, awesome fields and better voice acting than 4.

47 Mario Sports Mix
48 Super Princess Peach

I hate this ame so much that I would give it a 0.1 and recommend it for audiences 10- in age.

Lol I dn't know anybody who likes this game. 6.5/10 - HeavyDonkeyKong

Not a single person I know likes it - ParkerFang

49 Mario Party 8
50 Mario Party 6
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