Top 10 Greatest Super Mario Games of All Time

Mario is the most popular and well known video game icon of all time, but which games are his best?
The Top Ten
1 Super Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy Product Image

It's my favorite game of all time. It's the first game ever to incorporate gravity like they did. This was great work by Nintendo. Some missions could be played over and over again. Storyline was great. Music was great. This game felt better than any other 3D experience I've ever played. Sonic Adventure 2 came close but the gravity is a ground breaker for me. Also there are many hidden missions similar to other Mario games. These ones were difficult to find. Nintendo will never be able to match this game. Let alone anyone will. The only thing that could've made the game better would've been incorporating multiplayer.

This was really tough since I own a ton of Mario games, but I must say this one is the best. The story line is great. Even after you defeat the game, your still not finished. When I defeated the game, I went back to my favorite planets just for the heck of it! I really enjoyed exploring them, this is the only mario game where you can walk around without being timed and explore to your hearts content. I found secret passageways, special coins, etc. I also went back to collect stars. I hadnt collected all of them and it was such a journey! I also liked the nice little touch with the comics, and how the red star can make you fly. Truly amazing game. There were silver stars that turned into gold stars, green stars, hidden stars. The missions were amazing. When your done the game, there is this one mission where you have to beat the 3 planets, I forget what its called, it's the one with the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy. Plus the soundtrack was amazing. My personal favorite is the dusty dune music. ...more

I can literally talk for HOURS about all the reasons that SMG is the best ever and will be Mario game that takes me deep into my emotions and childhood magic, but to sum it up short: If you have neglected to fully play this game or are the least bit skeptical, the cosmic insane fun, euphoric, sonic journey is UNPRECEDENTED in its feeling compared to any game ever. This game will make you happier than any other game, I guarantee with all the money I own. No other game even gets close to its legacy and feeling that will surround you with wonder and love that you will never want to forget about and never will and will always remember those first moments for the rest of your happy life. Best decision you can ever make.

Outstanding game! I love the Mario Galaxy games so much! The music, gameplay, atmosphere, and Rosalina’s story are phenomenal!

2 Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 Product Image

Ok, I can't even begin to describe how good Super Mario 64 is. I got Super Mario 3D All Stars and had a go at playing Mario 64. It was one of the best games I have ever played. This is my opinion, but I think Super Mario 64 should be first.

A fantastic and large hub world, creative and interesting levels, and fantastic controls. I know it looks blocky. I know the turn radius is a little off. However, this is truly the best Super Mario game.

I think most people vote for the Mario game that they grew up with. I grew up with this but if I put that aside this is still the best one and this is why. I recently played Super Mario World for the first ever time (I never got round to playing it) and to think that this game came after that is seriously impressive. The leap that Nintendo made with this game will never be done again. Sunshine and galaxy were clones of Mario 64 it is the original and best. People are going to hate me for this but I actually disliked galaxy. The hub world was really bad and the levels seemed small compared to 64 and sunshine.

Super Mario 64 Should Be Called ‘Arguably The Best And Most Creative Super Mario Game’ Here’s Why
1. The Soundtrack Matches All The Settings And Levels

The Music In The Ghost House Level Sounds Creepy And Ghost House Are Supposed To Be Creepy, The Boss Fight Music Sounds Like Boss Fight Music In All The Boss Fights

2. The Fights Are Pretty Funny And Really Classic

The First And Second Time You Fight Bowser, You Pick Him Up By The Tail And Throw Him (To Defeat Him, Throw Him Into One Of The Bombs)

3 Super Mario World Super Mario World Product Image

Don't get me wrong, it's a great game, but games like this are generally overrated and only liked for being the first someone ever played, nostalgia, and what it introduced to the series. Because I play each game and have no nostalgic value towards older games (although I still like older games just as much) I never see it for what it did first if every game after it did the same thing and they would be higher rated if they were the first. I think games like the Paper Mario series are better because they are more original and complex and emotional with storytelling, especially the 2nd and 3rd installments. This is still a great game, but it doesn't seem like a perfect masterpiece. I'm the crazy person who made the ridiculously long comment on Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door with lots of capitalization and run-on sentences due to my insane excitement.

Glitchy eyes: Super game! This game have so much skips and glitches that I can't count! This is one of the best games. Casual eyes: Niche levels, wonderful enemies, exciting difficulty, secret secrets (duh)... this game is awesome.

Super Mario World is the greatest Mario to have even been created. With such precise controls, awesome graphics, loads of cool secrets, a whole world map to travel on from level to level, cool power ups ( the cape being the prime example of amazing game design), levels that with level design so perfect it's hard to comprehend, several new bosses, challenging gameplay, memorable music, and the overall sense that it is one of the greatest games of all time.

Super Mario World is the best, easily. It's a good old day one and is what makes Mario iconic. Sure, the Super Smash Bros series of Mario are classics, and I don't have a problem with them, but the reason Super Mario World is better than all of the other Mario games put together is how iconic it is. Super Mario World is not only the best of the franchise, but it might also be one of the greatest video games ever put to our controllers.

4 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Product Image

I actually like this game a little more than the original because of the hunt for green stars. This game expands on the first game by adding 121 extra stars, adding Yoshi, and 49 new galaxies. The only downside is that there isn’t really a story and they did not bring back the ice flower. I think this game is near flawless.

The way Nintendo made the Galaxy games is exactly how 3D platformers should be made forever. The first Galaxy was almost perfect, but it did have a few flaws. Almost every, if not every single problem from the first game is fixed when it comes around to Super Mario Galaxy 2. While the levels may not be as grand in scale as those from the firs game, they are so perfectly made, and there are so many of them, that you hardily even notice. The first Super Mario Galaxy made each galaxy its own wonderful experience, but it seems that the second has every level working together to make the entire game one huge experience. Quality is usually better than quantity, but in the case of Super Mario Galaxy 1 vs Super Mario Galaxy 2, quantity wins. The reason is that it's the quality that you have so much of.

For me, this is the best Mario Game of all time because of the following:
The galaxies are absolutely incredible, creative, not too challenging (except the You-Know-What) and a blast to play. There is a huge variety of stars to collect
The controls are really fluid
The boss battles are unique and are a ton of fun
Although the Comet Observstory is better, I still enjoy Starship Mario as there is a lot to do and as you continue with the game, more and more characters board this ship and it becomes one lively space
Yoshi: Yoshi is excellent in this game. He can eat anything and the Dash Pepper, Bulb Berry and Blimp Fruit are a ton of fun to play
I guess the only problem with the game is compared to SM64 and Super Mario Odyssey, there aren't many moves for Mario to do

Although The first one is better, SMG2 still has that nice relaxing feel when you play it. It has a cool storyline, and although the hub (the faceship no typo) is nothing compared to SMG, the gameplay and Yoshi make up for it a ton! Adding difficult levels and quicker access to Yoshi and Luigi, makes it even better in my opinion! But although this is an extremely great game, it will be even better if you play the first one before this. 4 1/2 stars and I recommend this to everyone.

5 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario Bros. 3 Product Image

One of the only games known to man that never ever gets old no matter how many times or how long you play it. It also provides a challenge for all ages and skills. If someone thinks they are a pro at gaming then I would like to see how they fare with some of the 7th and 8th world levels. Besides, there are some moments that cannot be replicated in any other games: the time you first find out that you can slide down the big snowy hill on 1-5 and kill all the beetles; the first time you face the jumping blocks on 2-1, giant world (enough said), the level with the boot (5-3 my favorite), when you first discover what the tanooki suit or hammer suits are capable of; and swearing and slamming your paddle against the screen when you keep dying on those harder than hard swimming levels in the later worlds (I hate that big fish and those strategically placed jellyfish, thank goodness for the frog suit). 100% the best game ever created, hands down!

This game is the best Mario game in history. Reasons:

1. The theme. Just the way the game's aesthetic is a stage-play is just really charming to me.

2. The story. The koopalings invade the 7 countries of the mushroom kingdom and mario must defeat each one before fighting bowser in dark land. Sure peach does get kidnapped in the end but firstly it was only the second time and had happened and second you don't expect it and it gives you more motivation for the last world.

3. The variety


No game above this has comparable variety of worlds

4. Power-Ups

Although I prefer the cape feather, the super leaf is no doubt iconic and the hammer suit is amazing

this is probably the first Mario game I'd ever played. I know right? I grew up with the Wii untill it got broken, but now it's fixed! YAAAY

My first game my NES and I never finished it :( The game never had a save so I had to keep the console on for weeks. And then when I was on world 8 (one of the first stages) my dog walked past and stood on the reset button. Needless to say I never played that game again until a couple years back on an emulator and I found a cheat to warp you straight to world 8. I played a couple stages but it was honestly just way to hard and I didn't have the time, will or motivation to battle through it. But the first time I played up until world 8, was one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. I used to wake up early on school days so I could get an hour or so game time.

6 Super Mario Sunshine Super Mario Sunshine Product Image

I love the atmosphere in this game! It feels like you're on a legit tropical island. I play this game every summer. Other games just have Mario running on platforms just floating over lifeless void. Sunshine is terribly underrated.

This game was the BEST! I loved every element about it! It really creative with all the little features like the fruits, the scenery is actually gorgeous, the people are fun to interact with, the story is decent, and it is overall quite an enjoyable game. There's something about it that I liked more than any other game in my life, maybe the fact that the vacation theme made me feel like I was on vacation, or the cool, welcoming and brilliant setting, but whatever it is, I latched on and never let go of this game. I hope they make a sequel, something about this game gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, I hope maybe next time there is more interacting with primary non-playable characters, and that there is a more detailed story line. 100/100, no doubt, the Mona Lisa of gaming in my eyes.

I’ve played this game on Super Mario All Stars and LOVED it. I’m so happy this game was included. I loved the vacation theme, the story, Fludd, the courses, voice acting, and everything else about the game (except the blue coins). But overall legit one of my ever favorite games and so thankful it got ported to the Nintendo Switch bc I would’ve never got to play it!

Why do so many people hate on this game? This game is so unique and that’s why I adore it. I love the vacation beach theme and the story. The Fludd pack is so fun to use. I’m one of the only people that like this game way more than Super Mario 64.

7 Super Mario 3D World Super Mario 3D World Product Image

I just recently played this game 100% on the switch because I never had a Wii U and I love it. I liked 3D Land and this game is way better than it. Most mainline Mario games only have Mario and sometimes Luigi playable but this game has five including Peach, Blue Toad, and Rosalina. All the levels seem so unique. This game definitely gets undeserved hate.

I didn't vote for this game, but I would like to point out that every thing this game did, it did better than 3d land. 3d world has better gameplay, better visuals, MANY more power ups, Rosalina as a playable character, better music, better level design, a better story, and two of the special worlds are actually made up of unique levels, while all of the special worlds in 3d land were just lazy remakes of other levels in the game, ALL EIGHT OF THE WORLDS. Yes 3d world does that with 2 of its four, but at least the other two don't. I only wish that the characters could move in any direction, that there was actual dialogue, and that the game was longer

L love this game! I didn't vote for it, as it is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite Mario game besides Thousand Year Door, but it was finally an innovative, creative, Mario platformer that wasn't in a Super Mario 64 form! Awesome bosses, levels, and power-ups make this the best standard-form Mario game by far. Now we just need to Nintendo to call it quits on these 2d-3d hybrids (not that they're bad) solely because we need more games with collecting stars/shines. Also, if it seems like this list is flooded with Thousand Year Door comments, that's because it's the same person obsessing over that game no matter where I go.

3D world was one of the most original titles in the mario series. Not only did it give us a completely new kingdom to save, mind you the only other kingdoms are sarasaland, and the mushroom kingdom. There are more worlds than any other mario game I can think of, and there are so many original level ideas. The cat suit is great, I didn't really like the idea of it at first but it turned out to be super(get it?! dumb pun of the day) great addition to the mario powerup line up. The bottom line is, the graphics are beautiful, gameplay is great, music is fantastic, and it's a whole lot better than any other mario game I've played. (yes, that means galaxy) With all of this said, now I'm super(eh? ) exited for mario on the switch.

8 Super Mario Odyssey Super Mario Odyssey Product Image

This is my favorite 3D Mario game! Cappy makes this game so fun because you can capture enemies and things and do amazing jumps off him. The controls are great, Mario has so many different moves, the story is interesting, the Kingdoms are really fun to just run around in, and collecting all the moons is so much fun. I love this game so much.

1st: Super Mario Odyssey= 0 problems (Perfect) -100/100
2nd: Super Mario 64= 1 problem which is the camera. -99/100
3rd: Super Mario Bros. 3= 1 problem which is the shorter levels. -99/100
4th: Super Mario Galaxy 2= 2 problems which include the linearity (which I personally don't prefer in 3D Mario) and movement options were cut from 64 and Sunshine. -97/100
5th: Super Mario World= 2 problems which include the easy level design and Mario's physics (they're alright but I like Mario Bros. 3's controls more) -96/100
6th: Super Mario Galaxy= 3 problems which include the two from the sequel plus you don't really unlock anything after beating the game outside of Luigi (the sequel fixed this) -95/100
7th: Super Mario Sunshine= 3 problems which include sticking to water levels the blue coins being too difficult to find and being forced to get the shines in a certain order. -95/100

I don't have rankings for the other Mario games, and each problem I listed is very ...more

I played this game fairly recently and I loved it. It's so unique compared to every other Mario game before it and I love using cappy to control the enemies. It's graphics are also beautiful. I may love Mario Sunshine and Mario Kart Wii, but this game is definitely my favorite Mario game of all time

This game is a masterpiece. The graphics are fantastic, the controls are smooth, the music I great, etc. Super mario 64 may have set the standard, but in my opinion, this game raised that bar even higher. There are so many moons, purple coins, and costumes to collect that completing this game 100% will take even the most skilled gamer a long time. As for the moons themselves, they feel rewarding when you collect them, out of the 999 you can earn, only one felt unfair to obtain (hitting the volley ball 100 times in a row). 998 out of 999 being fair to obtain is a great ratio. Overall, if you own a switch, this game is essential to have in your library of games. My favorite Mario game of all time and also one of my overall favorite video games period!

9 New Super Mario Bros. Wii New Super Mario Bros. Wii Product Image

This game is my third favourite mario game and my favourite game on the wii it is so fun and I really have some good memories like one night my family and I played this game and we had the time of our life so I am gonna give you my top 4 wii games

4. wii sports resort amazing memories
3.mario galaxy so fun
2.mario galxy 2 improved the first game
1 new super mario bros wii flawless

This is one of my first Mario games ever. Stop hating on it because it’s too easy or the Koopalings are in it! This game is really fun and the final Bowser fight is amazing and the Penguin and Propeller suit are fun to use.

This one is MY favorite. It is so fun, but I HATE w.5. SO tedious! But all the same, it is fun to get 99 lives and do the free- for -all. My favorite level is 8-7 I believe? So fun!

The only flaw is that the game doesn't have enough content in it. If you'd beaten Story Mode and you only have yourself around/ 1 Wii remote, there was nothing to do. Then, free for all was just seemingly pointless and coin rush/mode got dry, because you got no reward for winning. That aside, this could have been as nostalgic for anyone born from the late 90's to 2005 as Gen 1 Pokemon was for 90's kids.

10 Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Product Image

This is my favorite Mario game of all time! I just love the story, characters, locations, gameplay, etc. The only thing that can be annoying is the backtracking for General White and Twilight Town to Creepy Steeple and back. I wish Intelligent Systems would make another Paper Mario like this one but I know they never will. They love the arts and crafts theme, no XP, generic Toads everywhere, uninteresting story, and no unique characters.

This, in my opinion, is the greatest RPG ever. From the highly intriguing story to the vast diversity of characters, this game is up there with all time greats, not just for Mario but for any game, ever. The game runs smoothly yet challenging at times but you won't be able to stop playing it. I love the turn-based battles and how you must adapt to the enemies you encounter as only certain strategies work. Even though lots of characters in this game are not common throughout mario games, it just fits in so well with the game it doesn't even matter, it actually introduces characters for future mario games to come. The relationship with your partners and enemies only fuels the fire that keeps you playing. This game is down right amazing in every way possible and since 2004 I've been waiting for a sequel or a paper mario game that reaches the potential this game has set for future mario games

Easily the best RPG that I have ever played. A game that makes you feel like you are watching a fantastic anime at the same time, The Thousand-Year Door succeeds on every level. Unique and interesting characters that you can learn to love as they develop, some of the best turn-based combat in any game out there, graphics that have aged incredibly well over time, and a complex story filled with comedy, drama, and action that just sucks you in every time you play the game. This is one of the very few examples of when a sequel is better than the original. If you ever get the chance, PLAY THIS GAME! You won't regret it.

Glitchy eyes: Water never have been so exciting. Casual eyes: Mysterious and the 2nd best plot that Nintendo made in my opinion and don't forget the enemies and bosses!

The Contenders
11 Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. Product Image

The games seems so simple, yet it is chalk full of hidden secrets. This is the first game to offer power ups to upgrade your character. This is the first game to offer warp zones to skip levels. It has hidden blocks and secret beanstalks. I still remember the first time I managed to enter the minus world. And I've never done it myself, but I'm impressed with the people who can pull off infinite lives by jumping on a turtle shell on a stair case.

It's actually very underrated compared to Super Mario Galaxy (I love both games for how innovative they are, plus they are unbelievably motivational), according to GameTrailers's list of top 10 Mario games with comments such as "Super Mario 64 is overrated" when I didn't use to see positive opinions on Super Mario 64, but not top-positive (meaning a 9.5 at least). I am a hardcore fan of Classic Mario.

The nes classic that saved video games from the video game crash of 1983,this very famous game has been ported to many Nintendo consoles and to this day this game is still popular to many ages,I remember playing this game in my childhood I had so many times with this game.

The game that started it all. A princess is kidnapped and you have to save her by traveling to eight worlds while avoiding obstacles in your way and battling a fire breathing turtle. the true origin of Mario and is a hero to video games.

12 Mario Kart: Double Dash Mario Kart: Double Dash Product Image

This isn't just the best Mario game in my opinion, it's also my favorite video game! The idea of using two characters at once is really creative. More players means more items on the track, so be ready to get hit, a lot. It has amazing tracks, my rating in order: 16. Peach Beach 15. Dry Dry Desert 14. Mario Circuit 13. Luigi Circuit 12. Sherbet Land 11. Mushroom City 10. Shroom Bridge 9. Waluigi Stadium 8. Dino Dino Jungle 7. Bowser Castle 6. Daisy Cruiser 5. Baby Park 4. Rainbow Road 3. Wario Coliseum 2. DK Mountain 1. Yoshi Circuit. Another creative feature are the special items, my rating in order: 9. Fire balls 8. Triple shells of any kind 7. Giant banana 6. Hearts 5. Yoshi egg 4. Bob-omb 3. Golden Mushroom 2. Bowser Shell 1. Chain Chomp. This is what I have to say about this unique game.

I love Mario kart, especially this, the Wii and the Wii u version.
This game have changed all the series in better of course, the first Mario karts were cool but a bit boring in my opinion.
Best characters: 5 Koopa, 4 Luigi 3 Toad 2 king boo 1 Daisy and Yoshi: maybe sometimes Daisy is boring with her Hi I'm Daisy but she's better than Peach in all the ways, and Yoshi is cute.
Best karts: 5 Mario kart, 4 Toad kart, 3 Parade kart, 2 Yoshi kart, 1 bloom coach and Wario kart
Best courses: 5 Sherbeth land, 4 Baby park, 3 Yoshi circuit, 2 Rainbow road, 1 Daisy cruiser
Best special items: 5 triple red sheel, 4 Bowser sheel, 3 Yoshi egg, 2 Heart, 1Chain chomp.
These are my opinions.

I love the idea of being able to chose your team so if there is two characters you like you can play as both of them and the idea of having co-op multiplayer intstead of competing is a nice touch.

Best Mario kart out there. So many hours into this wonderful game since I picked it up in grade school. The fast paced races in vs mode never get old, and you can even team up in the same kart with your friend. Don't even get me started on the bomb battles. Oh yeah and this game holds the greatest Mario kart tracks ever made. Baby park, DK mountain, mushroom bridge. Yeah it's damn good!

13 New Super Mario Bros. New Super Mario Bros. Product Image

This game was my childhood. I like how you can unlock different worlds and levels by finding secret exits. And also what challenged me is that you have to beat the world 2 and world 5 bosses with the mini mushroom to unlock world 4 and world 7 respectively. A few downsides of this game is that the world 7 castle is unlocked only if secret exits are found and also that they didn't include Yoshi or use any fun powerups such as the propeller mushroom and ice flower. And I didn't have the Wii version which has those powerups. Now I have a Wii and New Super Mario Bros Wii, so I can enjoy it on the Wii as well.

I used to play this on DS. Sadly I lost the game card, so I have to buy a new one. Very nostalgic game though, honestly better than the new one. At least the multiplayer option doesn’t allow both players to have the same game

What hapends here is, it is princess peaches birthday. Then the cake comes in. Then the eight kooplings and bowser junior (jr. ) pops out of the cake and throws it on princess peach. The new power-ups are:propeller suit, and penguin suit. The peinguin suit lets you freeze enemies and pick them up and throw them or lets you slide on ice, lets you break bricks with its beak (with you only have to do in world 3-1 to get the first star) or walk on ice without slipping.

I have this game right next to me, in a 3DS. I had a DS, but my brother smashed it. I was devastated when I found out that this meant I COULD NOT PLAY NEW SUPER MARIO BROS.! I punched my brother in the face, about five times, which ended with me being grounded for a week. That didn't matter, considering my entertainment was gone anyways. I sat in my room, mixed emotions, for 6/7 days, when on that last day of being grounded, my parents walked into my room and showed me a box. This box contained a brand new 3DS in shimmer red, with a brand new stylist and everything. I was told that it cost $250, and I was in disbelief. I didn't know that there even was a 3DS in existence. My parents explained that after my DS was broken, they went to Gamestop to buy me a new DS, when they saw the brand new, three day old, 3DS, sitting on a seating guard. They asked the person who runned the cash register if they could buy it and how much it would cost. The guy said yes, they could buy it, and it would ...more

14 Mario Kart Wii Mario Kart Wii Product Image

I have been playing this game for 8 1/2 years almost 9! This is truly where I belong and it is my heart and soul. I recently just finished the game all by myself because in 2016 are data was erased and I was super young, so I didn't know that I could search up how to get finished! Every playable character in this game is my child! I love all of them with all my heart! Yoshi is my favorite with Bowser Jr. no far behind. I love the design in this game, and I easily burn myself out on it. Though I do have to say that Rainbow Road in this game will forever be the hardest track in Mario history. I recomend this game to all the Mario players out here.

OMG! I love this game, have everything unlocked except for the cart that you have to get by having expert staff ghosts on all the tracks? So fun, love this game!

Although this may seem outdated compared to all the other versions, (MK 2, 3, etc.) I think it is still the best. This is definitely on my top 5 list of favorite games. Compared to the newer versions of Mario Kart, this one is my favorite because it has all the original characters and is an actual racing game. All the easter eggs and short cuts make it even better, and controls and tracks are (in my opinion) so much more better than the newer versions! I give it 4 1/2 stars and would recommend to anyone who asks.

Mario Kart Wii is a stellar entry in the Mario Kart series, with probably the best character roster in the entire franchise, and some of the best online play you could ever experience. The main game was excellent and the battle mode is fantastic. The motion controls sucked so I always turned them off. I want to love this game, but the balancing issues with the items made me stray away from this one. Don't get me wrong though, it's still a great time.

15 Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars Product Image

As a Mario fan that grew up during the 2000’s, I never got the chance to experience this game when it first came out but somehow that made actually playing the game for the first time even better. I thought it was a surprisingly good looking game for 1996. The controls were simplistic and nothing like the familiar Wii remotes I was used to, and the way the world was set up was much different then the newer Super Mario games we have now. Let me tell you, I fell in love instantly. This specific game has this strange charm about it that makes it so memorable, that gives you so much nostalgia even though you haven’t even heard of it prior to playing it. Being as this was my very first Mario RPG game, I marveled at the fact that Bowser wasn’t the main villain for once and how Peach stepped up to the plate and became more than just a damsel in distress. At how the characters had these cute little victory poses they did at the end of each battle as they stared at the player through the ...more

Best music ever I can't get the regular battle music out of my head or the barrel volcano one or toad town or that one in seaside where the gray toads ... I shouldn't spoil it I basically like every music especially the battle music.

I got this game on my virtual console about a year or two ago, and I gotta say, it was awesome, and kinda easy since I was a little over leveled. In fact, I thought Smithy was harder than Culex, but I was all level 30. And then there's the fact I couldn't stop playing this for about a week or two. And I got to Smithy and beat him on my first try, then the credits rolled and it said THE END, but I left for a little while and I got mad, so I turned off the game and back tracked all the way to Culex, took him on, think the Final Fantasy IV reference, and took him down without the Frying Pan. I think this game needs more attention, and I think it's my top 5 for favorite Mario games, maybe Top 3.

So much nostalgia... This game made me laugh, cry, smile... It was like I was in there! Seriously, I think this is the best game I've ever played. And I've played lots of games...
And that end. THAT END. I cried during several minutes, maybe half an hour, and when I watch to this again I feel so sad...
I hope Geno and Mallow will be back one day. They were awesome, this is a shame that Nintendo never used them again. Yeah, I know it's because of Square, but I really wish it would be possible to see them just one more time.
(Yeah my English isn't that great, I'm sorry, but I had to say my opinion. Only a few people know about this game... This game is so beautiful and incredible that it would be more famous or something.)

16 Super Mario 3D Land Super Mario 3D Land Product Image

This is the first game on this list I've ACTUALLY seen. I don't like it that much because it's kinda unoriginal, and super hard, but it's also the first game my brother ever played on his 3DS, (while I watched, transfixed, over his shoulder) so it will always have a place in my heart...

This game had no heart put into it. It was basically a 3d new super Mario bros, but with nothing new in terms of power ups except a nerfed tanooki suit and a boomerang. Super Mario 3d world for the Wii U is INFINITELY better than this game, and both are the same exact lazy idea. But 3d world was actually awesome, and 3d land was beyond lazy

Ok... you kind of have to get some facts. 3D land was for 3DS, and 3D world is for wii u. I have both, and I have to sat this is a good game and all but there are some pros and cons for both games. For one, 3D world is mich easier than land. But world has better gameplay, graphics, etc.

I never played much, but I know it's a great game, with the return of the FOX SUIT!
That is NOT the Tanooki Suit! The Tanooki Suit looks like a suit. The Fox Suit is obtained with the Super Leaf.
This was true since Super Mario 3, people! Speaking of...

17 Super Paper Mario Super Paper Mario Product Image

This game is so much fun. So many people hate this game just because it was not an RPG. The game is fantastic as a platform mixed with RPG elements. The best part about this game is the story. In this game Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser are all the main playable characters and not just Mario. This game also had unique characters before the next game where every character is the same red generic toad.

Super Paper Mario is a thousand times better than Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. I am serious. It has a way better storyline, Princess Peach has a much better voice, the game is much less unreasonable, and very epic! This game is even a quarter time better than the OG Paper Mario, a great game on the N64.

Paper Mario (the original)

Story: 5/10.
Graphics: 8/10.
Music: 8/10.
Sound: 7/10.
Gameplay: 7/10.

Let's review Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.

Story: 2/10.
Graphics: 5/10.
Music: 5/10.
Sound: 5/10.
Gameplay: 4/10.
Creativity: 3/10.
Voice acting: 3/10.
Humor level: 4/10.
Difficulty: 9/10.
Text: 2/10.
Controls: 6/10.
Nostalgia level: 3/10.
Character sprites: 7/10.

Let's review Super Paper Mario.

Story: 10/10.
Graphics: 10+/10.
Music: 10/10.
Sound: 9/10.
Levels: 10/10.
Creativity: 10/10.
Voice acting: 10/10.
Humor level: 10/10.
Difficulty: 10+/10.
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Great story, music, and characters. The end did make me cry a bit, though. My least favorite chapters would probably be 3 and 4 because of the nerdy chameleon guy and the annoying search for some makeshift toilet paper (probably because there was none at the store because of coronavirus). And, it has my favorite Mario character, Dimentio, the narcissistic, seemingly lighthearted harlequin that turns out to be very mischievous. Mimi is kinda creepy...

Super Paper Mario is my favourite game ever (98%). It feels like so much more than a game. The story is so dark and deep and moving, there was the most emotional soundtrack (such as "Promise" and "Bounding Through Time".) We also had Count Bleck, honestly the best villain in everything ever... I cried and cried reading the Memories and when Bleck is defeated because it was so sad but I loved the game so much for making him and Timpani happy together at the end of the game... The gameplay was fun and unique in a way unrivaled by anything else I have played... And sure, there are flaws (such as non-replayability), SPM is not perfect, but... it's better than perfect... Humans are not perfect but we are still beautiful and so is this game... You only ever feel this experience once, I would give anything to forget this game so that I could play it again... I am a truly lucky person for having discovered SPM and I can never thank Nintendo enough for changing my life and my heart in this way.

18 Mario Kart 8 Mario Kart 8 Product Image

I know everyone is upset because bowser jr isn't in it, but he is in the new one. still, I would like diddy kong back. he was one of the only 2 characters I had unlocked

The only bad thing about this game is that it brought Pink Gold Peach into existence. Peach is a good character that the retards that call themselves Daisy and Rosalina fans make lies about. This hate should be directed to Pink Gold Peach. Otherwise Mario Kart 8 is a good game

Yeah, this game is epic, but why in the pates sake is Pink Gold Peach a character!? And hey, it is the only Mario Kart that has zero very bad levels!

Tracks: Great!
Power-ups: Where is the mega mushroom?
Retro Tracks: Is it just me or did Nintendo forget about Koopa Cape and Maple Treeway? Go... Moo Moo Meadows?

Character Roster: Hey Nintendo, where is:
Dry Bones
Bowser Jr.
King Boo
Dry Bowser
Seriously? PGP? Are you OK Nintendo? You haven't been taking any weird medications? You haven't?!? Surprising!
OOH! DLC pack!...No No NO!
Tanooki Mario: The 4th Mario in the game.
Cat Peach: The 4th Peach in the game.
Link: Mario Kart or Nintendo Kart?
Not an improvement Nintendo.

Yes! Another DLC pack. Dry Bones or Bowser Jr. or... VILLAGER? No. Please no. ISABELLE? Just because villager is in there does not mean his stupid doggy friend has to be in there too!
Dry Bowser? Yes! Yes! This save the game from being one of the worst Mario games ever!
DLC Pack 3: Please! Put Dry Bones and King Boo and Bowser Jr. in their! Please! And add Koopa Cape!

19 Paper Mario Paper Mario Product Image

Glitchy Eyes: *Calls StryderX* Amazing skips, cool out-of-bounds stuff and clipping! Casual Eyes: Great plot, niche enemies and hardcore bosses! Without the superguard from the next game in line, this game is somewhat harder, which makes it funner!

I have beaten this game too many times to count and it never gets old. I have a tradition of playing through this game every summer and have to say it is one of my favorite games of all time no matter how old I get!

This game made my childhood. Shiny badges, diverse partners, creative landscapes, cute enemies, rough boss battles, turn-based fighting system, engaging music; I don't see why this isn't in the top 5, yet.

It's not the greatest mario game, but one of the best and this game sure is better than Thousand year door and Super Paper Mario in my opinion. Best RPG Mario with Mario RPG SNES.

20 Super Mario Maker Super Mario Maker Product Image

Lets say something clear. In my opinion, super mario galaxy 1 and 2 are great and super mario odyssey will be even better, but they can't stand the fact that being able to create our own levels is the best thing ever. So why super mario maker is only number 25. I mean, even my sister play that game and she almost never play video games! I'm would be so excited if they announce super mario 3d maker

Mario maker vs smbx

Smbx win because it has more freedom for some thing like they
At least have slopes! plus you c customize you NPCs like make them talk or be friendly and can use the sprite editor to make other bosses form other games to it allso have more enemy NPCs than Mario maker plus smbx was made way before Mario maker
And I bet Nintendo stole their idea. I tried Mario maker and it was at least Mario maker is more easier to control and the game play is pretty good. Mario maker is a great game but can't compete with
Super Mario Bros x

You make your own Mario levels! How awesome is that?! Not only that, but you can play other levels made by people! You have to love how creative Pete are on the game too!

Wow 25th is pretty low for this game, this game allows so much but is on the wiiu so it didn't get a lot of players, a remake for the switch would be nice

21 Luigi's Mansion Luigi's Mansion Product Image

This game sucks. & Toad's right. Princess Peach would be very angry if Mario weren't with her. Why did Leslie Swan & Azako Kozuki retire voicing Princess Peach? How they voiced Princess Peach was perfect, but now she's giving us the evil eye after being noticed that she has appeared the most out of other female video game characters in video game histry. I loathe Princess Peach's appearance. She makes so much big deals out of nothing.

I love Luigi, and getting to play a game with this much personality with him is such a fun experience. You MUST play this game at least once. Also the button that allows you to yell "Mario! " was just such a genius inclusion.

I really like this game, as there is a protagonist besides Mario this time. I always liked Luigi's facial feature's (moustache for example), the only problem is that he's more easily startled, but that's okay.

So much better than Dark Moon. Although Mario is not in it, Luigi is a lot better than Mario and makes this game awesome. If it was Mario's mansion, it would not be good.

22 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Product Image

My favorite SNES game of all time and the cutest but this game isn't just little cute Yoshi running around the DS version us the best selling Yoshi game of all time.

Although I slighly perfer Mario 64 this is still my favorite since Mario 64 is kind of overrated in my opinion. Yes, I can consider this a Mario game since it's the prequel of the Mario series.Yoshi looks great compared to his design in Super Mario World, everything looks colorful and happy for a SNES game, I love the bosses and level designs. Yeah...

This One of the finest SNES masterpieces to date. My fourth favorite (F-Zero, Mario RPG and Mario World) SNES game and a true masterpiece as well. Amazing level design and music way ahead of its time 10/10.

This game should come in top 2. I would give this game a 9.3 and Super Mario 64 should stay in top 1 if Loganruckmanman is referring to the original Nintendo 64 version only which I would give a 9.7.

23 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Product Image

This game is the same game with Mario Kart 8, and Pink Gold Peach is still a character! Now, like I said, this game is like Mario Kart 8, but with more characters, no problems with battle mode, customizable settings for battle mode, and the free deluxe Mario Kart 8 had.

A funner and better version of Mario Kart 8 with new characters,tracks and items and also thank god for giving us atcual battle tracks.

Yeah this game would be the greatest mario kart game if nintendo switch online didn't exist

My friends have this game so I walk over to their house and play it and I love it!

24 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Super Smash Bros. Brawl Product Image

This is a great game, and it deserves to be loved, but it isn't really a Mario game, it's a Nintendo game. That's what I never understood about people counting Smash as a Mario game but not Luigi's Mansion games, since those are at least part of the Mario franchise, while this is equally part of all Nintendo franchises. Sure, you can play as Mario in this but not in Luigi games, but Luigi's Mansion is part of the same thing as Mario, and this isn't. Don't get me wrong, though, I'm not complaining about this game, it's great, it's just not a Mario game.

I would go with the story in Sonic Adventure 2, but the story in SSBB has everything we could've asked for- crossover characters teaming up to stop a villain from taking over the Super Smash Bros. universe! This game will always be a groundbreaker.

Super Smash Bros. 10/10 stars (Masterpiece).

Super Smash Bros. Melee: 6/10 stars (Okay).

Super Smash Bros. Brawl: 10/10 stars (Masterpiece).

Super Smash Bros. 4: 10/10 stars (Masterpiece).

Although not the best Mario game in my opinion, the graphics and controls are extremely easy to learn and gives the true feeling of a brawl game. It is very fun even if you are playing by yourself, and the randomness of battling a new character make it even better! 4 star game in my opinion and probably one of the best fighting games created.

Why is this game only number 15 and not number 1 this epic video game is not only the best Mario game it is also the best Wii game and one of the best games ever to date this needs to be number one this is my favorite fighting game and is also the best fighting game ever! Only super smash bros universe can beat this!

25 New Super Mario Bros. U New Super Mario Bros. U Product Image

Great power ups, great graphics, great levels, great worlds, great everything! I love this game a ton. The level and world names were cool, the return of Baby Yoshi and a connected world map from SMW was great. Even though the graphics were awesome, the Sparkling Waters and Frosted Glacier had the best graphics. Nintendo PUT THE AURORA BOREALIS IN FROSTED GLACIER! It was just amazing! I can't put my love for this game into words right now!

One of the best games I've ever played. If you don't have a wii u than you don't know what your missing out on. Nintendo, a big hats off to you for making this game. It is my favorite game of all time and we finally get to see Mario in high definition!

NSMB U. It improved upon all the NSMB games, with a new powerup, new yoshi mechanics and wonderful backgrounds which nobody looks at and the stages are amazing. You get so much content besides the story mode, for me, it is a 8/10. It could maybe improve a bit upon NSBM Wii, but the rest was nearly perfect.

I think this is the best game ever because you can never get bored at the story mode, challenges, boost rush and coin battle. I don't know why this is number 22, it should be number 1!

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