Top 10 Toughest Levels In Mario Games

Sure, there are many stages that players can breeze through, but every while there comes along a Mario stage that's so brutal and infuriating! Even to today, it's still a challenge for many Mario addicts! So, let's go back and remember these Top 10 Stages in Mario Games!

The Top Ten

The Perfect Run - Super Mario Galaxy 2

Much more Challenging than Champion's Road, At least there, you can take Multiple Hits and that one has Checkpoints, this may not be as Long, but the more Anxious you get, the more likely it is that you'd mess up and If you die, even at the final Planet with the Star and Space Waifu (Yes, you can still die here) You will go Back to the Very Beginning. This Level also Started this Trend, thank Perfect Run for Creating the Modern Ones.
None of them come close to this Level's Difficulty Though, I literally Broke my Wiimote from pure Anger the Level was that Hard.

This one's difficulty is exaggerated. First half is a piece of cake. Then comes the hard parts. But even then, with a second player it becomes moderately hard only

If they had done this with Champion's Road, I would throw my game out of the window

You know how some Mario games save the hardest level for last? well the perfect run started that all but with one major difference, you can't tack a hit at all.

Champion Road - Super Mario 3D World

This took me dozens of attempts across 5 years. It was annoying - especially just getting the Tanooki Suit from World 3.

World Crown in Super Mario 3D World only opens if you've collected every single green star, stamp, and got to the top of the flagpole in every single level in the game. This is very similar to The Perfect Run except that there are no checkpoints! This level also contains six super difficult sections and yet, it's probably the longest level in the entire game! If you die, you HAVE to go back ALL THE WAY BACK to the beginning. Don't even expect to get it on your first try. If you did, then you're probably a wizard. Oh, and if you don't have a tanooki suit, you're pretty much dead.

I swear I burned through over 10,000 lives and I STILL haven't beaten this monster. I got close to the end and right before I touched the flagpole, the timer hit 0 and killed me, and without checkpoints this level is absolutely BRUTAL!

This is harder than Perfect Run. At least that one has some easy parts. This one's challenging from start to end

Tubular - Super Mario World

Second level in the special world and the difficulty is preventing me from getting further into the world

The enemies are placed ever so annoyingly and their projectiles are programmed specifically to impede your forward progress. This level is made even more brutal by the speed at which the P-Balloon runs out, which in this level seems far quicker than it was in other levels.

I could never beat this level as a kid, and even now it may take me multiple tries... By far the hardest Mario level I ever played.

I've been stuck on this level for ages once, can't express how much I hated this level back then.

Poochy Ain't Stupid - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

In this level, Baby Mario and Yoshi must hop on the back of Poochy, as they make their way past a dangerous, lava-colored floor, with enemies attacking at every angle. The level itself is auto-scrolling, so players will need to stay alert. But throw in the fact that Baby Mario and Yoshi have to balance themselves on a small, constantly moving Poochy, things get serious. It also doesn't help that the lava kills Yoshi instantly.

Poochy doesn't like to cooperate with you in this level, evidently. He often moves faster than the auto-scrolling camera moves, and sometimes he stays completely still during high pressure situations where you need to move quickly out of the way. You'll be disagreeing with the title of this level after a couple playthroughs of it.

Just the title scared me, if it said "Poochy Isn't Stupid", I wouldn't be as worried, but Nintendo wanted to prepare us. Is it me or should this not be in World 1?

Should be so much higher!

World C-3 (Super Mario Bros 2 Japan)

Might as well lump the rest of World C with this level, since after this, you have C-4, which is 7-4, only much harder with a ridiculously impossible sneak under a fire stick section.. And if you lose all your lives there, you have to do C-3 again and again. Anyone who's made it past world C is a god among Mario players.

Green springs + constant wind + Lakitu = Me is sad.

I once hit a Lakitu on my way down from falling...

That wind, enough said

Lava Spire Daredevil Run - Super Mario Galaxy

WOAH this one was difficult...the original star wasn't even that hard but trying it again without any checkpoints and not being able to get hit once? It makes it about 50 times harder! Even though the original level wasn't bad, it is very likely you got hit ONCE in that level, meaning you have to do better than you did originally or else you have to go all the way back to the beginning. Seriously, the amount of times it took me to beat this level is crazy! As I was working to get all 120 stars, I would play this a few times, get frustrated since I died so much so I would move on to a different level, come back to it, and repeat the process until at some point I finally beat it. Honestly, I just tried backflipping onto the question block while climbing up the tall spire and then backflipped again to the top, and if I hadn't done that, I may have died that time too. It's a fairly helpful trick, but with or without it, this level is very hard and takes some serious practice to beat.

I honestly didn't find this one to hard but I might have just gotten lucky

This...was the hardest Power Star under the White Comet to get in this game without a doubt. Why? Well, because instead of being dropped off near the Sinking Lava Spire Planet or somewhere else close to the Power Star, you have to try to complete the ENTIRE LEVEL without taking damage or screwing up.

This level wasn't the hardest star in the game for me. It took me about 20 minutes, compared to 30 minutes for the Rolling Gizmo galaxy.

Final Level - Super Mario 3D Land

This one's easy. Way more simple than other levels. Just use statue leaf and it's a piece of cake

I know that level is hard because I played it before

like dying

If you don't have a toonokie leaf your but will get kikked

Wing Mario Over The Rainbow - Super Mario 64

Why is it every hard level in Super Mario 64 seem to play the Athletic Theme, huh? Anyway, in this level, Mario must collect eight red coins in the clouds all throughout the level. The catch is the coins can only be grabbed by flying around the level using Mario's Wing Cap. Now, don't get me wrong, flying around with the Wing Cap is amazing, but in this level, flying leads to rage. If Mario isn't fast enough before the Wing Capand plummets into the sky below, he will land back outside Princess Peach's Castle near the moat, meaning the player will have to travel all the way back up to the top of the castle just to attempt to complete this ridiculous. Level again.

Only level in the game that I actually HATE!

I can't beat it without having my strategy guide with me

This is the level that explains why I like the red star more.

Corona Mountain - Super Mario Sunshine

Getting blue coins took me a long time

Lava+Instant kill fire and spikes+awful boat mechanics=really hard level.

That boat is annoying and so is the rest of the level

First a roller coaster ride then bowser its HARD!

Luigi's Purple Coins - Super Mario Galaxy

Yeah this one was pretty hard, but it never seemed as daunting as a few other stars in the game to me. I died just as much, but I was always confident that SOME DAY I would beat it, and I was right. I ended up beating every star in the game, but I was legitimately worried about the Lava Spire Daredevil Run in Melty Molten Galaxy the trash level in Dreadnought Galaxy, and strangely enough, Purple Coins on the Puzzle Cube from Gusty Garden Galaxy. A lot of the purple coin stars were HARD, but that one gave me the most trouble, which is weird, since I never see anyone else struggle with that one. Whatever, Luigi's Purple Coins was a good challenge! This game is easy at first, but it has some serious challenges later on.

The second game's was harder. I got like ten game overs on it. The one in the second game was the single last star before I unlocked the Grandmaster Galaxy (The Ultimate Test and The Perfect Run).

I think the second game's version was harder. This was still a hard stage though.

Who knew Luigi could make things so HARD?!

The Contenders

World 8-3 - Super Mario Bros.

This level is made out of nothing but massive pits, Bullet Bills, Koopas, and Hammer Bros.. All of that is already insanely hard, but imagine trying to pull all of this off with only a whopping 300 seconds on the timer, AND the fact that this is the longest level in the game! Timing your jumps is the key here to beating this level!

Sorry but it's not the longest level in the game. That reward goes to 8-1.

This one is hard for sure, but I found tubular way harder

How is this bs number one!? I can beat this anytime anywhere small on my first try no problem and I'm not the best player. the secret is to move very quickly and speed run the level and to run right over hammer bros without stopping because once you get onto the screen they are on they take a second to load the hammers so you can easily jump over them if you don't hesitate

This level is too much hard. but I complete this level

World 8-2 - Super Mario Bros.

This level is way more difficult than 8-3

World 8-2 is an annoying level

Somewhat hard

Fire Bar Sprint - New Super Luigi U

Just flat out hard and use nabbit

The Impossible Pack - New Super Mario Bros. 2

This should be number 2. Dying at any point on the three levels takes you back to the beginning. You can use the white tanooki suit to get through it easier though.

Impossible is definitely the right word to describe this. I've had this game for around 5 years, and still haven't beat it

Honestly super underrated. I've had a 3ds for so long with this game, and I have still never beaten all 3 levels in one run

Three levels that are harder than 98% of every official Mario level. The catch? It's Coin Rush, so you have to do all three in a row, with no save. No power-ups exist in any of the levels, either. It's extremely well-named.

World 8 Doomship - Super Mario Bros. 3

The only two that are hard are the boat one and that stupid on with the small ships. I always think the wrenches are platforms!

I beat them all small first try they are simple and shouldn't be on the list

I have yet to do the insanely fast doomship on level 8 without a P-Wing...

World 8 is all around hard in this game

Rainbow Road - Super Mario Kart

Remember in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where you could just time your drifts and the level became a joke? Haha, not here.

I put this on there because it is the hardest track in the whole entire game.

The original Rainbow Road tests skill.

Hardest rainbow road

Yes, I'll admit it was a but tricky, but it's nowhere near as hard as Rainbow Road in Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

Secret Shine Challenge 14 - Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine was for the most part a really relaxed and laid back game. That is until the Secret Shine Challenges come in. Some of them were an enjoyable challenge, but then some were like Challenge 14 and were the annoying kind of difficult. Just getting there is excruciating, then you've got to actually do it. I did not finish the game my first playthrough partially because of this challenge

The trip to this stage is hard enough. The actual stage is much worse. Mario has to hop on a pad while that pad is on a river, while trying to collect eight red coins. The catch is the river is poisonous and is an instant death.

I beat this level on my first try, no joke, I'm serious.

Even harder then wing Mario over the rainbow

Don't Touch Anything - New Super Mario Bros.U

To be fair, this is a Challenge mode level, but it's almost impossible. You have to complete the stage without gaining a single point. This means you need to pull off several frame-perfect jumps in a row. I've seen sadistic romhacks more forgiving than this.

This needs to be higher! You need perfect frame jumps to avoid touching coins or enimies!

Very Very Hard

Don’t touch anything. More like Don’t die in 20 seconds

World 9-7 - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Pain in the ass to get the star coins took me days, but the level is not to hard if you aren't trying to get star coins

This level wasn't necessarily hard, but getting the Starr coins for world 7 to earn it was hell

It was literal HELL to get through the level don't even get me started on star coins!

I spend like a week getting all three star coins

Awesome - Super Mario World

I find this harder than Tubular.
Not as hard as most of the top 10 but I think that this one is a pain among the pre-N64 era.

100 Mario Challenge (Expert) - Super Mario Maker

The worst part about it is that literally half of the mario costumes in the game can only be unlocked on this mode AND when you play easy and medium modes enough times you can only get more costumes from expert mode (And did I mention that there is a super expert mode as well for people that are dumb enough to try it? )

It took me a long time before I could finally beat expert. I gotta say, once you complete it the first time, it's easy to redo again. This is nothing compared to Super Expert, which is much harder.

Ugh, not this. I was so desperate to get all the costumes and it took me ages. Just look at it brings back bad memories.

I don't even know why they made super expert. Expert is hard enough! (I haven't beaten it once! )

Darker Side - Super Mario Odyssey

You used to be able to skip this entirely, but it's been patched out. even then, it's honestly kind of easy

This level is so difficult. No checkpoints and if you don't get 6 hearts, you're screwed. I'm never going to beat this level. If you're done this level, first try, you're probably a zombie who plays super expert.

Good luck it was SO hard I completed it though

Easy compared to other final levels

World 7-5 - Super Mario Bros. 3

Worst Water level EVER! It scrolls for you and there's tons of enemies every where! It's not just cheep, it's cheep-cheep

7-4 is the water level and 7-5 is an optional maze level to unlock a mushroom house that contains a hammer suit, a raccoon suit, and a frog suit

Why is SMB3 the only game with the Frog Suit?!

World 7 was difficult

Kamek's Revenge - Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

The first part of the level, the player will have to avoid Kamek and his spells. The hard part is Kamek throws his staff wildly Baby Mario and Yoshi will have to reach a key, which will unlock the second part of the level. Once there, the duo will equip with skis, still trying to avoid Kamek.

Not that hard...

By far the hardest level in yoshis island snes

Tick Tock Clock - Super Mario 64

Its hard enough but I dare you to play it with the crappy controls of Super Mario 64 DS. I DARE you!

Once you work out the 12:00 hand trick it's a bit easier but then there are stars that require the movement.

It's not too difficult but it is one of the hardest level sets in the game

I do agree the ds version has bad controls, but it really isn't that hard.

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