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 Toughest Levels In Mario Games

1 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 - darthvadern

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.

2 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. - recaller

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

This level is just impossible with Luigi/Mario/Toad. All the other levels in this game are pretty easy but this is probably the only level where I have trouble with:
The first part is pretty easy with any character. The ocotgoombas aren't too much of a threat
The second part is also easy and the chargin chucks aren't a big threat but occasionally, they can make up mess up
The third part is easy with Peach + Rosalina. This part is not too hard with Luigi as he can jump really high but the 3rd set of blocks is extremely difficult. This is like nearly impossible with Toad as he doesn't jump high.
Killling the magikoppas is honestly no problem
The spike part is not a big deal but this is the part where I am likely to get hit by and I am now small.
Wall jumping and avoiding the ants is pretty easy but it takes a while and it requires patience
Jumping up with the piranhas can take a bit of practice but it becomes a cakewalk later. I sometime have some misfortune where I ...more

3 Tubular - Super Mario World

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

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.

4 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. - YMCA

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!

5 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 - darthvadern

6 Lava Spire Daredevil Run - Super Mario Galaxy

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

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.

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. - YMCA

Took me 10 Tries to beat this stupid star, and I'm pretty sure that was mostly luck. - greenshyguy

7 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 - darthvadern

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

8 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. - YMCA

Only level in the game that I actually HATE! - HeavyDonkeyKong

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.

9 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 - darthvadern

First a roller coaster ride then bowser its HARD!

10 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

11 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! - YMCA

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 - YOSHIA2121

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

12 World 8-2 - Super Mario Bros.

This level is way more difficult than 8-3

World 8-2 is an annoying level

Somewhat hard - darthvadern

13 Fire Bar Sprint - New Super Luigi U

Just flat out hard and use nabbit

14 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 - smashmallow101

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

This is so underrated it's ridiculous. It took me over 100 attempts to beat this, and I can now flat out say this is harder than any other Mario level I've ever beaten, even harder than Champions Road.

15 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 - YOSHIA2121

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 - darthvadern

16 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. - GodFlowey

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

This isn't a level! this is a track! And super Mario kart isn't a mainstream Mario game!

The original Rainbow Road tests skill. - Qryzx

17 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 - FirearmsKill

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. - YMCA

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

Even harder then wing Mario over the rainbow

18 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

19 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 - YOSHIA2121

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

20 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.

21 100 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? )

I have the 3ds port and I tried this and...It's IMPOSSIBLE! There are so many trolls and don't get me started on super expert dear lord

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.

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. - MaxPap

22 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 - smashmallow101

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 - darthvadern

23 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 - YOSHIA2121

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

World 7 was difficult - darthvadern

24 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. - YMCA

Not that hard...

By far the hardest level in yoshis island snes

25 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! - HeavyDonkeyKong

Once you work out the 12:00 hand trick it's a bit easier but then there are stars that require the movement. - LoneShadow379

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.

26 Bowser's Castle - New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Me and my three friends couldn't beat it in multiplayer in two hours. Had to go to single player and use super guide. - nolttr21

This level...makes me wish I never played a mario game. This level shredded my life count because it was WAY TOO HARD!

The castle itself took me two tries, however the battle took me countless tries.

I can beat this with the wii remote behind my back

27 The Watermelon Festival - Super Mario Sunshine

It was easier than expected but I just had luck. It's so hard anyway - darthvadern

Tip: Once you get to the watermelon. Take the route closer to the place you take it to. Simply take the risk of going over the tricky parts. Chase after it if it falls. And go careful one the bridge. About 72% of my fails were on that thing.

This shine is as easy as the first shine

The level requires you to take a watermelon to a fruit stand. Sounds easy. The problem? It is super sensitive and cataquacks all over the level. If a cataquack touches it, you have to do it again. You won't die a lot but it is time consuming and annoying. It took me days to complete.

28 Neo Bowser City - Mario Kart 8

This race track is easy, you just do drifting and drifting. - MaxPap

Easy for a mario kart pro like me - darthvadern

So, there's a neat little trick to Mario Kart 8/Deluxe. While you're drifting, you can press/hold the B button to slow down during your drift, but if you do it too much you stop drifting. When you use this technique, the track becomes super easy. I honestly though that I was going to see 200cc SNES Rainbow Road, 200cc Rainbow Road, 200cc Ice Ice Outpost, or Super Bell Subway in GENERAL on this list, but no? OK. - GodFlowey

29 Special 8-5 - Super Mario 3D Land

This is basically a rush level. Where it begins, you will only have 30 seconds to complete the level. There will also be a Cosmic Clone chasing you throughout the level. Trying to rush through the level is hard enough, but having someone dangerous chase you while doing it really takes the cake. Don't expect to get this on your first try. - YMCA

I did it on the 5th try

I got it on my first try as Small Mario.

Easy - darthvadern

30 Pachinko Machine - Super Mario Sunshine

The controls are broken here - darthvadern

That feeling when you get all the coins except for one and you slip and have to restart. enough Said

31 Wario's Castle - Super Mario Land 2

Screw this level. So many enemies can't be killed

This level's hard as hell

32 Rainbow Road - Mario Kart 8

Every time I play this track, I fall off because of the following:
1: Lack of guardrails.
2: Speed boost that may throw you off the track if you have no idea what you're doing.
3: Me playing bad or someone else playing bad.
And...
4: Getting hit with items while gliding.
It's one of the hardest Rainbow Roads, but the Mario Kart Wii one is worse.

I thought this level was easy, so I had no problem beating it.

I absolutely despise this level.

To be honest this level is easy as long as it's not 200cc. - Qryzx

33 Pit of Panga - Super Mario Maker

It's not really a level made by nintendo, so it doesn't count, but yeah U-break is almost impossible. - MaxPap

Really hard definitely the hardest level in any fame here!

I don't think it counts because ut is player made - will_smm2

I beat it but it is hard as hell

34 Bowser's Castle - New Super Mario Brothers DS

I think that the bosses are the hard part of this!

Haha we do not speak of this stage - GodFlowey

This one was outrageous

No, not really at all - darthvadern

35 Para-Beetle Challenge (Super Mario Advance 4, Super Mario Bros 3)
36 Outrageous - Super Mario World

This level talks the other tough level after Tubular.. Outrageous is RAGE, really tough forest stage..

This Level Is Torture!

It's outrageous - darthvadern

37 Mystery House Marathon - Super Mario 3D World

Actual torture. I still can't beat the level and when I play it, I feel like dying when I loose.

Can't beat it - darthvadern

This took me HOURS! - xDan

38 Frustration (All Melons) - Yoshi's Story

Two minigames and challenging jumps.

Fiding melons in yoshi's story is tedious and annoying

Easy boss

39 Donut Plains 3 - Super Mario Kart

I put this on here because someone said that this track is arguably the hardest in the entire game. This is the original and not the Wii you version.

It's the second hardest behind Vanilla Lake. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Hardest donut plains track - darthvadern

40 Rainbow Road - Mario Kart Super Circuit

Jumps, boost panels to get you out of control, bad kart physics. Do I really need to explain? - recaller

A bit challenging - darthvadern

So hard expecialy the controlls

41 Wario's Gold Mine - Mario Kart Wii

Not that hard annoying though

Overhyped in difficulty - darthvadern

They made this way easier in Mario Kart 8, since when you hit the minecarts, they boost your speed instead of slowing you down. - MaxPap

It is so easy to fall off the track. I mean anywhere, at the beginning,when you hit a mine cart,and at the end. Also the stupid mine carts block the shortcut 99 percent of the time.

42 The Edge of the Mushroom - Super Mario 63

Yeah it's challenging but I love it - darthvadern

What the hell is super Mario 63? - will_smm2

It's just a flash game

What the crap its 64

43 World 6-3 - Super Mario Bros.

It's the clunky jumps that ruin it - BigDanielCo

44 Toad's Turnpike Extra Cup - Mario Kart 64

You are driving the wrong way down a dual carriageway. Enough said

Really hard cup to win in fast trafic

Not really - darthvadern

45 Toad's Turnpike Reversed (Extra Cup) - Super Mario Kart 64

The hardest Mario Kart track by far. It is very hard to dodge the cars, especially when there are 2 trucks side-by-side. The item placements are also annoying as well. I have raged at the game many times on this course.

Super Mario Kart 64 - what an awesome re-entitlement for this awesome game!

Only time in a Mario kart game where, all of the cars come towards you. Their is no path tod rive with the cars like in Moonview Highway, you spend the whole level dodging. - HeavyDonkeyKong

Yes - darthvadern

46 World 2-5 - Yoshi's New Island

This level is too easy and even the levels in yoshi's old island are harder and less slow even though the original was an easy snes platformer

47 Special 8-Crown - Super Mario 3D Land

A secret level that is only unlocked if every level is played with both Luigi and Mario and you have to reach the top of flag each level

For those who haven't played this level, ya know how hard it is? As hard as TRYING IT 500 TIMES AND ONLY BEATING IT TEN TIMES!

Took me about 100 tries to realize that I needed a statue leaf. Then it took about 20 more

So hard without the super leaf

48 Rainbow Road - Mario Kart Wii

Oh lord, this track is hard. There is almost no guardrails so don't think about using speed boost or Mushrooms unless if you want to be a comet set for impact on Peach's castle. Also, if you fall of, you loose so many places.

You can use mushrooms on the straigher parts of the track and even to jump certain parts, but it takes too much skill and would not reccomend doing in online ranked. - subleaf82

One of the hardest rainbow roads - darthvadern

Whatever you do on this stage don't USE ANY MUSHROOMS FOR GOD'S SAKE. JUST don't UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE A Mario, YOSHI, LUIGI, ETC COMET FALLING DOWN TO Mario LAND AND BEING A BOMB.

49 Chapter 8-3 - Super Paper Mario

8-4 with that maze was harder - darthvadern

50 World 7-2 - Super Mario Bros. 2

Of course, it's the last level - darthvadern

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