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

1 The Perfect Run - Super Mario Galaxy 2

Things that make this stage a nightmare:
You unlock this stage by getting every other star in the game.
You have to deposit 9999 star bits into the Bank Toad.
You have to get the Comet Medal in the original stage (the Ultimate Test) which is put near the end in an evil spot.
If you found The Ultimate Test hard, then you'll have fun doing it again, with:
1 hit point.
No Checkpoints.
Various changes to the stage.
That is 6 sections of pure hell, the last 3 of which you will be using the ridiculous cloud flower floating, and if you die, you will have to try again from the very beginning.
(This is a stage that once you finish it once, it is really easy. Seriously now I play this stage for fun, but it tool me little over half an hour to beat it the first time.

I finally beat it! I must say, it was very difficult, long, and frustrating at times, but you can feel the hard work pay off when you finally beat it (that is, if you ever do). You can just feel and remember getting each individual star, beating Bowser twice, getting every green star, and beating the Ultimate Test as you draw closer to beating the Perfect Run. When you finally make it, you look back and realize how incredible the journey was, and how you finally beat this extremely difficult level. A great (but frustrating) way to cap off this game for the people who fully complete it.

Grandmaster Galaxy only opens up when you have collected all 120 Power Stars, and all 120 Green Stars! There ARE checkpoints, but contains four VERY HARD sections! If you're not 100% sure that you have SUPREME CONFIDENCE in your abilities, I would recommend coming into this level with at least 30 lives, just to be safe... - YMCA

This was easy. The only thing you need is timing and I still have fun beating this level over and over again because the Wii and SMG2 is the only thing I have for entertainment.

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2 Champion Road - Super Mario 3D World

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

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!

We never give up, but Princess Peach was bull in this game - by being bad to the Sprixie Princesses, staying cowardly, lacking grace & technique & being weak & slow, & even having a bad jumping height compared to even Super Mario despite being 9 inches taller (at 177 centimeters). If only Peach were replaced by Princess Daisy.

I’ve been trying to tackle this for months, but still nothing. It’s just unforgiving. Right from the start, you have to battle some Fire Bros. and then go on these small platforms and run across them while also dodging Chargin’ Chucks. That’s not even the hard part! Then you have to fight 3 magikoopas on platforms that disappear, go through a series of beep blocks (I think that’ what they’re called) that change every half a second, do parkour off of piranha plants, do a “water” maze while swimming past spikes, and much more brutal challenges. If you manage to get past all of that and more, you’re treated to running across dash boards while trying to collect key coins and jump over electrical beams. On top of all of that, there are no checkpoints. So, remind me how this is harder than the perfect run?

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3 Tubular - Super Mario 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.

Call me lucky, but I was able to beat this level on my first try

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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?

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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...

6 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

After a million tries I'm like nope never gonna beat this

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7 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.

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

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.

Pain in the ass to collect the five star chips - YOSHIA2121

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8 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

9 World 8-2 - Super Mario Bros.

This level is way more difficult than 8-3

World 8-2 is an annoying level

10 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.

The Contenders

11 Final Level - Super Mario 3D Land

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

12 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.

Dreadnought purple coins is harder - YOSHIA2121

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13 Fire Bar Sprint - New Super Luigi U

Just flat out hard and use nabbit

14 The Impossible Pack - New Super Mario Bros. 2

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.

The key word is impossible. Might I add you have to beat each of the levels in 50 seconds or less?

The impossible pack is the dry bowser icon. It takes forever to collect 100 coins

WHAT ARE U KIDDING ME LUIGIS PURPLE COINS iIS HIGHER THAN THIS! This needs to be much higher on the list like MUCH HIGHERRR probably hardest Mario level ever!

15 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.

The hardest level in super mario sunshine

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16 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...

17 Rainbow Road - Super Mario Kart

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

One time I beat this level and did not die ONCE

O my gosh I always get seventh on this track and LOSE the Grand Prix becouse of it! My least favorite track even worse than neo bowser city

18 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!

It’s the star coins. I can’t get ‘em all. Gonna have to call in reinforcements to play 2 and 3 player.

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19 Awesome - Super Mario World
20 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.

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? )

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

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

Troll levels + Insane puzzle levels + 10 second levels + Frame perfect jump speedrun levels + Insta death levels + Just plain hard levels = Raging. Lots and lots of Raging. Don't play this unless you are a masicist.

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22 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

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23 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

It's really hard, especially with the awful N64 controls.

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24 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?!

7-5 isn't a water level, it's an underground level, and an easy one at that. - TheYoshiOverlord

25 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

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26 Neo Bowser City - Mario Kart 8

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

27 The Watermelon Festival - Super Mario Sunshine

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.

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.

The reason you hate Cataquacks in Mario Sunshine.

One word: Cataquacks.

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28 Wario's Castle - Super Mario Land 2

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

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29 Darker Side - Super Mario Odyssey

Good luck.

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

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 beat this first try and I'm 7

I found this relatively easy.

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31 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

Thought the SNES one was hard? Oh boy, you haven't seen anything. No guard rails, boost pads that send you flying off the track, and really floaty controls. This is the hardest MK track of all time. - Zach808

So hard expecialy the controlls

32 Wario's Gold Mine - Mario Kart Wii

Not that hard annoying though

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.


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33 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.
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.

34 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 beat it but it is hard as hell

35 Bowser's Castle - New Super Mario Brothers DS

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

The original New Super Mario Bros. wasn't released on multiple consoles, you didn't have to add DS.

This stage is so long. There is so many thwomps that make it annoying and then their is the anti gravity part. I hate it. The boss isn't that hard, which is a mirical.

36 Pachinko Machine - Super Mario Sunshine

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

37 Toad's Turnpike Extra Cup - Mario Kart 64

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

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38 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

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39 Frustration (All Melons) - Yoshi's Story

Two minigames and challenging jumps.

Fiding melons in yoshi's story is tedious and annoying

40 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

41 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

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42 Chapter 8-3 - Super Paper Mario
43 Outrageous - Super Mario World

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

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44 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.

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45 The Edge of the Mushroom - Super Mario 63

It's just a flash game

46 World 6-3 - Super Mario Bros.
47 Lily Pad Ride - Super Mario Sunshine

This one is hard, but at least it doesn't need pure luck, Pachinko Machine is much harder and luck-based - MaxPap

48 Chai Kingdom - Super Mario Land

To be honest, I had no problem beating this level

49 Stove Canyon - Wario Land
50 Way Cool - Super Mario World

That level is unfreakin real.

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3. Tubular - Super Mario World
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