With the stunning success of The Super Mario Bros. Movie it’s a great time to look back at the Nintendo franchise that inspired the film and rank them in order of awesomeness! How does this list compares to yours? Be sure to drop a comment.
10. New Super Mario Bros
As Mario’s first new side-scrolling game in several years, this title was released for the Nintendo DS and brought a new visual style to the series that was continued for many games after it and was highly influential. It was a return to Mario’s roots after many 3D games were released, with fun 2D levels and multiple power-ups and secrets to explore.
9. Super Mario 3D Land
This title for the Nintendo 3DS has Mario going through familiar 3D levels, but the action is similar to his earlier 2D side-scrolling games, and it has the return of his iconic raccoon suite from Super Mario Bros 3. The levels are great fun to play and are an inspiration for the later 3D World game.
8. Super Mario Land
Mario’s first portable game for the Game Boy is simple, but incredibly fun and shows how easy it is to pick up a Mario game and have a great time. Based on the NES original, the levels are short, but exciting and challenging. The game even has side scrolling shooting levels, which provides a unique experience in Mario games.
7. Super Mario Bros 2
Mario’s second NES game is in some ways the most unique. He travels to the dream world of Subcon and battles a new enemy named Wart and his shyguy minions. The action is different from every other title and features his brother Luigi and his friends Peach and Toad as playable characters for the first time. The ending sequence is also a fan favorite, which reveals it was all a dream.
6. Super Mario 3D World
An evolution of the earlier Super Mario 3D Land, having Cat Mario running through fun and exciting levels in a 3D world is something every Nintendo fan should experience and the cat suit is perhaps Mario’s best powerup, The remaster of this title includes Bowser’s Fury, which is the first foray into an open world Mario game that is a fun hint of things to come for future Mario games.
5. Super Mario Bros 3
Mario’s last NES title was his best on the console. This title featured a return to the Mushroom Kingdom and showed for the first time, Bowser’s kids, such as Lemmy Koopa, Wendy O Koopa, and Ludwig Von Koopa, to name a few, who have become fan favorites in their own right and have appeared in many other games, as well. This game expanded on the original game in a huge way, with an overworld to go through, and new power ups such as Mario’s raccoon suit that enable him to fly. Taking off and flying above your foes is an epic moment in Mario gaming!
4. Super Mario World
The high point of 2D mario gaming, this launch title for the Super NES had Mario’s dinosaur pal Yoshi appearing for the first time running through beautifully designed areas in Dinosaur Island while battling Bowser and his offspring, the Koopa Kids. This game perfected everything that came before, such as an interactive overworld, a Superman-like cape to fly around, and a huge amount of levels to explore.
3. Super Mario 64
This was the first and arguably the most influential 3D game of all time. Being able to move Mario in a fully immersive 3D world changed video games forever and had you going though varied and exciting levels while battling Bowser and his minions. The first time you were able to move Mario in any direction and explore Peach’s castle is a moment that so memorable and is just one of many such moments that Mario games have provided.
2. Super Mario Bros.
The original that reinvigorated the video game genre after the Atari crash of 1983, this side-scrolling classic introduced Bowser, Princess Peach, goombas and the Mushroom Kingdom that are now icons for all gaming. The numerous levels and secrets in each world were groundbreaking at the time and made Mario a household name.
1. Super Mario Galaxy
The pinnacle of 3D Mario gaming, this adventure has Mario soaring through outer space in wildly inventive levels that changed how 3D platformers were played. The sheer fun and excitement of this game is what makes Mario an icon who long ago surpassed his gaming roots and now is a movie star.