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10 Best Mario Games Ever

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There is no doubt that Mario is the face of video games. This becomes even more apparent when we try to finalize a list of the 10 Best Mario Games Ever. There are so many classics to chose from, we feel bad for the numerous classics we had to leave out. Most of his games are not only fun, they are classics that place Mario well above Sonic, Samus, Link and various other figureheads in terms of greatness. Just as Hulk Hogan is synonymous with wrestling, Mario is synonymous with gaming. When the average person hears the words “video game”, they will probably think of Mario. So we give credit where credit is due as we pay homage to the greatest plumber the world has ever known. Put down the mushrooms and check out our list of the 10 Best Mario Games Ever.


10

Super Mario Bros.

NES
 
 

With the exception of the few of us who encountered the original Mario Bros. arcade game in the early '80s, this is the title that introduced most of us to Mario and Luigi. Heck, this is the title that introduced most of us to console gaming (along with Duck Hunt).

 
Super Mario Bros
9

Mario Kart 64

Nintendo 64
 
 

Mario Kart 64 has it all: four player races, blue spiny shells, pop-the-balloon duels, a great soundtrack, balanced racers and 16 stellar raceways. This racer power slid its way ahead of all other titles in the Mario Kart franchise.

 
Mario Kart 64
8

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Nintendo GameCube
 
 

With Goombella the Goomba, the ghastly Madame Flurrie, the shadowy Vivian, Admiral Bobbery (a sailor Bob-omb!), Ms. Mowz, a Yoshi, and Koops the hoodie-wearing Koopa, Mario's second papery adventure was his best out of the Paper Mario franchise.

 
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
7

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

SNES
 
 

Miyamoto pulled a Kojima (before Kojima became a trickster), when we found out that the sequel to the stellar Super Mario World would feature Mario as a baby. The Yoshi clan would hand Baby Mario off from member to member as they tried to free the stork and Baby Luigi from Magikoopa Kamek. From its cartoony graphics to its precise egg-shooting, Yoshi's Island is up there with all of Mario's other classics.

 
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Nintendo
6

Super Mario 3D World

Wii U
 
 

Who says the Wii U is dead? Not Nintendo. Not when they're still pumping out excellent titles like this. Mario is still proving to everyone that he's got lots of life left in his storied franchise. 3D World has awesome graphics, fun multiplayer, cool new suits and hours upon hours of gameplay. And that's why it's on our list of the 10 Best Mario Games Ever.

 
Super Mario 3D World
5

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Nintendo Wii
 
 

The first Galaxy title was breathtaking and amazing, but Mario's second journey into space perfected the gameplay of its predecessor and ironed out the few kinks that it had.

 
Super Mario Galaxy 2
4

Super Mario 64

Nintendo 64
 
 

The first game to perfect three dimensional platforming, Super Mario 64 set the standard for controllable camera angles. From its dynamic camera system (which most third person titles use to this day), huge levels, variety of gameplay and superb analog control, Super Mario 64 is one of the most revolutionary titles ever made.

 
Super Mario 64
3

Super Mario Bros. 3

NES
 
 

Two words: Video Armageddon.

 
Super Mario Bros. 3
2

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

SNES
 
 

Along with Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6, Squaresoft cemented themselves as the highest echelon of RPG quality when they made Super Mario RPG. After 17 years, we are still yearning for a true sequel to one of the greatest role-playing games ever made.

 
Super Mario RPG
1

Super Mario World

SNES
 
 

The SNES' premier title not only broke our expectations for the platforming quality already associated with the Mario series, it shocked us with the performance capabilities of Nintendo's newest system. Anyone that was raised on the NES was left in awe when they saw Super Mario World for the first time. Dinosaur Land was beautiful, its levels were varied, Mario's cape-flying left us grinning wide and we all met Yoshi. Without a doubt, Super Mario World is one of the 10 Best Mario Games Ever in our favorite plumber's impressive library.

 
Super Mario World

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