At first, he was a hero who tried to save his girlfriend, Pauline, from the hands of an evil gorilla. Then, he lived long enough to become a villain who Donkey Kong Jr. had to face in order to free his imprisoned papa. Later on, he became a plumber-meets-exterminator, working with his brother, Luigi, to rid New York of various pests (couldn’t have they called the Ghostbusters instead?). But you know him best from an insanely famous platform game series. It’s-a him, MARIO!

A lovable everyman people can easily identify with. A memorable, polished and clever gameplay. Iconic music by none other than the legendary Koji Kondo. A spin-off quickly surpassed its predecessor and launched a massively successful franchise that people all over the world know and love.

And we took up the task of listing every Super Mario Bros. game released to this day on all sorts of platform, arcades, consoles and mobiles alike.

Disclaimer: this list concerns ONLY the main games in the series. We know there’s been plenty of spin-offs with a wide range of genres – puzzle, racing, RPG, heck, even party and educational games – and many of them are great titles in their own right, but we’re here to talk about the Super Mario Bros. series of platformers.

Without further ado, let’s begin with the game that started it all, shall we?

Mario games at G2A
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Nintendo DS Super Mario 64 Read more
Super Mario Maker 3DS Read more
Mario Golf Super Rush NS Read more
Gra NSW Super Mario Party Read more
Gra NSW Super Mario Odyssey Read more
Super Mario Maker 2 Nintendo Switch Gaming Read more
Mario Party Island Tour 3DS Read more
Paper Mario Sticker Star 3DS Read more
Paper Mario: The Origami King NS Read more
Gra NSW Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Read more
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Super Mario 3D Land 3DS Read more
Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bros 3DS Read more
Mario Party: Island Tour 3DS Używana Read more
New Super Mario Bros 2 3DS Read more
Gra NSW Mario Kart Live Home Circuit - Luigi Read more
Gra NSW New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe Read more
Super Mario Odyssey Nintendo Switch Brand new & Sealed Nintendo Switch Gaming Read more
Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo Switch) Nintendo Switch Gaming Read more
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser Fury Nintendo Switch Gaming Read more
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Super Mario Bros.

Release date: 1985
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo R&D4
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

The whole thing began in 1985 with the release of the first Super Mario Bros. game. A spin-off the Donkey Kong series and a successor to the Mario Bros. game from the arcades, Super Mario Bros. became a legendary platformer and a best-seller, propelling the characters of Mario and his brother Luigi (AKA green Mario) into stardom and making the franchise one of the all-time greats.

Super Mario Bros.

The premise is simple: you run, jump, avoid obstacles, defeat enemies (mushroom-like Goombas and turtle-like Koopas, among others) and collect power-ups across the Mushroom Kingdom that consists of eight worlds with four levels each. Every worlds ends with Mario infiltrating a fortress of Bowser, the game’s main antagonist who imprisoned Princess Peach. It’s up to you to rescue her.

Of course, the princess is ALWAYS in another castle. Meh.

Key features
  • Eight different worlds featuring four levels each
  • Precise controls
  • You can replay the game on a higher difficulty for a fresh challenge
  • Legendary soundtrack by the legendary Koji Kondo

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Release date: 1986
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo R&D4
Game modes: Single-player

It’s a sequel to the first game, but a far more difficult one. You can play as either Mario or Luigi, with the two characters differing from each other, the latter being more suitable for skilled players. The goal is the same: save the princess from Bowser and his lackeys. However, there are new obstacles: poison mushrooms which either shrink or downright kill you, mid-air wind gusts, level warps, invisible blocks that you have to jump on…

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

It’s crazy! The Lost Levels are certainly not recommended for newcomers to the series or novice players.

Key features
  • High difficulty makes this game a one for advanced players only
    52 levels available in total
    Poison mushrooms and a more defined Luigi
    Something for die-hard Mario fans

Super Mario Bros. 2

Release date: 1988
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo R&D4
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Since the previous game seemed too similar to the first installment, the developers decided to shake things up. Quite a lot. Super Mario Bros. 2 lets the player select one of the four characters: Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool and Toad, each with a unique special power. Your goal is to traverse the dream world of Subcon and defeat the antagonist by the name of Wart, a frog king.

Super Mario Bros. 2

One of the main differences from the other games in the series is that you can’t defeat your enemies by jumping on them here. Instead, you need to throw various objects at them. You can even pick up the opponents and throw them, using them as weapons as well. Super Mario Bros. 2 received critical praise, especially for its level design, and is considered one of the best games in the series to this day.

Key features
  • Four characters to play as
  • 20 levels to beat across seven worlds, each with its own theme
  • Plenty of power-ups to help you complete the game
  • Wart as the final boss

Super Mario Bros. 3

Release date: 1988
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo R&D4
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

This one goes back to the basics: you got to save Princess Toadstool as either Mario and Luigi. You can again stomp on enemies to defeat them or use special powers that you acquire through power-ups. In this respect, the game remains true to the franchise.

Super Mario Bros. 3

There are new additions to gameplay as well. You can slide down slopes, fly and float using the Super Leaf and the Tanooki Suit, pick up and throw various blocks of special purpose, and freely climb vines. It’s a challenging game, for sure, but a fun one to play, too. That’s why it’s considered one of the best games of all time.

Key features
  • The first Mario game to feature the world map
  • Several new abilities, including flying and the “ground pound”
  • A bunch of fun mini-games in both single-player and multiplayer modes
  • Eight different kingdoms to explore

Super Mario Land

Release date: 1989
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Game modes: Single-player

This game, released in 1989, saw the Super Mario series transition to Game Boy. It’s pretty much like the first Super Mario Bros. game, just limited to 12 levels set in a realm known as Sarasaland, and your goal is to rescue Princess Daisy instead.

Super Mario Land

There are also two Gradius-style levels where you pilot an airplane or commandeer a submarine and shoot things up. All in all, Super Mario Land is considered Mario’s successful debut on handheld consoles. Interestingly enough, it sold better that Super Mario Bros. 3.

Key features
  • You’ll get to face the spaceman Tatanga
  • Princess Daisy to save this time around
  • 12 levels to beat…
  • …including two shoot’em up ones

Super Mario World

Release date: 1990
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Another side-scrolling platformer on the list, this 1990 game is a direct successor to the Super Mario Bros. games. Still, it features some new moves and introduced Yoshi, a rideable dinosaur who can eat enemies and Koopa Troopa shells, the latter to gain new abilities.

Super Mario World

Again, the game is considered one of the best additions to the series and one of the best video games ever. Can you really go wrong with Mario, though?

Key features
  • Yoshi’s your new best friend
  • You can play as either Mario or Luigi
  • Lots of secrets to discover
  • Seven worlds to explore

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Release date: 1992
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo R&D1
Game modes: Single-player

Game Boy received another smash hit in 1992. Super Mario Land 2 became a best-seller and one of the highest-rated games on this platform, and rightfully so. It’s so much better than the predecessor is virtually every aspect, ranging from gameplay to graphics.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

The plot is also somewhat refreshing. Instead of freeing some damsel in distress for the umpteenth time, your goal is to free Mario’s private island, put under an evil spell by his jealous childhood pal, Wario. All because the W guy wanted a castle of his own! You need to find 6 Golden Coins, reclaim the castle, as well as the island, and kick Wario’s butt. What a quest!

Key features
  • 32 levels to complete, with some secret ones, too
  • A major improvement over the first Super Mario Land game
  • It introduces the character of Wario
  • …and lets you kick his hiney big time

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Release date: 1995
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Yoshi’s Island is special for a variety of reasons. First, it features Yoshi as the main character. Our goal is to reunite baby Mario with Luigi. The latter has been kidnapped by Kamek, an evil Magikoopa (don’t ask). Second, its hand-drawn aesthetic is a major change from the visual style of the previous games and led to the Yoshi spin-offs. Third, it was the last 2D platformer in the series until New Super Mario Bros., a 2.5D-based title released about a decade later.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Reviewers called Yoshi’s Island a masterpiece and one of the best games ever. Guess you can’t go wrong with Mario!

Key features
  • Yoshi’s the main character instead of Mario or Luigi
  • Lots of power-ups
  • You can transform Yoshi into a bunch of vehicles
  • 48 levels to complete

Super Mario 64

Release date: 1996
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player

This one is probably the most revolutionary title in the series. Shifting from 2D to 3D, it offers open-world exploration and freedom of movement, as opposed to rather restricted isometric platforming of the previous games. The rest of the gameplay features, however, are pretty much classic Mario.

Super Mario 64

Our favorite plumber is tasked with rescuing Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser this time around. You need to explore her castle and collect Power Stars that will help you with your quest. Super Mario 64 was an instant classic. The game ended up being called one of the best ever and its influence on 3D platformers was enormous. Can Ninny make a bad Mario game? Guess not!

Key features
  • An ambitious 3D platformer and a revolution in the series
  • Super fun gameplay with lots of new features
  • Open world exploration
  • Another occasion to kick Bowser’s shell

Super Mario Sunshine

Release date: 2002
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player

Speaking of bad games, if you’re looking for one in this series, Super Mario Sunshine ain’t it, either. A follow-up to Super Mario 64, this one tasks you with cleaning up the mess caused by a villain known as Shadow Mario. This despicable fella vandalized Isle Delfino and since he looks just like Mario, our protagonist is wrongfully accused and forcibly becomes a janitor. Oh, and Princess Peach needs to be saved again. Oh, well.

Super Mario Sunshine

SM Sunshine again received rave reviews and proved to be a worthy addition to the series.

Key features
  • Mario has to face his Dark Side version
  • Use a device called F.L.U.D.D. to clean up Isle Delfino
  • 3D-based gameplay
  • Lots of new gameplay ideas

New Super Mario Bros.

Release date: 2006
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

This one’s a return to the series’ roots. While done in 3D, it’s basically a 2D platformer that’s very much an update on the classic Super Mario Bros. formula. And it does pretty much everything right. Bowser Jr. and Bowser apparently took a liking to Princess Peach and you gotta saver her once again.

New Super Mario Bros.

 

New Super Mario Bros. was well-received by critics and fans alike, even though they considered the game a bit too easy and a bit too similar to the previous installments. Still, it’s a quality title and a real best-seller.

Key features
  • Faithful to good ol’ Mario games
  • Multiplayer mode: Mario vs Luigi
  • Some minigames have returned, with a multiplayer mode, to boot
  • 80 levels to beat

Super Mario Galaxy

Release date: 2007
Genre: Platform/action-adventure
Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Mario goes to space! The third 3D game in the series, Super Mario Galaxy is built around exploring all sorts of planets and fun with gravity. Aside from saving Princess Peach, you gotta save the universe along the way, as Bowser once again poses a threat to all that lives!

Super Mario Galaxy

You control Mario using the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, complete missions, fight bosses (and gravity), collect Power Stars and get ready to face Bowser once again. Guess what, this is a yet another Mario game to be called one of the best ever!

Key features
  • Mario goes to space
  • Wii Remote and Nunchuck-based controls
  • 42 galaxies to explore
  • It’s all about collecting Power Stars

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Release date: 2009
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Another 2.5D part of the series, this one is a cooperative multiplayer title for the Wii. You can play with up to four players as Mario, Luigi and two multicolored Toads. The game is a rather straightforward Mario experience, which received some criticism, but is nonetheless fun for beginners and advanced players alike.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Again, another commercial and critical success, even if it’s simply more of the same thing.

Key features
  • Lots of levels and minigames
  • Wii Remote and Nunchuck-based controls
  • Super Guide: the game helps you complete certain levels if you’re having trouble beating them
  • Plenty of abilities to use

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Release date: 2010
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Originally conceived as an updated version of the first Galaxy game, it quickly became a full-blown sequel after it turned out the developers had dozens of amazing ideas they wanted to put in this installment. Galaxy 2 features a very similar plot to the previous game (you need to collect Power Stars and defeat Bowser to save Princess Peach), but there are many new additions, including dynamic environments and the return of Yoshi.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

The game has also become notably more difficult than its predecessor, but all in all, it was a yet another huge hit. It’s considered one of the best video games ever, too. Surprised? We’re not.

Key features
  • Forty nine galaxies to explore
  • 120 Power Stars
  • 120 Green Stars
  • Most levels in the game offer unique tasks to complete

Super Mario 3D Land

Release date: 2011
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Game modes: Single-player

3DS needed a Mario game, so it received one. Super Mario 3D Land is a mix of both 2D and 3D installments in the series. There’s some traditional side-scrolling action and there’s Mario moving and performing actions in three dimensions. As far as the plot is concerned, it once again revolves around Bowser being Princess Peach’s psycho fan. You must save her one more time.

Super Mario 3D Land

As usual, Super Mario 3D Land received very good reviews and became a hit. No surprise here, either.

Key features
  • A mixture of 3D and 2D Mario games
  • Old and new power-ups and special abilities
  • Special levels are also available
  • You can use the 3DS gyroscope in certain sections

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Release date: 2012
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

There isn’t much to be said about this one. Once again you need to save Princess Peach from Bowser and his Koopalings. There’s one difference from the previous games, though: focus on collecting coins. New Super Mario Bros. 2 even features a Coin Rush mode where you have to complete tasks as quickly as possible to get the most coins.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Everyone’s been pretty happy with this game, but people complained about it being too similar to the previous titles. If that’s what you expected, you’ll love New Super Mario Bros. 2. If you’re looking for something perhaps more original and ambitious, we suppose you can skip this one.

Key features
  • Excellent level design
  • Low difficulty makes this game perfect for newcomers to the series
  • Coin Rush: a mode where you need to collect as many coins as possible across three randomly chosen levels
  • The whole game is about collecting coins, actually

New Super Mario Bros. U

Release date: 2012
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

So far the last title in the New Super Mario Bros. series, it’s a great game, but…it’s very much a by-the-numbers Mario release. If you love this universe and characters, you should love it. If you’re a newcomer looking for a great game on the Wii U, you’re in for a real treat. However, if you’re a bit fed up with the series’ traditions and would like something new, you’re probably going to be a bit disappointed with its rather formulaic gameplay (though it is still amazing, as usual).

New Super Mario Bros. U

As a launch title for the Wii U it was very successful, becoming one of the best-sellers on this platform.

Key features
  • Four characters to play as
  • Flying squirrels
  • New modes: Challenge Mode and Boost Rush
  • Coin Battle also returns

Super Mario 3D World

Release date: 2013
Genre: Platform
Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Remember Super Mario 3D Land? This is the sequel, made for the Wii U. A major difference is that we’re not rescuing any princesses this time around (do we look like Luke Skywalker to you, Nintendo???). Instead, we’ve got to save the Sprixie Kingdom from Bowser’s invasion.

Super Mario 3D World

Aside from that, it’s a typical Mario fare. As usual, it’s really fun and well-made. No wonder it’s the second best-selling game on the Wii U.

Key features
  • Up to four players can play at once
  • New power-ups to use
  • Players can pick up, carry and throw each other
  • Compatible with a selection of controllers

Super Mario Maker

Release date: 2015
Genre: Platform/level editor
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Game modes: Single-player

This was a yet another interesting addition to the Mario series. The entire game is in fact a robust editor where you create new levels to torment either yourself or your friends/other players online with. This option is unavailable these days, but it used to be possible to upload your creations online to the Course World once you completed them.

Super Mario Maker

Tons of customization options made for a fun creative experience. The game is pretty much defunct today, though, as it has been replaced with a sequel, Super Mario Maker 2, featured on this list as well.

Key features
  • You can build your own levels
  • Plenty of gameplay manipulation possibilities
  • Players have uploaded over seven million unique courses
  • The game no longer lets you upload new levels online and is unavailable for purchase

Super Mario Run

Release date: 2016
Genre: Platform/auto-running
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Game modes: Single-player

Mario even got his own mobile game. It’s again a platformer, but with one major difference: the player character runs automatically, you just got to precisely time all the jumps and other moves. Aside from saving Princess Peach from Bowser all over again(yawn), you have to rebuild the Mushroom Kingdom as well.

Super Mario Run

It’s a very decent mobile game, although there are two problems that reviewers noted: a rather steep price plus the requirement that you need to be connected to the Internet at all times to play. Aside from that, it’s a very good addition to the Mario canon.

Key features
  • Mario runs automatically, you just perform other actions with necessary precision
  • You don’t just have to survive, you need to collect as many coins as possible
  • You got a princess to rescue
  • And a kingdom to save

Super Mario Odyssey

Release date: 2017
Genre: Platform/action-adventure
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

The plot here seems to be the same as usual – you simply have to safe Princess Peach from Bowser (how many times do we have to teach you this lesson, turtle-man?!) – but everything else is so different from the other Mario games. Odyssey is a return to the gameplay model from Super Mario 64, with open-ended, non-linear exploration.

Super Mario Odyssey

Mario has a new ally, too, a hat named Cappy that lets him “capture” or simply just possess various enemies and objects to solve puzzles. You also need to collect Power Moons that fuel your airship, the Odyssey, that lets you travel to other locations. Super Mario Odyssey was a huge hit upon release, with reviewers calling it one of the best Mario games in the series.

Key features
  • Many worlds to explore
  • You can possess objects and enemies using a magic hat
  • It’s all about collecting Power Moons and stuff
  • There’s even a Photo Mode

Super Mario Maker 2

Release date: 2019
Genre: Platform/level editor
Developer: Nintendo EPD
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

The famous level building suite returned in 2019 with a whole slew of new features and an even more robust editor. There is even a single player story mode available.

Super Mario Maker 2

Not much can be said about this one, to be honest. It’s basically a yet another very good addition to the series and a complex level creator that lets you unleash either your inner Super Mario game designer or tormentor (if you want to challenge others to beat your seemingly impossible maps). If you own the Nintendo Switch, this is one of the games you should check out.

Key features
  • An even better and more complex level editor
  • There’s a single-player story mode, too
  • You can build your own Mario games using the World Maker
  • You need to subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online if you want access to the game’s online features

Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

Release date: 2021
Genre: Platform/action-adventure
Developer: Nintendo EPD (with 1-UP Studios and Nintendo Software Technology)
Game modes: Single-player, multiplayer

Super Mario 3D World got re-released on the Nintendo Switch with an addition of Bowser’s Fury, a fresh adventure where your task is to collect Cat Shines in order to restore lighthouses in a realm known as Lake Lapcat. Interestingly enough, Bowser Jr. joins Mario in this endeavor.

Super Mario 3D World: Bowser's Fury

Papa Bowser, as it turns out, turned into a gigantic monster that can only be stopped by the Giga Bell. To power it up, you need enough Cat Shines. Fury Bowser sometimes appears during the game, raining fire upon you.

Bowser’s Fury is more experimental than other games in the series, featuring a fully open world and lots of new gameplay ideas. It’s just too bad that it’s not as polished as the other installments and suffers from various technical issues. Aside from that, it’s a cool Mario game, even if a bit rough around the edges.

Key features
  • A cat-themed world that you can freely explore
  • A mixture of Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario Odyssey’s gameplay elements
  • Apocalypse occurs every few minutes
  • Kajiu battles!

Whew, what a ride that was! As you can see, the Super Mario Bros. franchise is massive and comprises amazing titles, with quite a lot of these considered among the very best in the industry. And if you add in all the spin-offs, there are pretty much twice or even three times as many Mario games!

So, if you love top-notch platformers, there’s plenty to pick from and numerous opportunities to kick Bowser’s butt. And you can surely expect more quality Mario games to come out in the future.