Mario, also known by the more colorful moniker, Super Mario, is without a doubt the most popular video game character of all time. That popularity has made him the most common character as well. Mario has appeared in more than 200 video game titles. That is a huge selection of games to play. This is a guide to the top 5 best Super Mario games ever released.
Super Mario Kart
Easily both the best and one of the most popular games to play on the Nintendo 64, the original Mario Kart was a smash success that utilized the 64 bit graphics available on the console to the utmost. Debuting in 1992, this is one of the most enjoyable games to play. One of the crucial keys to its fun is the ability for four players to play at once.
This was a crucial moment in video game history that was a foundation for the massively mulitplayer games that are so popular today. Super Mario Kart can be played on the Wii Virtual Console, and players will also enjoy playing the new Super Mario Kart Wii game.
The first appearance ever for Mario was the first successful game released by Nintendo. Mario was simply known as Jumpman when the game was originally released. His sole mission was to jump over barrels and kill Donkey Kong. The game was simple, but players found beauty in its simplicity. If you have never seen the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, watch it as soon as you can. It is a fascinating story of two players’ attempts to become the best player in Donkey Kong history.
Super Mario Bros.
This was the game that truly issued in the video game era. Selling a mind-boggling 40 million copies, it was the best-selling game of all time for almost a quarter of a century. It was finally dethroned by Wii Sports in 2009. With its Alice in Wonderland-inspired mushrooms, magical music, multiple levels, and great cast of characters, playing Super Mario Bros. is a pleasure that still holds to this day.
Super Paper Mario
Probably the least popular game on the list, it nevertheless deserves to be on here for its brilliance in combining several method of gameplay. Super Paper Mario allows players to enjoy a 2D side-scrolling adventure, a 3D role-playing adventure, and many puzzles all in one package. This combination of elements comes together to form a game that is more than the sum of its parts.
Super Mario Bros. 3
The first video game to be introduced to players on the silver screen before their consoles, Super Mario Bros. 3 is the most inspired of any Mario game to be played to this day. To this day it is the best-selling video game to be sold separately from a console with over 18 million copies sold. Its depth of gameplay is one of its biggest successes. It also took Mario to knew heights, literally. This was the game when Mario became airborne.
It also introduced all sorts of hidden items and powers for players to find during the course of the game. The amount of variety, difficult and playability of this game lets it still stand today as one of the best video games of all time.