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Every Mario Game On The Switch

Nintendo has made dozens upon dozens of games featuring their iconic superstar and mascot throughout the years. With the Switch being out since 2017, there are a lot of Mariotitles available to fans, no matter what type of game they are looking for.

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Not only are there brand new installments of the franchises Mario has appeared in, such as Mario Party and Paper Mario, but there are also older classics that have been ported to the console, like Super Mario 64 and Mario Bros. Here are all of the games starring Mario that have been released on the Switch.

15 Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is not only one of the best games on the Switch, but one of the best that Nintendo has ever made. In this 3D platformer, Mario teams up with Cappy to travel around kingdoms and stop Bowser from forcing Princess Peach to marry him. With hundreds of Power Moons to collect, there are many things for players to do in this great title.

14 Super Mario 3D All-Stars

What is better than one 3D platformer? Three of them! Super Mario 3D All-Stars consists of three of the best Super Mario games, including Super Mario 64Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.

Players can explore the levels inside of the paintings at Peach's castle, Isle Delfino, and planets around the galaxy. With many power-ups and bosses, these three titles show how far the series has come in the past few decades.

13 Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

The newest game on this list is Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's FurySuper Mario 3D World was one of the most successful games on the Wii U and fans have been wanting the game to come to the Switch for years.

Joined with Bowser's Fury, a brand new experience where players team up with Bowser Jr. in the biggest course the franchise has ever had, this is a great installment that shows what could be next for the series.

12 Super Mario Maker 2

As good as Nintendo is at making Mario games, some fans are even better. After the success of Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and 3DS, a sequel was released for the Switch. New features and modes give players a lot more to do, and whether they would prefer to play a level or make one, the fun never ends. Play thousands of levels designed by others in what is arguably the best 2D platformer on the console.

11 Super Mario Bros. 35

Few people would ever expect there to be a battle royale Mario game, but there is (or was depending on when you're reading this).

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Super Mario Bros. 35 was made for the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. In the game, players race through levels from the original platformer against 35 other people, until only one person remains. Unfortunately, the game will only be/was available until March 31st, 2021.

10 Arcade Archives VS SUPER MARIO BROS.

The original Super Mario Bros. is one of the most impactful video games ever made. Who knows where the industry would be without the 1985 platformer? However, not a lot of people know that there are multiple versions of the game.

VS SUPER MARIO BROS. was released in 1986 for the Nintendo VS. SYSTEM, and it was ported to the Switch in 2017. This version of the game had quite a few differences from the original, such as the inclusion of difficulty options and the addition of new levels.

9 Arcade Archives Mario Bros.

Like VS SUPER MARIO BROS., this classic was also ported to the Switch. Unlike its successor and many other games in the series, Mario Bros. is quite different. Rather than running through levels in the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and Luigi fight enemies inside of a sewer.

Though this title may be unique, it did introduce some of the earliest mechanics and items in the series, making it very important for the franchise's history. Features similar to those that were added to VS SUPER MARIO BROS. were also included in this game.

8 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

For every Nintendo system since the DS, a new entry in the New Super Mario Bros. series has been released. New Super Mario Bros. U came out in 2012, along with the Wii U. One year later, New Super Luigi U released during the Year of Luigi, a period when Nintendo gave a lot of love to the underappreciated Mario brother.

These two games have since been brought to the Switch, though they have gone through a few changes since their initial releases. These changes involved the game's playable characters and modes.

7 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

The bestselling game on the Switch is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The game originally released on the Wii U but was ported onto the Switch along with the original's DLC.

What makes this installment different than other Mario Kart games is that players can hold two items at the same time, there are a lot more courses than most of the other games, and characters from other Nintendo franchises can join in the fun, such as Link, the inklings, and Isabelle.

6 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Though fans are excited to get their hands on Mario Kart 9, there does not seem to be any sign that it is being developed. Luckily, there are a couple of other games in the series that have released since Mario Kart 8, with one of them also being on the Switch. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit allows fans to make courses in their homes.

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Included in the game is a remote control car with a camera, which players can control with their Switch. Four people can play together, making this especially fun for those that live with other gamers as they race around their house as if it were designed by Nintendo.

5 Mario Tennis Aces

Mario and his friends have played many sports over the years, such as golf, basketball, and tennis. In Mario Tennis Aces, players can compete against each other in online matches.

Nintendo also set up tournaments in which people were able to get new characters each month. Nowadays, tournaments reward costumes for existing characters, while all the characters are automatically unlocked. There is also a campaign for players to check out, giving them a lot to do.

4 Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Friend or foe, Mario and Sonic are two of the greatest rivals in video game history. In 2007, Nintendo and Sega released Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which brought characters from both the Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog franchises together in a very unique way.

Despite the concept of the game being so strange, a handful of sequels have been released since the original. Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is the newest in the series and the only one available on the Switch.

3 Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

While Mario teaming up with Sonic is not that strange these days, nobody expected Nintendo's superstar to join forces with the titular creatures in Raving Rabbids. Developed by Ubisoft, this game is a tactical RPG in which players control the Rabbids, along with Mario, Peach, Yoshi, and Luigi after their worlds collide.

2 Super Mario Party

The Mario Party games are considered by many to be one of the best spin-offs in the franchise, though the most recent titles have diverged from earlier ones. In Super Mario Party, Nintendo focused mostly on minigames in which players would have to use the Joy-Cons, making it great for showing what these controllers are capable of but lacking in things that previous installments had, such as boards.

Nevertheless, as with most games in the series, it is one of the best multiplayer titles to feature Mario characters.

1 Paper Mario: The Origami King

In the newest release of the Paper Mario series, King Olly, a new character made out of Origami, takes control of Peach's Castle and many of the Mushroom Kingdom's inhabitants. To stop him, Mario teams up with Olivia, Olly's sister, and the two go on an adventure, fighting origami enemies and creative bosses.

Throughout the game, the two heroes are also joined by other characters, such as Bobby the Bob-omb and Professor Toad. Unlike other titles in this series, The Origami King is much more of a puzzle game than an RPG.

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Every Mario game available on Nintendo Switch, ranked

It’s next to impossible for most mortals to collect every Mario game, but Nintendo has made it easy for fans to put together a pretty impressive selection of Mario titles on Nintendo Switch. In fact, Nintendo’s portable/console hybrid is home to perhaps the most, and best, Mario games that have ever been offered on a single piece of hardware before. The Switch is a Mario beast!

The bad news is that some of the best Mario games on the Switch are on their way out at the end of March, so we thought it was important to take a look at every single Mario game available on the platform and rank them, using advanced scientific algorithms that exist on the blockchain, so you know this list is 100% objective truth.

Except the ranking is based on our opinions and no actual science, but I feel like if you say something is on the blockchain people care more? We also had to put some ground rules in place so we weren’t overwhelmed with games; the rules are that Mario has to either have his name on the game, or he must be the lead character. The only exception made was for Luigi’s Mansion 3, because c’mon, that’s a Mario game, right? It’s just green Mario!

So here we go! Starting from the worst and working our way upward, here is every Mario game currently available on Nintendo Switch, in order of quality. I’ve also labeled which titles are available with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription, and which will be going away at the end of March 2021.

28. Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Image: Sega

Summer or winter, the Olympics have never translated well to video games. Even with the rival mascots anchoring a party-game series of events, they’re still the most underwhelming, unanticipated adaptation among major sports licenses. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020is the same kind of button-mashing gimmickry for which its forebears were also known, but it has the distinction of being the only way to experience the 2020 Games to date.

The games of the XXXII Olympiad were, of course, postponed for a year by the COVID-19 pandemic, and though the Tokyo Games organizers have pegged July 23, 2021, for the opening ceremonies, who can say, really, when the games will go on until they actually do?

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 does try something novel, by sucking the characters into a time vortex and spitting them out in the 1964 Tokyo Games, which are played as 8-bit throwbacks with a CRT filter. But without much public demand for this kind of minigame anthology, it all comes off like Nintendo and Sega’s civic obligation to support a local economic development project. —Owen Good

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27. Arcade Archives Vs. Super Mario Bros. / Wrecking Crew

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An arcade game that launched after the original home console release of Super Mario Bros., the Vs. version of Super Mario Bros. is much harder, more mean-spirited, and more frustrating in ways that aren’t fun. I wasn’t inspired to keep going. I accepted that I don’t like it when games continue to punch me in the face, so I quit and now I’m putting it second to last on this list.

I’m glad you can buy it and play it, because it’s a part of Mario history, but if you’re not a historian, you can safely avoid this whole mess.

Wrecking Crew is a completely different game in which Mario and Luigi are demolition experts and have to take down buildings. I’ve included these two games together because both are available via the Nintendo Switch Online service, both are more curiosities than anything, and I’m looking forward to moving on to discussions of better games.

26. Dr. Mario (Online)

I did a science, and at least some people agree with the idea that this was not a fun game but we love it due to nostalgia and the inclusion of Mario. You can see the numbers for yourself right there at that link. This isn’t just me being grumpy! More and more people are seeing the truth: Dr. Mario is not, and was not, a good game. I’m sorry I have to bring this hard truth to you, but you deserved to hear it from a friend.

25. Super Mario Party

There is no god in Super Mario Party, which is precisely why it’s my go-to video game in social gatherings.

The ability to practice the minigames before each competition means that anyone can pick up the game and learn on the go — plus, even folks who aren’t capital-G gamers still know a Mario character or two. Turning this game on guarantees that the night will devolve into hooting and hollering, usually because I’m losing to the person who never plays video games. Or maybe because the computer awarded someone a star for having terrible luck, allowing that player to take home the gold at the very last minute.

There is only one truth in Mario Party: Chaos reigns. —Patricia Hernandez

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24. Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Online)

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Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was actually Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan, while the Super Mario Bros. 2 we were given in the U.S. was Doki Doki Panic in Japan, because Nintendo was just as lost as everyone else in the ’80s.

We got the better end of the deal here, as the American Super Mario Bros. 2 was a surreal, literally dreamlike adventure and The Lost Levels was aimed at players who had mastered the first game, so the difficulty was increased substantially. If you want a super-difficult take on the original Super Mario Bros., though, here you go. The mushrooms can kill you now, by the way.

23. Paper Mario: The Origami King

Image: Intelligent Systems/Nintendo via Polygon

Why are the boss battles so hard? Without that issue, this game might have been at least a little higher on our list. As it stands, this is a fine but quirky RPG with some ridiculous difficulty spikes. Good luck.

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22. Mario’s Super Picross (Online)

A sequel to Mario’s Picross, a game that didn’t sell very well outside of Japan, Mario’s Super Picross on Nintendo Switch is the first time the game has been made available in the U.S. If you haven’t played any games in the series, imagine a mixture of sudoku and maybe Minesweeper, in which you’re trying to reveal a Mario-themed image hidden in each puzzle.

It’s fine. (And there are far better Picross games on Switch.)

21. Super Mario Bros. 35 (leaving March 31, 2021)

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Every game seems to get a battle royale version these days, and Mario is no different. In Super Mario Bros. 35, 35 players race to the end of the same level, sending defeated enemies to the boards of their competitors and trying to collect power-ups to give themselves an edge. It was a fun diversion that Nintendo has said is coming to a complete end on March 31, when the company will pull Super Mario Bros. 35 from the Nintendo Switch eShop and take the game’s servers offline.

20. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

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One of the joys of covering Nintendo is that you never know what the company is going to do next. One week, it’s another sequel in a long-running franchise; the next week, it may be ... folding cardboard, I don’t know.

You play Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit by controlling a physical toy car around your living space with your Switch, and viewing everything from the point of view of the car itself, as if your physical home had been turned into a Mario Kart track. Which is pretty much the reality of the situation!

It’s been a blast creating courses with my kids, or just using the car to harass our cats. Mario really can go anywhere, and now he’s in a game, in your house, on your Switch, and the good news is that it’s delightful.

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19. Arcade Archives: Mario Bros.

Image: Nintendo/Hamster Corp.

For some reason, I’ll always remember that I first saw Mario Bros. at an outdoor arcade in Manhattan’s Battery Park, waiting for the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty on my family’s big station-wagon vacation in 1983, shortly after the arcade game launched.

But the Good Bros. wouldn’t see a Mario Bros. cabinet in our small town in North Carolina for another two years. It was, conceptually, Nintendo’s answer to Williams’ Joust, and yet somehow even harder. Having to hit the Sidestepper crabs twice to flip them over introduced me to the term “difficulty spike” at a very tender age.

This game was not only the debut for Mario’s sibling, Luigi; it also established the two as plumbing professionals, and made turtlelike beings their mortal enemies for the next four decades. —OSG

18. Super Mario Bros. 2 (Online)

Did you know that Super Mario Bros. 2 is actually based on a game called Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic? Of course you did. Just like telling people there’s an arrow in the FedEx logo or that Pac-Man’s creators had to change the character’s name from Puck Man for Western audiences, this detail about the second numbered Super Mario Bros. entry is inescapable.

Despite being what amounts to a sprite edit of another game, Super Mario Bros. 2 solidified some enduring changes to some of the most important characters in the franchise. Luigi was no longer a carbon copy of Mario; he became tall and could jump higher. Peach was a playable character who could float. Toad was adorably stout and speedy.

These qualities became mainstays for each character’s portrayals to this day, informing how they perform in their own platforming games, sports titles, brawlers, and more. —Jeff Ramos

17. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Image: Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft Milan/Ubisoft

“It’s Mario, but he has a gun” almost sounds like a shitpost, or an impossibility at the very least. Somehow, though, the folks at Ubisoft convinced Nintendo that this would be a good idea. And you know what? It is.

Think XCOM, but cuter and sillier, and with an added focus on movement. Through the use of warp pipes, dashes, and team jumps, you can chain together elaborate turns that take you all over the map in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, often nailing multiple enemies in one go.

Just getting to see major Mario characters like Peach get the Rabbids makeover is worth the price of admission, as your favorite characters will get endlessly clowned here. But hey, that’s love, isn’t it? —PH

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16. Mario Tennis Aces

Image: Camelot Software Planning/Nintendo

I was not expecting to enjoy Mario Tennis Aces as much as I did when it launched in 2018. Some of this is my own sports snobbery, where I prefer simulation-quality realism to cartoony, arcade-style goofing around.

But Camelot’s newest racquet racket delivered the easy-to-learn/hard-to-master challenge I enjoy facing in all kinds of sports titles, and a cast of characters 29 strong provided a lot of depth and variety to local or online multiplayer.

Let’s not forget the fact that this thing has a story mode, too. Simulation sports are a staple genre of video gaming, but they need variants like Mario Tennis Aces every now and again, to approach their well-known rules and their play strategies with fresh humor and imagination. I’m a video game golf nut, and I can hardly wait for Camelot’s Mario Golf: Super Rush, building on what worked well in Mario Tennis Aces, later this summer. —OSG

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15. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

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Another updated version of a game that was first released on Nintendo Wii U, the Deluxe version of New Super Mario Bros. U throws in the New Super Luigi U expansion and ups the resolution from 720p to 1080p when the Switch is docked.

Even if you’ve played it before, it’s worth revisiting what may be some of the best 2D Mario design ever created. This game also proved that the New Super Mario Bros. series does best when put on a portable system; after all, this offshoot franchise began on Nintendo DS. If you want a more modern take on the classic Mario play that made you fall in love with the series during the NES and Super NES eras, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a must-buy.

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14. Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 is an endless Mario game, and you get to contribute to it. How cool is that?

You can play through the campaign, begin creating your own levels to share, or try the best levels from other players. The playfulness, dedication, and sometimes sadism of the community can be found in some of the hardest, or weirdest, levels out there, including many that seem to delight in punishing the player.

Everything can be beaten, though; creators can’t upload their levels without playing them through to completion at least once. If you want to see how much work goes into making that Nintendo magic, here’s your shot to try it for yourself.

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13. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (leaving March 31, 2021)

High-resolution versions of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy make this a Switch collection of Mario games with two utter classics that also includes Super Mario Sunshine.

It’s an important reminder that Nintendo hits much more often than it misses, but it does miss from time to time. Of course, it’s easier to forgive those rare mediocre games if they’re sandwiched between two of the franchise’s best works. This bundle is also one of the Mario games going away on March 31, so grab a copy while you can.

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12. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Image: Next Level Games/Nintendo

I think Luigi and I feel the same way about being scared.

Every new room in a horror game sends my heart into my throat. Every tiny movement could be something waiting to jump out and grab me. My imagination is often more vivid — and terrifying — than any actual monster I end up facing.

In Luigi’s case, the ghosts haunting him in Luigi’s Mansion 3 are quite real. His panicked muttering as he turns a doorknob and his habit of jumping at every little bump in the night are justified. He never becomes less terrified, even as he clears floor after floor of ghosts in a haunted hotel.

This is our scaredy-cat hero’s best adventure yet, and it’s made even better by just how much he dislikes being in it. —Chelsea Stark

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11. Super Mario All-Stars (Online)

This collection of four classic-but-updated Mario games from the NES era consists of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.

The graphics have been given a spit shine with the power of the Super NES — the collection’s original home — and cheats, tricks, and glitches were looked at on a case-by-case basis to see how they hurt or helped, or gave the game flavor. Some of these secrets were kept in and others were adjusted, but the entire package is the rare chance to see Nintendo go back and release a director’s cut-style version of some of its older games. It’s not to be missed, and it’s currently available through Nintendo Switch Online.

10. Donkey Kong (Online), Arcade Archives Donkey Kong

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To be sure, the “free” version that comes with your Nintendo Switch Online subscription is the NES port, not the arcade original. But prior to the NES’ launch, Donkey Kong was my childhood’s gold standard for console gaming. A woeful bleeping-and-blooping port to the Atari 2600 was almost as bad as the Pac-Man adaptation that shares the blame for console gaming’s crash. That version was made by Coleco, actually, suspected of sandbagging its own effort on a rival platform to drive fans to its arcade-quality ColecoVision.

Yet somehow, even with Nintendo-made hardware that was light years beyond what we’d been hooking to our wood-paneled, Curtis Mathes living room autoclaves, Donkey Kong NES still doesn’t have the Pie Factory! Donkey Kong’s fourth level was the true differentiator, whether you were actually playing Donkey Kong or just plinking around with a knockoff.

To my knowledge, the only in-home version of Donkey Kong that had the Pie Factory was the Atari 800 home computer cartridge, and I had to get Mom to drive me way the hell out to Craig’s place in State Road if I wanted to play that. Then, in 1986, Craig ditched his 800 for an NES, and we were back in the dark ages, playing Donkey Kong without conveyor belts or platters of concrete mix.

The good news is that for $7.99 you have the option to buy the arcade version on your Nintendo Switch, which makes up for things a little bit. The Arcade Archives version also, in fact, comes with the pie level. That fix came too late for my childhood, but at least you don’t have to suffer the same way. —OSG

9. Super Mario Kart (Online)

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Super Mario Kart is the first game in the Mario Kart series — the success that likely inspired just about every game company on the planet to put its characters in karts at least once in the past 30 years, and one of the first games to show what Mario could bring to genres far outside of his platforming origins.

Super Mario Kart also showed off the 3D capabilities of the Super Nintendo by using its Mode 7 technology, which kept the characters in the middle of the screen and moved the world around them to simulate movement. None of this would have mattered if the game hadn’t been a blast, though, and Mario Kart came out of the gate with confidence and plenty of the most important aspects of the series already in place. Some characters only change the face of gaming once, but Mario has done so for more genres than I can count.

8. NES Open Tournament Golf (Online)

This early golf game stars Mario, even if his name doesn’t appear in the title, so it fits. Those are the rules, and I can’t even say I’m upset, because I’m the one who made them. And I made them while making sure I had a way to keep NES Open Tournament Golf on this list.

Nintendo has put Mario and his friends and enemies into sports games multiple times, with mixed results, but this rather straightforward golf game proves that Mario can also star in games that just nail the fundamentals. At the time, this was about as good as golf games got, and it remains fun in shorter doses today. It was Mario in a golf game, and Nintendo knew how to pull that off without distracting from the golf or Mario.

Now if we could just get a port of the ridiculously good Mario Golf: Advance Tour on Nintendo Switch ...

7. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

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Super Mario 3D World for Wii U was already one of the least-appreciated Mario games, although its blinding level of shine and near-perfect mixture of elements from past Mario games made it an instant classic to most folks who played it.

The addition of the open-world, chaotic, and somewhat experimental Bowser’s Fury also helped move this package near the top of the list. If you missed Super Mario 3D World because you didn’t buy a Wii U, you now have the perfect excuse to catch up on the Switch.

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6. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Leave it to Nintendo to make an escort mission actually enjoyable, as Yoshi takes center stage as the hero in this Mario game — and Mario himself is turned into a baby who must be kept safe.

It’s a sentient dinosaur and a small Italian plumber instead of a bounty hunter and a baby Yoda, but this is basically the Mandalorian prequel no one was looking for.

It’s also one of the best-crafted platformers of all time, bested only by the other games higher on this list. Yoshi’s Island looks like it was drawn and colored by hand, and the whimsical tone hides how every aspect of the game seems to have been fussed over and perfected. This was a huge departure for the Mario franchise at the time, but it’s only gotten better with age.

5. Super Mario Odyssey

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The 3D Mario game that launched the Nintendo Switch, and helped Nintendo sell all those units. Featuring a hat (Cappy) that gives Mario control over a wide variety of enemies and background characters — including a freakin’ T. rex — and an open-world design where the hub world exists entirely inside a single small spaceship, Super Mario Odyssey is one of the most inventive, goofy, and brilliant takes on the Mario formula in some time.

Nintendo is still cranking out classics in the Mario line, and still finding new places to take the platforming genre.

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4. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Mario Kart takes characters from the Mario series and other Nintendo games and puts them in go-karts to race around Nintendo-themed locations. The franchise has been around forever, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe took the bones of the already great Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U and brought it to the much more capable Switch hardware while adding more weapons, tracks, modes, and characters.

Who knows where the series goes from here, but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the game to buy if you haven’t played Mario Kart in a while and want to see what the series has to offer these days. This is a “simple” racing game that many of us have been playing for years, and it’s still one of the best games to bring out if you want to liven up a dreary Saturday.

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3. Super Mario World (Online)

Nintendo used the familiar trappings of a Mario game to show off what the Super NES could do, while also offering plenty of innovation in the play itself. Super Mario World gave us Yoshi, and it also gave us the ability to spring off Yoshi after jumping to get a little extra height and send our dinosaur pal to his death.

There was a world map that reacted to what you did inside each level, widening the game’s space for secrets and surprises. The battery backup inside meant that you could save your game and come back later, building on the version of the world map you were creating with your chosen path through the game. The Mario games always reward players who aren’t afraid to try new things, but Super Mario World expanded the scope of the game’s world and proved that Nintendo wasn’t done experimenting with its own formula.

2. Super Mario Bros. (Online)

The big question for a list like this is whether you prioritize the entries in the series that helped to invent the overall genre, or the ones that push the Mario franchise itself forward. That’s not a problem many other franchises can claim to have, except for (possibly) Doom. But the No. 2 Mario game is a stone-cold classic of the franchise and the genre, so it was pretty easy to put it in a slot this high.

Maybe Super Mario Bros. came with your NES, or maybe you’re too young to have played it upon release and only discovered it later in life. But its combination of running, jumping, items, coins, points, secrets, levels, worlds, and bosses all seemed perfectly balanced at the time. Super Mario Bros. was also a complicated game, filled with its own arcane rules that often weaponized assumptions about past games against the player. The places that other games taught you you couldn’t go? You could get there. Seeing the later levels either required a lot of practice, or knowing where the warp pipes were if you didn’t mind skipping ahead. The first level is a master class in tutorials, giving you everything you need to know to learn how to play the game without becoming a bore.

This is the game that made Mario a legend, and helped an entire industry come back to life after the video game crash of 1983.

1. Super Mario Bros. 3 (Online)

Super Mario Bros. 3 is the perfect mixture of innovation and execution of Mario’s core attributes.

This was the actual sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. NES game for folks who saw through the paint job of Doki Doki Panic and were hoping for more of the Nintendo magic. You could fly, you could turn into a statue, and there were secrets galore. The game’s release was a cultural event, complete with one of the most memorable video game commercials ever created.

This is the best Mario game you can play on your Nintendo Switch. We’ll be taking no further questions at this time.

Update (March 26): The original version of this article did not include the Arcade Archives version of Donkey Kong, and the game has since been added to the original Donkey Kong entry.

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At 35-years-old last year, the moustachioed plumber Mario is perhaps gaming’s most iconic face. Having sold more than 600 million copies across his many adventures in those three-and-a-half decades, Nintendo's mascot has a back catalogue to rival The Beatles. So it's no surprise to see the red-capped icon make himself at home on the Switch.

With the recent re-release of Super Mario 3D World, the portable console has cemented its status as a menagerie of Mario magic both old and new. From platformers to Kart racers to build-your-own-fun creation kits, the big man's résumé extends well beyond old fashioned Goomba-stomping these days. Wondering where to dive right in? We've ranked the Mario games for Switch from those deserving of a Luigi death stare to the Super Star classics.

10. Super Mario Party

In fairness to Princess Peach's beau-in-chief, Super Mario Party is a respectable eleventh console entry in a series that's taken the edge off family gatherings for over two decades now. As much as this mini-games bonanza still has its moments, we'd rather be annihilating our in-laws in Smash Bros. With just four boards to be getting on with, there's not much in the way of replay value to be had here either. £

9. Paper Mario: The Origami King

You have to go back all the way to the GameCube’s Thousand-Year Door to find a truly great Paper Mario title, but The Origami King at least ranks as a mini-revival for the series, one with some joyously terrible puns, a surprisingly affecting cast of oddball sidekicks and some dizzyingly creative boss fights. While its innovative puzzle-based Battle Ring System is an initially entertaining spin on RPG combat, its repetitious nature does ultimately prove a drag on this 30-hour adventure. £32.99.

8. Mario Tennis Aces

What happened to good tennis games? They literally don’t exist anymore. That’s save for Mario Tennis Aces, which is a colourful cartoon arcade twist on a precise, serious sport. It’s super balanced and fun to play, while offering a surprising level of difficulty when you notch up the challenge. And it’s worth a look-in purely for the novelty of a game that appreciates the thrill of being centre court. £

7. New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe

Formerly a Wii U launch game way back in 2012, New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe is very much a traditional 2-D side-scroller for better and worse. Your classic ice, desert and lava kingdoms are all present and correct alongside a whole host of vintage power-ups and (praise be) Yoshi. As an exercise in platforming precision there’s a lot to like here, but those hoping for a more expansive take on the Mario formula are best off looking elsewhere. £38.00.

6. Super Mario Maker 2

The Mario game that never ends, Super Mario Maker 2 offers not just a story mode for you to play, but an entire suite of creation tools that lets you create your own Mario stages and play those that other players have made by heading onto the online bubble. It’s a treasure trove of player’s own ideas and there’s something suitable for everyone too – children and adults alike, novices and pros. £

5. Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

A turn-based tactics game featuring Mario and some of Ubisoft’s most recognisable weirdos (the Rabbids) might have been met with skepticism when it was first announced, but the X-Com-lite foundations that Kingdom Battle is built upon are sturdy as any mainline Mario. This is a fun, tense adventure that ratchets up the challenge as you progress through, adding new mechanics while always delivering a healthy dose of humour. £

4. Super Mario 3D All Stars

Last year's Super Mario 3D All Stars collection was a relatively lacklustre trio of older Mario games that simply didn’t get as much love as they could’ve done. While Super Mario 64 and Sunshine are beginning to feel a little long in the tooth, Galaxy still holds up as the newest game in the collection. Chock full of colour and personality, it plays with gravity and space with a sense of wonder and scale that few Mario games have captured. The game was so good that it spurred Nintendo on to do something they rarely have in Mario’s history: create a sequel, Mario Galaxy 2. While that game doesn’t yet appear in the Switch’s line-up, the OG Galaxy still provides a healthy serving of Nintendo at its peak. £

3. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Originally released in 2013 with zero fanfare on Nintendo's titanic Wii U console, Super Mario 3D World has finally been given its time to shine on Switch. It's a joyous toy box of design ideas that Nintendo doles out like a conveyer belt of creativity, often delivering entirely new mechanics for one-shot hits of joy, some of which were even expanded into their own titles à la the excellent Captain Toad Treasure Tracker. New to Switch this time around is the separate Bowser’s Fury curio, which is Mario at its most experimental and least refined. Taking cues from the open-ended nature of 2017’s Super Mario Odyssey, it places you in a big open level and lets you run wild, exploring at your whim and unlocking areas by completing platforming trials and puzzles. It’s not quite as accomplished as 3D World proper, but is a decent enough excuse for returning players to double dip. £

2. Super Mario Odyssey

With Odyssey, Nintendo took the original vision of a more open and exploratory Super Mario and made it a modern reality. Odyssey is all about finding stuff by heading off the beaten track in any one of its many biomes. You can quickly smash through its relatively short main campaign, which takes you through its myriad gorgeous worlds, but then you’re set free and the game starts proper. With 900 hidden moons to discover, Odyssey is absolutely brimming with a whole variety of challenges and puzzles and secrets, from moons you spot on first run to cleverly disguised ones that you’ll be searching for for hours. £

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

It’s hard to imagine how Nintendo could better the Mario Kart formula after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch. Another Mario game that was initially released on the Wii U, this one back in 2014, MK8 Deluxe is an almost perfect refinement of the familiar Kart franchise. The courses are impeccable, the range of styles, settings, ideas and colours is enormous and there’s more than enough content and challenge to keep players busy for hours as they tackle each CC championship and try to unlock everything there is to offer. £

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The best Mario Switch games you should buy right now

Mario is a beloved and classic Nintendo character. From the beginning of Nintendo’s journey, Mario has always been there. Whether in games by himself or games with other characters, like Luigi or Yoshi, Mario Switch games are usually big hits for Nintendo. 

There are so many great games featuring Mario. Although it was hard to narrow the list down, we were successful. Here are 9 of the best Mario games you can play right now on your Switch. 

Best Mario Switch games:

Super Mario Odyssey

If you don’t own any other Mario games on your Switch besides this one, that’s okay. Super Mario Odyssey was a breath of fresh air when the Switch first came out in 2017 and it’s still an awesome game today. 

In the game, you travel around in the Odyssey airship with Mario and his new hat friend Cappy. You visit various kingdoms that all have different aesthetics, a certain number of Power Moons to collect, and so much more. There’s a lot to explore in this game and the gameplay along the way feels incredible. 

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Your ultimate mission is, of course, to save Princess Peach. But it’s a Mario game, so there’s nothing new there. The boss battles have the same repetitive nature as previous Mario boss battles, but with unique twists that require Mario to use his hat friend. 

This game can be a two-player experience, but it’s best experienced as a single-player game. 

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Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a hilarious online game that combines the Mario franchise with the Rabbids franchise. The game follows the aftermath of a vortex bringing Rabbids to the Mushroom Kingdom. 

In the fight to restore the Mushroom Kingdom to its former glory, you can play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, or their Rabbid hero counterparts. There are four worlds to play through, full of interesting puzzles to solve and weapons to collect. 

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Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party is one of the best local multiplayer games for Switch. The fact that Mario is playable in it just makes it even better. 

There are a few different ways you can play Super Mario Party with friends and family. You can play the traditional virtual board game and compete for stars and coins. Or, there are also tons of mini-games that you can cycle through. 

There’s also a third option – online play. To play online, you will need to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership and also have a Nintendo account. Once all that’s set up, you’re free to compete in the Online Mariothon against players from all over the world. 

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is another installment of the classic side-scrolling Mario games we all know and love. As always, you have different worlds to explore and collect coins in. Each world is full of fun levels, bosses, and challenges. 

Also, for less experienced players who may find the game to be a little hard, there are special characters that offer assistance. If you want assistance, you can play as either Toadette, a brand new playable character, or Nabbit.

This game is great for casual players who only want to hop on for a short while at the end of the day. Or, it can be a lot of fun as a multiplayer game if you have 1-3 other family members or friends to play with in person.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the best games for the Switch in general, not just one of the best Mario games. It’s fun whether you like to race single player or against friends and family members. 

See also: Best multiplayer games for the Nintendo Switch

There are so many great Nintendo characters to race as. Of course, there are a few different versions of Mario, but you can also play as Yoshi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Luigi, and more. Depending on which character you decide to race as, your vehicle will accordingly be small, medium, or large. 

Once you unlock new items, it’s fun to customize your vehicle and test out different combinations of speed, handling, and acceleration. For less experienced players, there are ways to make the game a little easier, like auto-steer and auto-acceleration.  

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Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 is the classic side-scrolling Mario adventure combined with the ability to make your own levels.

If creating levels doesn’t sound like your thing, that’s totally fine. There’s a story mode in the game that you can play and the levels can present quite a challenge sometimes. Or, you can also play through levels that other players create. 

If you’re feeling creative or you’ve always wanted to make your own video game level, you have that option. Although it may seem intimidating at first, creating a level is really easy to do in Super Mario Maker 2. And it’s fun to see other players experiencing your level too!

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Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces is fun to play either locally, online (with a Nintendo Online subscription), or by yourself. If you simply want to play tennis, you can certainly do that. Or, you can make things more interesting by playing in Adventure mode.

Related: Best sports games for the Nintendo Switch

In Adventure mode, you can practice your skills by doing missions and battling bosses. Once you’ve mastered Adventure mode, you can play with friends and family or test out Tournament mode, where you can take on the CPU.

For those who need more accessible controls, Swing mode is available; you can play with motion controls and the CPU will help move your character automatically all over the court. 

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a package of three great games: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. 

In Super Mario 64, you can jump through paintings and experience Mario’s first 3D platforming adventures. This game was originally released in 1996. Though it’s gotten a facelift, the core controls are the same and the game is still a gem. 

In Super Mario Sunshine, it’s your mission to clear a dirty island of all its goop by spraying water everywhere. This game was originally released in 2002. There are enemies and mysteries to uncover as you clean up the island. 

In Super Mario Galaxy, you fly from planet to planet, knocking out all the enemies and progressing through the galaxy. This game was initially released in 2007. Your ultimate mission is to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser, but the path you take to get there is gravity-defying.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

This is the latest installment in the Paper Mario series and it’s a fantastic game. It’s been a while since a Paper Mario game was released and Nintendo did not disappoint with this one. 

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Nintendo incorporated origami into the latest Paper Mario game in an inventive way. In the game, Mario and Luigi get an invitation from Princess Peach to attend an origami festival in Toad Town. But when they get there, they find out that Princess Peach has been turned into origami by King Olly, the ruler of the Origami Kingdom. 

It’s their mission, along with King Olly’s sister, to defeat King Olly. Bowser even ends up helping them out along the way, something you don’t ever see in a Mario game. 

This is such a fun, unique Mario game and definitely one to add to your collection. 

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The Top 20 'Mario' Games for Switch

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It’s no secret that Nintendo’s Switch is doing well. In fact, it’s currently well on its way to being one of the most successful consoles in history. One of the reasons behind this success can be laid at the feet of a certain Italian plumber. As Nintendo’s mascot, Mario-branded games always do well in terms of sales. Is it little wonder that the folks behind the scenes have pushed out so many Mario games on a single console. Longtime Mario fans have their choice between an impressive number of games, and the following are the top Mario games for the Switch.

20. Super Mario 3D World

Let’s just get this one out of the way. There is a right way and a wrong way to go about making a 3D Mario game, and Super Mario 3D World is a perfect example of the wrong way. Mario games are visually dazzling and clever. That cleverness usually comes in the form of design intricacy. There is no intricacy in this game. It’s nothing more than a mad dash from point A to B. It might be fun to play with a group of friends but, for most, the novelty wears off quickly. 

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19. Mario Tennis Aces

Nintendo has made some of the best sports games through its Mario Bros. franchise. Mario Tennis Aces is no exception. The game is dramatic and can oftentimes become quite intense, particularly among players who know what they are doing. The game, however, can also be enjoyed and quickly picked up by newbies, making it the kind of game that unites gamers of all skill levels. 

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18. Mario Party

Mario Party is meant to be enjoyed in a group, and with each of the Switch’s joy-cons serving as its own self-contained controller, the Switch is the system the game was waiting for. The game might not be on the top of everyone’s list, but it does provide hours of fun. 

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17. Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy takes bold ideas and, for the most part, executes them in a stellar manner, despite a few hiccups. Super Mario Galaxy is the 2007 sequel to the Super Mario Sunshine, a superior game in every way. The game utilized a gravity mechanic that was clever. In fact, almost everything about the game is clever, but it lacks the truly groundbreaking gameplay that characterized the games that came before it. 

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16. Luigi’s Mansion 3

Any game in which Mario makes an appearance is a Mario game, even if it stars Mario’s brother. Luigi’s Mansion 3, like its two predecessors, is quite different from your average Mario Gone are the flashy acrobatics. Instead, the gameplay is much more grounded and less fast-paced, yet the game manages to be just as exciting as any Mario game. 

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15. Dr. Mario

Dr. Mario came out in 1990, a time when developers were severely limited with what they could do with games. As such, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for developers to make games that were glorified clones of more popular titles. Dr. Mario, despite having an icon mascot, was one such game. The game took its cues from the more popular Tetris. Despite the similarities, Dr. Mario would achieve enough success for Nintendo to choose not to abandon the I.P outright. 

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14. Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 and the original Super Mario Maker was a game I first dreamed up as a small child. I remember thinking it shouldn’t be particularly difficult to create a game that takes all the assets and makes it so players can put them on a sort of grid. It turns out I was right. Super Mario Maker 2 improves on everything that was offered in the original game, including additional assets to play around with. Players have taken to the game, pushing the boundaries of complexity. This, more than any other game, offers hardcore Mario players the challenge they always wanted but were too afraid to ask for. 

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13. Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is the newest 3D adventure. This one takes Mario across an exotic world and is packed with enemies, items, and allies that have never been seen before in a Mario game. One gets the impression the developers just got tired of putting together the same old Mario game. While the game is a bit of a departure from the norm, all the quintessential Mario elements are still present. The worlds serve as veritable playgrounds where players can go about collecting items in any way they want. It represents a welcome return to Super Mario 64, and speaking of which…

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12. Super Mario 64

It’s impossible to overstate this game’s legacy. The first game to bring Mario from a 2D to 3D setting, Super Mario 64, had every reason to fail, but of course, it didn’t. Everything from the controls to the level design was polished to unreal levels. It’s clear they wanted to do something special for Mario’s first 3D game, and they did just that and more. 

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11. Mario Golf Super Rush

Unfortunately, players won’t be able to get their hands on this until June, however, if this is like past Mario golf games then players are in for a treat. 

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10. Mario and Sonic at the Olympics

If the above image isn’t enough to sell you on this game I don’t know what will. Mario and Sonic at the Olympics pits these two iconic characters, and their respective friends, against each other. The game is all about competing in several mini-games and garnering as many gold medals as possible. While this game isn’t as popular as other Mario sports games, it’s worth checking out. 

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9. Super Smash Brothers Ultimate

The culmination of decades of Smash Bros., arguably Nintendo’s most popular intellectual property. To call Super Smash Bros. one of Nintendo’s most ambitious titles would be an understatement. The roster alone, featuring characters from a multitude of games, even games outside of Nintendo’s wheelhouse, should clue you in on what Nintendo had in mind when they went about putting Smash Bros. Ultimate together. 

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8. Super Mario Bros.

A classic that set the benchmark for future Mario games. Super Mario Bros. didn't bother fussing around with overworlds or outlandish powerups. It’s a platformer in the truest sense of the world, which is why it belongs on this list. 


7. The Original Donkey Kong

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The game that started it all. The Original Donkey Kong allowed players to take control of a then-nameless plumber to save a then-nameless damsel in distress. It’s the one game on this list that predates Bowser, Yoshi, or any of the other Mario mainstays. Personally, I’m a bit too young to have experienced it when it first came out in 1981. Playing it on the Switch, however, is fairly straightforward, a bit too straightforward. Most people will argue the game is a bit on the basic side, which is fine because many of the other games on this list wouldn’t exist if not for this one.

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6. Super Mario Kart

The OG, responsible for more breakups than other game in Nintendo’s roster. Super Mario Kart was revolutionary when it first hit markets in 1992. The game pitted every Mario character, including the insignificant ones, in a race filled with traps and pitfalls. What was most interesting was developers making each character slightly different in regards to their controls. Perhaps one of the most impactful games on this list, generations of children have experienced Mario Kart in some way or form, and with the Switch, so can you.  

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5. Super Mario World 3

There isn’t much to say about Super Mario Bros. 3. It’s a solid, if not slightly lengthy, game that hits all the benchmarks one would expect from a Mario Game. From Goombas to Koopas, all the enemies make an appearance, including a few new ones (I vaguely remember some sort of wizard). Bowser is up to his normal shenanigans, having Mario travel to several different themed worlds before the final showdown. In fact, other modern Mario games, like Odyssey, tore a page from Super Mario Bros. 3 playbook by including different themed worlds. Yet another example of Nintendo’s tendency to expound on good ideas. 

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4. Super Mario World

Now, this is a game many would expect to be closer to the top. For many, Super Mario World was their first experience playing a Mario game. The game itself is straightforward enough to not overwhelm new players but packed with enough secrets to justify multiple playthroughs. Some might say this is the first Mario title that caters exclusively to children, while others will say this is the definitive Mario experience. 

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3. Super Mario Sunshine

The absolute best of 3d Mario. Super Mario Sunshine’s debut on the Gamecube lived up to and exceeded the monumental levels of anticipation ahead of its 2002 release. Players had just received their first taste of 3d Mario, in the form of Mario 64, and they were eager to see where Nintendo developers would take the franchise. They took it to a tropical island, brimming with Mario’s signature bright and cheerful aesthetics while adding a key new element in the form of a sentient super soaker. In fact, one could argue that the super soaker was a bit of a prototype for several modern Nintendo games like Luigi’s Mansion and, of course, Splatoon. In that regard, Super Mario Sunshine is a true pioneer. 

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2. Super Mario 2: Yoshi’s Island

The sequel to Super Mario World puts Mario’s trusted mount at the center of the game. Yoshi’s Island lacked the color and clever design of its predecessor. The game, however, more than makes up for it by putting players in a world that seemed lived in. Unlike the original Super Mario World, which amounted to a smattering of disjointed stages, Yoshi’s Island gave the impression of a living breathing world. It’s little wonder this game was such a success when it was first released in 1995.

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1. Super Mario Bros. 2

The game that shouldn’t have been. By now everyone knows the story of Super Mario 2, the sequel to the juggernaut success of the original game. Nintendo was convinced that the original sequel would put off western gamers so they reskinned a slightly older game named Doki Doki Panic with Mario assets. Many have argued that Nintendo made a mistake doing so and should have had more faith in their western audience. Those people are drowned out by the much larger contingent of gamers who love the retooled sequel for what it is. A platformer that lets you choose someone other than Mario, including the perpetual damsel in distress, Princess Peach, the game was different. But different doesn’t necessarily mean bad. In fact, in the case of Super Mario Bros. 2, different means good. Besides, it’s funny to think of the possibility of an alternate universe where the characters from Doki Doki Panic are the world’s most recognizable videogame characters. 

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Mario's 35th anniversary has come and gone, but there's never a bad time to play the best Mario games on Nintendo Switch. While the Switch lacks the deep Virtual Console library that defined the retro offerings of the Wii and Wii U, Nintendo's hybrid console has built up a solid catalogue of Mario games over the years. Some of those are completely new games that are still receiving support. Some are Wii U games that got the port treatment. And many are NES or SNES games available through Nintendo Switch Online.

If you're just getting into the overall-clad plumber's oeuvre, we've got the biggest hits. And, if you're looking for deeper cuts, we've got you covered. Nintendo has been making Mario games for nearly four decades, and many of the mustachioed Italian's best games are available on Switch--if you know where to look.

If you're a fan of one of Nintendo's other big franchises--The Legend of Zelda--we have a roundup of every Zelda game on Switch, too. And for even more Switch game suggestions, check out our lists covering the best Nintendo Switch games and best Nintendo Switch games for kids.

Super Mario platformers

The Nintendo Switch is home to some of the best Mario platformers, including the superb Super Mario Odyssey and enhanced ports of earlier greats like New Super Mario Bros. U.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey

Four years into the Switch's life cycle, Super Mario Odyssey remains the only entirely new 3D Mario platformer available on the platform. And that's okay because it rules. In Super Mario Odyssey, the lovable plumber swaps out his standard red cap for Cappy, a living hat that can take control of anything Mario chucks him at. As a result, Super Mario Odyssey has terrifically varied gameplay. In any given level you could be playing as a T-Rex, a frog, a 2D version of Mario, a Goomba or a Chain Chomp (and many more). Add in the fact that the ability to throw Cappy greatly increases Mario's roster of jumps and moves and you have a Mario platformer for the ages.

See our Super Mario Odyssey review.

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Released earlier this year, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury combines an excellent 3D platformer that was previously Wii U-exclusive with a bold new open-world take on the Mario formula. Originally released back in 2013, Super Mario 3D World is maybe the most underrated 3D Mario game. With a lengthy campaign that works just as well in single-player as it does in four-player co-op, Super Mario 3D World is tons of fun. Bowser's Fury is significantly shorter and some of its ideas feel a little half-baked, but it's a fun and interesting experiment that's well worth checking out.

See our Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury review.

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New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe offers a pretty traditional Mario experience, carrying on in the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" tradition of the New Super Mario Bros. games available on DS, Wii and 3DS. Basically, as we noted in our review, there isn't much new here. But, it's still a strong entry in a series with one of the most consistently high bars for quality in gaming.

See our New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe review.

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Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 does what it says on the tin: it lets you make Super Mario levels. This sequel builds out the scale of creation, allowing players to move beyond individual levels in favor of entire worlds. Plus, an update added Zelda characters and art, as well.

See our Super Mario Maker 2 review.

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Mario sports and racing games

The Nintendo Switch is home to a pair of Mario Kart games as well as a couple of fun Mario sports titles.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Like a kart boosted by triple mushrooms, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe just won't stop. Despite being a port of a game already available on the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the top-selling Nintendo Switch game, and only Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes close. It's one of the best racing games of all time, and the fact that it stars Mario and friends is just an added bonus.

See our Mario Kart 8 Deluxe review.

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit isn't a traditional Mario Kart game. Instead, the 2020 racer takes the action into the real world, requiring that players assemble their own tracks, which they then can use to race RC Mario cars around their home. The game trades in the pulled back perspective of previous Mario Kart games for a behind-the-back camera positioned on your plastic car. It's a unique experiment that isn't quite as successful as the other Mario Kart game on this list, but still might be worth checking out if--for some reason--you find yourself spending a lot of time at home.

See our Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit review.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush

Mario Golf: Super Rush

The newest game on this list, Mario Golf: Super Rush is a fun take on the sport, but doesn't introduce too much that's novel (aside from Speed Golf, which is pretty cool). But, if it's your first time playing Mario Golf? This is great fun in single-player and multiplayer, though not as action-oriented as other games on this list.

See our Mario Golf: Super Rush review.

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Mario Tennis Aces

Mario Tennis Aces

The debut of the Mario Tennis series on Switch is a marked step up from 2015's poorly received Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. Aces offers deep tennis mechanics, a suite of modes, and competitive multiplayer.

See our Mario Tennis Aces review.

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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

This Nintendo/Sega collab was released way back in November 2019, half a year before COVID-19 made it to the States and nearly two years before the real-world Olympics actually happened. Despite the weirdness around its name, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is a pretty traditional entry in the long-running series. That said, it's the best entry yet, with a slew of simple yet fun minigames and accessible design that makes this an easy game for people of all ages and skill levels to pick up and play.

See our review of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

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Mario spin-offs

Plenty of great Mario spin-offs have released for Switch, including turn-based tactics games, role-playing games, fighting games, and more.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

This Ubisoft Milan-developed crossover event is a surprisingly great tactics game in which players assemble squads of Mario characters, Rabbids, and Rabbids who look like Mario characters for kinetic turn-based battles. A Donkey Kong Adventure expansion launched a year later, so there's plenty of content here for strategy fans. Plus, a sequel, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, is due out next year.

See our Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle review.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Some longtime fans of the Paper Mario series were disappointed that, with The Origami King, Nintendo refused to return the series to its RPG roots. The Thousand Year Door this is not. But what this game does have is clever, funny writing and a unique ring-based battle system. The mechanics aren't as deep as in early entries, but this game is far from paper thin.

See our Paper Mario: The Origami King review.

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Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3

Mario's brother and perennial sidekick takes on a leading role in this ghost-hunting adventure, wielding a vacuum he can use to suck up ghosts. Rescue Mario for a change in this well-received 2019 Switch exclusive.

See our Luigi's Mansion 3 review.

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Super Mario Party

Super Mario Party

Whatever your opinion of Mario Party--the series in which the mustachioed plumber and friends take turns rolling dice, hopping around a board, playing minigames and collecting stars--Super Mario Party is unlikely to change it. The series' 2018 Switch debut is pretty similar to previous entries in the series, but if you like what the series is, or, at least, think it's a fine-enough time while hanging out with friends, it's a good one of those.

See our Super Mario Party review.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a Mario game in the same way Avengers: Endgame is an Ant Man movie. Sure, he's there , but it's not really about him. Mario's relative unimportance to the series notwithstanding, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the best multiplayer games of all time, with the most expansive roster of any competitive game ever. Part party game, part museum tour, part action-oriented fighter, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is action-packed fun that can liven up any get-together.

See our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review.

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Arcade Archives Vs. Super Mario Bros.

Arcade Archives vs. Super Mario Bros.

A significantly more difficult arcade version of Super Mario Bros., which we discuss in more detail below.

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Arcade Archives Mario Bros.

Arcade Archives Mario Bros.

This is the arcade game Mario Bros., which we discuss below. You can pay for this version, or play it as part of Nintendo Switch Online's collection of NES titles.

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Nintendo Switch Online Mario games

Nintendo Switch Online

There are tons of classic Mario games available to play for free for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Switch Online costs $20 per year for an individual membership or $35 per year for a family account that supports up to eight users. If you're in a nostalgic mood, check out all of the SNES and NES Mario games you can play on the service below.

SNES Online Mario games

There are five Mario games available on Switch Online that originally debuted on Super Nintendo, including the wonderful compilation Super Mario All-Stars.

Super Mario World

Mario's Super Nintendo debut boasted a generational leap forward in graphics, introduced Yoshi and the spin-jump and is just a ton of fun to play. Plus, it's got save functionality built in, which sure is nice compared to its NES predecessors.

Super Mario Kart

The first Mario Kart game feels pretty different from every Mario Kart game that followed. While Mario's racing adventures have been rendered in 3D since Mario Kart 64, Super Mario Kart fakes 3D with Mode 7--an effect used in a variety of SNES games to create faux 3D on a 2D sprite-based plane. As a result, rather than feeling like you're driving through a 3D space, it kind of feels like you're steering a toy car around a paper map. If you love Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and want to see the roots of the series, it's worth checking out. Thankfully, you can do so at no added cost if you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Mario's Super Picross

This game, a sequel to Mario's Picross, was originally released only in Japan and the Switch version, puzzlingly, remains untranslated--despite being available on the North American eShop. The tutorial and all text are presented in kanji, so this one is a little difficult to get into unless you can read Japanese or already know how to play Picross.

Super Mario All-Stars

A remaster collection from decades before remaster collections became a common thing, Super Mario All-Stars gathers the NES Mario games (Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Super Mario Bros. 3) and gives them a SNES coat of paint, with new graphics and music.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Despite the name, Yoshi's Island is more spin-off than sequel. As Yoshi, the green dinosaur introduced in Super Mario World, you platform through colorful stages while caring for Baby Mario. Basically, the game is one long escort mission, but through inventive level design, gorgeous pixel art that foreshadowed the arts-and-crafts style of games like Paper Mario and Yoshi's Wooly World, a killer soundtrack and exceptional controls, it manages to be one of the best games in the series.

NES Online Mario games

There are even more Mario games (including some you may not recognize) on NES Online.

Super Mario Bros.

The game that started it all. While Mario was introduced in Donkey Kong, and appeared alongside his brother, Luigi, in Mario Bros. and Wrecking Crew, Super Mario Bros. set the template for every 2D platformer that would follow. Aside from the one-off gimmickry of World 7-4, which requires extensive guesswork or an Internet walkthrough to complete, Super Mario Bros. still holds up and Nintendo Switch Online's suspend save functionality means that you can much more easily see it through to completion.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

Originally released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levelsplays a dark joke on players who think they know what to expect from a Mario game. With extreme difficulty and in-game tricks (like poison mushrooms that look like power-ups), Nintendo decided the game was too difficult for North American audiences. As a result, players in the United States got the next game on this list instead, and had to wait until 1993 to play The Lost Levels as part of the Super Mario All-Stars collection.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Instead of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, North American audiences got this series outlier as the sequel to Super Mario Bros. This sequel isn't really a sequel at all. Worried that Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels wouldn't go over well with Western audiences, Nintendo altered an existing Famicom game, Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, by adding Mario characters. The resulting game has mechanics, like picking up and throwing vegetables to hurt enemies and extensive vertical platforming, that would not be iterated on in successive entries. Instead, Super Mario Bros. 2 stands as a bizarre one-off, a numbered Mario game that wasn't really a Mario game at all.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Platformer fans have long argued over which 2D Mario--Super Mario World or Super Mario Bros. 3--is truly supreme. But if you have Nintendo Switch Online, you can play both superb titles at no extra charge. Problem solved.

Dr. Mario

While younger fans likely know Dr. Mario from the Super Smash Bros. series, the character's 1990 debut is a magnificent puzzle game that's well worth checking out. Gameplay will be familiar for anyone who's tried their hand at Puyo Puyo or, to a lesser extent, Tetris. Dual-colored medicine capsules fall from the top of the screen and must be arranged by color at the bottom to destroy sets of pre-arranged viruses. Match four and they disappear. To complete a level, you need to destroy all the viruses, and in later levels, those viruses venture much closer to the top of the screen. It's a frantic puzzler with the perfect soundtrack for virus extermination.

NES Open: Tournament Golf

This NES golf game, starring Mario, is a little more difficult to parse than the mascot's modern outings on the links. Picking this title up after spending some time with the recent Mario Golf: Super Rush, it's striking how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. Play switches between an overhead perspective, which gives you a sense of the hole in its entirety, and behind Mario's back, where you line up your shot and hit the ball in time with a moving meter; all pretty similar to the modern game. But completing a hole is much more confusing and there's no tutorialization to help you understand the rules. If you end up checking this one out, be sure to also look up gameplay videos on YouTube.

Donkey Kong

These days, Mario is significantly more famous than his giant gorilla frenemy. But Donkey Kong gave Mario his big break. This proto-platformer cast players as Mario (then called Jumpman) on a quest to save Pauline (not Peach). As you might expect from an arcade game made in 1981, it's tough as nails. But, thankfully, Nintendo Switch Online lets you create save states so you can topple Donkey Kong regardless of your skill level.

Mario Bros.

The first game to feature "Mario Bros." in the title, this 1983 arcade game looks a little different than the platformers bearing those words today. Like Donkey Kong, all the action is confined to one screen, as opposed to the side scrolling action of Super Mario Bros. It's a fine game, but in the Mario series, it's a bit of an evolutionary dead-end; mostly worth checking out for historical curiosity.

Wrecking Crew

A fun early Mario spin-off--and the origin of Mario wielding a hammer--Wrecking Crew is an action-oriented puzzle game in which Mario must destroy blocks and breakable ladders while avoiding enemies and fireballs. It's pretty fun and figuring out how to navigate each space--you may actually need that ladder you just destroyed--is an engrossing challenge.

Discontinued Mario games

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Didn't see a game you were looking for in the list? Unfortunately, it may have been discontinued. In celebration of Mario's 35th birthday, Nintendo launched a pair of limited time games on Switch: Super Mario 3D All-Stars, which collected Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy; and Super Mario Bros. 35, a free battle royale take on Super Mario Bros. World 1-1. As of March 31, 2021, neither is available anymore, though you might be able to find physical copies of Super Mario 3D All-Stars online or in the wild.

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