What's your favourite Mario game?

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#1 Posted by Speeny (1968 posts) -

Undoubtedly this question has been asked numerous times. But good to keep on asking it I guess.

I haven't played a ton of Mario games and finished them, but there's been some fond memories along the way.

Me and my grandma used to play Super Mario Bros. 3 on the SNES back when I was younger. I also remember my cousin's playing a lot of Luigi's Mansion and Mario Sunshine back when they were first released too.

I wish I was able to play Super Mario 64 back when I was a kid. But I was more into Spyro and Playstation.

If I had to pick a favourite from what I've played and finished...(Super Mario Bros Wii & Odyssey.

It'd have to be Oddyssey. The game did so many things right.

(Huge fan of Mario Kart Wii and 8 too...play online constantly.)

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#2 Edited by hrt_rulz01 (19271 posts) -

I've always preferred the 3D Mario games, and have a massive soft spot for Mario Sunshine. But I think overall my favourite is actually Mario Odyssey. That game is damn-near perfect to me.

But admittedly, I haven't played them all. I also really loved Galaxy (first one, never played 2).

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#3 Posted by goodzorr (506 posts) -

Cue the hate, but don't really get the hype with Mario...

That being said, I loved Super Mario Bros 2 on the GameBoy.

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#4 Posted by so_hai (3825 posts) -

Galaxy 2

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#5 Posted by uninspiredcup (35024 posts) -

Mario 64.

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#6 Posted by Vaidream45 (2034 posts) -

Super Mario World

Mario 3 is second

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#7 Posted by judaspete (3133 posts) -

Haven't played Odyssey yet. But out of the others, I'm going with Sunshine. It's a flawed game, and does take a few steps back from 64. But it has the tightest controls and best platforming in the whole series. You might have to sift through some weird crap to find it, but the moments Sunshine gets it right are god tier.

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#8 Posted by goody12 (22 posts) -

Definitely - Super Mario Galaxy, and 1 and 2. My love to Mario has started that time when i got Galaxy 2 for my Birthday, i was a stupid excited happy kid :) ajajajajajaja.

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#9 Posted by diddyKONG (0 posts) -

Didn't figure out the glitches and secrets in Mario 64 until later in life. A game I can always go back to that still feels fresh

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#10 Posted by redben12 (3 posts) -

Odyssey.

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#11 Posted by Archangel3371 (28542 posts) -

My favourite 2D Super Mario game is Super Mario World. My favourite 3D one is Super Mario Galaxy 2.

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#12 Posted by blamix (875 posts) -

Super Mario World

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#13 Posted by phbz (4669 posts) -

Still Galaxy 2. Probably forever.

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#14 Posted by RSM-HQ (8604 posts) -

Favorite 3D Mario- Super Mario Galaxy

Favorite 2D Mario- Super Mario World

Honorable mentions- Super Mario Bros 3, and Super Mario Galaxy 2

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#15 Edited by jeezers (3281 posts) -

Mario 64, Odessey, Mario 3

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#16 Edited by DaVillain- (38090 posts) -

Super Mario World SNES as it was my first ever, ever playing a Mario game and it was an introduction to Mario series on the SNES and not only that, SNES came with that game as a nice gift inside the box when my parents got it for me.

That said, in this order:

  1. Super Mario World SNES
  2. Mario 64 N64
  3. Super Mario: Odyssey

Edit: I'll also include 3 side Mario games that aren't part of the main Mario game series:

  1. Mario Party 3
  2. Mario Tennis
  3. Luigi's Mansion (Not sure about this, but it is part of Mario right)
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#17 Posted by FinalFighters (3217 posts) -

Mario 64

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#18 Posted by TheDarkWolf86 (610 posts) -
Do you see that star in the middle? Pointless!
Do you see that star in the middle? Pointless!

Super Mario World (SNES): To me, there is NO OTHER Mario game which can compare to this priceless gem. Just looking at the photo (right) makes me want to go plug in my SNES and play it right now! There is an excitement you receive when completing the different sections of the game. There are secret levels, which allow you to unlock different colored blocks which can alter how you play the game. Let's not forget to mention STAR WORLD! Granted, I can play this game and remember mostly everything, but it still brings back happy memories from my childhood when it was first released with the SNES. A great topic choice for discussion. Thank you for the nostalgia!

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#19 Posted by jdc6305 (5057 posts) -

Yoshi's Island followed by galaxy 2

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#20 Posted by thehig1 (7355 posts) -

@TheDarkWolf86: just seeing that map made me happy Super Mario World is my favourite Mario by a mile.

I only played. Through it all again about 2-3 years ago,, completed every stage something I never achieved in my childhood could never finish star road.

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#21 Posted by jlm2002 (6 posts) -

super mario sunshine. i've yet to beat the second level.

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#22 Posted by DaVillain- (38090 posts) -

@TheDarkWolf86 said:
Do you see that star in the middle? Pointless!
Do you see that star in the middle? Pointless!

Super Mario World (SNES): To me, there is NO OTHER Mario game which can compare to this priceless gem. Just looking at the photo (right) makes me want to go plug in my SNES and play it right now! There is an excitement you receive when completing the different sections of the game. There are secret levels, which allow you to unlock different colored blocks which can alter how you play the game. Let's not forget to mention STAR WORLD! Granted, I can play this game and remember mostly everything, but it still brings back happy memories from my childhood when it was first released with the SNES. A great topic choice for discussion. Thank you for the nostalgia!

Yep, as I said above. Super Mario World was my first ever Mario game when I was still new to SNES as my first ever gaming console of all times. Everything you said it perfectly, Nintendo at there time did almost everything they can throw at it. And man, the Star World was such bright colors, I love that stage. Every stages was so amazing, it's hard to say which was my favorite. I admit, the Ghost House stages really scared me as a young kid, but that Ghost Ship stage took me by surprise lol.

Also, own SNES Classic, I haven't started replaying Super Mario World just yet.

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#23 Posted by TheDarkWolf86 (610 posts) -
The castle leads DIRECTLY to Bowser. Who knew!?
The castle leads DIRECTLY to Bowser. Who knew!?

It's ironic to me you mentioned not being able to complete every stage until a few years ago. I will admit I had NO idea how to get to the specific castle (to the right) as a kid. Unfortunately, none of my friends at the time had any idea how to reach it either. I will further admit the ONLY reason I was able to figure it out a couple of years ago was due to Google. I tried. I promise you I tried! Ha! Either way, I was finally able to figure it out (No thanks to Google!) and I played a level for the first time.

Don't go through the last star!!!
Don't go through the last star!!!

To focus on your response about the Star Road. The one thing I did not like about it was how everyone turned into a pumpkin; at least what I thought looked like a pumpkin. This is only due to the last star on Star Road! Don't go through that Star! There is no turning back!

@thehig1 said:

@TheDarkWolf86: just seeing that map made me happy Super Mario World is my favourite Mario by a mile.

I only played. Through it all again about 2-3 years ago,, completed every stage something I never achieved in my childhood could never finish star road.

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#25 Posted by thehig1 (7355 posts) -

@TheDarkWolf86: gotta say this is the one game I've enjoyed playing as an adult just as much as I did as a young child.

I'd tempted to play it again its been a couple of years now

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#26 Posted by henrythefifth (2502 posts) -

Super Mario 64.

It was my first mario game, and I just loved it (despite the issues with camera). And I still play it.

Mario Sunshine would also be really great if it did not have that horrible paint gun thingy...

Mario Galaxy felt great at beginning, but it got so repetitive real soon...

Old 2D marios are ok, but never really fell in love with them.

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#27 Posted by Shantmaster_K (1519 posts) -

Mario Kart 64 if that's considered a Mario game. So many hours into that game.

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#28 Posted by emilyidk (8 posts) -

For me it's super mario advanced 3. I think it's because it's the first super mario game that I really like and have spent a lot of time grinding it back in my childhood! It brings back goooooooood memories!

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#29 Posted by basketballlegen (8 posts) -

Super Mario Bros 3

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#30 Posted by Gwynbleidd_91 (98 posts) -

Super Mario World & Super Mario Sunshine

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#31 Posted by gamewallart (3 posts) -

Odyssey

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#32 Posted by Feronne (2 posts) -

Super Mario Crossover Flash Game, hands down.

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#33 Posted by sakaiXx (6066 posts) -

Super Mario Bros. The only mario game I ever cared to get pass bowser first castle.

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#34 Posted by Zeggelaar (179 posts) -

Super Mario Brothers 3
Super Mario World
New Super Mario Brothers Wii
Super Mario 3d Land

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#35 Posted by Clefdefa (750 posts) -

Super Mario World

Super Mario 3

Yoshi Island : Super Mario World 2

Mario Odyssey

The rest didn't leave an impression that much

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#36 Posted by Renegade_Fury (20675 posts) -

Either Super Mario Bros. or Galaxy 2.

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#37 Edited by kingdomslayer (8 posts) -

Mario 64, Super mario world

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#38 Edited by Wizardwayz (7 posts) -

Mario Smash Football is amazing

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#39 Posted by deactivated-5c56012aaa167 (2538 posts) -

Favorite Mario ?

That Mario guy in GTA Vice City.

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#40 Posted by omegaMaster (1321 posts) -

Mario Kart Wii. A very addictive, fun and competitive game. I was a pro at it, especially online.

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#41 Posted by Speeny (1968 posts) -

@omegamaster: Yeah Mario Kart Wii is great fun. Very different from 8. 8 is less competitive imo.

I think MKWii is more strategic where as with 8 you don’t have the freedom to create your own shortcuts and what not.

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#42 Posted by omegaMaster (1321 posts) -

@speeny: I have never played Mario Kart 8. Watched the gameplay and didn't look as competitive to the Wii. I own Mario Kart 3DS and didn't like the idea of karts carrying a kite.

Well, thanks for letting me know. At one point I was an inch close to buying the Switch just for Mario Kart 8.

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#43 Posted by Speeny (1968 posts) -

@omegamaster: I prefer the maps on MK Wii honestly. I felt as if the maps on Mario Kart 7 were much more creative than 8 too. (Like Rainbow Road...landing on the moon...and I really liked the ice track and Wario’s Ship I believe it’s called.

I’m expecting big things for MK9 though. Not sure if i’ll get into MK Tour next year or not.

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#44 Posted by vinter (11 posts) -

SNES Super Mario World but I like SM2 on the NES as well

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#45 Posted by heolamise (5 posts) -

Super mario world for snes and mario RPG comes close

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#46 Edited by R4gn4r0k (31605 posts) -

Super Mario Sunshine

Followed by the NES/SNES games.

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#47 Posted by robert_sparkes (3314 posts) -

Super Mario World

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#49 Posted by research-i (5 posts) -

Super Mario World - SNES

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#50 Edited by hrt_rulz01 (19271 posts) -

@judaspete said:

Haven't played Odyssey yet. But out of the others, I'm going with Sunshine. It's a flawed game, and does take a few steps back from 64. But it has the tightest controls and best platforming in the whole series. You might have to sift through some weird crap to find it, but the moments Sunshine gets it right are god tier.

Yeah, good summary. Sunshine was definitely flawed (and I know some people who absolutely hate it), but for me it just had an x-factor. Like you said, the things it got right were awesome & there were little moments in that game that just put a massive smile on my face.

And it kinda felt like going on a Summer holiday. If they remastered this for Switch, I'd be buying a Switch immediately!