What's your favorite Mario game?

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#1 deactivated-65dd04f21decf
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The entire franchise, from Super Mario Bros. NES to....whatever the latest one is. Lost count.

Probably unpopular opinion, not the least of which for the fact that it didn't even start out as a Mario game, but my personal fav is Super Mario Bros. 2. I know, weird. I just love how odd the whole thing is, surreal even, which makes sense as it is literally a dream Mario is having. Genius, pure genius. Plus, it has the dopest enemies from any Mario game, by far.

Coolest dudes ever. Only to be topped by the singularly coolest dude ever:

So what about chu guyz?

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#2  Edited By hardwenzen
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Probably SMG1.

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#3  Edited By DaVillain  Moderator
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In this correct order:

  1. Super Mario World (my first ever Mario game)
  2. Super Mario 64 (still da Goat Mario)
  3. Super Mario Bros. 3
  4. Luigi's Mansion (it's still part of the Mario universe, so of course I'm gonna include it)
  5. Super Princess Peach (as above, part of the Mario realm)
  6. Paper Mario 64
  7. Super Mario Sunshine
  8. Super Mario Odyssey
  9. Mario Party 3

Between Super Mario World & Super Mario 64, my favorite and still to this day is Super Mario 64! There's literally no game from 1996 that's aged better than Mario 64, but that doesn't mean it's a perfect 10/10 either. The game has its flaws but has aged better than most 3D games from the late 90s.

Edit: Hopefully you'll do a Sonic thread.

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#4 TheEroica  Moderator
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Super Mario World. That was the only one I played to completionist levels... Everything else has been a play through and move on.

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#5 GirlUSoCrazy
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3, World, Galaxy 1+2, and 2. The other ones I can take or leave. NSMB2, SML, SML2, were fun also and stand out to me, but don't hit the level of the above. It would be cool if they went back to Saradaland...

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#6  Edited By Willy105
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Galaxy 1

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#7 R4gn4r0k
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I enjoy returning to Super Mario World and Super Mario bros 3 the most, they perfected 2D platformers.

As for the 3D games I enjoy New Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Sunshine, I've yet to try Super Mario Bros Wonder.

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#8  Edited By R4gn4r0k
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Shout out to Kaiju Bowser as well, that game was fun from beginning to end.

It was a nice surprise for Nintendo to return to an older game and update it with something entirely new.

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#9 robert_sparkes
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Super Mario world for me was incredible the pinnacle of platformers.

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#10 pyro1245
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All time fav Mario game is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Others:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario 64
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#11  Edited By MirkoS77
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Still don’t think SMG 1,2 have been topped. The introduction of gravity into platforming has yet to be beaten.

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#12 dracula_16
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Super Mario World (on the SNES). It's also my favourite game of all time.

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#13 Renegade_Fury
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Super Mario Bros. 1 or Galaxy 2.

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#14  Edited By Mesome713
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Super Mario Bros Wii

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@davillain said:

Edit: Hopefully you'll do a Sonic thread.

I'll do that next!

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#16 Archangel3371
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2D - Super Mario World

3D - Super Mario Odyssey

Tough to pick though as most all of them are top notch games.

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#17 dimebag667
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SMB Wii was the last Mario I played, and that was for maybe twenty minutes.

I would have to go with SMB world. But 3 was awesome too.

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#18 templecow90999
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Gonna give a shout out to Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island since I don't think it's been mentioned yet

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#19  Edited By DanishAnwar
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I was a Mario fan growing up playing the Italian plumber for the first time in Donkey Kong on Atari 2600, Super Mario Brothers on Famicom, and Mario64 and Mario Kart 64 on N64 emu in 1999. Mario 64 was a particularly enjoyable game that I finished multiple times.

I played Super Mario Sunshine GameCube game and Galaxy games of Wii but didn't finish them as they were utterly boring.

Being an adult, I didn't wish to play Super Mario 3D World of Wii U and Super Mario Oddysey of Switch. But my 3 year old kid insisted that I play with him, and I found these two games massively enjoyable. Bowsers Fury was also a good game but it was a bit short.

Mario Wonder has one of the best animations in a Mario game. Seeing some of the animations esp. the Pirhana plant song made me think out loud that someone give this game an Oscar.

Here is my ranking of Mario games that I have played.

1. Super Mario Odyssey

2. SUPER Mario 3D World

3. Mario 64

4. Super Mario Wonder

5. Bowsers Fury

6. Mario Kart 64

7. Super Mario Brothers

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#20 Litchie  Online
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I go back to Mario 64 the most.

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#22  Edited By Warm_Gun  Online
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Super Mario Brothers 3. The original, not the remake.

Good post on the subject.

"For what it's worth, that is the All Stars version. They tried to bring it up to parity with World. It has more visual noise and color saturation, but I don't think these are improvements. Look at that garish melon sky, like Liberace was the art director. I prefer the austerity and cleanliness of the original. More is not always better. Plus there are changes in style/concept I don't agree with, for example:

"Two different vibes here. Often (in fact, most of the time) when game developers remake a game, they go for the most obvious, literal re-imagining of the visuals. "It's underground therefore we have to make it look more undergroundy caverny." From the surreal to the prosaic, and who wants prosaic Mario? It's like having Mario run around a normal human cit- huh, what's that?...."

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2D: SMB3

3D: SM64 and SMG1 tie

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#24  Edited By deactivated-65dd04f21decf
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@Litchie said:

I go back to Mario 64 the most.

Speaking of....I never beat it. Always meant to jump back in.

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#25 PSP107
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@warm_gun:

I have a copy of all-star and the main thing I don't like is Luigi's jumping animation.

Anyway, the best Mario game is 3. Never really got into the 3D games.

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#26  Edited By SargentD
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I like most Mario games. But one gave best memories with friends.

Gotta say MK64

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#27  Edited By Jag85
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Mario Kart: Double Dash.

In terms or mainline games, Super Mario World.

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#28 blamix
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Super Mario World. However i haven't played Wonder yet

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#29  Edited By Litchie  Online
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@nod_calypse said:
@Litchie said:

I go back to Mario 64 the most.

Speaking of....I never beat it. Always meant to jump back in.

Thou shouldst. I think I play through it like once a year and still not tired of it.

@pyro1245 said:

All time fav Mario game is Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

One of the best games ever, imo. Really, choosing only one Mario game ain't easy.

@warm_gun said:

Super Mario Brothers 3. The original, not the remake.

Same dude, I always play the original when going back to SMB3. The other one looks wrong.

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#30 hardwenzen
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Can i have both Banjo games over any mario? Way better titles in every way.

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#31  Edited By Litchie  Online
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@hardwenzen said:

Can i have both Banjo games over any mario? Way better titles in every way.

Which one's the best?

I think I've never played Tooie, actually. Probably should.

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#33  Edited By uninspiredcup  Online
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The modern ones are abit too easy. But I enjoyed The 2.5 games find incredibly boring. Even Sonic is better.

But enjoyed Super Mario 3D Land.

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@last_lap said:

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#35 hrt_rulz01
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So hard to only pick one, but I'd probably go Mario Odyssey. To me, it has nearly everything I want in a Mario game.

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@last_lap: Then why did you come here to tell us this? No need to waste a post in this thread and not to mention, give TC a free bump post. (Never understood why people here give free bump threads)

@Litchie said:
@hardwenzen said:

Can i have both Banjo games over any mario? Way better titles in every way.

Which one's the best?

I think I've never played Tooie, actually. Probably should.

Definitely the first Banjo game on N64 is still a mega-hit cult classic I always go back to play on Rare Replay. Tooie is good, but man, that game has the largest sandbox, there's more stuff to collect and get. Back on N64, it took me 3 months to beat it due to being tedious. Fun game but tedious.

I've never played the Gameboy Advance version of Banjo/Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge.

And finally, we have Nuts & Bolts. Nuts & Bolts main issue was that it was released after an 8 year gap since Tooie (not counting the GBA game which naturally people had lower expectations for from what I've heard) had a real Banjo/Threeie released in say 2004 than Nuts & Bolts released as a spinoff 4 years later it would be way better received. I like Nuts & Bolts, but fans like me wanted Banjo/Threeie like Rare had promised after Tooie.

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#37 Heil68
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Super Mario Brothers 3

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#38 hardwenzen
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@Litchie said:
@hardwenzen said:

Can i have both Banjo games over any mario? Way better titles in every way.

Which one's the best?

I think I've never played Tooie, actually. Probably should.

I don't know, i find them equally as good, its like one game to me.

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#39 mrbojangles25
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Haven't played a Mario game for what feels like 20 years. In no particular order:

  • Super Mario World (Super Nintendo)
  • Mario Kart (for Wii)
  • Mario (Gameboy)
  • Wario (Gameboy)
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#40 Last_Lap
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@nod_calypse: @davillain: Oh I'm sorry I thought opinions are welcomed here?

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@last_lap said:

@nod_calypse: @davillain: Oh I'm sorry I thought opinions are welcomed here?

Lol, you literally gave no opinion. Hence:

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#42 Last_Lap
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@nod_calypse: But I did, I said none of them, that is an opinion. You may not like that opinion, but it's an opinion none the less.

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@last_lap said:

@nod_calypse: But I did, I said none of them, that is an opinion. You may not like that opinion, but it's an opinion none the less.

That's like saying, "I have no opinion, and that is my opinion."

Hence:

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#44 GhostOfGolden
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1 - Mario Mart Double Dash

2 - Mario Kart DS

3 - Mario Kart 8

4 - Mario 64

5 - Super Mario World

6 - Mario Galaxy

7 - Mario Sunshine

8 - Mario Strikers

9 - Super Mario Bros

10 - Mario 3

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#45 Last_Lap
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@nod_calypse: To give you my opinion, now you have it, move along.

Or not.

I love go around in circles, but do you think we can switch it up and go around triangles?

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#46  Edited By Macutchi
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i drifted away from mario the older i got so for me peak mario is super mario world. can't pretend nostalgia doesnt play a huge part. just hearing the music instantly transports me back to my early snes days. i remember the first time i found the secret area of cheese bridge by flying under the finish, swooping up and hitting the secret finishing line. i couldn't believe what i'd found. oh the wonder of being 10 again and having an amiga and snes

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#47  Edited By DaVillain  Moderator
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@last_lap: I mean, if you really like giving free bumps to a silly post coming from you, by all means. I just think it's a waste of time but whatever🤷🏼‍♂️

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#48  Edited By KathaarianCode
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Galaxy 2

Mario 64

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#49 Last_Lap
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@davillain: I'm at work so I've got plenty of free time lol.

But saying you don't like any of the Mario ganes is an opinion is still an opinion..

Have you not gone into a thread about a game and say I'm not interested in it (be honest now) wouldn't that also be a waste of time?