Mario games

Group Description

This group contains all games prominently featuring the Italian-American plumber Mario, a fictional character created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario is one of the most popular video game characters of all time, serving as the mascot of Nintendo and starring in a vast amount of games.


Mario is traditionally depicted as a short man with a mustache, dressed in red overalls with a blue shirt (or the other way around) and a red cap. He first appeared in Donkey Kong (1982) and was originally named Jumpman, owing the name to his ability to jump. Miyamoto intended to name him Mr. Video afterwards, but decided to use Mario after an argument between Nintendo employees and their American warehouse landlord, Mario Segale, concerning overdue rent. Mario was made a plumber because of the sewer-like underground settings of Mario Bros. (1983).


Mario games may belong to different genres, but they gained prominence primarily thanks to its platform installments. Super Mario Bros. (1985) became the most influential Mario game, laying the foundation stone for the side-scrolling platform genre. Ever since that game, Mario's trademark ability has become jumping on enemies' heads to defeat or incapacitate them. He can also consume mushrooms to grow in size, and special flowers to be able to throw fireballs at enemies. In later games Mario acquired other power-ups, including some that allowed him to fly and ride a dinosaur.

Besides platformers, Mario games contain many spin-offs, most notably RPGs, sports, and racing games (see the related groups section).

Other recurrent characters

Mario's brother Luigi has appeared in many Mario games, mostly as a secondary character in two-player modes. One of the series' recurrent storylines involves saving the Princess Toadstool from the clutches of the evil turtle-like creature known as Bowser or King Koopa; his minions, the Koopas, are among the most common enemy characters in Mario games. In Super Mario World (1990), the friendly dinosaur Yoshi made an appearance and has since become a playable character in some of the games. A minor antagonist, a pirate named Wario, appeared in a spin-off series of his own.

Related Groups

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Superstar Shootout2006BrowserNintendo of America Inc....
Game & Watch Collection2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Dr. Mario: Vitamin Toss2005BrowserNintendo of America Inc....
Super Mario Strikers: Heads-Up2005BrowserNintendo of America Inc....
Nintendo DS (Hot Rod Red) (included game)2005Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.4.19
Mario Kart DS2005Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.94
Mario Party 72005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.68
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time2005Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.75
Super Mario Strikers2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.91
Mario Tennis: Power Tour2005Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.43
Dr. Mario & Puzzle League2005Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc....
Super Princess Peach2005Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.79
Yakuman DS2005Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd....
Mario Party Advance2005Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.31
Mario Superstar Baseball2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.47
Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoroparty 22005ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Mario Kart Arcade GP2005ArcadeNamco Bandai Games America Inc....
Mario Party 62004GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.72
Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. / Mario Bros.2004ArcadeNamco America Inc....
Mario Golf: Advance Tour2004Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Super Mario 64 DS2004Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.76
Mario Power Tennis2004GameCube, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.70
Mario Pinball Land2004Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.80
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door2004GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.4.10
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Selected Covers

Mario Superstar Baseball GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Superstar Baseball
Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Party Advance
Mario Kart DS Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Kart DS
Mario Power Tennis GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Power Tennis
Mario Tennis: Power Tour Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Tennis: Power Tour

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Superstar Baseball
Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Party Advance
Title menu
Screenshot from Mario Kart DS
Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Power Tennis
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Screenshot from Mario Tennis: Power Tour
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