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The Super Mario Franchise

Mario has starred in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80s. The core formula remains unchanged; explore a level, defeat enemies, collect coins, and get to the flag at the end to inch closer to saving the princess. Each world is typically rounded off with a big enemy to beat before moving on to the next one. Whether in two dimensions or three, Super Mario games have always stood out for their intelligent and creative levels that challenge you to use your powers and abilities in novel ways, and reward exploration and experimentation. While light on story, it's this platforming innovation and ingenuity that's kept the games relevant and hugely popular throughout the decades.

The full list of games is as follows:

  • Super Mario Bros. (1985) on NES and rereleased on GameBoy Colour in 1999.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2001
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988) on NES and rereleased on GBA in 2003
  • Super Mario Land (1989) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World (1990) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992) on GameBoy
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995) on SNES and rereleased on GBA in 2002
  • Super Mario 64 (1996) on N64 and rereleased on DS in 2004
  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002) on GameCube
  • New Super Mario Bros (2012) on DS
  • Super Mario Galaxy (2007) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) on Wii
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) on Wii
  • Super Mario 3D Land (2011) on Wii
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012) on 3DS
  • New Super Mario Bros. U (2013) on Wii U
  • Super Mario 3D World (2014) on Wii U
  • Super Mario Maker (2015) Wii U and 3DS
  • Super Mario Run (2016) on iOS and Android
  • Super Mario Odyssey (2017) on Switch
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (2019) on Switch
  • Super Mario Maker 2 (2019) Switch
  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020) on Switch: a collection of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. No longer available on the eShop, but can still be found physically.
  • Super Mario Wonder (2023) Switch

There have been 10 games in the Super Mario franchise.
The first game was released in 1990 on Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch and Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the most recent release was Super Mario Bros Wonder in 2023 on Nintendo Switch.

The most popular game in the franchise is Super Mario Odyssey with 122 likes. The franchise as a whole has 372 likes on the database. Unfortunately, Super Mario Bros Wonder is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S or iOS. However, there are other games similar to Super Mario Bros Wonder on these platforms that offer an equivalent experience.

DetailsFranchise Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 7
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB EVERYONE 10+
Australian Ratings: G to PG
Genres: Action, Adventure, Collecting, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Platform, Puzzle, Simulation and Traversal
Release dates: 1990 - 2023
Platforms: Android, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and iOS
Developer: @Nintendo
 

 

Games in the Super Mario Franchise

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a running, jumping and exploring sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a running, jumping and exploring sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy. It takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels with their own gravitational fields and wacky physics.

Games Like the Super Mario Franchise

The following games address a similar topic or offer a similar way to play. They are good options to play next and also good alternatives to the Super Mario franchise for younger age ratings.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee.

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is a side-on running and jumping game starring the characters from the 3D platform game Yooka-Laylee. You control Yooka, a male chameleon, and Laylee, a female bat and take on a level filled with collectables, power-ups and multiple hazards.

Astro Bot is a running and jumping game where you are a robot exploring distant worlds to rescue your crew, returning from Astro's Playroom.

Astro Bot is a running and jumping game where you are a robot exploring distant worlds to rescue your crew, returning from Astro's Playroom. You traverse vibrant levels to fight enemies with novel controller interactions.

Disney Pixar Toy Story is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity.

Disney Pixar Toy Story is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.

Hollow Knight: Silksong is an action platform game and the sequel to Hollow Knight.

Hollow Knight: Silksong is an action platform game and the sequel to Hollow Knight. The game provides similar gameplay to its predecessor where you run, jump, and battle your way through a kingdom inhabited by bugs.

Itorah is a running, jumping and fighting game similar to Dead Cells, where you explore a vibrant, handcrafted world, solve a mystery and defeat enemies.

Itorah is a running, jumping and fighting game similar to Dead Cells, where you explore a vibrant, handcrafted world, solve a mystery and defeat enemies. The game stands out with an artistic style inspired by Mesoamerican culture that adds a depth to the game's narrative, which focuses on identity, self-discovery and heroism.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm (called simply Oceanhorn 2 on Apple Arcade) is an adventure game that recreates the 3D Zelda experience on non-Nintendo platforms.

Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm (called simply Oceanhorn 2 on Apple Arcade) is an adventure game that recreates the 3D Zelda experience on non-Nintendo platforms. You explore a vibrant world, interacting with characters and creatures as you solve puzzles and battle enemies.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like the other games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many Pokémon as you can.

Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.

Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges. You play through the 120 levels, with up to four players working together to run, jump and attack their way through the level.

Dot Big Bang is a website where you can play hundreds of community-made multiplayer games and make your own.

Dot Big Bang is a website where you can play hundreds of community-made multiplayer games and make your own. It's similar to Roblox in that there are always new popular games and trends, but the simplicity of the game creation tools and the web-browser setting means that the option to create as well as play games is open to everyone.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is the action-adventure sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales where you shoot webs to swing around New York and defeat supervillains.

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is the action-adventure sequel to Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales where you shoot webs to swing around New York and defeat supervillains. Along with the usual fast-paced, fluid action and web-slinging traversal, this game adds a flight suit for rapid movement through the skyline, an expanded map, and broadened combat abilities.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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