The Top 10 Best Super Mario Games
Super Mario is a legendary gaming hero. Ever since his appearance as a minor character in Donkey Kong, Mario has quickly risen as one of Nintendo's main stars and most recognizable characters, and his Italian catchphrases have become the stuff of gaming legend. Our friends at Prima games have put together an awesome list of the top 10 Super Mario games of all time - did yours make the cut?
10.) Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins (Game Boy)
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The original Super Mario Land did a fine job with the license, though its pint-sized antics didn't exactly do it any favors. Thankfully, Six Golden Coins returned Mario to his proper form, with plenty of entertaining levels to run through and secret goodies – like 1up's to fine. Plus, the power-ups were ideal, namely a pair of rabbit ears that gave Mario the gift of flight. Considering the Tanooki suit didn't make the cut, it was the next best thing.
9.) New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS)
Originally released in 2006, this Nintendo DS favorite shied away from the 3D adventures the plumber had undergone as of late, in favor of a lavish 2D affair. New Super Mario Bros. did a bang-up job of recreating the classic mantra of Mario level design, while introducing some spiffy power-ups, such as the Mega Mushroom. This franchise grew in popularity, with entries on the Wii and Wii U, which both introduced the ability to play cooperatively with friends.
8.) Super Mario Bros. (NES)
All series need to start somewhere, and Super Mario Bros. marked the humble beginnings of this plumber's heroic journey. Featuring eight levels of increasing challenges, a high number of Goombas and turtles to squash, and hidden secrets aplenty – you remember the warp pipe room, yes? – this retro favorite from the NES and arcade days remains a timeless classic today. You can download it now on the Wii U eShop and 3DS for a paltry $5.
7.) Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo 3DS)
Mario's debut on Nintendo's newest handheld had been a long time coming, but it finally arrived in late 2011, and players couldn't get enough of it. Featuring in-depth levels that wisely put the system's 3D technology to good use and inventive gameplay that introduced a number of new abilities and challenges, 3D Land not only became an instant favorite, but it also helped pick up the sales of the 3DS in general.
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