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Game Information

Super Mario (or simply Mario) is a video game franchise created by Nintendo. The core series of the franchise is a series of platforming games, most of which involve Mario and his brother Luigi rescuing the kidnapped Princess Peach of the Mushroom Kingdom from series antagonist Bowser. The first main title in the series, Super Mario Bros., was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and established gameplay concepts and elements prevalent in nearly every Mario game released since, including a multitude of power-ups and items that give Mario special powers.

The Mario franchise includes other video game genres such as racing, party, puzzle, and sports as well as media such as film, television, printed media, and merchandise.

Notable Games

Core series

  • Super Mario Bros. 3 is a 1988 platforming game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Players control plumbers Mario or Luigi, who must save Princess Toadstool and the rulers of seven different kingdoms from Bowser, defeating enemies by stomping them or using items that grant special powers. Super Mario Bros. 3 introduces many elements that became Mario staples, such as the Koopalings and a world map to transition between levels.
  • Super Mario World is a 1990 side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Players control Mario or Luigi, who must save Princess Toadstool and Dinosaur Land from Bowser and the Koopalings. Super Mario World introduces Yoshi, a dinosaur who can eat enemies and gain abilities by eating the shells of Koopa Troopas.
  • New Super Mario Bros. is a 2006 side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It is the first game in the New Super Mario Bros. subseries of the franchise. While traveling through eight worlds with a total of 80 levels, Mario must defeat Bowser's henchmen, Bowser Jr., and Bowser himself before finally saving Princess Peach.
  • New Super Mario Bros. U is a 2012 side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the fourth game in the New Super Mario Bros. subseries. It follows Mario, Luigi, and two Toads as they travel across the land to save Princess Peach, who is held captive in her own castle by Bowser, Bowser Jr., and the Koopalings, who have invaded and use a giant mechanical arm to fling the heroes away.
  • Super Mario 3D World is a 2013 platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the sixth original 3D platform game in the series and the sequel to the 2011 Nintendo 3DS game Super Mario 3D Land. The game follows Mario and company attempting to rescue fairy-like creatures called Sprixies from Bowser, who has invaded the Sprixie Kingdom realm. The game also introduces a power-up called the Super Bell, which turns the user into a cat, enabling them to climb walls and use a scratch attack, as well as a character selector.
  • Super Mario Maker is a 2015 side-scrolling platform game and game creation system developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. Players are able to create and play their own custom levels (based on Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U), share them online, and download and play levels designed by other players. The game was a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. in 1985. An adapted port of the game for the Nintendo 3DS was released in December 2016 and a direct sequel will be released for the Nintendo Switch in 2019.
  • Super Mario Odyssey is a 2017 platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It follows Mario and Cappy, a sentient hat that allows Mario to control other characters and objects, as they journey across various worlds to save Princess Peach from Bowser, who plans to forcibly marry her. In contrast to the linear gameplay of prior entries, the game returns to the primarily open-ended, exploration-based gameplay featured in Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. Developers aimed to appeal to the series' core fans and features a vocal theme song, "Jump Up, Super Star!", a first for the series.

Mario Kart

Mario Kart is a series of kart racing games developed and published by Nintendo. Players compete in go-kart races, controlling a variety of potential Mario characters on a variety of race courses. Each entry has featured 16 "nitro" original courses and 16 "retro" tracks drawn from previous titles, spread across four cups each. Game modes include Grand Prix, Time Trial, Versus, and Battle Mode, and in races, players can use a variety of items to aid themselves or hinder opponents.

  • Mario Kart 64 is a 1996 kart racing video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. Changes from the original include the move to polygon-based true 3D computer graphics for track design and the inclusion of four-player support. The move to 3D graphics allowed for track features not possible with the original game's Mode 7 graphics.
  • Mario Kart Wii is a 2008 racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the sixth installment of the series. Online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was available at launch but was discontinued in May 2014. The game uses the Wii Remote's motion sensing to provide intuitive and conventional steering controls; each copy of the game is bundled with the Wii Wheel accessory to augment this feature.
  • Mario Kart 8 is a 2014 kart racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the eighth major installment in the series and introduces anti-gravity sections that allow players to drive on walls or ceilings, in addition to allowing them to bump into one another for a short boost. The game features single-player and multiplayer game modes, including online via the Nintendo Network. The game continued to receive post-release patches and DLC and an enhanced port for the Nintendo Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, was released in 2017.

Mario Party

Mario Party is a series of party games published by Nintendo. It features Mario characters in which up to four local players or computer-controlled characters (called "CPUs") compete in a board game interspersed with minigames. The series is known for its party game elements, including the often unpredictable multiplayer modes that allow play with up to four or eight others.

  • Mario Party 8 is a 2007 party game developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It is the eighth installment in the series. It made strong use of the Wii Remote and its motion control capabilities in minigames, in which players are required to perform various gestures in lieu of traditional controls.
  • Mario Party 9 is a 2012 party game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo for the Wii It is the ninth installment in the series. The game was the first in the series to be developed by Nd Cube instead of Hudson Soft and the last Mario game developed for the Wii.
  • Mario Party 10 is a 2015 party game developed by NDcube and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It is the tenth main installment in the series and the first and only game in the series for the Wii U. It is the first game in the series since Mario Party 4 to have Donkey Kong as a playable character for every aspect of the game and features a new mode called Bowser Party.

Sports

  • Mario Tennis is a 2000 sports game developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It is the first tennis-based game starring Mario since Mario's Tennis. The game is known for being the introduction of Waluigi and the re-introduction of Princess Daisy and Birdo.
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash is a 2015 sports game developed by Camelot Software Planning and published by Nintendo for the Wii U. It introduces Mega Battles, a mode where players can grow larger from picking up Mega Mushrooms to increase their offense and defensive capabilities, and Jump Shots, a mode enabling players to leap to heights to perform more powerful shots.

Other

  • Donkey Kong is a 1981 arcade game developed and published by Nintendo. The game was the latest in a series of efforts by Nintendo to break into the North American market and is an early example of the platform game genre. In the game, Mario must rescue a damsel in distress named Pauline from a giant ape named Donkey Kong. The hero and ape later became two of Nintendo's most popular and recognizable characters.
  • Super Mario Run is a 2016 side-scrolling auto-runner mobile game developed and published by Nintendo for iOS and Android devices. The game represents one of Nintendo's first games developed for mobile devices and one of the few instances that a game in the Mario series was officially released on non-Nintendo hardware.

Episodes

The following videos are episodes regarding the series as a whole, rather than specific games.

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