The 15 Best Mario Games On Nintendo Switch (So Far), Ranked (2023)

Mario is such a popular character that Nintendo often releases new sub-franchises with his name attached or follow-ups to other sub-franchises previously created. Nintendo fans will likely point to this as a strength of the company, whereas those who prefer other platforms will point to this as a crutch.


The Nintendo Switch managed to erase the failure of the Wii U almost overnight and is home to tons of great games with some of them featuring the iconic Mushroom Kingdom plumber.

Updated December 4th, 2020 by Tanner Kinney: The Switch is currently several years into its lifespan, and unsurprisingly more Mario games have released on the platform. While wholly original titles are sparse, ports are extremely common for older titles in the series. Some titles have even been ported for the first time in series history, no longer tied to the shackles of an older console. There are still plenty of games left behind, but the Switch is quickly becoming the definitive platform for fans of Nintendo's iconic mascot.

15 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

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Sometimes, a cool concept is enough to sell a game more than the game itself. Although the main Mario Kart title on Switch is still Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo released Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit for a premium price. It adds a new gimmick to make things fresh: augmented reality tracks.

The game comes packaged with remote controlled cars that navigate real life environment in a virtual space. It takes a bit of creativity and time to set something up, but similar to Nintendo Labo, the results can be incredibly worth the time invested. It's a very creative title, although it is a tad pricier.

14 Super Mario Bros. 35

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After the release of Tetris 99, a lot of people wondered what other games and genres could tackle the battle royale genre. A fan of the Mario series created a Super Mario Bros. battle royale online, which of course got shut down by Nintendo. They seemed to have learned something from it, since Super Mario Bros. 35 is exactly that Mario battle royale experience.

The game is certainly cheesy and somewhat difficult, similar to Tetris 99. It's also only available for a limited time, since Nintendo has decided they actively despise their fans for some reason. Regardless, it's fun to try out and free with Nintendo Online. If you like Super Mario Bros., you'll like this game.

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13 Super Mario All-Stars

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One of the many new announcements made during the celebration of Mario's 35 anniversary was the rerelease of Super Mario All-Stars on Nintendo Switch Online. Included with the other classic SNES titles, Super Mario All-Stars is everything the original was, and that's great.

Despite some minor inconsistencies with graphics, physics, and music, Super Mario All-Stars is often considered the definitive way to play the NES Mario trilogy (and Lost Levels). The games all still hold up well, and its a great alternative to the NES counterparts also available.

12 Super Mario 3D All-Stars

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a controversial title. The game is only available for a limited time, a marketing tactic to create fear-of-missing-out over ports of old games. At the same time, this is the first time Super Mario Sunshine has been freed from its GameCube prison, even if the port is iffy at times.

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However, it's hard to argue that these games are not classics. All three are excellent titles in their own right, and getting all of them together in one spot is certainly worth it for some. In terms of a complete package, Super Mario 3D All-Stars can be absolutely worth it for many fans of the series.

11 Paper Mario: The Origami King

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The Paper Mario series has been held in limbo for some time. There's a clear split in the series between the first three titles and everything after Super Paper Mario (arguably going back to Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door). The series evolved from turn-based RPG to adventure games with turn-based adjacent battles, for worse more than better.

Despite that, Paper Mario: The Origami King is one of the most fun and fresh titles released in the Mario series in a long time. There's clearly a lot of love that went into creating every aspect of the game, and combat is finally actually fun and worth doing again. It also brings back partners, including one of the best in Olivia. It's a fantastic game, despite unfortunately not just being TTYD again.

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10 Mario Tennis Aces

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In Mario Tennis Aces players are provided with a fun new tennis adventure alongside Mario and his friends and enemies of the Mushroom Kingdom. The game received mixed-positive reviews upon release where many people felt the single-player campaign featured an unnecessary and grueling difficulty spike that led to hard stops in both progression and enjoyment.

It may not be the best Mario game on Nintendo Switch, but with no Mario Golf or Mario Super Strikers insight, you're either playing this or waiting for the Sonic Olympic team-up announced at E3 2019.

9 Super Mario Bros.

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Instead of offering a virtual console for the Nintendo Switch so fans could buy their favorite NES and SNES games for the 8th time, they've instead attached classics to their online subscription. If you're a part of Nintendo Online you have access to a bunch of classic games, with the library expanding every month.

Nintendo giving owners the ability to play the game that started it all is a welcome inclusion. You have the option of playing through the regular game as it was back then or hopping into a versus version of the game online or with a friend.

8 Super Mario Party

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Super Mario Party has managed to be both a return to form for the Mario Party franchise, as well as lack some content and updates that seem like no-brainer things for the game. Thankfully Nintendo moved away from the design of the last entry where players were in a weird Uber trip alongside Bowser and Super Mario Party featured the traditional setup.

There is a good number of new mini-games that are fun and take advantage of the joy-cons as well as the use of two Nintendo Switch systems if you're playing locally with multiple systems.

7 Dr. Mario

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Like previously mentioned, this is one of the titles available with a Nintendo Online subscription via the Nintendo Switch. Though the Dr. Mario series is loved by many, it's gameplay is perfectly designed for the mobile gaming audience and will likely see a tremendous amount of success with the upcoming release of Dr. Mario World.

Whether you want to see what all of the fuss is about, or maybe try out the game and see if the new upcoming mobile release might be worth your time, it may be worth it to try out the original on your Nintendo Switch.

6 New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

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What is considered by most fans to likely be the last Nintendo Wii U port, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe brings over the mainline 2D Mario game for the lackluster system.


Many fans were hoping for a port of the much more beloved Super Mario 3D World, but it seems like the design style of the game in Super Mario Maker 2 is the closest we're going to get to that happening. Though New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a fun and solid game, in 2019 many people are yearning for a different design aesthetic in the 2D Mario games.

5 Super Mario Bros. 3

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With a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, you have access to tons of NES and SNES games, with some of them featuring Mario and company. Super Mario Bros. 3 is considered by many as the true sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. due to the story and history behind Super Mario Bros. 2.

Not only is Super Mario Bros. 3 considered to have some of if not the best art in the entire history of Mario, but it's also considered one of the best in terms of gameplay and enjoyment. The fact that you can once again enjoy it on the Nintendo Switch is great, just let everyone buy it outright, Nintendo.

4 Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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When Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle leaked before E3 2017, people became very worried about a Ubisoft and Nintendo crossover where it looked like rabbid versions of Mario characters seemed to be millennial-fied.

To many people's surprise the turn-based tactics game showed extremely well at that year's Ubisoft E3 Conference and upon release was met with great critical reception. Since then it's also seen the release of a Donkey Kong-themed downloadable content expansion that wowed fans and is absolutely bananas.

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3 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Cart-racing games are a niche genre inside of a niche genre. Thankfully for fans of it as well as Nintendo, there's been a cart-racing series that's arguably set the standard with the release of each new generation of consoles and handhelds.

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Mario Kart 8 was one of the infamous games that fans thought was stranded on the Nintendo Wii U. Months after the release of the Nintendo Switch, however, fans were treated with a beautiful port of it in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Given the reported numbers on attach rates, more than likely if you're reading this you already own it.

2 Super Mario Maker 2

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Though this game is days old at this point, the stack of reviews that have hit the internet showcased that Super Mario Maker 2 is much more than a port marketed as a sequel. Despite the Nintendo Wii U's poor sales performance it managed to deliver a handful of great games that thankfully were ported to the Nintendo Switch.

With Super Mario Maker they decided to make a story mode, add a whole new Mario game style, plus much more and released a sequel to the original as opposed to a simple port of the original game. With a great community, it's the Mario game that will never end.

1 Super Mario Odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey wasn't only the first 3D Mario platformer on the Nintendo Switch, it was much more than that. It represented an entire generations nostalgia for Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64. Though there have been other great Mario 3D platformers, they've all felt and played unique to themselves.

Both the Super Mario Galaxy and Sunshine games invoked shades of the beloved 3D platformer but didn't feel close enough for most. Super Mario Odyssey is the Super Mario 64 spiritual successor fans had wished for, for over a decade and it finally happened on the Nintendo Switch.

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The 15 Best Mario Games On Nintendo Switch (So Far), Ranked? ›

By December 2022, over 122 million Switches with 994 million copies of games had been sold for the platform. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling game on the platform at over 52 million copies sold. The Mario franchise alone has sold 182.69 million copies on the Nintendo Switch.

Which Super Mario is the best Nintendo? ›

The best Super Mario games, ranked
  1. Super Mario World. SNES, Game Boy Advance, Virtual Console, SNES Mini, Nintendo Switch Online.
  2. Super Mario Bros. 3. ...
  3. Super Mario Galaxy. ...
  4. Super Mario 64. ...
  5. Super Mario Bros. ...
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. ...
  7. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. ...
  8. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. ...
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What is the best-selling Mario game on the switch? ›

By December 2022, over 122 million Switches with 994 million copies of games had been sold for the platform. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling game on the platform at over 52 million copies sold. The Mario franchise alone has sold 182.69 million copies on the Nintendo Switch.

What is the most popular Mario game right now? ›

1 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - 48.41 Million

The Mario Kart games remain some of the most fun and addictive games in the franchise.

Which switch game is most like original Mario? ›

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's fury is a must-have for Super Mario Bros fans! It's going to remind you of the original Super Mario Bros games, just taken to the world of 3D.

Which Mario game is the hardest? ›

It's generally agreed that Super Mario Sunshine is the hardest 3D Super Mario game by some distance.

Who is most popular in Mario? ›

With over 6,000 votes, Yoshi– who debuted as Mario and Luigi's sidekick in Super Mario World in 1990 – takes the crown as the most-loved character in the Super Mario Universe, followed by Mario's fraternal twin brother, Luigi, in second place.

What is the lowest selling Mario game? ›

Famitsu's sales tracker reported a lifetime total of 34,523 copies, making it one of the worst-selling games in the entire Mario franchise.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
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What Mario game is worth a lot of money? ›

$2 million, record-setting auction, the medal for Most Expensive Game Ever Sold went to Super Mario 64.

What Mario game sells for over $1 million? ›

A copy of 'Super Mario 64' sold for over $1.5 million, the most ever paid for a video game. A copy of "Super Mario 64" has sold for more than $1.5 million, smashing the record for the most expensive sale ever of a video game at auction.

What is the OG Mario game? ›

Mario Bros. is a 1983 arcade game developed and published for arcades by Nintendo. It was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi, Nintendo's chief engineer.

What is the very first Mario game? ›

Mario first appeared as the player character of Donkey Kong (1981), a platform game.
First appearanceDonkey Kong July 9, 1981
Created byShigeru Miyamoto
Designed byShigeru Miyamoto Yōichi Kotabe Shigefumi Hino
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Which is better Super Mario 3D World or Super Mario Odyssey? ›

The open-world designs do work well for Super Mario Odyssey, particularly given how many moons there are to collect, but some areas can perhaps be a little too open at times. Super Mario 3D World is a lot more inventive with its level design, often sacrificing scale for quality.

What is the newest Mario game called? ›

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

What is the best selling game of all time? ›


What is the darkest Mario game? ›

Luigi's Mansion is one of the most disturbing games in the Mario series, as it puts Mario's frightened brother Luigi at odds with ghosts that he must catch.

What is the fastest Mario? ›

Wario, Circuit Special Kart, Metal Tires & Wario Wing

At 4.75, Wario has the highest possible character speed in the game, making him a go-to for speed-focused kart configurations.

What is the hardest Nintendo game to beat? ›

These are the 20 hardest NES games ever.
  • 1 of 20. 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Konami. ...
  • 2 of 20. 'Ghosts 'n Goblins' Capcom. ...
  • 3 of 20. 'Battletoads' Tradewest. ...
  • 4 of 20. 'Silver Surfer' Arcadia. ...
  • 5 of 20. 'Mega Man' Capcom. ...
  • 6 of 20. 'Punch-Out!!' Nintendo. ...
  • 7 of 20. 'Bart vs. ...
  • 8 of 20. 'Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse'
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Who is the 2nd most popular Mario character? ›

The Most Popular Characters Overall

In second place, the reliable and lovable Luigi took the hearts of 14 states. Luigi always seems to play second fiddle to his brother Mario in the games, so it's nice to see that he gets the recognition he deserves in the real world.

Who is bigger Luigi or Mario? ›

Luigi is Mario's younger fraternal twin brother. He is taller and thinner than his brother, with blue overalls and a green shirt and hat.

Who is better Luigi or Mario? ›

While Mario might have the popularity, Luigi is undoubtedly the better sibling by being the more underrated and unexpected hero at the end of the day. His list of achievements might be smaller, but many are just as large, and they were all made while stuck in his brother's shadow.

What Mario game sold for 600k? ›

In April, an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. that had been bought in 1986 as a Christmas gift but sat forgotten in a desk drawer fetched $660,000, a record at the time, according to Heritage Auctions, which also brokered that sale.

What is Nintendo's least successful console? ›

Nintendo went from its least successful console ever in Wii U, to its most successful console in Switch. That is what is most incredible about this. Now that Switch has passed Wii and PS1, the next system up is PS4.

What Super Mario sold for $2 million dollars? ›

This is why it happened, and what it means. In 1996, Nintendo released Super Mario 64 — the first 3D game featuring their company mascot, Mario, that would go on to become a genre-defining classic. You could buy it for $99.

What is the rarest Nintendo? ›

Nintendo Campus Challenge 1991 is considered the rarest Nintendo title to date, considering only one copy exists. In 2009, someone bought the allegedly only copy for $20,100. Nintendo continued its Campus Challenges, and there are allegedly only three Nintendo Campus Challenge 1992 cartridges out there.

Why are Mario games so expensive? ›

Nintendo Has a Great Legacy

The same reason Nintendo games are expensive is the same reason Apple products are. It is an extremely well-known and trusted brand with decades of history behind it. People trust Nintendo, therefore, they are willing to pay more for Nintendo products.

Is Super Mario 64 a rare game? ›

With more than 11 million copies sold, Super Mario 64 is not a particularly rare game. Given that Nintendo 64 games were sold in cardboard boxes, however, the chances of seeing a boxed copy in a reasonable condition 25 years after launch are few and far between.

What unopened Nintendo game sells for 1.5 million? ›

A sealed copy of video game Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for more than $1.5m (£1.1m), shattering records. The 1996 cartridge was a launch title for the Nintendo 64 console, and was one of the most influential early 3D platformers.

Is Mario 3 or world better? ›

Both games have incredible levels, but there is one thing Super Mario World does better. It is the simple fact that these levels can be replayed infinitely without having to restart a new game.

Which is better Super Mario Party or Superstars? ›

Superstars Has An All-Star Selection Of Mini-Games

With so many mini-games, chances are good that a person's favorite is somewhere in the lineup. Super Mario Party had good mini-games, and arguably the best motion control mini-games in the series, but Superstars beats it out with variety and overall quality.

Which Mario is best for kids? ›

Super Mario Odyssey

If you're specifically looking for a game that your child can play by themselves, Super Mario Odyssey is the perfect choice. Princess Peach has been captured by Bowser, so Mario travels the world to rescue her. On his journey, he'll meet new friends and see new places.

Is Mario Galaxy the best Mario? ›

Galaxy is quite possibly the greatest Mario game ever created, as well as one of the greatest games ever, period.

Which Mario game has the most worlds? ›

Super Mario Bros Has 256 Worlds, Not 8. Here's How To Play The Other 248.

What is the hardest Mario 3D game? ›

Sunshine is almost undeniably the hardest 3D Mario title, despite its seemingly cheery exterior and themes of cleanliness. Water is a primary mechanic in this title, and by using Mario's water machine called F.L.U.D.D, the plumber can perform all kinds of satisfying moves and tasks.

What is the most successful 3D Mario game? ›

1 Super Mario 64

While Mario has had many great adventures since this one, it's still undoubtedly one of his best games — as well as one of the best games of all time.

Why is Super Mario Odyssey so expensive? ›

The higher the demand, the higher the price. It's true - they produce expensive video games, but the demand is to blame for the high prices.


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