Super Mario

A mustachioed Italian plumber with a penchant for jumping on the heads of his enemies is, unbelievably, one of the most popular video game characters in the world. Hell, he’s one of the most popular characters in the world period.

Of course, I’m talking about your friend and mine, Super Mario:

It’s been over 35 years since Mario first appeared in 1981 arcade classic “Donkey Kong,” and, since then, he’s been in, like, a lot of games (the Mario Wiki estimates somewhere in the neighborhood of 170). These range from classics like “Super Mario World” on the Super Nintendo, to more esoteric fare like “Hotel Mario” and “Mario’s Time Machine.”

And now, he’s even on Apple’s iPhone and iPad!

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Perhaps you have young kids at home who are quickly falling in love with “Super Mario Odyssey”? Or maybe you are?

Good news: That’s a ton of history to dig through! That’s where this list comes in: We put together the 10 best Mario games ever made and where to find them (excluding spin-offs like the “Mario Tennis” franchise, “Mario Kart,” or “Mario Party” and “Paper Mario”). Let’s begin!

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10. “Super Mario Bros. 2”

It may seem like an unlikely place to start, given that it’s not a “real” Mario game, but “Super Mario Bros. 2” is fantastic. Notoriously, it’s a re-branded, slightly altered version of a game that already existed at the time: “Doki Doki Panic.” Whatever.

“Super Mario Bros. 2” is an excellent Mario game.

It’s the first to allow you to play as Mario, Luigi, Toad or the Princess. Each of them has their own special attributes. Princess can float mid-jump for a moment or two. Luigi has a slightly higher jump Read More Here