This is a list of games that Mario
has appeared in, or games with other Mario
characters, organized by system. Over the years, Mario and his brother Luigi
have appeared in several popular video games, both with starring and less significant roles.
- Donkey Kong (1981) - The first game to feature Mario, although at this point he is named Jumpman.
- Donkey Kong Jr. (1982) - Mario is the opponent in this one, and it is up to Donkey Kong Jr. to rescue his father.
- Mario Bros. (1983) - Introduced Luigi, it featured 2-player simultaneous play.
- Vs. Super Mario Bros. (1985) - A mixture of the original SMB and The Lost Levels that ran on the arcade VS Unisystem. Powerups and solution to mazes (e.g. 4-4) have been moved, and more enemies have been added thanks to new flicker-reduction programming, along with other bugfixes.
- Mario Kart Arcade GP (2005) - An arcade only sequel to the Mario Kart series developed by both Namco and Nintendo.
Game & Watch
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo home systems
- Super Mario Bros. (1985) - 32 KB of program; 8 KB of graphics. According to the Guinness Book of World Records , SMB is the best-selling game of all time.
- Tennis (1985) - Mario was the referee.
- Wrecking Crew (1985) - Mario is the protagonist, but gameplay is unrelated to other Mario games. Many NES games featured Mario as a character, even though the game may not have fit the theme of the series.
- Golf (1985) - Mario's first foray into golf.
- Mario Bros. (1986) - Originally an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1983. In the subsequent years it was released on various home systems, including the NES in 1986. The game is notable for being the last Nintendo title to appear on a non-Nintendo console, having appeared on the Atari.
- Pinball (1987) - Mario appears in the Bonus stage, where he maneuvers a platform to keep the ball from getting away, and then catch the Princess when she falls from above.
- Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (1987) - Mario is the referee.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988) / Super Mario Bros. USA (1992 in Japan only) - Released at first in markets outside of Japan, this is a modified version of a Japanese game called Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic with some of the graphics replaced by Mario-themed graphics. This game tends to be overlooked by some Mario fans as being the runt; some of the characters introduced in this game have now become staples of the Mario world, including Bob-ombs, Snifits, Pokey the Cactus, and Shy Guys.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988 Japan, 1990 US) - Mario gains several new abilities, including the first appearance of his ability to fly. Also of note is that this is the best selling video game that was not bundled with a console.
- Tetris (1989) - Mario appeared in some cut-scenes in the Famicom/NES and Game Boy versions.
- Dr. Mario (1990) - Puzzle game with mechanics similar to Tetris and Columns.
- NES Open Tournament Golf (1991)
- Yoshi (1992)
- Yoshi's Cookie (1992)
- Mario is Missing! (1993) - Luigi must restore artifacts to landmarks of famous cities around the world and defeat Bowser to save Mario. North America only
- Mario's Time Machine (1993) - Mario must restore historical artifacts to their proper time and place (and in the NES version, save Yoshi). North America only
- Mario Bros. Classic (1993) European only port of Kaettekita Mario Bros.
Famicom Disk System
- Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (1986) - Released initially in Japan on the Famicom Disk System as Super Mario Bros. 2, this used a slightly modified version of the original SMB engine with much harder levels. The Lost Levels title was created when this game was brought released outside of Japan in Super Mario All-Stars, without the 2. Nintendo did not believe that it would sell well in the US, as the game was voted "too hard" by 94% of a survey of 250 Americans, and the game wasn't seen in America until the SNES release, albeit with updated graphics. The original version would not be released outside of Japan until October 2007 for the Wii's Virtual Console, a full twenty one years AFTER it was released in Japan.
- All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. (1986) - Japan only. A version of the original Super Mario Bros. game with graphics changed to feature radio personalities from a popular Japanese radio station. The game is also heavily based on Lost Levels as well.
- Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race (1987)
- Kaettekita Mario Bros. (1988) - sequel to Mario Bros.; Japan only
- Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally (1988)
"NA:" North America.
Note: All dates for this section are for the NTSC games. For more information on other countries, go to that game's article.