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Poll: Which Is The Best Super Mario Platformer?

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

2D or 3D, old or new, you decide...

Not too long ago we asked you to vote for the best Legend of Zelda game; plenty of you participated. You made the impossible decision, as it's never an easy pick with so many world class games on the list; in the end the iconic and memorable The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time seized the crown.

We rather enjoyed the poll and the debate that raged, so it's time to move onto the logical and equally impossible task of picking your favourite Super Mario platformer. Like the Zelda titles it's a tricky scenario, with remakes scattered throughout Nintendo history, so we're keeping it simple — we're listing the first version of each game, and remakes can be incorporated (counted) in your own heads if voting for that choice. These are also all main series 'Super Mario' platformers, so that means no RPG spin-offs, the original arcade and so on; we do have Super Mario games that starred different heroes but fall under the platforming genre; Nintendo doesn't make this easy. If we simply listed every game with Mario in the title, we'd be here far too long.

We're in a good spot with Super Mario platformers too, considering we're counting 2D and 3D entries. We're in a gap between titles at present after the terrific Super Mario 3D World in 2013, and next year we'll have the chance to show own own level-creation skills in Mario Maker. There's been plenty of time for us all to play and consider as many Super Mario games as possible.

Let's get on with it, then. Vote for you favourite below, and we'll post the results in the not-too-distant future.

Which is the best Super Mario platformer? (1,263 votes)

Super Mario Bros. (NES)

  1%

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (NES)

  0%

Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)

  1%

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)

9%

Super Mario Land (Game Boy)

  0%

Super Mario World (Super NES)

17%

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy)

  1%

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

  0%

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super NES)

  3%

Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)

16%

Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

9%

New Super Mario Bros. (DS)

  1%

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

16%

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)

  0%

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)

12%

Super Mario 3D Land (3DS)

  1%

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS)

  1%

New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U)

  1%

Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

11%

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User Comments (310)

Samurai_Goroh

#7

Samurai_Goroh said:

I'm voting Galaxy, but honestly you should have two polls: one for 2D and another for 3D games. I would pick Super Mario Bros. 3 as the best 2D entry.

Swiket

#8

Swiket said:

Someone out there might actually think NSMB2 is the best Mario platformer. YIKES.

The answer is Super Mario World, though.

Takerkaneanite6

#10

Takerkaneanite6 said:

I chose Galaxy 2 because there is so much to do, so many stars to collect and the controls, platforming and difficulty is perfect...:)

Blast

#17

Blast said:

3D Land and 3D World are pure amazing games. Sunshine is awesome but also very unfair platformer.

Artwark

#18

Artwark said:

This poll was really tough. I mean I love all the Super Mario games and I can't say only one of them is the best I've ever player. To me its easily Super Mario World. I could have gone for 64 but damm it World has lots of replay value and its challenge is incredible!

But just to be clear here, I love Mario games and I'm a huge Mario fan. When I saw this poll, It was tough for me to decide because I love all the games that I've played and I can't be hard on them. Hell I even love 3D Land to those who say its overrated! XD

sinalefa

#19

sinalefa said:

I usually have a favorite for 2D and 3D. When both are put together, I will give the edge to 3D.

So Super Mario Galaxy 2 it is. So varied and creative, even after thinking that I saw it all in Galaxy 1. Plus I love that New Game Plus that instead of just making the same game harder actually changed its focus.

BakaKnight

#21

BakaKnight said:

Again as Zelda, I'm voting not the "best" one, but the one that introduced and made me love the franchise (which mean I'm voting again a Game Boy entry XD). I know it's kinda the wrong way of voting, but I really can't get myself to choose the best one between such amazing choices >_>;

cyrus_zuo

#22

cyrus_zuo said:

Not a fan of SMB3. I had a NES back on the day, but was an early adopter of the 16-bit generation and didn't play SMB3 until after NSMBWii. I felt the later was far superior to SMB3. Honestly I think nostalgia is a big reason that game gets so much love, it's very limiting by today's standards.
I really enjoyed SMW back in the day, but Galaxy 2 is a platforming clinic I don't expect will soon be surpassed.

Stucazzo

#24

Stucazzo said:

Can't really argue here. Although I still feel Super Mario World (SNES) is the best, Mario Galaxy 2 is amazing as well. Not much love for Yoshi's Island (SNES), that game is a masterpiece as well.

Haxonberik

#25

Haxonberik said:

Voting for Galaxy 2. There's just something about it that just made me forget everything and smile indefinitely when I played it.

BensonUii

#26

BensonUii said:

I just bought SMGalaxy2 and haven't played it yet so I couldn't compare it. SM3DW FTW! It's just perfect and beautiful!

Shepdawg1

#27

Shepdawg1 said:

I seem to be the only one who likes the odd choices:

Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 64
Yoshi's Island

RoyalXIII

#28

RoyalXIII said:

I have to give it to the 3D games (Land for 3DS & World for Wii U) Those were always the kind of Mario games I wanted to play as a child. Plus they're fun as hell.

Samurai_Goroh

#29

Samurai_Goroh said:

@cyrus_zuo Have you tried the GBA remake of SMB3? It just fixes the technical hindrances of the NES (more colours, no screen flickering and such). It's a pocket sized gem and the definitive version of the game. I also have the NES version on Wii U and like playing it as well, but the GBA, man...

EarthboundBenjy

#30

EarthboundBenjy said:

It's weird how you include Wario Land 1 and Yoshi's Island on the list. If you were to include these, wouldn't you also need to include Wario Land 2, 3, 4, Shake Dimension, Master of Disguise and Virtual Boy Wario Land ?
And wouldn't you need to include Yoshi's Island DS, Yoshi's New Island and Yoshi's Universal Gravitation too?
And what about Super Princess Peach, huh? :P

Gridatttack

#32

Gridatttack said:

@cyrus_zuo Nostalgia.

Lol. it might be, but its not the case for all.
Sure, by today standards is pretty limited (the graphics, other stuff) but when it comes to the way its presented its clearly one of the best :P (level design is top notch here) And SMB3 wasnt my first mario game. It was SMW, and I didnt completed SMB3 after I had played before NSMB and more recent games.

But of course, if you played NSMBW, its only natural someone will say that :P

rockerztonight1

#33

rockerztonight1 said:

For the 2D games, I'd go with Super Mario World. Hands down. (SMB3, you were a close second!)

For the 3D games, I'd go with the Super Mario Galaxy games. Don't you dare make me choose between 1 or 2. :P

For the poll, I voted Super Mario World. I believe it's going to be Super Mario World in 1st, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 in 2nd.

Gerbwmu

#34

Gerbwmu said:

Mario 64 was amazing to me when i was 19. I was obsessed with getting all the stars and because 64 is probably my favorite system I'm voting for it. Pretty hard to pick a wrong one though.

Sir_JBizzle

#38

Sir_JBizzle said:

@BakaKnight That's not a bad way of deciding at all!

As for me, I picked Super Mario World. Personally for me, that game brought me so much joy. It was so full of life and colour as a Mario platformer that hasn't really been replicated in the 2D space (at least as far as Mario games are concerned). It's one I could go back and play many times over (Plus I'm a huge fan of caped Mario haha)

I almost chose Mario 64 because it brought that same feeling to me, except in a 3-D space. Plus it set the bar for all 3D platformers going forward and still pretty much holds up today.

bizcuthammer

#39

bizcuthammer said:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is my favorite game of all time, not just Mario. It is one of a handfuk of games I'd consider to be flawless. The first Galaxy, 64 and SMB3 are all in my top 10-15 games of all time, as well. The Mario series is a fantastic one, but unfortunately has seemed to stall since Galaxy 2 released. Guess it's hard to top that one.

koelboel

#41

koelboel said:

Impossible poll, feel kinda dirty picking just one, ultimately I went for sunshine. Feels like I'm on holiday whenever I'm playing that one.

FritzFrapp

#42

FritzFrapp said:

Toss up for me between the original, 64 and Sunshine. Went for Super Mario 64 in the end.

Mega719

#43

Mega719 said:

Oh wow Super Mario Bros is what started it all and what you'll call more of a "platformer" more than the 3D games yet it has 0 votes

KikReask

#45

KikReask said:

For me, Super Mario World (Super Mario Advance 2) Yeah the GBA version, that was the version I grew up with and it was the most awe inspiring Mario game I played as a kid. So much stuff to do, secret passages, new Yoshi's to find, so much replayability in it, and the finest graphics I've seen from a 2D Mario title.

Wario Land is on this poll huh? The first one is alright, but I highly recommend Wario Land 2, 3 and 4 too. Wario Land Shake It is okay but not as good as the old ones.

WYLD-WOO

#47

WYLD-WOO said:

Lost levels is my favourite growning up. NSMB Wii gets my vote for being the most fun. Tho, I've yet to finish the Wii U version yet.

FilmerNgameR

#49

FilmerNgameR said:

Super Mario 64 DS is still the best Mario I've played because of Yoshi :). I don't really play too many Mario games though so 3D Land is a close second for me.

Kaze_Memaryu

#50

Kaze_Memaryu said:

The 'best' Mario platformer is definitely Super Mario World, no platformer before and afterwards had such great controls. And the level designs complimented the mechanics and options a lot, while in most other Mario games, they felt more like gimmicks and weren't used as well as they could have been.
My favourite Mario platformer (the 'best' in my opinion) is Super Mario Sunshine, though. It had great controls (with occasional issues), awesome and original level designs for a Mario game (once again, with occasional issues), and a great difficulty spike that didn't feel like a joke (unlike almost every other Mario game after Lost Levels).

The_Ninja

#51

The_Ninja said:

64. After that Galaxy.
What I hate in the newer 3D games is the time limit. In SM64 you can derp around, and at the same time exploring stuff, without having tk worry about the time. That game would be awesome with 4 player multi player. Atleast theres a 2 player mod, though

NintendoFan64

#52

NintendoFan64 said:

Galaxy. It's one of my absolute favorite Mario games. Some of you will probably go with Super Mario 64 or Super Mario World, which is understandable, but my favorite's still Galaxy.

Anojan12345

#53

Anojan12345 said:

I voted for Super Mario 64.
However if the DS version was a different category I would have voted for that.

umegames

#55

umegames said:

Super Mario world 2: Yoshis island for me. nothing even comes close for me. 2nd would be a tie between mario 64 and mario world

DBPirate

#57

DBPirate said:

Nooo! 64 is going to win! Whenever there is a Nintendo 64 game on a poll, it will always win. Darn it. I voted for Galaxy 2.

PsychoticRanboo

#58

PsychoticRanboo said:

Mario World is too great to not vote for it. The only one that really encouraged a lot of exploration and was the last Mario game that was a bit challenging.

Blue-Thunder

#59

Blue-Thunder said:

It's between the enhanced SMB3 from Mario All Stars, Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine, followed closely by the SNES Super Mario World.

Yoshis_VGM

#60

Yoshis_VGM said:

Super Mario 3D World. Hands down my favorite Mario game ever. It's just so ridiculously fun and perfect!

Danny429

#61

Danny429 said:

Voted 64 because I've had the most fun in that one just fooling around in the stages.

Dr_Corndog

#62

Dr_Corndog said:

Super Mario 64 is the best game I've ever played.

Anyone ever thought about how strange it is that so many rules differ between the 2D and 3D Mario games? (Of course, I'm not considering 3D Land and 3D World.) And I mean beyond the 2D games having linear levels versus the more open levels of the 3D games, which was done to conserve storage space. I mean the ways the rules changed in the 3D games when they could have easily stuck to the established conventions. Some examples:

The health meter in 3D games, versus power-ups in 2D games.
The oxygen meter in 3D games, versus invisible gills in 2D games.
You can stomp Bullet Bills in 2D, but not in 3D.
Koopas are regular enemies in 2D, but they appear mainly so Mario can use their shells in 3D, and less frequently.
You can stomp Piranha Plants in 3D, but not in 2D.

Danny429

#63

Danny429 said:

@The_Ninja "64. After that Galaxy.
What I hate in the newer 3D games is the time limit. In SM64 you can derp around, and at the same time exploring stuff, without having tk worry about the time. That game would be awesome with 4 player multi player. Atleast theres a 2 player mod, though"

Exactly my thoughts.

GalacticMario28

#68

GalacticMario28 said:

Galaxy is currently in the lead? This is a pleasant surprise. I imagine it won't stay that way for long, but it's nice to see while it lasts.

Tsurii897

#69

Tsurii897 said:

Sunshine, simply because I love pretty much all Gamecube games as much as I hate that damn controller. Really hope it'll get the HD treatment some day.

PigmaskColonel

#70

PigmaskColonel said:

Being a huge fan of the overlooked Wario Land series (and the strange fact that it's on this list), I'm casting my vote to Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3!

Y'know, 'm feeling nostalgic. I'm gonna go play some good ol' Wario Land now.

SavoirFaire

#72

SavoirFaire said:

Galaxy 2. I think Galaxy 1 was fantastic as well, but there are just some boards on 2 that pushed it over the top for me.

I have never played Sunshine. I'd really love to see that as a HD remaster for the Wii U.

Lalivero

#73

Lalivero said:

Obviously a lot of great contenders, but I had to end up going with 64. Love the freedom.

@Danny429
"Voted 64 because I've had the most fun in that one just fooling around in the stages."

Yep. :P

Bishasaurus

#75

Bishasaurus said:

I would have voted for GBA's SMB3 because of its superior feel compared to original makes it almost different game. But because that was impossible, I voted for NSMB2 because for some reason I just like it very much, it feels so right on the 3DS. Was a hard poll for me nevertheless, 'cause generally I love all of them :) Just started playing SMW for the first time ever on my own :P

Hordak

#77

Hordak said:

Not a fan of 3D Mario games. I also don't like the floaty controls of almost all Mario games post SMB3.

SakuraHaruka

#78

SakuraHaruka said:

My vote was for Super Mario Land (Music, Scenery and Daisy, XD)

However, also, I would give my vote for: Super Mario 3D World, Super Mario Bros 2 (USA) and Super Mario Bros 3

Ren

#79

Ren said:

My guess is this would vary wildly with the age of the voters. There was a long time where SMB3 would always win hands down, but then SMB64 came out and destroyed everything.
Now that we've picked up our lives again and moved on it's hard to chose which because they occupy such a different space in what they've meant for gaming.
I'd argue though that SMB3 was the kind of crowning pinnacle of the old 2D platformer and still added new elements to the genre, it's like everything 2d after that could almost be 'retro' and borrowing from anything leading up to SMB3.
Then we finally got SMB64 and it sparked the beginning of true 3D platforming AND doing it so well that its stood up as great gaming for so many years beyond. (galaxy games are really great but just still just a big extension of the 64 formula)

ShanaUnite

#80

ShanaUnite said:

Hard to argue against Super Mario Galaxy(1 or 2) or super mario 64 ds. I mean the others are nice but these two just stand out and were just that enjoyable.

rylo151

#84

rylo151 said:

i vote for sunshine. it is the last game to have an actual hub world to explore for secret stars and such, i miss that so much from the newer linear games

AdmiralThrawn

#85

AdmiralThrawn said:

Super Mario World hands down for me. But, if we are talking 3D platforming definitely the Mario Galaxy games.

LDXD

#86

LDXD said:

Super Mario world Imo nothing else really comes close to that except smb3
I like the 2d games better as far as the 3D games I'd have to go with Mario 64

TonLoco

#87

TonLoco said:

@EarthboundBenjy The two titles listed in the pole have supermarioland 3(wario land) and supermarioworld 2 (yoshi's island) as subtitles.the other games you listed do not. I think that's why those two were included only.

AdanVC

#92

AdanVC said:

My top three:
3.- Super Mario Galaxy (Galaxy 2 VERY CLOSE but I put the original Galaxy just because of the soundtrack wich I found to be more epic and celestial on the first game)
2.- Super Mario 3D World
1.- Super Mario 64

Even tough, Don't know wich of those should I choose to vote!!!!!

Edit: I finally made the decision. I voted for Super Mario 3D World.

aaronsullivan

#93

aaronsullivan said:

Hah, this is fun.
I voted Galaxy and kind of surprised myself, but I've gone back to the others and the strong nostalgia to Mario 64 doesn't cover how broken it feels at times. Galaxy and the sequel had almost everything down except the feeling of exploration and the boring story bits. Otherwise it's the epitome of Mario action for me. Also, Super Mario World.

Spoony_Tech

#94

Spoony_Tech said:

Ahh 64 nostalgia. I went with Sunshine. Loved the water mechanics and the over world was fun running around and discovering new things. Anyways I would put any 3d Mario for the most part ahead of 2d with the exception of Super Mario World.

unrandomsam

#95

unrandomsam said:

I would have voted for the All Stars version of Super Mario Bros 3 if it was a choice.

Cannot vote for Mario 64 because there is no perfect version. (And I like playing it as Wario on the DS one).

Not sure which of Galaxy or Galaxy 2 is better but it is not different enough. (And I have no desire to replay either of them).

So voted 3D World because it is never boring. (I am trying to play the special worlds using Toad without powerups).

Super Mario World is too easy.

rjejr

#96

rjejr said:

SMG2 may be the better game, but it's always hard to choose the successor after the original when it doens't change all that much, just add stuff, so SMG it is.

I really do like Sunshine for it story adventure aspect, but it's such a strong story component that it almost doesn't feel like a Super Mario game.

I've never liked 64. I give it props for being 1st and basically creating an entirely new genre, but compared to almost every other open world 3D game platformer ever made it just isn't that good. I doubt you could find anybody in 2014 who's never played it before who would really like it.

Never liked 2D platofrmers, except Klonoa which was a weird 2 1/2D story driven adventure, so if there was a poll for 2D Mario games I woudln't vote.

jrob23

#97

jrob23 said:

All the games that defined the systems they were on i.e. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, 64, Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and SM3DW are all amazing because these are the defining games on those systems. Each game reminds you of a time in your life when you played them. For me, middle school NES, high school SNES, (I never played N64, GC), young father (wii), older father (Wii U). It's really hard to pick a best one because they all have made a big impact in your gaming life.

That said, I think Super Mario World is the best 2D platformer of all time so it's tough to not choose that. But Super Mario Galaxy is close to perfection so I can see that being the top too.

Zeldalover

#98

Zeldalover said:

For platforming I would have to go with SMB3 or Super Mario World (which had smoother controls, it was less slippery and floaty). The single best 3D Mario platformer is Galaxy 2, hands down! Truth is, is that you just CAN'T beat a 2D Mario game for the platforming and controls.

Krambo42

#101

Krambo42 said:

I am NOT a fan of 3D Mario. The games aren't bad, but they aren't nearly as much fun for me as 2D Mario games. But man...it's tough to pick a 2D one. They're all so darn good.

I'm actually gonna go with SMB2. There's just something about that game...

KTT

#104

KTT said:

I chose 3D World for 3DS. I don't like early Mario games (NES, SNES, GB) and the only newer tittle I've played is Super Mario 3D World.

johndevine

#106

johndevine said:

These polls are stupid.
Anyone who tries to say one Mario game is better than all the others is also stupid.

Pointless poll. Its been done to death.

rdenton85

#107

rdenton85 said:

Still Super Mario World for me. It used to be Mario Bros 3, especially after completing it in its NES form (albeit on Wii with save states :D ) but as soon as I completed the Star Road, I realised how much more I enjoyed World.

I absolutely adore the Galaxy games as well as Mario 64 but I had much more fun with Mario World. I love 2D gaming too much :)

Zobocop

#108

Zobocop said:

I picked up every one of these when initially released, but honestly, Mario 3D World was the first one that felt literally perfect.

NintyMan

#110

NintyMan said:

I personally feel the Mario games should be judged separately, but for this poll I voted for Super Mario Bros. 3 in any version. That 2D game is close to platforming perfection, I believe, but Super Mario World is right behind it.

Now for 3D games, my nostalgia tempts me to vote for Super Mario 64, but I honestly feel the Galaxy games are just better. For a while I believed SMG2 was better than the first one because it has better levels, even better music, and Yoshi, but the first game is still very endearing because it actually had somewhat of a story and the overall polish felt just refreshing. And then there's Super Mario 3D World, which has short, brilliant platforming to bring into the mix. So for me it's a tie between Galaxy 1 and 2 for the 3D games.

JCnator

#111

JCnator said:

I went with Super Mario Galaxy. It's without any doubt the most impressive Mario game I ever got the chance to play and it's one of the games that would age quite gracefully. It's still fun to play as it were back when it was released. I would also put either Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World or Yoshi's Island on 2nd place, mainly because of their replayability.

Super Mario Sunshine would be definitely ranked lower than it's actually in if people weren't wearing their nostalgia glasses. The game felt too experimental to be considered as one of the best Mario platformers.

ikki5

#112

ikki5 said:

It'll take a lot to beat Super Mario World. Nothing comes close to it in my opinion.

ULTRA-64

#116

ULTRA-64 said:

Wow, This is hard!!! I'm torn between Mario 64 or the galaxy games....even deciding between the two of them is hard......I'm gonna sleep on this.

Kryce

#118

Kryce said:

I feel sad for New super mario bros. wii not ggetting any vote yet, but I couldn't choose it over the masterpiece "Super Mario Galaxy".

NintendoCat14

#119

NintendoCat14 said:

Super Mario Galaxy is a master piece.

If there was a worst, I'd probably pick New Super Mario Bros. 2, which is barely worse than Super Mario Galaxy 2.

16bitdave

#122

16bitdave said:

It's almost too hard to choose one. They all are amazing games both side scrollers and free world games. But the new Super Mario 3D world was amazing!

remlapgamer

#124

remlapgamer said:

I have a tie between New Super Mario Bros Wii U and Super Mario Galaxy 2. I always felt like they did really well building on the prior game. The prior games were awesome also. Too many great Mario games-Super Mario 3, Super Mario World.

MoeTheDestroyer

#126

MoeTheDestroyer said:

Sunshine is probably my all-time favorite mario game. there are a couple reasons: the first was the graphics. the art and style on that game was ahead of any other game out there. i still think the graphics hold up very well against any other mario game.

Secondly, the incredibly tight controls for that game. The kinds of moves you are expected to pull off, especially if you go for 100% completion are insane. I know, you might be thinking about the jet pack. but here's the thing. you come to rely on that jet pack and get used to it assisting your jumps. then, when it's taken from you in certain levels, you truly get a sense of danger and fear in every jump!

JaredJ

#127

JaredJ said:

I have played nearly every game on this list and chose Super Mario 3D World. Loved every aspect of that game.

Grumblevolcano

#128

Grumblevolcano said:

I chose Sunshine. FLUDD added huge variety to the standard Mario platfomer style, there were other ways to gain Shines than just complete levels and get 100 coins (10 blue coins = 1 shine, with those coins hidden throughout Isle Delfino), the game features Yoshi and there were really challenging parts like the poison river level which you needed Yoshi to get to. I really hope Sunshine is one of Nintendo's future HD remakes if they are actually doing more of those.

SMB3 is a close second place though it being too short prevents it from taking the top spot.

V8_Ninja

#130

V8_Ninja said:

While I really like Super Mario 3D World and I absolutely adore the Galaxy games, I'm going to stick to my guns and say that Super Mario World is the best Mario game. It blends some of the best platforming of the Mario series with a sense of adventure and mystery that only a great overworld map can provide.

ricklongo

#132

ricklongo said:

FOr me it's a close call between Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 3. Went with 64 because I really enjoy its more open-ended nature.

Jim_Purcell

#135

Jim_Purcell said:

I've been a Super Mario fan for a very VERY long time. I was there for when the Super Mario 3 hype was strongest. I was the first of my friends to beat Super Mario World, I got Super Mario 64 at launch and got all 120 stars, I played Sunshine, I played Galaxy. And every game in between (but not Galaxy 2 for some reason...)

But my favorite Super Mario Platformer of them all?

Super Mario 3D Land. Full stop. That game took everything that came before and knocked it up another notch. It fixed all my problems with 3D Mario games (hit points, non-persistent power-ups) and combined it with the classic fixed camera gameplay of the 2D Marios. 3D World might be a bigger game with some new tricks, but 3D Land captured my imagination a lot more. World loses points for just not being on 3DS (the 3D experience of 3D Land added a LOT to it. Who knew that depth perception added so much to 3D platforming?!)

Cloud02

#136

Cloud02 said:

Man Mario Sunshine I remember getting this at Christmas with my Gamecube sniff so many moons ago :P

AlexOlneyStaff

#137

AlexOlney said:

Sunshine, plain and simple. The controls were tight, and it really added to have the new FLUDD mechanics. I'm also slightly biased because of nostalgia.

HylianJowiStaff

#138

HylianJowi said:

I love Super Mario 64, but in terms of genius game design and taking Mario to the next logical step as platforming king, it's gotta be Super Mario Galaxy.

daveh30

#139

daveh30 said:

toss up between Galaxy and 64 for me. I think I probably enjoyed 64 more back in the day when it was new and fresh and exciting... comparing the 2 now,I'd have to give Galaxy the edge. 64 is classic, but in many regards hasn't aged real well... Galaxy gets my vote.

sketchturner

#140

sketchturner said:

This is practically a tie among 10 games for me. Ultimately, I'd say Sunshine is my favorite 3D and NSMBU is favorite 2D. I gave my vote to NSMBU since nobody else will ;-p I think it's a tremendous game that is poorly thought of simply due to lackluster visuals.

Yosher

#141

Yosher said:

I am VERY torn between Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy 2, but I voted SMW because that's the game Yoshi debuted in and it doesn't limit using Yoshi as much as it does in Galaxy 2. ....yes that is important to me! :P

Caryslan

#144

Caryslan said:

The best 2-D Mario game in my opinion is Super Mario World with Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario Land 2 being the runners-up.

The best 3-D Mario game for me is a toss up between Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 3D Land.

Super Mario 64 had a great approach to its levels, and they all felt like a virtual playground with tons of stuff to discover. You could also tackle stars out of order if you knew what you were doing.

Super Mario 3D Land was the perfect mix of 2D and 3D Mario gameplay, blending both successfully.

As for the other 3-D Mario games, I enjoyed Sunshine but it has some very notable flaws that hold it back. As for the Galaxy games, I quite frankly found them overrated and I could not stomach to finish either one. Which says something because I have beaten almost ever Mario game I've played, even the Japanese Super Mario Bros 2.

But I just did not like either Galaxy game.

Tulio517

#145

Tulio517 said:

It's really hard to choose just one. I just love'em all. Chose Super Mario World though. It's the first game I've ever played. It was the reason I became a Nintendo fan and a gamer. It had me coming back to play it for years, so that's my choice. Really love Galaxy too.

Alphack3r

#146

Alphack3r said:

World is where it's at! If I had to tell someone what Mario was but could only use one game, Super Mario World would do the best job n my opinion - best gameplay hands down (imo).

emayer

#148

emayer said:

Yoshi's Island. That game is an absolute masterpiece.

Super Mario World, 64, and Galaxy 1 would be my runners-up, in no particular order.

Mommar

#150

Mommar said:

Didn't vote, can only pick one. It's Super Mario World and Super Mario 64.

BensonUii

#151

BensonUii said:

I think 3D World would have a higher score if most of the voters do own a Wii U and have played it (so I'm guessing SM Galaxy 1&2 are the best for most of them). That and 3D World is also competing against nostalgia (World and 64). :D just my opinion.

Emaan

#153

Emaan said:

I look at Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario 64 as the Mario games that revolutionized the series and set the standard.

However, I personally think Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy each perfected 2D and 3D Mario design. I consider them the pinnacle of Mario games and video game experiences in general.

Findonovan95

#154

Findonovan95 said:

I was tied between Super Mario World, Galaxy 2 and Sunshine but I voted for galaxy 2 because I loved what a seemingly unique approach it took and it just felt so awesome to play.

I used to have all those games at one point in time. Needless to say, I wish I still did. I loved everything about those games because they were all fun to play, had excellent soundtracks and felt very unique. So much nostalgia, lol XD

Yellowtails

#155

Yellowtails said:

For the main 2D games, the best one (In my opinion) is Super Mario World. (1 was great, 2 was great too, and 3 was even better, and SMW2 Yoshi's Island comes in second for me) For the main 3D games, its definitely either Super Mario Galaxy 1 or 2. (64 was great and Sunshine was even better) From the little I've played of 3D land and 3D world, it was okay. And as for the NSMB series, (I count them separately), I think the original New Super Mario Bros for the DS blasts the other three later games out the window. (NSMBW is in second, Wii U one third, and 3DS one last).

Robo-Knight

#156

Robo-Knight said:

Super Mario Sunshine for me. I loved that Game back in High School & it was like a Vacation at times too.

Goginho

#157

Goginho said:

Hmm..not so much love for Super Mario Land, Wario Land, and NSMB2 :/
So I guess I'll go with those then :P
Not quite sure why Wario Land is there, apart from having the Super Mario name in the title, it's a different series, but oh well (same as Yoshi's Island). Each revolutionary Mario game could be argued as the best, so this poll pretty much is redundant and meaningless ;) as people will basically choose their most 'nostalgic' game from here without any true, unbiased criteria, and to me that would have to be SM64. Although, I have mixed feelings on that one, since SML for GB was my first Mario game I ever owned (possibly the first one I've played) and I played the HECK out of that game, as I did with its respective sequel (which is undoubtedly a bit of an upgrade from the graphical and gameplay side of things, thus arguably 'better'). Now, this would kinda sorta be a slight blow to Miyamoto unfortunately, as he wasn't the one that actually created those games, so those two Super Mario games remain as the most unique and 'bizarre' (for Super Mario standards) games of the genre.
So for nostalgic reasons, I go for SML, SML2 and SM64. If we were to actually judge accordingly, then I would say Galaxy, because that game took Mario platforming to a whole new league and blew everyone away with its grande presentation. It may have some minor flaws (some of which may have possibly been fixed in the sequel), more or less, but overall such a game can only age well and be looked back upon with high glee. SM64 paved the way for a lot of gaming trends, ideas, inspirations and possibilites, so for that aspect alone one could rightfully claim it, not only the best Mario game, but video game in general. Plus it had amazingly tight controls, making the game a joy to play. But we have to admit, its age is kinda showing, despite being still fun to play to this day.
I'm kinda sad NSMB2 doesn't get mich love, since it's such a fun platformer that many fail to admit, I assume. It seems to me that a lot of people jump on the bandwagon with that one and shout "rehash...recycled...etc..!" But I, for one, truly and honestly find NSMB2 really really enjoyable. Sure, it's definitely not up there some some of the other ones, but it most certainly isn't down there as being the scum of the Mario platforming games.
That being said, I cannot decide on single game from the list, so I'm a just randomly pick one somehow :)

Moshugan

#160

Moshugan said:

It's impossible to pick one in such a bunch. :D

I love all of the NES and SNES iterations. They're all almost perfect games on their own right, wouldn't change anything about them.
SMB. is just pure platforming fun, pioneering the genre. The second one changes things in just the right ways and it has some incredibly memorable tunes! The third one perfected the original gameplay and fleshed out the franchise more. World felt like an organic next-gen evolution to SMB.3 and it oozed with personality.
I think the first Land is a great Gameboy iteration, but it's not that spectacular. And please, let's not talk about 6 Golden Coins... :p
Yoshi's Island could be considered as the first in a new series so I wouldn't vote for it, but that game is just my favorite as a piece of art.

The ''New'' SMB. series has some tight gameplay and I've enjoyed them quite a bit, but they're just so uninventively generic Mario that they don't really have a life of their own (and I'm guilty of thinking that it was the intention all along).

I think that the 3D games are the most inconsistent, but most of them are very lovable. SM64 was a genre shaping game and it's still awesome, although the old 3D hasn't aged too well. It really deserves a HD facelift.
Although by no means perfect, Sunshine has a special place in my heart. I has a leisurely and adventurous vibe to it.
But oh, Galaxy was sublime. At first I was upset by the loss of freedom in it's structure, but later on it showed itself to be a near perfect gameplay experience. Voted for that.
I really liked 3D Land and especially 3D World, but they're not as memorable or coherent as the earlier games.

RaphaBoss

#161

RaphaBoss said:

It's amazing how Galaxy is above 64 or any other 3D Mario because the stages were so small, the warping bitween planets/comets was the biggest filler in this game. Note: I didn't play 3D world or Land.

EJzelda

#164

EJzelda said:

Mario 64 for sure, that started Mario in 3D and it was just a straight out adventure game like Zelda, which I love. Super Mario World is my 2nd, just my all around favorite 2D Mario game.

cheleuitte

#165

cheleuitte said:

I think nintendo is working on Super Mario Galaxy HD collection, super Mario Galaxy 3 and Super Mario Sunshine HD., maybe all 3 or maybe one of those!!

Kirk

#167

Kirk said:

It's one of the 2D ones, I personally voted for Super Mario World (SNES) although Super Mario Bros 3 (specifically the All-Stars version) and Yoshi's Island are up there too, but I'm sure many of the younger gamers will vote for one of the more recent 3D games.

Consider this; if say Super Mario 64 was released today as a brand new hitherto unknown eShop indie game, exactly as it is, what score and acclaim do you think it would get...? If Super Mario World was released today as a brand new hitherto unknown eShop indie game, exactly as it is, what score and acclaim do you think it would get...?

3Daniel

#168

3Daniel said:

Galaxy 2. Not since that title has every subsequent game seem like a downgrade. Here's hoping for a new evolution in platforming for the plumber.

Olivierke

#169

Olivierke said:

@Takerkaneanite6 Exactly! I'm a huge Mario fan, and Galaxy 2 was literally the best game I ever played. It was everything good about Galaxy 1 + brighter colors, Yoshi, new memorable songs and best levels I've ever seen and probably will see ever! 3D World, while fun was a horribly short, extremely easy adventure with a soundtrack that had some awesome tunes but nothing as majestic as Galaxy 1 or 2. Galaxy 2 is the bedt game ever made, period! (And I love all games, genres and consoles but Galaxy 2 was the one perfect game, a game that will never be topped because there are not resources at Nintendo right now to allow a team to take the time to come up with a lenghty extremely creative experience like that again!)

SIM_CTC

#170

SIM_CTC said:

SMB3 for me.
It was so amazing how Nintendo used such limited power of the NES to creat such a perfect game. and many of its music and ideas has all moved to the later Mario games.

orangyoranges

#171

orangyoranges said:

I am suprise super Mario 3 doesn't have as many votes considering how crazy people go for that game. I feel that 3rd world is the best but a very close 2nd is galaxy. I actually feel that world (the original) is very overrated. Don't get me wrong, it's very good, but compared to Mario 64 and everything after, it just doesn't compare.

SneakyStyle

#173

SneakyStyle said:

Super Mario 64! and I also like the others that are in same style. EG (Open Maps with a Unlocked Camera and angles) The WiiU one really dissapointed me because I wanted it to be more open, it was like a 3D world but practically linear. If it followed in Super Mario 64's footsteps it would have been 1000% better, but it was still decent.

MasterWario

#174

MasterWario said:

Sunshine is my favorite ever. The Galaxies might be the best but I had the most fun in Sunshine.

Dogpigfish

#176

Dogpigfish said:

Sunshine is a personal favorite, however mario always delivers a top notch quality experience. I can't say I've ever really been dissapointed.

fbnaulin

#177

fbnaulin said:

Every title is magnificent, it was a hard decision but SMW (SNES) is an incredible experience and a real little world you can revisit every time.

CrimsonMoonMist

#180

CrimsonMoonMist said:

Super Mario World is my pick!
While I prefer 3's power-ups and variety in level-themes,
World just controls so well and have so much replayability.

Sforzando

#181

Sforzando said:

Galaxy 2, people, Galaxy TWO!!
Playing the first one after the second one (as I did) is extremely jarring, the first one isn't nearly as polished.

Klobb

#182

Klobb said:

It was a difficult choice between Mario 64 and Galaxy but I went with 64.

Dezzy

#185

Dezzy said:

It's weird how unpopular the "New" games are given how many they sold, the Wii and DS versions especially.

I agree with others above that this should've been 2 different polls really though. The 2D and 3D are different enough, but similar enough to other 2D and 3D, that they can be reasonably grouped as such.

Jim_Purcell

#187

Jim_Purcell said:

@Dezzy that might be true about 64/Sunshine/Galaxy. But 3D Land/World are right in line with the 2D tradition that you can't really separate them.

SpookyMeths

#188

SpookyMeths said:

I have to say 3D World. It may not have the best level design or features, but to me, platformers are boring has heck when you play alone. Local multiplayer is where 3D World really shines, elevating it from good entry to best entry in the series.

AshFoxX

#189

AshFoxX said:

It was a close call between 3D World, SMW2: Yoshi's Island (the best 2D platformer in the universe) and Mario Galaxy. I also haven't played Galaxy 2 yet, so that may yet change my mind but as of now, I had to make the slide to 3D World, if for nothing else it's the most fun I've had with my friends and family outside of Mario Kart.

StaticWind

#192

StaticWind said:

I really don't think I can choose. Just like with Zelda games, it feels like choosing between children, or something. :D

AJere

#193

AJere said:

Chose Super Mario 64, and you made a small typo with "own own". Pretty sure you can find it

ajcismo

#194

ajcismo said:

Its SM64 for me. The memories of playing it in college with my buddies are up there with Goldeneye and Mario Kart 64. We would pass the controller to the next guy every time you either died or got a star, keeping the pace fairly quick.

TG1

#195

TG1 said:

Like many have already said (and no doubt will continue to do so) the inclusion of Wario Land on this list is absolutely ridiculous!

I'd go Mario 3 for the 2D games, and a tie between 64 & Sunshine for 3D ones.

chilenozo

#197

chilenozo said:

Even though I'm old generation, who started Mario with DK, I voted for Galaxy. Great platformer, great physics, innovative, beautiful, great epic music....should get an HD remake!

chilenozo

#198

chilenozo said:

I don't get the 2D vs 3D issue. With the Zelda poll there wasn't that much of an argument between 2D top down Zeldas and 3D Zeldas.

JudgeMethos

#201

JudgeMethos said:

Super Mario 64 holds a special place in my little old heart. Super Mario 3D World as well. Both were so addicting to me. Hard to pick just ONE great Mario game. This isn't fair at all! LoL!

Kolzig

#202

Kolzig said:

Super Mario World, Mario 64 and Mario Galaxy.

Not really surprised that is what other people think also.

Yoshi's Island is also amazing, but it's not really a Mario game. :)

Henmii

#204

Henmii said:

Ai, this is difficult! Mario galaxy and sunshine are both great, though I prefer the bigger levels from sunshine. Therefore I voted sunshine. But mario bros 2 and world are also great, not to mention Warioland and Yoshi's island (both shouldn't be on the list since they are spin-offs, but both are great). It was hard for me, but I chose sunshine.

jakysnakydx

#207

jakysnakydx said:

64 takes the cake for me due to the way it let you learn the level piece by piece until you know all its secrets, galaxy never really let you get that familiar as you hopped around so often. The hidden stars were usually hidden not some bogus side challenge (i.e. collect coins in under 10 seconds/Mario Galaxy). I feel the simplicity of the structure mixed with the greater possibilities of HD would make for a fun, simple again, experience. Thats why I love the Banjo Kazooie games so much still, the literal sandbox explore every corner experience.

Kalmaro

#208

Kalmaro said:

Super mario world U
26 years old and I've played every mario game but that was the only one I truly loved since I could play it with my younger siblings and could explore around in 3D instead of 2D

PieEater163

#209

PieEater163 said:

SMB3 wins for me, but 3D World omes so close it's annoying! Also, Super Mario Galaxy 2 voters, shame on you, it's just Galaxy 1 with Yoshi and highly situational power ups. I'm sick of loads of people saying that's their favorite like when ONM said it was the best Nintendo game of all time.

Dragoon04

#211

Dragoon04 said:

I think 3D is a good direction for these games. I mean Super Mario Bros 3 is an amazing game and a timeless classic but I would not say it is the best. Games like Mario Galaxy and 3D, even from Mario 64, those games are in a different league they are incredible games.

Dragoon04

#212

Dragoon04 said:

Zelda games have always followed a formula. When deciding the best Zelda game the story line comes into play as well. With Mario it is purely about the game play and there has been a real mix of Mario platforms with no set formula.

Dreamz

#214

Dreamz said:

For me, it's Super Mario 64, hands down. Followed by Super Mario World, then the original Super Mario Bros.

TheLordAndrew

#215

TheLordAndrew said:

Galaxy was the second game I ever played, so I'm either nostalgia blind or it's just a masterpiece. Most likely the latter.

CTs_Lieutenant

#216

CTs_Lieutenant said:

It's a choice between SMW and 64. Both are great for different reasons. In the end my vote goes to 64 due it's open world environment; you felt so free and alive in that game. And it's a crime they never released 64 2.

These polls are great but one thing that strikes me is that votes can be heavily influenced by nostalgia. Someone new to Mario games may have the same appreciation that veteran gamers may have who have played all the games when they first appeared. Both Galaxy2 and 3D World are masterpieces but are always chasing the tail of the magnificence of Mario64.

Kurtz

#217

Kurtz said:

while objectively i think and would recommend galaxy 2 as THE greatest mario experience, 64 was a revolution and 3d World is pure mario platforming with perfect conrols, graphics and sound as well as 4 player gaming bliss at the expense of exploration and problem solving. but its Sunshine with its water dynamics and jet pack that steal my vote.
And i cant believe anyone would think SM3 is better than New Super Mario and Luigi U.

Reverandjames

#219

Reverandjames said:

I voted for 64 as it's my favourite and the Mario game I remember most fondly, however I do feel like Super Mario World is the better game.

It's difficult to vote for the best Mario game as the 2D and 3D games feel completely different from each other.

Dayph

#220

Dayph said:

The king of platforming (not exploration-adventure) is, without any doubt, Super Mario Bros. 3.

Pahvi

#221

Pahvi said:

For me, Super Mario Galaxy 1 is the best 3D Mario and New Super Mario Bros U is the best 2D one.

Qn1f3

#222

Qn1f3 said:

Super Mario World, even though I reckon it's a close call with SMB64 and Galaxy. To bad Super Mario 3D World was mostly a beautiful shell without a real soul, don't get me wrong it is fantastic, but it could've been so much greater.

Or have I missed out on a lot of stuff? I'm actually right now sweeping through it again to take all flags and other misses, to see if it unlokcs anything more. That is one of the thing I love with Super Mario World all the secrets which never seems to end.

Cinaclov

#223

Cinaclov said:

Sunshine is my favourite, and whilst I think 64 or Galaxy2 are probably the best as overall platformers Sunshine always seems to be the one that gets forgotten so I voted for it. Turns out it currently has 10% of the votes. What do you know?

Rensch

#224

Rensch said:

I voted for SMB3, which I think is objectively the best one. Personally I like the Galaxy games a lot, the second one in particular. World is great as well. I must admit that I haven't played NSMB Wii and U yet nor 3D World. The latter looks particularly amazing.

ULTRA-64

#226

ULTRA-64 said:

I voted galaxy 2.....sunshine, 64 and galaxy 1 were all amazing games and I loved them but I had more sheer fun playing Mario galaxy 2 than any other computer game to date. Final!

dinosauryoshi

#227

dinosauryoshi said:

I've gone for SM64. On another day it could have been different, but I just think the soundtrack, castle overworld, and levels on that game were absolutely amazing. I absolutely loved Galaxy 1, 2 and Super Mario 3D World too though and it tends to be whichever of those I've mentioned so far I happen to be playing at the time that I decide is the best Mario of all time.

GreatPlayer

#228

GreatPlayer said:

I had SMW on my Wii U. When I compare SMW and NSMBU, I am just amazed by the original and novel ideas in SMW, including Yoshi swallowing a blue shell which makes it fly. The Star World in SMW are all fun problem-solving stages, which are absent in today's 2D Mario games. Mario 3 also has an amazing flying mechanism, which makes exploration much more fun. The new 2D mario games are just pale in comparison.

Croco

#229

Croco said:

I had to go with Super Mario World. When I think of a "Mario game" in my head, I'm thinking of a side-scroller, and Super Mario World was the perfection of those.

MeddlingIdiotStaff

#230

MeddlingIdiot said:

Super Mario World got my vote but it was tough deciding on that or Galaxy. SMW won out due to it's replayability, though I'm not saying Galaxy isn't replayable, it's just that there are two Galaxy games and only one SMW. I must of played it at least 20 times.

Sugar_Crunch_BD

#231

Sugar_Crunch_BD said:

SM3DW does not deserve that amount of votes IMO. I voted for yoshi's island because the game has perfect controls, interesting game play and it is fully of innovation and charm, my second choice would be galaxy.

Also, people actually voted for nsmb2 and nsmbu, today is a sad day

Pokefanmum82

#232

Pokefanmum82 said:

Super Mario 3D World is my favorite. I love it because I'm able to play with my kids and I love the cat power-up. It is so fun. My favorite 2D one is Super Mario Bros. I played the all star version of this with my little brother. He was so much better than me.

King_Boo

#233

King_Boo said:

My two tops are Super Mario 64 DS( I liked having so much more content) and New Super Mario Bros. DS. NSMB was good enough for me 100% it, not something I do that often.

Mus1cLov3r

#237

Mus1cLov3r said:

Super Mario World is the best, in my opinion. It's the game that introduced Yoshi, after all.

FlaygletheBagel

#239

FlaygletheBagel said:

There's a special place in my heart for Super Mario World, since it's the game that pretty much brought me into the Mario series. The same can be said for Super Mario 64. But man, quality wise, there's no way anything can compete with Galaxy 2. It's absolutely brilliant from start to finish, and even...

SPOILERS

... doubles its own length once you complete the game. Everything Galaxy did, Galaxy 2 did better. That's why my vote goes to Galaxy 2!

Kirk

#240

Kirk said:

I actually wish there were two slightly different polls that people could vote in two different ways on;

1. What is your favourite Super Mario platformer?
2. What is the best Super Mario platformer?

I believe there is a massive difference between the two questions because while I think it's totally and utterly fair for people to choose something like New Super Mario Bros or Super Mario 64 as their favourite Mario platformers, as random examples, I don't think it's fair to say that objectively they are the best Super Mario platformers and certainly not by today's standards; which goes for many of the games on this list. While games like Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island are so brilliant that even in today's gaming market they would hold up basically perfectly imo (Imagine them being release as brand new hitherto unseen eShop indie titles for example and the kind of reception they would receive even today...) I don't think anyone that's actually being objective could say the same about Mario 64 for example (imagine it being released on the eShop now), despite it being TRULY mind blowing and brilliant in it's day and one of thee most important, influential and seminal video games ever.

I mean I don't think any modern reviewer would particularly praise Super Mario 64 for it's graphics, be it the low polygon models, blurry low-res textures or level pop-in, for example (even when being considered as an indie title). Or it's slightly clunky camera by modern standards. The gameplay is generally still fine, even by today's standards, but it's not really anything that I imagine any modern reviewers would be particularly praising of either to be honest. It was truly brilliant and truly stunning for it's time, truly, but that was a long time ago. Unlike with Mario 64 however, if you gave a modern reviewer a copy of Yoshi's Island, having never seen or heard of it before, and told them to review it even by today's standards, I believe it would still receive basically universal praise and critical acclaim. Of course most of these games would have to be considered and reviewed in the same way as modern indie titles because obviously they can't even be compared to typical modern AAA releases and are far more in line with modern indie games anyway.

So, imo, any game on this list is of course worthy of being your personal favourite Super Mario platformer but only a handful of the games on this list are actually genuinely worthy of such a title as "The Best Super Mario Platformer", now, today...and this will only become ever more clear in a further 20 years too imo.

I voted for Super Mario World as "The Best Super Mario Platformer" because regardless of it maybe being my personal favourite or not (Depending on the particular day, it swings between Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island and sometimes even Super Mario Bros 3 from the Super Mario All-Stars collection), I actually think it is objectively thee best Super Mario platformer (along with a few other titles on this list that could arguably be considered similarly) and I genuinely believe that's beyond subjective personal opinion and not only relative to it's time either etc.

Of course, regardless of what is the best Super Mario platformer of them all, either subjectively or objectively, the most amazing thing ultimately is that basically all of these Mario platform games, spanning something like 30 years, are actually all genuinely great games in their own right and that's the truly impressive feat here imo.

KillScottKill

#241

KillScottKill said:

lol @ anyone picking 64. Take off your nostalgia gogles; that game hasn't aged well at all.

Mine is SMW on SNES because the controls are perfect, the styling is appealing, it isn't too long for a SNES game, and, best of all, it has a save feature unlike its predecessors.

Galaxy 1/Sunshine are close second places. That's when 3D Mario really got good.

Kirk

#242

Kirk said:

@KillScottKill

Yeah, this is exactly what I'm trying to do.

I'm trying to answer that question "The Best Super Mario Platformer?" based on the here and now, rather than "The Super Mario Platformer I like/d the most?" or "My first Super Mario platformer and therefor the one I hold dearest" or whatever.

Super Mario 64 is one of thee most important, seminal and influential video games ever created (it was truly brilliant and genuinely great fun it's day), no one but an ignorant idiot would even bother to argue with that assertion, but it's not truly and timelessly special by today's standards (although, it's still actually very good imo) and that's because unlike some of the very best 2D Super Mario platformers, it simply hasn't aged or held up anywhere near as well.

Classics like Super Mario World or Yoshi's Island are however entirely comparable to a modern beloved indie masterpiece like Shovel Knight imo and if they had been released alongside that game for the first time ever, today, on the eShop, without us ever having even heard of "Mario" before hand, then I believe they would be similarly praised and in some ways probably even more so.

To me, that is the key difference between relatively great games and games that are of truly enduring, timeless genius and brilliance irrespective of time and THAT to me surely has to be how we ultimately objectively define and rate those games that we like to label "Best Ever" in whatever category and genre etc.

MikeLove

#243

MikeLove said:

Can we ban the accounts of all the people over the age of 13 who are voting for SM3DW? What an overrated and forgettable game. It was the 3DS game in HD with multiplayer, that's it. I finished it and sold it because I knew I would never go back to it.

I voted for SMW. I've been going back to that game almost annually since I first played it in 1992. So much replayability and great controls and design.

rodoubleb

#244

rodoubleb said:

SMW. SM3 a close second.

Galaxy is great, but the early ones were far more innovative for their time.

Uro

#246

Uro said:

@rodoubleb I see your reasoning, but you have to consider that when mario galaxy came out it was very hard to pull out something innovative, but they did it... I mean, maybe the "jump" wasen't as high, but it was much more difficult.
I still voted 64 :P

TruenoGT

#249

TruenoGT said:

I painfully narrowed it down to SMB1, SMW, SMG2, and SM3DL. In the end, I always find myself going back to the original, so I had to vote for Super Mario Bros. 1. Every game in that list is at least great.

ZenTurtle

#250

ZenTurtle said:

Not 64!! Galaxy is the greatest. But 64 will win out of your fanatical obsession with nostalgia, just as OoT won that Zelda poll.

Kasplat

#251

Kasplat said:

I played through 64 so many times and I loved exploring the castle, so there goes my vote. My next favorite would have to be 3D world though :)

StuOhQ

#252

StuOhQ said:

Super Mario Land 2, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 are my favorite sequels. I love, love, love 64 and Sunshine, as well.

StuOhQ

#253

StuOhQ said:

@Kirk That's what gets me. These are all great games. Stack the Sonic games up side-by-side and see how many duds are strewn in there (no hate, I love Sonic).

Shambo

#254

Shambo said:

Nearly impossible to vote, but I chose 360° 3D Galaxy 2 in the end. But I like nearly every step the series took, be it forward, backward, or side-to-side 2D and 3D series.

Still hoping for another sunshine, galaxy, and also the continuation of more "story-driven" "spin-offs", and Luigi's own ghostly series.

And looking forward to Toad's own game, and Mario Maker.

Well, "another Mario game", as they said making fun of themselves and their "haters" alike, has rarely been a bad thing (just not that much into the sports and party games, except for hoops and strikers).

2Sang

#255

2Sang said:

Super Mario World is the obvious choice, but SMB3, SMB, SM64, and Galaxy are respectable choices too. If you chose anything "New" other than the original for the DS, you are what's wrong with gaming.

philly79

#256

philly79 said:

I would give a slight edge to SM64 over Galaxy. Both are incredible, but SM64 is less linear and has a more open world, which I prefer.

EvisceratorX

#258

EvisceratorX said:

Does Wario World really count? I know it was "Super Mario Land 3", but I'd really consider that to be the first in the Wario series, rather than another in the Mario series.

ted-k

#259

ted-k said:

Super Mario World all the way for me. That game was and is just brilliant. Playing that game as a kid really felt like you were going on an adventure, but even playing it today it is technically amazing, and hasn't aged at all, in my humble opinion.

Kejomo

#260

Kejomo said:

Sunshine would be up there if they released a new play control version for the Wii U. Fludd was a good idea but would be better with a Wii mote.

Knux

#262

Knux said:

Super Mario 3D World with Super Mario 64 and Galaxy 2 close behind it.

Sportsfan1712

#263

Sportsfan1712 said:

Until almost a year ago, SM64 was my hands-down favorite. Now, SM3DW owns the title of my favorite Mario Platformer.

Lunapplebloom

#266

Lunapplebloom said:

This was tough... Ultimately went with Super Mario World though. The visuals were just so colorful and appealing on that SNES game.

And then it's the first appearance of Yoshi. Nuff said.

AcesHigh73

#269

AcesHigh73 said:

Don't get me wrong, I adore pretty much every last one of Mario's 2D and 3D platforming adventures, but for me, 3D World isn't just the latest, it's also the greatest!

Still, seeing as we gamers do love a good 'Top-X' list, here's my personal top 5:

1. Super Mario 3D World
2. Super Mario Galaxy 2
3. Super Mario World
4. Super Mario 64
5. Super Mario 3D Land

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MaseSco

#270

MaseSco said:

You missed Super Mario RPG on the SNES :-) I wouldn't have voted, but just stating ;-)

jjmesa16

#271

jjmesa16 said:

Tough choice but I chose Super Mario Galaxy. Super Mario Galaxy is one of the most innovative games that Nintendo has ever created. The graphics were stunning, the controls were simple, and the gameplay was spectacular. It was also a commercial and critic success being one of the highest rated games of all time. It won Game of the Year in 2007 from IGN, GameSpot, Nintendo Power, GameTrailers, Edge, and Yahoo! Games. It also won Game of the Generation by Eurogamer and IGN.

Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy 2 were my runners up. I really enjoyed Super Mario 64 but I just thought that Galaxy was more innovative in terms of gameplay.

Top 5 Rankings
1. Super Mario Galaxy
2. Super Mario 64
3. Super Mario Galaxy 2
4. Super Mario World
5. Super Mario 3D World

WanderingPB

#273

WanderingPB said:

So basically it was between 64 and Galaxy for me…but Galaxy was just amazing not to say 64 wasnt it blew my mind when i first got it but Galaxy was out of this universe( yep corny i know) and overall was just packed with so much to do then luigi…and also i may be on of the very few that actually liked Rosalina story book…i know galaxy 2 improved and added more plus my main dino Yoshi but The first Galaxy to me is a masterpiece.

2D are great as well but my heart is in 3D

GhotiH

#276

GhotiH said:

World, 64 and Sunshine were the bests IMO. Galaxy was decent, as was 3D World, but I doubt 3D World would have the same amount of votes if it WASN'T the newest Mario game.

Itglows

#277

Itglows said:

I think the motion controls and nunchuk combo take galaxy down just a tiny bit. I voted 64.

AK-1138

#278

AK-1138 said:

Yoshi's Island is one of my favouritest games of all time, but it's not exactly a great example of a Mario-style platformer.

Now, Galaxy 1 was great, but it doesn't have the awesome controller setup of SM64, which I keep returning to annually. If the Galaxies are remade for Wii U for the GamePad or Pro Controller things might easily change.

CreatureX

#279

CreatureX said:

Not only is Super Mario Galaxy the greatest Mario game ever made, it's also the greatest Nintendo game ever made, and the greatest video game ever made! Bring on the HD remake!

Mini_Mario

#284

Mini_Mario said:

1. Super mario world
2. Super Mario 3
3. Super Mario 64
4. Super Mario galaxy

ObViouSLy i Am a 2D kinda guy

Chard5001

#286

Chard5001 said:

Its a tough call between SMW and SMB3. I feel like SMB3 was great in terms of powers and worlds. But SMW was just bigger. Sure I missed the plethora of powers, but those were sort of counter-balanced by the different color yoshis, the secret paths, the star world, the secret levels, the entire extra game found by beating the secret levels where koopa troops wore creepy mario masks, etc. etc.

rushiosan

#287

rushiosan said:

That's a tough one. I'd say SMW (SNES) is the greatest Mario achievement of all time, not only in a matter of evolved gameplay elements, but it was the first Mario title that absolutely everyone who owned or at least played any game system back in 90's loves. I mean EVERYONE. It's also a much longer game than Super Mario Bros 3.

Mario Galaxy was the farthest step the frachise took. Mario 3D Land / World were great entries on current gen, but evertthing they did came drectly from Mario 64 and Mario Galaxy (quite a bit from Sunshine). So, I'd say Mario 64 is the second greatest Mario game in my opinion.

The original Yoshi's Island on SNES has a special place in my heart. It was different from everything available in Mario universe back then. The art style, unique music, unique story, characters, gameplay... that's why I can't understand how it was called a Super Mario World sequel in western market. The N64, GBA, DS and 3DS sequels/remakes didn't have the same magic though.

dkxcalibur

#288

dkxcalibur said:

1. Super Mario World
2. Super Mario Sunshine
3. Super Mario 3D World
4. New Super Mario Bros. U
5. Super Mario 64

MoonKnight7

#289

MoonKnight7 said:

I love both 2D and 3D Mario, but I've always been slightly more fond of 2D. I picked SMB3. I can't stress enough how much that game resonated with my childhood.

I remember going to the store and seeing a Super Nintendo with a remade version of SMB3. The demo they had was on world 1 and I played a level or two, then I could choose to play level 3 or 4. My mind was blown, I had a choice! It was the first time I ever experienced that, and I won't forget it. My next words were "Mom! Can we get this?!" My sister and I got it for Xmas that year, and we played that game over and over again. Video games have remained important to me ever since.

blaze8937

#291

blaze8937 said:

Definitely super mario land it was the first game I ever played and what got me into gaming

Sinister

#292

Sinister said:

Can only vote for those that i own. and since i am not a big Mario J&R player i do only own 6.
Super Mario Land, 6 Golden Coins, Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros, New Super Mario Bros Wii and Super Mario 3D Land.
Out of those i like 3D Land the most followed by 6 Golden Coins and Sunshine.

WhiteTrashGuy

#293

WhiteTrashGuy said:

1. SUPER MARIO BROS. 3
2. SUPER MARIO 64
3. SUPER MARIO WORLD
4. SUPER MARIO 3D LAND
5. SUPER MARIO GALAXY 1 & 2

OneBagTravel

#295

OneBagTravel said:

Has to be split up between 2D and 3D. Both totally different genres.

2D: Super Mario World - Platform perfection
3D: Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Mario 64 to the next level of design and imagination

element187

#298

element187 said:

Incredible, people let their nostaglia glasses cloud their judgement.

If I let nostaglia cloud my judgement I would have voted for Super. Mario Bros 3..... It completely blew the doors off of every platformer available to date. It holds up decently, but Super Mario 64 reinvented Mario just the same..... Problem with SM64 is it doesn't hold up very well control wise compared to today's Mario games (it's expected being the first 3d Mario! Nintendo was still experimenting) But at the time it was the very best platformer ever made.

Enter Super Mario Galaxy I and II. Revolutionary, nobody thought to add gravity tricks into a platformer quite like this. Completely reinvented platformers, again. It holds up extremely well, has by far the most diverse and numerous gameplay mechanics ever packed into a single game, let alone a platformer.

SM3DW comes close to matching the amount of creativity and number of new gameplay mechanics, but it's single player didn't quite reach as high as SMG 1&2. But it's by far the very best multiplayer platformer ever made. It's that multiplayer that puts it on the same level as SMG2.

I want to see this poll done with people taking off their nostaglia glasses. I get it, you guys like the first revolutionary Mario game you played, I know its hard to ignore that, I've been playing Mario since the mid 80's and SMB3 was that revolutionary game for me but even I can separate the nostaglia effect.

I'm sorry, as great as SMW, SM64 were, you cannot escape the amount of creativity thrown in SMG2 & SM3DW, these two games destroy every Mario before it. Nintendo is getting better at making Mario games, not worse. Every iteration has amazing improvements over the last with heaps and heaps of new gameplay ideas that dwarf the amount of game play mechanics in previous Mario games.

GreatPlayer

#300

GreatPlayer said:

@element187 I actually like Galaxy 2, but the best stages in the game has the least Mario - flying a bird through obstacles.

Mario 3 (flying) and 4 (riding a dragon + Problem-solving stages) are more innovative than even recent Mario 2D games. Recent Mario games not only has nothing to add upon this formula, they are actually worse (much less problem-solving stages). Flying in Mario 3 also made exploration more extensive. True, the graphics is these two earlier entries are worse. But other than that, I don't see how recent Mario games are better. It is not just about nostalgia.

hylian-pudding

#301

hylian-pudding said:

Hard to decide between Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy. I ended up voting for the latter as it was unique, had amazing graphics, and it was crazy fun to play. SMW will forever keep a special place in my heart as my first Mario game, though, and I've finished it a bunch of times.

ToxieDogg

#303

ToxieDogg said:

votes for Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario World was the first one I played through, then played Super Mario Bros/ 3 on my sister's NES. It was honestly a bit difficult going back to Super Mario World after that, it felt a bit bare bones and featureless in comparison. even though it's still a great game.

As a very close second, I'd have voted for Super Mario Galaxy....first time in literally years (since the Mario/Zelda games on N64) that a game blew away my expectations like that,

Zeldalover

#304

Zeldalover said:

Super Mario Bros. 3 is the ultimate Mario platformer! It just has it all.
Galaxy 2 is the best 3D Mario game ever created. It surpasses games like SM64 and even Galaxy 1. SM3DW is also better than SM64.

RedDevilAde

#306

RedDevilAde said:

Nostalgia makes me want to pick SMW or SM64 but playing them now side by side it has to be SM3DW with an honourable mention to SMG2 (losing due to SM3DW's HD graphics and multiplayer gaming)

EngieBengie

#307

EngieBengie said:

Galaxy by a landslide. This is, of course, ignoring nostalgia. Sunshine will have a special place in my heart

GiovanniRichard

#309

GiovanniRichard said:

Super mario 64 and super mario bros 3 are both the best in the mario series
but i voted 64 because i love 3d games more

Donkey-Kong-Fan

#310

Donkey-Kong-Fan said:

I'd have to go with Galaxy 2. That game did everything right. Very fun gameplay, tons of replay value, memorable music, nostalgic throwbacks, that game has it all!

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