The impossible list
With New Super Mario Bros. 2 about to hit stores, it’s prompted a lot of debate about the Super Mario series as a whole. We decided that we’d take on the list that cannot win, and declare Nintendo Life’s favourite Super Mario games.
In total, 16 members of staff rated their top 10 Super Mario titles from a list of 14. Only games that are part of the core franchise are included, so no spin-offs, remakes or re-releases are considered — with the possible exception ofSuper Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, in which case the eventual worldwide release of the Japanese sequel was featured. We also excluded Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 andSuper Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, on the basis that these are either spin-offs or other character’s games with the Super Mario branding.
Although our staff voted for a top 10, every game received votes, so we’ll list all 14 titles in descending order. No-one will agree with the whole order, but you can choose your own favourite in the poll at the end of the article.