Super Mario: a true working mans hero. A humble plumber who went on to find his fortune one coin at a time, but despite his fame and royal connections, he has never lost sight of his roots. He is still wearing the same dungarees he did in his debut in Donkey Kong in 1981. Now 32 years on and he is without doubt the most famous and successful video game character of all time. Having appeared in so many adventures over the years, it is no easy task to rank his games in some kind of worst to best order, mainly for the reason that almost all of them are so darn good. To make the task a little easier well just focus on the platforming games in the Mario series, as it hardly seems fair to stack the vastly different genres like Kart Racing to his sports titles such as Basketball or Football. Without further ado, lets start at the bottom and work our way to the top.
20. Wrecking Crew (NES)
It feels a little unfair, especially since Marios name isnt even in the title, but Wrecking Crew on the NES gets the honour of being bottom. A platform puzzler where you use Marios hammer Donkey Kong style to destroy things, but cant jump... at all. Its not bad, and is a fun distraction for a time, but thats about all. Its never fun enough. Its little surprise that Mario has never really picked a hammer up as his weapon of choice since!
19. Mario Bros. (Arcade)
An unfortunately low rank for the game that named him, but the fact is this game, though fun isnt in the same league as the other games on this list. Like Donkey Kong, this game is set on static screens (rather than scrolling) and the aim is to wipe out baddies that will attack from drain pipes around the screen. Its fun, and was included in most Game Boy Advance Mario games mainly as a multi player extra, but that really sums up its value as an extra rather than as a standalone release.
Hello! My name is David Pustansky. As well as writing for this site, I'm also an actor, presenter, writer, director and artist. So basically I love creative things where there's a story to be told. I run my own theatre company, The ImProDigies. Be sure to check our shows out. As I'm sure you'll see from my articles I often look into things with a unique and quirky perspective and have a strange attention to sometimes strange details. Enjoy!