9. Super Mario RPG 2
If there is one genre of video gaming audiences might not have expected to Mario, Bowser and Princess Peach in back in 1996, it's the role-playing genre. But that was exactly what SNES players were given that year when Super Mario RPG was released. And it rocked.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars follows the story of Mario, Peach and Bowser going on a mission to stop the evil Smithy, who crashes into the planet and steals seven parts of the star road.
One of the only Mario games where the Italian plumber actually joins up with the Koopa King, the game revolved around a party of up to five characters taking turns in various fight scenes, whilst incorporating a lot of the exploration and platform elements from earlier Mario games.
The game was really well received at the time and Nintendo quickly got to work on publishing a sequel. Everything from Mario's healthbar system to the overall aesthetic of the game was going to be revamped and changed, but the project became bogged down by the failure of the Nintendo 64DD and would become part of the Paper Mario series.