Super Mario Series

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Early Works

  • Donkey Kong
    • Mario's heroic run begins here, in the classic arcade game as the circus worker goes off in pursuit of the giant ape all to rescue the hero's girlfriend, Paulie.
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
    • The tables are turned in this decent, if not exceptional, sequel featuring Donkey Kong's son on his own adventure to save his papa.
  • Mario Bros.
    • While Kong ventures off down his own path, Mario is joined by his brother Luigi for a sewer adventure of strange and weird proportions.
  • Wrecking Crew
    • Odd-job loving Mario becomes a construction worker for this decent little puzzle-platformer that showed where the company's ambitions were headed from the plumber.

Classic Console Era

  • Super Mario Bros.
    • Mario's world breaks wide open as he shifts from one-screen adventures to his full platforming potential in this formative first game in this "super" series.
  • The Lost Levels
    • Originally released only in Japan, this first pass at a sequel was more of a hard-mode kaizo hack of the original game without a lot of big improvements over the original title.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
    • While the Japanese sequel stuck to the core of the original game, the U.S. got a very different game, a refresh of a Japan-only title, Doki Doki Panic, that played very differently from a "traditional" Mario game.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
    • Mario takes one more pass at the NES platforming series with a gamed that blends the best elements of the games that came before for a title thaat feels like a true masterwork for the console.