Short history of the Super Mario series

Short History of the Super Mario Series

Short history of the Super Mario series

Hello, everyone! Today I’m going to present you a short summary of all Super Mario series games! Hope you will enjoy it. If yes – please leave a comment or just simply rate this post! ;]


Super Mario Bros. (1985)

The first side-scrolling 2D platform game in which Mario appears. Beginning of Mario storyline idea. Mario and Luigi (brothers) live in the Mushroom Kingdom, where they must rescue Princess Toadstool (she used to be called Princess Peach) from Bowser. Super Mario Bros. had eight worlds, each with four sub-levels. You know, that “X-Y” level markup style, which everyone who played Mario recognize. The last level in every world is a castle with Bowser in it. This game was a big success, so there were made next versions of it.

Super Mario Bros. 2 (1986, only in Japan)

The game with success like that had to have a sequel, and here it is – Super Mario Bros. 2. Firstly it was released only in Japan. There are few changes, like new movements of the character, added weather and much more complex levels (what equals much higher difficulty). What is funny, this sequel wasn’t released outside Japan, because it was too hard and Nintendo did not want the Mario series to be known for frustrating difficulty (sounds familiar?).

Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, only in the US)

The game which was known in Japan as Super Mario Bros. USA. Your goal is to stop the frog called Wart (anybody recognizes that name?). What is great in this version, is that you can pick and throw objects at your enemies! Oh, and what’s new – Mario (and other playable characters) has a life meter, so they could be hit up to 4 times before the die.

Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)

There are still 8 worlds, but this time each world have 8-10 levels and some bonus stages. You’re not able to replay completed levels. Every worlds’ final looks the same as in previous versions – you fight with a boss. And hey, good news: new power-ups! Do you remember flying as Raccoon Mario? It was added in Super Mario Bros. 3! 🙂

Super Mario Land (1989)

Super Mario Land was the first handheld Super Mario title and was released for the Game Boy. What is different is that game has four worlds and 3 levels in every world. Mario goal is to save Princess Daisy and defeat the Tatanga (Mysterious Spaceman!).

Super Mario World (1990)

It was released for the SNES and has 9 worlds and 72 levels. Some of the levels have hidden second exits. Mario has new moves, like a spin jump, ability to lift and throw items, and finally – the rideable Yoshi! Who doesn’t like when Yoshi eat enemies? 😀 And here are the power-ups included in this game: Super Mushroom; Fire Flower; Starman; and the new Cape Feather (ability to fly with a cape).

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)

I’m sure many of you recognize Wario – Mario’s rival. Yes, he appears in this game for the first time. He takes over Mario’s castle and forces Mario to collect the 6 golden coins if he wants to take his castle back. This game is much more similar to the later games. That’s because the player is not restricted to move only to the right. Also, a bell at each level’s end allows you to get extra lives. What’s new when it comes to the power-ups is Carrot power-up. It gives Mario rabbit ears so he can glide when falling for a limited time.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (1995)

This game is a little bit different because it’s a prequel to all other Super Mario games. The main goal is to deliver Baby Mario safely to the end of each level and the one who carries him is Yoshi. Why, you may ask? Because he wants to find Luigi. The game has a childlike aesthetic, with environments stylized like crayon drawings. 

Super Mario 64 (1996)

A lot of new things, but the most important is the 3D and open world. As in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, player is free to explore the level in all directions. You collect Power Stars and can later unlock new areas. Also, few new moves have been added: punching, triple jumping and using Wing Cap to fly. The plot is obvious: Mario must once again save Princess Peach from Bowser. What is more, he has to collect up to 120 Power Stars and return them to the castle. Power-ups differ from previous games: the Wing Cap allows Mario to fly, the Metal Cap, turns him into metal and the Vanish Cap allows him to walk through obstacles.

Super Mario Sunshine (2002)

The second 3D Super Mario title. The plot is simple (when it isn’t?): Mario and Peach travel to Isle Delfino for a vacation, but then suddenly a Mario doppelgänger appears and vandalizes the entire island. So Mario has to clean the island with a water-squirting accessory. It is very similar to the previous game – Super Mario 64, but also introduces new moves, like spinning while jumping. In this game for the first time appears Bowser’s eighth child, Bowser Jr.

New Super Mario Bros. (2006)

If you think it is another “Mario-saves-someone” plot, then you’re… right. This time Mario and Luigi set out to save Peach from Bowser Jr. The gameplay is 2D, but characters and objects are in 3D – it looks very similar to the Super Mario Run. Some new power-ups: Mega Mushroom (turns Mario/Luigi into invisible giant), Shell (protects Mario/Luigi from harm and allows to slide) and Mini Mushroom (shrinks Mario/Luigi to very small size).

Super Mario Galaxy (2007)

This game is set in the galaxy, where Mario travels between “galaxies” to collect Power Stars. He earns them by defeating enemies and completing quests. Galaxy = world, and planets = levels. The whole gameplay is 3D and Mario can go where he wants. Every planet has its own gravitational force, so you can’t be bored playing this version of the game. 

New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009) 

Peach is captured by Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings during her birthday party in her castle. Mario, Luigi, and two Toads (blue and yellow) spring into action to save her. What is new is that the game features 4-player co-op, and… new power-ups! The Propeller Mushroom – launches the player into the air; The Penguin Suit – enhances sliding; The Ice Flower – Mario throws ice balls which freeze object he hit. There are three-star coins on each level, which can be used to unlock movies with gameplay tips.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010)

The sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. Basically, nothing new and special here. Some new items, power-ups (i.e. Spin Drill, which allows you to burrow through the whole planet). Oh, and Mario can ride Yoshi (who doesn’t love that?!).

Super Mario 3D Land (2011)

Do you remember Super Mario Run Land? It was released in 1989. This title is the same, but the only thing that changed is graphic. The 2D world changed into the 3D world. That’s basically everything.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (2012)

Sequel to New Super Mario Bros. which was released for the Nintendo 3DS (as Super Mario 3D Land). The plot is the same as always – Mario/Luigi must save Princess Peach. What is new here is that the game’s main goal is to collect one million gold coins. Ambitious.

New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)

It’s follow-up to New Super Mario Bros. Wii. It is very similar to the previous New Super Mario Bros. titles but few things are new here. Firstly, this game introduces a Flying Squirrel suit that lets the players glide through the air. Secondly, gameplay is asymmetric, what means that the player can influence the environment.

Super Mario 3D World (2013)

Guess what? Yes, another sequel. This time it’s sequel to Super Mario 3D Land. Three new power-ups: the Super Bell (transforms you into the cat form – very cute!), Lucky Bell (transforms you into Lucky Cat Mario), and Double Cherry (clones your character, so you can have i.e. two Marios running next to each other). You can also play as Princess Peach or Toad.

Super Mario Maker (2015)

IMO great tool, which allows you to make your own levels based on the gameplay and style of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. You can also share your levels online!

Super Mario Run (2016)

Finally, something that this website is about 🙂 It’s the first Mario series game released for Android. Mario runs constantly and can jump/climb/do some extra things when you tap on your device screen. It will be released 15. December 2016 on iOS. Nintendo claims that Android version will be available later, but we have a simple trick on how to run it on Android. Yes, you can download Super Mario Run for Android!

Super Mario Run for Android

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Oscar McCleary

About Oscar McCleary

Founder of the Super Mario Run Fan Page. Java and Swift programming languages pro, The Witcher and Skyrim #1 fan. He finished almost every game from the Super Mario series and now he wants to help other players by posting useful stuff on this web page.


  • sanoyy
    Dec 7, 2016 @ 9:14 am

    Great article and really nice shortcut of the past years for someone like me – Mario fan 🙂 Thanks!

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    Dec 8, 2016 @ 9:54 am

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    Dec 12, 2016 @ 1:20 am

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  • ARodrigues
    Dec 12, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

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    Dec 15, 2016 @ 21:46 pm

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  • Dec 15, 2016 @ 23:09 pm

    Anyways, I hope i can get the Pro Edition!.


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