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Every Mario Game On Nintendo Switch Ranked Worst To Best

Mario stands at the top of video game mascots, boasting a solid track record and an endless number of excellent titles. The character's current library is primarily composed of timeless platformers and standout spinoff hits, with lackluster outings being a rarity. Unfortunately, an ongoing issue with long-term franchises like this one is the amount of hoops needed to jump through in order to access the entire collection. Rarely is an entire series' gaming catalogue found on a single system, so it's a pleasant surprise to find that the majority of Mario games can presently be played on the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo has held Mario to a high standard over the years, which has helped the Italian plumber maintain an overwhelming positive reception to his games being put out annually. However, some releases are better than others, and so it's time to rank all of the Mario games offered on the Nintendo Switch. These include all mainline platforming titles, sports entries, and other spinoffs.

In order to appear here, the game must be available through the Nintendo Switch's online shop, official physical products, or the NES/SNES Nintendo Switch Online library. This means that the likes of "Super Mario Galaxy 2," and the bulk of the "Party" and "Kart" series are ineligible. Also not making the list are the Game Boy games, along with other handheld titles that have yet to be added to the Switch Online catalogue. Finally, the SNES compilation "Super Mario All-Stars" will not be featured, as the original games will be discussed separately. Without further ado, here are all of Mario's adventures on the Nintendo Switch, ranked worst to best.

22. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Seemingly a pipe dream after previous console wars, a definitive crossover between the Italian plumber and iconic blue blur was a wish for many up until the unveiling of the first "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games." Originally considered an April Fools' Day joke by websites like Press The Buttons back in 2007, the concept of the two most recognizable gaming mascots competing in an officially-branded Olympic Games setting is as wacky today as it was all those years ago.

"Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020" does little to justify a sixth installment for the series, as IGN claims that its mini-games can be "hit-and-miss," while other media outlets bemoan the lack of gameplay modes, which ultimately hinders replayability. A story mode was added to the latest installment, but GameSpot noted that this drags out playtime with overly-long text-only dialogue.

A highlight of the game, however, is the number of NES and Genesis-inspired mini-games that seek to mix things up. These retro mini-games have been deemed the most enjoyable aspects of the most recent "Mario & Sonic" entry by many critics, with Easy Allies stating that "the retro angle could have been the missing ingredient" to keep the series fresh. 

The "Mario & Sonic" series will always be one of gaming's oddest combinations, and while some joy can be found in its 2020 iteration, the flaws present keep players from having long-term fun with the game.

21. Mario Bros.

Otherwise known as the first appearance of Luigi, 1983's "Mario Bros." offers an early look at the beloved brothers in an arcade co-op setting. Players navigate pipes as Mario or Luigi and clear waves of enemies, which in turn, grants entry into the next level. The game can be played with a single player, but having someone else join in elevates the fun and chaos. Praise also has to be given to the game on account of its simplicity; just about anyone can pick up and play, since only the D-pad and one other button are needed.

However, many features don't hold up so well. The Switch has the NES version of the game, which was made after its arcade counterpart and comes with limitations to the music and presentation. Nintendo Life criticizes these flaws, noting that "some graphical corners were still cut" and that the music is "still plenty recognizable but doesn't have quite the flair of the arcade version."

Like "Mario & Sonic," this title doesn't offer much to modern players past a few short rounds. Still, some respect is due to the landmark title, which officially served as the debut of the Mario Bros. together, shaping them into the iconic duo they are today. 

20. Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels

Mario games of late have been considered too easy, what with "Odyssey" doing away with lives entirely (via Nintendo Insider), and the inclusion of the invincible Nabbit in "New Super Mario Bros. U." Such accessibility options are not present in "Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels" — released in Japan as "Super Mario Bros. 2" — which was specifically designed to be difficult. 

In interviews, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamaoto has stated that the game was for masters of the original and he "thought it would be hard for first time players, so [Nintendo] put a sticker on the package that said 'For Super Players.'"

A Mario title centered around insane challenge is a tantalizing prospect, but at the end of the day, its execution didn't go over well with players, especially when considering Mario still controls the same as he does in the first game. YouTuber SomecallmeJohnny remarked that the game's level design "does not work with how Mario controls at all, which leads to a lot of frustrating deaths."

Some design choices, like being given a poison mushroom before a regular one in World 1-1, almost seem more like trolling rather than clever level design. Other annoyances include random invisible block placements, the need for frame-perfect jumps, and extreme wind conditions, all of which plague a well-intentioned sequel. "The Lost Levels" has a fun hook in being a direct follow-up — which is best consumed after playing through the original first — but the final product has not aged well.

19. Super Mario Party

Dropping the number from its title and adding the word "Super" at the front essentially makes "Super Mario Party" a much-needed soft reboot for the longstanding series. As critics noted, "Super Mario Party" is definitely a step in the right direction, thanks to its engaging mini-games and detailed boards.

Nintendo made sure to differentiate this title's mini-games from what came before. Players will use their Joy-Cons to grill meat, maneuver tanks, and even ride tricycles. Unfortunately, these mini-games come with some problems; Kotaku's review stated that some of the mini-games reach their highest potential when incorporating the Switch's full capabilities, including motion controls and button-mashing — but many simply do not.

Another bittersweet feature of the game is its unique boards, such as the tropical Megafruit Paradise. Sadly, there are only four boards total, which has caused some backlash from outlets such as Nintendo Enthusiast, which put a spotlight on the sheer lack of content in Nintendo's recent products.

Even with some missteps, "Super Mario Party" finds the series at its peak in regards to some of the elements that have defined previous games. Unfortunately, as reported by Screen Rant, fans aren't going to get more boards via DLC. Instead, 2021's "Mario Party Superstars" remakes older boards that look like they could have just been added to "Super Mario Party" to flesh it out.

18. Mario Golf: Super Rush

"Mario Golf: Super Rush" is a prime example of developer Camelot throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. A new story mode led by the player's Mii, a slew of new gameplay techniques, and optional motion controls all combine to make a surprisingly in-depth sports spinoff. 

As the name suggests, "Super Rush" mode is the main draw to the game. This mode puts a fresh "Mario Kart"-esque spin on things, allowing for players to run on foot to their next shot while throwing and dodging attacks. IGN's review commended the main mode for playing up the many "unique character abilities," which help make the golfing more interesting.

Other modes can be disappointing, however, as Battle Golf seeks to keep players entertained — but only for a short while. The hectic fun of "Super Rush" is continued, but Battle Golf requires players to finish three holes first in arena-style matches. The primary issue is that this mode only has two dedicated arenas, and Nintendo Life found that Battle Golf simply didn't "hold attention for long". 

A highpoint of the game is that all playable characters feel and look distinct from each other, from their golfing wardrobe to their varied special shots. The courses themselves are all different and exciting, with Bowser Highlands and New Donk City being highlights. With new content being rolled out by Nintendo, "Super Rush" is the gift that keeps on giving, but mostly in short bursts.

17. Mario Tennis Aces

Like its golfing buddy, "Mario Tennis Aces" brings wacky Nintendo charm to the tennis courts. "Aces" makes gameplay more arcade-like with the inclusion of zone shots, trick shots, and breakable rackets. These mechanics help the game to avoid bland rallies that could potentially lose the interest of players.

"Mario Tennis Aces" is pretty easy to pick up and play, whether one has experience with past tennis installments or not. Fast flat shots, curved slices, tall lobs, and tricky drop shots all round out the variations of shots in the player's arsenal, which keeps matches fresh and distinct (via USgamer). Zone shots are unique to "Aces" as they are placed with gyro controls and have the possibility of breaking the opponent's racket, resulting in a disqualification.

The game's special shots require the use of a meter that is built over the course of the game and can directly determine the outcome of a match. These shots feel essential to the game, with GameSpot even stating that the new mechanics "force you to make pivotal risk-reward decisions". 

"Mario Tennis Open," and "Mario Power Tennis" will always be certified classics, but they can't hold a candle to how intricate "Aces" is. According to GameSpot, the biggest downside is that the online matchmaking system did not receive the same love that was given to the competitive gameplay.

16. Dr. Mario

At first glance, "Dr. Mario" looks like a poor attempt at recreating the success that "Tetris" saw, but it has produced a creative and thoughtful puzzle system that feels new today. Rocking his coat, head mirror, and a PhD (somehow), Mario throws capsules at viruses to clear stages. The addicting game loop gets more complex as color placements and combos are key to clearing later levels.  

Rather than being given blank grids to build unique creations as in "Tetris," "Dr. Mario" instead yields preset viruses to destroy. Although this rule seems like a restriction forcing players to limit their play, the unpredictable grids allow gamers to improvise and achieve success in limitless ways. 

Fans like Classic Game Room's Derek have commented on just how addicting the resulting gameplay loop can be in "Dr. Mario." An underrated aspect of Mario's foray into the puzzle genre is the music, as both the "Fever" and "Chill" themes are hypnotic tracks that increase the addictive nature of the game while also embracing a medicinal motif in their titles.

As noted by Game Revolution, future sequels such as "Dr. Luigi" have a bit more to offer players, including a new L-shaped capsule and a variety of modes that heighten replayability, but the original simplicity of "Dr. Mario has aged gracefully on the Switch.

15. Super Mario Bros. 2

The only Mario game on this list that wasn't originally a Mario game, "Super Mario Bros. 2," has possibly the oddest origins in all of gaming. After releasing the insanely difficult "Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels" in Japan, Nintendo saw fit to repackage the game "Doki Doki Panic" as "Super Mario Bros. 2" in the U.S. Wired elaborates on the significance of the event by noting that the U.S. version of the game was received so favorably that Nintendo repackaged it again for Japan.

With that being said, "Super Mario Bros. 2" is a vastly different game from the original "Super Mario Bros." Peach and Toad were added to the playable roster, and each character can be identified by their unique abilities: Mario is a jack of all trades in terms of speed and jumping power, Luigi is able to jump higher, Peach is given a floating ability, and Toad is unmatched with his speed. These character traits were so enjoyable that they have since been kept intact for other Mario titles, like "Super Mario 3D World."

Furthermore, "Super Mario Bros. 2" is inhabited by iconic enemies and items that are still significant to this day. The NES sequel acts as the first appearances of Birdo and Shy Guy, who must be taken down with the game's quirky ability to throw turnips and other items. "Super Mario Bros. 2" is a sequel that branched off in a new direction, letting it become its own entity and impacting the development of future Mario outings. While GameSpot has noted that it can feel too out of place at times, this follow-up remains culturally relevant.

14. Paper Mario: The Origami King

After the lukewarm releases of "Sticker Star" and "Color Splash," the "Paper Mario" series seemed cursed to never again recapture the impact that "The Thousand Year Door" had on critics and fans. Although "Paper Mario: The Origami King" does not reach the high bar set by its GameCube predecessor, it's a step in the right direction. Since straying from the path did not win Nintendo any favors with the two former games, "Origami King" is the result of trying to recapture the spirit of the original N64 and GameCube titles.

Combat-wise, "Origami King" shakes things up by offering a turntable arena that must be utilized to best overcome bosses and standard enemies. The flooring is able to be shifted so that the player can piece together how to efficiently make their move, allowing battles to feel more like a puzzle. 

These enemy encounters are a lot of fun, but the lack of a traditional experience point system remains a point of contention. Nintendo Life reports that the there is a mention of a standard "EXP" system in the game's code. Obviously the end product scrapped the idea, leaving many fans confused and disappointed by its absence.

An element of the game that cannot be denied, however, is the charm and whimsy of the story, which makes it really feel like a true sequel to the original two games. VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb specifically commented on the strong writing and characters in his review, saying, "I have an especially soft spot for Bobby (Bob-omb). He's going to live in my heart forever."

13. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

"Mario & Sonic" represents a long awaited crossover that produced an underwhelming, borderline throwaway series. On the other side of the spectrum is "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle," a mashup that was wanted by no one — yet achieved the impossible by creating one solid Switch game.

Taking inspiration from other real-time strategy pioneers like "XCOM," "Kingdom Battle" has the Rabbids and Mario navigating through turn-based battles with ranged attacks and tactical cover. The Nintendo and Ubisoft crossover is a joy to handle; each cast member has their own skill tree to toy with, and journeying through the mishmash of colliding worlds is always exciting.

"Mario + Rabbids" is solid when it comes to battle, but the overworld has significant issues that could use some ironing out. Specifically, navigating the world can be a bit of a chore, since the player does not control Mario or the Rabbids, but rather a companion robot named Beep-0. The choice to give Beep-0 this role is novel, but it's also a bit of a nuisance. Regarding Beep-0, IGN's review argued that "as a party leader he's terrible," and that Mario should have been more of a focus.

Overall, though, marriage of IPs produced nothing short of a miracle, as "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" allows Switch players to experience something that cannot be found in the rest of its catalogue. Nitpicks aside, it is a fantastic innovation that "sparks" high expectations for its 2022 sequel.

12. Super Mario Kart

Creating the modern gaming kart genre almost singlehandedly, "Super Mario Kart" is the father of one of the most iconic spinoff series in the Mario franchise, and its first appearance is a memorable one. Many of the modes and features of newer entries seem like they were more recent additions, but "Super Mario Kart" actually came out of the gate with much of that content in tow. Time trials, battle mode, and co-op Cup-based racing were all a part of the SNES hit and set the precedent for its successors. Even Lakitu's ability to bring racers back from a fall sprang from this original SNES title.

Much of the content in "Super Mario Kart" is timeless, to the point where many of the courses featured have since been remade in "Mario Kart 8" (via Wired), including Donut Plains 3 and the original Rainbow Road. Consequently, there is not much to criticize the game for when pitting it against the other Mario games on Switch.

"Super Mario Kart" lags slightly behind other iterations, simply due to it's age; its dated racing and drift mechanics are not as in-depth as later sequels. Even so, this genre pioneer is a game that warrants return visits; it might be one of the best examples of how strong a first game in a long-lasting franchise can be.

11. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Each mainline 2D Mario title has been known to innovate and differentiate themself from the other... up until the "New Super Mario Bros." series, which has 4 mainline entries under its belt. The latest, "New Super Mario Bros. U," was ported to the Switch in 2019, and became one of the most inclusive Mario games.

"New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe" delivers on the tried and true formula of the "New" series, offering old school mechanics mixed with exciting new power-ups. Platforming remains tight with the help of the super acorn item, which lets characters freely glide. For casual players, Nabbit, and Toadette have been added to decrease the challenge. Nabbit is invulnerable to hits and Toadette can transform into Peachette, whose floating and double jump powers led to Syfy labeling her as an "easy to use" character. For fans that find the main game too easy, "New Super Luigi U" is a very notable pack-in that offers masters of the base game some insane challenges they can only find in Luigi's solo outing (via Eurogamer).

Unfortunately, the "New Super Mario Bros." series' formula has begun to grow tired. The Gamer noted in 2018 that the games seem to be running out of ideas, and has even resorted to repeating environments. Nevertheless, "New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe" is still a lot of fun, particularly thanks to the added features and bonus challenges.

10. Super Mario Maker 2

Creating personalized Mario levels was just a dream before "Super Mario Maker" came out for the Wii U, and it remains a hard-to-believe reality with "Super Mario Maker 2" on Switch. Transferring over what worked with the original while including a new "3D World" theme and cooperative levels, "Super Mario Maker 2" is a seriously solid sequel.

Differing from the first game is how there are no barriers to entry, thanks to the inclusion of a story mode that serves as an incredible tutorial. Although teaching the mechanics of level-building is its primary function, the story mode also offers ideas that can be incorporated into the player's original levels. Outlets such as Mashable have applauded the story mode levels for essentially showing the developers having the same kind of fun that players had when firing up the original "Super Mario Maker."

Issues with online play have unfortunately added a sad blemish on "Super Mario Maker 2" that would otherwise be a perfect game. Twinfinite noted that lag can impede progression in multiplayer levels, and navigating the online search engine for community levels is a drag. Even with its online flaws, "Super Mario Maker 2" is a fantastic use of past Mario assets, one that is sure to produce millions more levels than it already has.

9. Super Mario Bros.

1985's "Super Mario Bros." was an instant classic; words can't describe how important it still is to the gaming industry. The brothers' first iteration of platforming involved navigating sprawling environments that progressively ramped up in difficulty. It also featured plenty of hidden secrets, including some moments that will live with players forever.

Like "Super Mario Kart", the first 2D Mario game surprises with the sheer amount of ideas packed into a first installment. For example, as noted by Game Revolution, enemies and gaps are cleverly placed in World 1-1 to emulate a tutorial while still progressing gameplay. This kind of direction makes the game the perfect entry point for anyone just beginning their video game journey, especially today. 

The game has also given rise to a healthy speedrunning community, which is still going strong today. This modern day relevance is a testament to the game's enduring level of quality. Speedruns of the game have strong reliance on the Warp Zones that transport players across worlds in the blink of an eye. Early critics were floored by these kinds of shortcuts, with some praising them as one of the best parts of the game (via Nintendo Times). These shortcuts allow people play how they want, picking between a short and sweet playthrough or a more completionist's run.

Even though it's nearly four decades old at this point, "Super Mario Bros." still holds up as one of the best games that Mario has appeared in. 

8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

"Pikmin 3," "New Super Mario Bros. U," "Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze," and "Bayonetta 2" are just a few examples of the endless Wii U titles that eventually made the jump to Switch, but none of them have remained as popular as this particular Mario game. "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is how a Switch port should really be done; it added more characters, included all previous DLC, and made the necessary gameplay changes to make for an essential Mario experience on Nintendo's portable console.

Rectifying all the issues from the original release, "Deluxe" stands at the top of video game comebacks. As noted by Kotaku, the biggest point of contention — the stripped-down battle mode in the Wii U version— has been completely overhauled. This means more selectable tracks and brand new modes to play with friends and family. Not only that, but the actual gameplay was changed for the better as well — now racers have been given the benefit of holding two items, increasing the chaotic fun.

"Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is the definitive kart racing experience. "Super Mario Kart" may be a well-regarded classic but "8 Deluxe" has the content, replayability, and gameplay that has helped it endure in popularity as the only new "Mario Kart" game in nearly a decade.

7. Super Mario Sunshine

One of the 3 games comprising the "Super Mario 3D All Stars" compilation, "Super Mario Sunshine" is one of the weirdest sequels on the plumber's timeline. Sequels today usually just give fans more of the same, and with how revolutionary "Super Mario 64" was, doing so would have been the safe move. Nintendo thought otherwise and gave Mario a water-blasting jetpack, dropped him into a tropical island, and tasked him with cleaning up Isle Delfino's graffiti.

"Sunshine" follows parts of the "Super Mario 64" formula while putting its own weird spin on things. Rather than letting players pick and choose which Stars to go after like in "64," "Sunshine" forces gamers to suck it up and find at least the first seven hidden Shine Sprites of each level to unlock the final act of the game. This is easier said than done, as Screen Rant has pointed out that some of the levels in "Sunshine" are punishingly difficult.

Regardless, the challenge does not distract from the game's charms. F.L.U.D.D., Mario's water jetpack, is incorporated in almost every second of the adventure, giving Mario extra height and mobility (via TechRaptor). Not aging as well, however, are the severe camera issues that plague Mario's vacation, with GameSpot pointing to "The Runaway Ferris Wheel" level as the worst offender in this regard.

The sheer style of "Sunshine" is the highpoint of the game, which looks even better on Switch, thanks to 1080p resolution and a widescreen display

6. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

If "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" is how a solid Switch port is done, then the critically acclaimed "Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury" is what happens when developers go even further beyond that standard. "3D World," like "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe," has the balance changes and additions that justify its move to the Switch, but it's the inclusion of "Bowser's Fury" that solidifies its placement as one of the best Mario releases to date.

"3D World" makes longtime fan requests a reality by including adjustments to running speed, which helps make an already great multiplayer game even more hectic and fun. A new air dive move makes platforming a dream, improving upon near-perfection. 

"Bowser's Fury" is the cherry on top, and what a cherry it is. After constant pleas from fans for expanded "Odyssey" content, Nintendo finally delivered by essentially making it in the form of a new adventure bundled in with "3D World." Lake Lapcat is a wide open kingdom that marries the exploration and freedom of "Odyssey" with the tight level design and challenge of "3D World." The result is a glorious experiment in 3D platforming that makes those who complete it want more.

"Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury" is one of the Switch's best deals; buyers aren't just receiving a remastered version of a beloved Wii U game, but also a fantastic standalone adventure as a bonus.

5. Super Mario Bros. 3

"Super Mario Bros." may have created the formula for a perfect Mario game, but "Super Mario Bros. 3" turned said formula on its head, improving upon the original in every regard — despite how its creator might feel about it. While the first entru was built off of running and jumping through a level, "Super Mario Bros. 3" has Mario literally flying up and down to reach his goal. The Super Leaf power-up basically changed the course of the franchise all on its own. 

The third game in the series also added Toad houses, which critics love for providing much-needed reprieves, power-ups, mini-games, and extra lives — all of which were necessary for Mario to save Peach from Bowser once again. These Toad houses perfectly encapsulate the best part about the third game in the series: its ability to balance fun and difficulty. They worked so well, in fact, that they were later implemented in the "New Super Mario Bros." and "Super Mario 3D World" games.

Another huge talking point for the game is the number of suits that grant Mario abilities that help levels become more enjoyable, like bouncing in a black boot, swimming while donning the Frog suit, and copying the Hammer Brothers ability with the Hammer suit. Fans have also noted that these suits can sometimes open up even more secrets in the game, making the original two "Super Mario" platformers look almost obsolete.

4. Super Mario World

Picking between "Super Mario Bros. 3" and "Super Mario World" is an almost impossible task, but "World" just nearly edges out "3" for one sole reason: Yoshi the Dinosaur. Yoshi represents how just one variable in a game can mean so much.

"Super Mario Bros. 3" might have introduced some of the best power-ups in any game, but Yoshi can hold his own as a power-up and a mode of transportation. Yoshi can eat shells and spit them back out as fire balls. Yoshi gives Mario higher jumps to help assist within even the hardest levels of the game. Yoshi takes a hit for Mario and runs off allowing players to hop back on and continue as normal. There is no "Super Mario World" without Yoshi, and this green dinosaur is the reason why pouring hours on end into the best 2D Mario game is so easy to do.

Even without Yoshi's presence, "Super Mario World" brings so much to the table. Outlets like Den of Geek have commented on the game's use of the SNES' "graphical power," that helps make everything feel more vivid and energetic than Mario's NES exploits. Also changing up the formula are checkpoints that help make up for the longer levels, further distancing the game from the already-excellent design of "Super Mario Bros. 3" (via USgamer).

When checking out Mario's classic adventures on the Switch, do not skip the game that introduced some of the franchise's best aspects.

3. Super Mario 64

Switching from 2D to 3D is a tough transition for most franchises, but somehow "Super Mario 64" outdoes all the 2D outings Mario has under his belt. "Super Mario 64" gives the player the ultimate freedom of choice; gamers can complete and skip levels at their leisure (with the necessary amount of Stars to unlock certain doors, of course). Some regard this choice as integral, since it never feels annoying to collect stars.

However, a warning of sorts is needed for this game. As noted by Inverse, the "3D All Stars" version — the only playable version on Switch — is the alternate "Shindou edition," which unfortunately is inferior to the original in some ways. For instance, infamous glitches that make speedrunning and enjoying the game altogether have been removed from this port. Even worse is the low effort work put into the Switch version. As noted by Digital Foundry, the newest remaster is still in a 4:3 aspect ratio. As a result, the latest release feels like it has barely seen any changes, unlike the versions of "Galaxy" and "Sunshine" on the cartridge.

With that being said, "Super Mario 64" on Switch is still an amazing game that lets owners experience the 3D classic on the go. The list of issues with the "3D All Stars" version is extensive, but for any nostalgic gamers who aren't into speedrunning the game, the changes don't even come close to destroying the value of the base game. 

2. Super Mario Galaxy

3D platformers have had a rocky existence in the last decade, especially with the future extinction of the genre always being alluded to by journalists. Since no game was able to fully recapture the magic that "Super Mario 64," and "Sunshine" brought to the genre, Nintendo took it upon itself to send Mario to space — making history yet again.

The secret-filled "Super Mario Galaxy" was released to near-perfect reviews and has been pointed to by fans as quite possibly the best game ever made, since it actually turned the conventions of 3D platforming upside down at a time when it needed it most. Sure, previous platforming games like "Sonic Adventure 2" and the "Ratchet & Clank" series had toyed with concepts of gravity and space exploration, but "Super Mario Galaxy" infused those mechanics into the series' core gameplay almost seamlessly. Aside from the game's exceptional puzzles, running around an open area just to discover the goodies on the other side of the planet is an experience like no other.

An already faultless game is improved with its "3D All Stars" version, which is presented in 1080p resolution and allows "Super Mario Galaxy" to break free from the chains placed upon it by the Wii's graphical limitations. The motion controls haven't had quite as good a transition (per The Washington Post), which can lead to a good amount of Joy-Con recalibration, but if that's what it takes to relive the unforgettable space adventure on the Switch then so be it.

1. Super Mario Odyssey

It's difficult to find a game on the Switch that brings out a fraction of the amount of happiness and sheer joy that the beloved "Super Mario Odyssey" does. "Galaxy" might have a bit of an edge in the innovation department, but "Odyssey" pushes the platforming genre just a bit further, becoming Mario's greatest adventure yet.

The game is a series of sandboxes that allows the player complee freedom in tackling objectives. Requirements to progress the story come down to getting whatever Power Moons the player wants to acquire. Like the Stars and Shines in previous games, these moons can be acquired through a huge number of fun and offbeat challenges, including tracing circles with Koopas, riding scooters from dinosaurs, answering riddles, racing RC cars, and spelling "Mario."

It would be a drag if Mario's controls weren't up to standards during this particular odyssey, so it's good to know that his newest 3D game has the best controls of potentially any video game ever created. Mario has an entire arsenal of moves at his disposal, making motion controls completely optional. Acrobatics like the triple jump are present, but rounding out Mario's abilities are the countless enemies able to be possessed and controlled, each with their own unique characteristics. This last aspect has been described by Polygon as a "historic" moment for the "Super Mario" franchise.

"Super Mario Odyssey" is the ultimate Mario game in many ways, and a great showcase for the Nintendo Switch, allowing for endless variations of play.