Nintendo’s red-capped Italian plumber has been jumping his way into the hearts of players for some 40 years now, easily being thought of as one of the most celebrated video game characters in even history. As such, he’s graced a glut of different consoles in his time, with a gaming career that has seen him span a plethora of different genres including arcade soccer simulators and even Tetris-style puzzle games. Yes, wherever that famous moustache goes, others seem to follow.
Here we’ll break down every Mario game currently available to play on the Nintendo Switch. Variety is the spice of life for Mario and his friends, as you’ll soon see. But this at least means that you’ll be able to get your Mario fill regardless of the type of games you prefer to play. Let’s get into it!
Super Mario Odyssey is the first proper 3D Mario platformer since Mario Sunshine, utilising the full power of Nintendo Switch to set players off on a globe-trotting adventure in search of as many collectible moons as possible. The general set up is that Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser (crazy, right?), which forces the Nintendo icon to hop into his airship, The Odyssey, in order to stay hot on the heels of his evil arch nemesis. Super Mario Odyssey is a wonderfully inventive sandbox-style journey that will test your platforming skills.
Often thought of as the unchallenged king of kart racers, the Mario Kart series continues to speed past its potential rivals by serving up heaps of imaginative tracks based on famous Nintendo locations and plenty of cool characters to race on them with. Mario Kart 8: Deluxe is actually a souped-up Switch version of the Wii U original, adding in all previously released DLC and six new racers. The result is the most feature-complete and definitive Mario Kart game yet, with tonnes of content to keep you entertained when playing with friends or against others online.
Mario Tennis Aces takes the tense back-and-forth ball play of everyone’s favourite racket sport and mashes it with the notably arcade style of other Mario sports endeavours. You can take your pick of a wide swathe of Mushroom Kingdom characters, including Wario, Peach, Daisy, and utilise the Nintendo Switch’s unique motion controls to easily pull off technical shots like top spins, lobs and slices. There’s even a dedicated adventure mode that’s ideal for single-player tennis enthusiasts, perfecting for practicing your game before taking the action online.
Fancy yourself to a be a talented level creator? Then Super Mario Maker 2 is the Nintendo Switch game that’s perfectly primed to help you prove it. Taking the various level creation systems and mechanics that made the first Mario Maker a celebrated fan-favourite, this colourful sequel adds even more ways to make and upload your own 2D Super Mario stages. Chief amongst them is the ability to add slopes and a whole new art style in Super Mario 3D world. Not a creator? No worries, Super Mario Maker 2 also comes with 100 original Nintendo-made levels.
The New Super Mario Bros. iteration of Mario side-scrollers take the classic 2D gameplay of the original games and super-charge them with a clean art style that feels and looks more modern. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is yet another game that’s made its way from Wii U to Switch, bundling in the challenging Luigi spin-off game to deliver two games in one for double the fun. You and up to three friends can tackle over 160 colourful levels on the same screen, choosing to aid or hinder each other as you so wish.
Bringing the tactile feel of a board game to the screen of your Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Party sees four players compete against one another as classic Mario characters that are moving around an interactive board. You take turns as per usual, regularly competing in one of 8 unique minigames in a bid to gather the most stars. The character that has the most stars at the end of the board game is the winner – it’s as simple as that! What’s more, you can link up multiple Nintendo Switch consoles to add an even better dimension to Super Mario Party.
Nobody was expecting a Mario/Rabbids crossover video game to work, but in taking Nintendo’s mascot and using him as a tactical centrepiece, what we ended up with was an extremely charming turn-based strategy game. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle offers up multiple worlds for you and an entire cast of Mario characters to fight across, tasking you to use your wits by approach battles turn-by-turn in order to catch Rabbid enemies off guard and destroy them in as few moves as possible. Do so, and you’ll be able to unlock new tactical skills and weapon types for your team.
Nintendo’s classic crossover fighting series returns on Switch in a big way, bringing together every character that has ever appeared in the franchise while sprinkling in a few newbies for good measure. You and up to seven other friends can all gather around one console and duke it out to be the last character standing on the platform. World of Light serves as the largest edition, being the first campaign mode Super Smash Bros. has played host to since 2008’s Subspace Emissary in Brawl. Select your character from one of the widest rosters ever seen and be determined to be the best.