He’s the most recognisable video game character in the world. But not all of Mario’s games are widely loved. In the week of Mario’s 36th anniversary, the highest and lowest rated Super Mario Bros and Mario Kart games have been revealed.
With data scraped by BestOnlineCasinos.ca, we can now reveal the highest and lowest rated games within the Super Mario franchise.
Highest Rated: Super Mario World
Released five years after Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World rated the highest rated game in the franchise, with an amazing IMDb rating of 9.3/10. It’s the game that first saw the introduction of the green dinosaur Yoshi, and a game that invokes instant nostalgia, with some users stating, ‘I’ll be playing it even when I have great grandchildren.’
In second is Super Mario Bros. 3, with a rating of 9.2/10, while Super Mario 64 takes third place with a rating of 9.1/10. Known for revolutionising the Nintendo64 console, users were quick to crown this as their ‘favourite childhood gaming experience.’
Lowest Rated: Super Mario Run
Released in 2016, Super Mario Run takes bottom spot with a poor 6.2/10. Released on iOS and Android, this was the first mobile game released by Nintendo. However, users were quick to complain about the originality of the game.
Super Mario Bros. 35 and Super Mario 3D Land take joint 16th place with a score of 6.4/10. Here’s a look at the figures in detail, which also includes Mario Kart figures:
|SUPER MARIO (388.92 MILLION SALES)||Year released||IMDb Rating|
|Super Mario Bros.||1985||8.9|
|Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels||1986||7.5|
|Super Mario Bros. 3||1988||9.2|
|Super Mario Bros. 2||1988||7.6|
|Super Mario Land||1989||7.7|
|Super Mario World||1990||9.3|
|Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins||1992||8.1|
|Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island||1995||8.6|
|Super Mario 64||1996||9.1|
|Super Mario Sunshine||2002||8.2|
|New Super Mario Bros.||2006||8.1|
|Super Mario Galaxy||2007||9|
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||2010||8.9|
|Super Mario 3D Land||2011||6.4|
|New Super Mario Bros. U||2012||7.7|
|New Super Mario Bros. 2||2012||7.4|
|New Super Mario 3D World||2013||8.4|
|Super Mario Maker||2015||8.2|
|Super Mario Run||2016||6.2|
|Super Mario Odyssey||2017||9|
|Super Mario Maker 2||2019||8.4|
|New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe||2019||7.8|
|Super Mario Bros. 35||2020||6.4|
|Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury||2021||8.8|
|MARIO KART (158 MILLION SALES)||Year released||IMDb Rating|
|Super Mario Kart||1992||8.4|
|Mario Kart 64||1996||8.7|
|Mario Kart: Super Circiut||2001||7.3|
|Mario Kart: Double Dash!!||2003||8.5|
|Mario Kart 7||2011||8|
|Mario Kart 8||2014||8.6|
|Mario Kart 8 Deluxe||2017||8.7|
|Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit||2020||7.3|
Data was collected by BestOnlineCasinos.ca using resources such as Wikipedia’s list of the best-selling video game franchises, (omitting Mario, Tetris, Wii and Minecraft on the grounds of either being the same game with updates, available on a single device, or being an umbrella franchise) and IMDb in order to determine the ratings of each release. Updates, mini-games or DLCs were also omitted from the study.
What do you think? Do you agree with the results? How would you rate the games?
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