Pits are first seen in Super Mario Bros., including the very first level, and appear in every one of the game's sequels and remakes. Mario can simply jump over the pits in order to avoid them. However, some pits require Mario to build speed in order to jump over them. In rarer cases, Mario must jump over a bunch of enemies in order to cross a very wide pit.
Pits appear in levels in this game. Bottomless pits are very common in the Special World levels where some are spaced together attempting to get Mario or Luigi to fall through. Mario or Luigi can easily use a Cape or Flying Yoshi to safetly cross pits but must avoid enemies to keep their flight.
Bottomless Pits play a semi-big role in this game series. Players who can utilize the Meteor Smash technique have a great chance of smashing an opponent down into a pit. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, pits are very common during Adventure Mode.
Pits appears in the Mario Kart games and they are very common on Rainbow Road courses (except the one from Mario Kart 64). If a racer drives into a bottomless pit, they are rescued by Lakitu and they are usually placed right behind the area where the pit was located.
Bottomless Pits are not that common in this game but they always appear in the "Secret" related levels. If Mario has FLUDD, he can try to fly from danger using the Hover Nozzle but if he falls into a pit, he loses a life. A very large pit is found under Pianta Village.
One of the residents of The Underwhere from Super Paper Mario said his game ended after falling into a pit.