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"It's-a me, Mario!"
― Mario, Super Mario 64

Mario (マリオ Mario?) (originally called Mr. Video[1] and Jumpman and also called Super Mario or Mario Mario) is a former[5] plumber[3] who resides in Mushroom Kingdom. Mario rules his land, Mario Land.[6] Mario and his brother, Luigi used to live in Brooklyn as plumbers.

Mario is the overall protagonist of the long-running and highly successful Super Nintendo video game franchise series with the same name. Shigeru Miyamoto created Mario, who was based off Popeye. Mario rescues Princess Peach from Bowser in Super Mario games, while in Super Princess Peach, the role is reversed for Mario and Peach, Bowser kidnaps Mario and Peach rescues him.


Physical description

Mario's Hair

Mario without his cap on his head.

Mario is a twenty-five year old[7] Italian[4] human. Mario has fair skin, short and stocky and medium portly. He has bright blue eyes, big nose and a thick dark-brown mustache with six bumps. Mario has short brown hair with two sideburns, three large bangs pointing upwards, four short bangs point upward the back of his neck and a sprout-shaped cowlick.

He wears a red shirt and blue overalls with yellow buttons. He wears a red cap that has the "M" symbol for his name and wears white opera gloves and brown shoes.

Prior to Super Mario Sunshine, He wore a long-sleeved shirt (In Super Mario Sunshine he wore a short sleeved shirt). In the arcade version of Donkey Kong, He had a blue mustache, hair, and overalls, a red cap and shirt. In Mario Bros.'s arcade version, He had a brown mustache and hair. He wore a red shirt, a blue cap, and overalls. In Super Mario Bros., He had beige eyes, mustache, and shirt, red cap and overalls. In Super Mario Bros. 3, He wore the red cap and shirt, and black overalls.

Personality traits

Unlike his younger brother Luigi, his lover Peach, and his longtime rival Bowser, Mario has very little personality, not undergoing any character development whatsoever in any of the games he appears in. This is so Mario can be reusable in any game he appears in. He is kind, courageous, playful, cocky, shows good sportsmanship, and is generally pure of heart, but also incredibly reckless, rushing into situations without a strategy. (Unlike his bro Luigi who is a massive coward and always fearful.) This is especially shown in Super Mario RPG, where he due to his short temper, tried in vain to fight enemies and had to be calmed down by Mallow (who jokingly compared him to the fighting celebrity Bruce Lee in response).

He has a very idealistic view of others and shows no grudge against any enemy he faces, even if said enemy's actions are atrocious (especially the villains who appear exclusively in the RPG's). This is especially shown with his nemesis Bowser, whom he keeps inviting to kart races and parties despite Bowser's constant kidnapping of Peach and generally making life miserable for the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario even confirmed that he invites his enemies to his Thanksgiving dinner, due to considering them friends. 

In the ending of Super Mario Odyssey, he tries in vain to propose to Peach, leading to an argument with Bowser over who should be her husband. This resulting in Peach, fed up with such immaturity, reject both of their advances, leading to Bowser crying and Mario having to comfort him, showing him as a selfless person who sees the best qualities in others.

Powers and abilities


  • Superhuman Strength - Mario can lift and press objects that are several times his weight. The exact upper limits of his strength are unknown, but in Super Mario World, Mario can easily lift a castle, as shown after defeating Larry Koopa. In Super Mario 64, Mario is shown to lift King Bob-omb. He demonstrates his skill when fighting against Bowser.
  • Superhuman Leap and Jumping - Mario's strength also extends to his legs, allowing him to perform his signature jumping. Mario is extremely good at jumping and is capable of leaping two stories high.
  • Superhuman Durability - Mario can endure great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with superhuman strength. Mario can also endure extreme environments, such as volcanoes and tundras. Also, he can withstand fire, electricity, and ice.
  • Superhuman Stamina - Mario can maintain continuous physical activity for an indefinite time.
  • Superhuman Speed - Mario is capable of running up walls in Super Mario World, and is capable of outpacing sound in Super Paper Mario. Koopa the Quick has referred to Mario as a "human blur".
  • Superhuman Reflexes and Agility - Mario has shown himself time and time again to be very agile and nimble. This power allowed him to survive many dangerous situations that would kill a normal human.
  • Enhanced/Master Combatant - Mario has his fighting style as shown in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
  • Indomitable Will - Mario is shown to have a powerful force of will, completely free of evil or temptation.
  • Weapon Proficiency - Despite not usually using guns, Mario has shown that he is very skilled with weapons. In Yoshi's Safari, Mario has shown he is competent and skilled with guns.
  • Expert Vehicular Driver - As shown in the Mario Kart series, Mario is skilled in driving vehicles, such as karts and motorbikes. As shown on Mario and Sonic at the Olympics series, Mario is good in all-around type.
  • Dimension Flipping - In Super Paper Mario, Mario can flip 3D after Bestovius grants the ability, but he will slowly lose a life if he stays 3D too long.
  • Pyrokinesis - Mario can create and manipulate fire. This ability changes throughout the games he has appeared. In the platform games, such as Super Mario Bros., Mario needs a Fire Flower to obtain this power. But in the RPGs, Super Smash Bros. series, and some of the sports titles, Mario already has this ability. Also, in the Super Smash Bros. series, Mario uses the Mario Finale, in which he unleashes a powerful blast of fire. In spinoffs, Mario is always associated with the element of fire.
  • Supernatural Survivability - Mario constantly died in his games. Despite dying from hard injuries, Mario cheated death and returned to where he had left off.


  • Leadership - Mario has proven to be a capable leader, inspiring others with his charisma, ardor, and idealism.
  • Olympic Competitor - As shown on Mario and Sonic at the Olympics series, Mario is good at all-around type.



Luigi is Mario's younger twin brother. Luigi joins Mario on his adventures, and the two of them are paired together in sports titles and spin-offs. They have a strong brotherly bond and help each other when one is in trouble, as seen in games such as Luigi's Mansion. At times, Mario does exhibit a competitive sibling attitude toward Luigi, such as when he intentionally steps and squirms on Luigi's foot when Luigi receives a trophy in Mario Power Tennis.


The rest of Mario's family has not been extensively explored, especially outside the games. Mario and Luigi's supposed parents made a cameo at the end of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, although the game does not show their faces or names. Furthermore, Yoshi's New Island has stated that these two are not Mario and Luigi's parents.


Mario can appear in different forms when he uses a power-up. Power-ups grant special abilities to Mario; making his adventures simple. He works as a doctor, referred to as Dr. Mario. In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mario and Dr. Mario are separate characters.


Mario and Luigi were plumbers in Brooklyn before they resided in the Mushroom Kingdom. However, Mario and his brother retained their plumbling talents; they fixed the Beanbean Castle Sewers in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and fixed a clear pipe in Super Mario 3D World.

Mario works as an unlicensed doctor.[8] Dr. Mario aims to heal patients and defeat viruses. Dr. Mario randomly throws medication to treat virus.[9]

In Super Mario Maker series, Mario is a builder.


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Early life

The Stork was carrying Mario and Luigi. Kamek snatched Baby Luigi and the Stork with Mario falling onto Yoshi. Yoshi and his travel companions work together to help Mario save Luigi while the Toadies attempt to chase them.[10] After the defeat of Baby Bowser, Mario reunited with Luigi and Yoshi freed the stork. The stork continued carrying Mario and Luigi to the parents' home and leaves Mario and Luigi by the porch.

Donkey Kong


Mario climbing the dangerous construction site.

Mario knew that Donkey Kong has kidnapped Pauline onto a dangerous construction site.[11] Donkey Kong taunted and teased Mario until Mario defeated Donkey Kong and Mario rescues Pauline. For revenge, Mario kidnapped Donkey Kong inside the cage. Mario prevented Donkey Kong Jr. from rescuing Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. caught up with Mario which he failed keeping Donkey Kong captive.


Mario Bros. Shellcreepers

Mario and Luigi under the sewers.

Mario and Luigi meet each other again, the first documented time since their childhood. They worked as plumbers inside the sewers of New York.[12]

Mushroom Kingdom

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Mario meeting Peach for the first time.

Mario and Luigi heard about Bowser summoning dark magic into the Mushroom World turning Toads into inanimate objects, Princess Peach was also kidnapped by Bowser so that she cannot undo the spell. Mario defeated Bowser and rescued Peach, who assigned him a new quest.[13]

Exploring Subcon

Main articles: Super Mario Bros. 2 and Subcon
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Mario and companions fighting against the 8-bits.

Mario had a strange dream. He saw a staircase leading to a doorway. Mario fell into another world, Subcon. A faint voice told Mario that Wart kidnapped the Subcon. The voice said that Wart placed a curse in the world, however, the curse will not affect Mario and his friends. The voice hinted Mario that Wart hates vegetables.[14]

Mario woke up from his dream and told Peach, Luigi, and Toad about his strange dream. The group decided to go to the nearby mountain for a picnic. They enjoyed looking at the scenery until they spot a small cave. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad curiously approached the cave finding a long staircase leading to the door. As they opened the door, they fell into Subcon, the land of dreams.[14] Mario remembered the advice from the voice from his dream, Wart hates vegetables. Mario confronted Wart and defeated him with vegetables. He saved the Subcons. Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach, and the Subcons celebrate their rescue from Wart's evil spell.

Koopalings' invasion

Main article: Super Mario Bros. 3
SMB3 Artwork - Airship assault

Peach kidnapped by the Koopalings.

Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach learned that Bowser sent his children called Koopalings to Mushroom World to make mischief. The seven Koopalings stole the seven wands from the seven kings of the seven lands and transformed them into animals. Peach and Toad farewelled Mario and Luigi wishing them luck as the two brothers set off their journey. Peach sent letters to help Mario and Luigi and enclosed jewels. Mario defeated six Koopalings and saved the six kings. After Mario rescued the Pipe Land King from the last Koopaling, Ludwig von Koopa, Mario received a letter from Bowser who had kidnapped Peach into the Dark Land. Mario ran to Bowser's castle and confronted him. Mario defeated Bowser and saved Peach.

Yoshi's Island

SMW Mario Toadstool

Mario, Princess Peach and the Yoshis at Yoshi's House.

Mario, Luigi, and Peach agreed to have a vacation on Yoshi's Island. Mario and Luigi relaxed on the beach. They realized Princess Toadstool disappeared. Mario and Luigi search for her until they approached an enormous egg, a Yoshi Egg. Yoshi thanked Mario and Luigi for rescuing them. He told Mario and Luigi that "monstrous turtles" sealed them in eggs. Luigi realized Bowser and the Koopalings returned.[15] Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi arrived in the Valley of Bowser. Mario and Luigi fought against Bowser and rescued Peach. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and the eggs traveled back to Yoshi's Island. The Yoshis hatched from the eggs.



Mario in Sarasaland.

Tatanga brainwashed the people in Sarasaland and conquered it. He kidnapped Daisy, plotted to marry her, and to be his queen. When Mario learned this incident, he traveled through the four kingdoms and fought Tatanga. Upon his defeat, Mario rescued Daisy, and the people were free from Tatanga's control.[16]

Mario Land

While Mario was rescuing Sarasaland and Daisy, Wario conquered Mario Land and his castle and brainwashed the citizens. Wario scatters the six coins in Mario Land.[6] Mario was determined to take down Wario. After Mario collected the six coins from different areas, Mario proceeded to enter Wario's castle. Mario confronted Wario and defeated him. Wario surrendered and Mario conquered his own castle.

Warp Paintings

SM64 Mario Peach

Mario cheering after Peach's compliment.

Peach sent an invitation to Mario, mentioning that he is invited to eat cake. Mario headed to Peach's Castle. Upon entering, Mario heard Bowser speaking and learned Bowser held Peach and the Toads captive in paintings.[17] Mario entered different paintings and gathered scattered Power Stars. After saving the Toads, he collected enough Power Stars and faced Bowser in combat and ended his terrible reign. Princess Peach was saved, and she thanked him with a kiss and baked him a cake.

Isle Delfino

SMS Artwork - Group artwork

Shadow Mario invading Delfino Island.

Upon arriving on Isle Delfino, inhabitants branded Mario as a criminal. An impersonator of Mario, Shadow Mario was vandalizing Isle Delfino with goop. Mario denied that he vandalized the island. Security forced Mario to clean the goop and return the Shine Sprites to the Shine Gate.[18] Mario started cleaning up the isle and found out Bowser Jr. was the impersonator. He kidnapped Princess Peach and took her to the Corona Mountain. After Mario defeated Bowser Jr., he flooded Delfino Square. Mario went to Corona Mountain and found Bowser and son, bathing in a tub of hot slime goop. When Mario flipped the tub upside down, Bowser and Bowser Jr. fell onto an isolated island, saving Isle Delfino. Mario, Peach, and F.L.U.D.D. landed onto the beach. Inhabitants apologized for accusing Mario. Mario continued enjoying his vacation.

Vibe Island

Bowser ordered his minions to kidnap Mario, Luigi, and the Toads in Peach's castle while Princess Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad were strolling in the Mushroom Kingdom. Army Hammer Bro held Mario captive in the cage. Upon Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad's arrival, they witnessed Toads with different emotions and found out Bowser kidnapped the target victims. Peach was determined to rescue the brothers and Toads. Toadsworth gave Peach an unordinary umbrella named Perry. Peach and Perry headed off to Vibe Island.[19] After rescuing Toads and Luigi, the duo went the Bowser's villa and confronted Army Hammer Bro and Bowser. Defeating both of them, Perry freed Mario. Peach, Perry, Toads, Mario, and Luigi left the island and returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Galaxy Reactor

Mario was sent a letter by Peach inviting him to celebrate the Star Festival, telling him there was something she wanted to give him. Unable to resist, Mario immediately left for the castle. However, Bowser and the Koopa Troop once again attack, lifting Peach's Castle into space while Mario was about to get in. He is blasted into by Kamek before he reaches Peach and is left for dead. He is found by the Lumas, who make him play a game of tag before explaining what is going on to him. Mario also meets the Luma's "mother" Rosalina, who agrees to help him fight Bowser and rescue Peach, whom she calls Mario's "special one". She reveals that Bowser attacked her Comet Observatory and stole all their Power Stars, leaving the Observatory in a state of darkness. Mario, being paired with a Luma that gives him a powerful spin attack, is tasked with getting all of the stars to get the ship moving. Along the way, he meets several monsters, other weird characters (including a cosmic doppelganger), and meets up with a ragtag group of Toads and his brother Luigi. After successfully getting the Power Stars, the Observatory is able to get moving to Bowser's galaxy reactor where Bowser plans to create his own galaxy and rule "every pitiful corner of the universe". The two enemies fight in a massive battle (fittingly named "The Fate of the Universe"), and Mario wins, sending Bowser plummeting into the sun, saving Peach and taking his Grand Star. However, without the grand star powering up the sun, it causes an explosion leading to a massive black hole that pulls in everything and kills nearly everyone in its vicinity. All of the Lumas, including the one who accompanied Mario throughout his journey, are forced to sacrifice themselves to contain the black hole and recreate the universe, but not before the Luma waves goodbye to the plumber. After the massive explosion, Mario is protected by Rosalina, being the only one who survived it. She tells him that new baby stars are being born as a result. Afterward, Mario wakes up in the Mushroom Kingdom, only it is now a combination of all the worlds he visited. Additionally, everyone survived the black hole, though several of them do not remember anything.

Galaxy Generator

Peach invited Mario to her castle for the cake.[20] When Mario arrived, Bowser kidnapped Peach and took her away to the center of the universe. After Mario defeated Bowser's Galaxy Generator, Peach appeared with the Grand Star and landed on the garden planet with Mario. The Comet Observatory was free from Bowser's fortress, and Rosalina was pleased to know that Luma is safe. Luma also takes Mario's cap as a souvenir. Mario and Peach rode on Starship Mario and returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Sprixie Kingdom

SM3DW Screenshot - Mushroom Kingdom and Bowser

Mario and company witnessing Bowser kidnapping the green Sprixie Princess.

Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Blue Toad were enjoying the fireworks on the evening of Mushroom Kingdom. They found a slanted Clear Pipe. After Mario and Luigi fixed the pipe, a green Sprixie Princess panicked and told them that she escaped Bowser, but he kidnapped the other Sprixie Princesses. Bowser came out of the pipe and trapped the green Sprixie Princess in the jar and went to the plains area. Peach checked Bowser inside the pipe but fell into the pipe. Mario and company caught up to her and fell into the plains area where they found the green Sprixie Princess trapped inside a jar.

After Mario and the others rescued the green Sprixie Princess, they continued to save more Sprixie Princesses in other areas. Rescuing the last Sprixie Princess, Bowser kidnapped all the Sprixie Princesses in a large jar and ran to the amusement area.

The foursome rescued the Sprixie Princesses again from Bowser as Meowser. Bowser was trapped in the jar as Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Cap Kingdom

Mario discovered much to his dismay that Peach was once again kidnapped by Bowser. This time, however, Bowser did not do it to spite Mario; instead, he planned on forcing Peach to marry him. Furious, Mario intercepted the Koopa King in his sparsely-decorated airship but was quickly defeated thanks to Bowser's large mechanical hat outfitted with boxing gloves. Knocking Mario off the airship with extreme force, Bowser mocked the plumber and destroyed his beloved red cap.

Crashing into the Cap Kingdom, Mario met a sentient hat ghost named Cappy, who revealed he was also chasing Bowser. Apparently, Bowser attacked the kingdom (wrecking several of the local Bonneter's airships) and took his sister Tiara, using her as Peach's new headwear for the wedding. Realizing they share a common goal, Cappy offers to work with Mario, using what remained of Mario's cap to transform into it. This gave Mario the ability to throw Cappy and make him come back like a boomerang, as well as "Capture", allowing the plumber to take control of living creatures and inanimate objects. After defeating the Broodals, Bowser's newest minions, and making their way to the Cascade Kingdom, they discover an airship known as the Odyssey and empower it using Power Moons, allowing them to travel to new kingdoms.

Despite all his new abilities at his disposal, Mario fails to prevent Bowser from escaping to other kingdoms and taking each kingdom's precious artifacts, such as the Lake Kingdom's Lochlady Dress. After numerous run-ins with the Broodals and other monsters, Mario and Cappy confront Bowser in his kingdom and find out that Bowser plans not to marry Peach on his kingdom, but literally on the Moon. He smacks the two away with his mechanical hat and leaves them at the mercy of the Broodals, who came back with a gigantic robot dubbed "RoboBrood". After destroying the robot, the two make their way to the moon. Cappy gives Mario a flashy-new tuxedo before arriving at Bowser and Peach's wedding.

Mario in the Wedding Hall

Mario breaking into the wedding hall.

Intercepting the "royal wedding", Mario finally defeats Bowser and frees Peach, only for the platform they were standing on to explode causing them to fall to the Underground Moon Caverns. With no other way to escape, Mario is forced to use Cappy to jack Bowser's body, using the Koopa King's brute strength to get himself and everyone else out of the caverns, conveniently landing next to the Odyssey. After reuniting Cappy and Tiara, Mario attempts to propose to Peach, but the now-conscious Bowser ruins everything by smacking him out of the way and proposing himself. Outraged, the two fight over their proposals, but Peach, angered at their immaturity, refuses both advances, leading to Bowser crying and the equally sad Mario having to comfort him. Peach then calls them to come back home on the Odyssey with Cappy and Tiara. However, only Mario makes it to the ship, kicking Bowser away and stranding him on the moon.

Returning to the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and Cappy continue looking for Power Moons. After grabbing numerous Power Moons, visiting Peach and Tiara in other kingdoms (they apparently wanted to visit said kingdom on their own terms), fighting the Broodals again (they are mad at the plumber for driving them out of a job), and fighting a harder version of Bowser in the Moon Kingdom, they are able to fully power up the Odyssey. After that, Mario, along with everyone else, takes a photo in front of Peach's Castle and gets a replacement cap from Cappy.

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Super Mario series

Donkey Kong

Mario made his debut in Donkey Kong and was originally called Mr. Video and Jumpman. As a playable character, Mario must avoid touching the barrels and collect items.

Mario Bros.

Mario is a playable character in Mario Bros.. Only Mario's physical appearance was used from earlier games. Luigi is portrayed as the green palette swap of Mario.

Super Princess Peach

Mario made his non-playable appearance in Super Princess Peach. Notably, the roles are reversed with Bowser imprisoning Mario, while Peach must rescue him, the Toads and Luigi. Mario is present in the opening cutscene and after defeating Bowser in the second round.

Super Mario Bros./The Lost Levels

Mario and mushroom SMB1 artwork

Mario's artwork in Super Mario Bros..

Lakitu SMB1

Mario fighting Lakitu in Super Mario Bros..

Mario appeared in Super Mario Bros. as a playable character. He can run, jump, crouch and swim. He can also warp pipes. Mario can defeat enemies by punching, stomping, knocking a moving object, and using special abilities (Fire Flower, Super Star).

Mario appeared in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. As a playable character, he does not have any mechanic changes from Super Mario Bros..

Super Mario Bros. 2


Mario's artwork in Super Mario Bros. 2.

Mario is a playable character in Super Mario Bros. 2. He has balanced statistics and no special abilities. As a playable character, he can run and jump. Additionally, he can pick up enemies and items beneath him (i.e. vegetable, Mushroom Block). Mario can also attack enemies and bosses by throwing items.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Tanooki Mario Artwork - Super Mario Bros. 3

Artwork of Mario in the Tanooki Suit, introduced in Super Mario Bros. 3.

As a playable character in Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario can perform basic moves. He can also grab new power-ups: Tanooki Suit, Ice Flower and Hammer Suit.

Super Mario World

Super Mario World

Mario in Super Mario World.

Mario and Luigi appear as playable characters in Super Mario World. As a playable character, Mario has no advantages and disadvantages. He can transform with power-ups and ride on Yoshis.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

See also: Baby Mario

Mario appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island as Baby Mario. Baby Mario cannot be controlled, but Yoshi must avoid touching hazards and enemies. Baby Mario will be trapped in the bubble if Yoshi touches the enemy or hazard. If Yoshi does not catch Baby Mario, Toadies will take Baby Mario.

Super Mario 64/Super Mario 64 DS

Mario SM64-1

Mario with the Wing Cap.

Mario marked his appearance in his 3D video game debut, Super Mario 64. The game also marked Charles Martinet's first time to voice as Mario. As a playable character, Mario can enter paintings and collect Power Stars.

Mario can perform new abilities. He can also perform a triple jump, wall jump, long jump, side somersault and backward somersault. Mario can pick up and swing enemies and bosses. Additionally, Mario can also punch, kick, and jump kick. Mario can slide attack, slide kick, ground-pound, body slam, and trip enemies. However, Mario will lose lives when falling from extreme heights.

Mario returns in the remake Super Mario 64 DS. Mario has been trapped by Goomboss and Yoshi is the only character that can rescue him. In addition, Mario is required to unlock Luigi who has been trapped by King Boo. Mario is the most balanced of the four characters and plays very much the same way as he did in the original game.

Super Mario Sunshine

Mario SMS

Mario with F.L.U.D.D. on his back.

As a Super Mario Sunshine playable character, Mario can perform abilities with his F.L.U.D.D.. He can use it to clean the goop and attack enemies. Additionally, he can now sidestep and spin jump. In this video game, Mario cannot perform moves from previous installments.

New Super Mario Bros.


Mega Mario from New Super Mario Bros., about to destroy a Brick Block.

As a playable character in New Super Mario Bros., Mario can now climb fences and hang on ledges. This game marked Mario first appearance in a 2.5 side-scrolling platform video game.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

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Artwork of Propeller Mario, a newly introduced power-up from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

As a playable character, Mario can perform basic moves from previous games.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Mario reappeared in New Super Mario Bros. 2 as a playable character along with Luigi. As a playable character, he can now obtain a new power-up Gold Flower.

Super Mario Galaxy

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Mario peforming a Star Spin in Super Mario Galaxy.

As a playable character, Mario can perform moves from the previous installments. Luma assists Mario, allowing him to perform a spin-jump. Mario can perform various moves from previous installments.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Mario Yoshi Luma

Mario, Yoshi, and a Luma.

Mario appeared in the sequel of Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2. As a playable character, he can do moves from Galaxy. Additionally, he can ride on Yoshi and Fluzzard. Mario can obtain new power-ups: Cloud Flower and Rock Mushroom.

Super Mario 3D Land


Artwork of Mario and his shadow (Tanooki form).

Mario appears in Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS. Mario and Luigi are playable characters. As a playable character, Mario can store power-ups (i.e. Super Leaf). Mario can now roll and perform a rolling jump.

Super Mario 3D World

822px-Cat Mario Artwork (alt) - Super Mario 3D World

Artwork of Cat Mario, a newly introduced power-up in Super Mario 3D World.

Mario appeared in Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U. Mario is an optional playable character along with Luigi, Peach, Blue Toad and Rosalina. Mario is represented with his trademark color, red. As a playable character, he has no special abilities. However, he can perform various moves from the previous video games.

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey Artwork

Artwork of Mario and Cappy.

Mario and Cappy are the protagonists of Super Mario Odyssey. As a playable character, Mario can perform special moves with Cappy. Mario can throw Cappy to reach objects. Additionally, Cappy can capture enemies; Mario can control the captured enemy's body. Mario can choose different costumes from different stores; the clothes reference Mario's previous installments.

Mario Party series

Mario Party

Mario made his Mario Party debut in Mario Party. He is a playable character, along with Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Wario. Mario aims to become the Super Star.

Mario Party 2

1Mario is playable character in 2Mario Party 2. Mario aims to become the Super Star.

Mario Party 3

3Mario is playable character in 4Mario Party 3. In 5Story Mode, Mario will compete against the player in 6Mr. Mover unless the player chooses Mario. In Duel Mode, Koopa Troopa is Mario's default partner. Along with other characters, Mario aims to become the Super Star.

Mario Party 4

7Mario is playable character in 8Mario Party 4. He is represented with a red icon and his silhouette. The 9Mega Mushroom is Mario's favorite item.

In the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and the other characters were in Peach's Castle Garden when they saw something big landing in the garden. They found out that Toad, Goomba, Boo, Shy Guy and Koopa Troopa discovered a mysterious Party Cube.

Mario Party 5

Mario appeared in 0Mario Party 5 as a default playable character.

One day, in the Dream Depot, the Star Guards invited Mario and other people to a party. The Stat Guards allowed them to visit the world of dreams. Bowser planned to invade Dream Depot and destroy everyone's dreams. However, Mario and the others fought Bowser and defeated him. While the two people were floating, Bowser sulked for his loss and realized his dream came true. Bowser told Mario his dream that he wished for a strong opponent; despite his loss in the battle, he won his dream and Bowser farewelled Mario.

Mario Party 6

Mario is a default playable character in 1Mario Party 6.

During the story, Brighton and Twila fought to know who is the more impressive. Mario and the others tried to get them to make up, but Brighton and Twilight continued. The group decided to throw a Mario Party and gather the power of the Star and to use their power to calm down the arguing beings.

Mario Party 7

Mario is a default playable character in 2Mario Party 7.

Mario and his friends received an invitation from Toadsworth to go on a luxury cruise. Bowser wanted to sabotage Mario's party, so they fought Bowser.

Mario Party DS

Mario is a playable character in 3Mario Party DS.

Mario and his friends received a letter from Bowser who "apologized" for his behavior and invited them to his place. When they arrived, Bowser and Bowser Jr. locked them in a cage. Bowser used the Minimizer to shrink them to chess piece sizes. Kamek threw the group out from a distance. While travelling, they helped other characters in their quests. Mario and company encountered Bowser in his pinball machine. Mario prepared to fight against Bowser thus ue grew back to her normal size to defeat Bowser. Mario and company tied up Bowser and Bowser Jr.. The Sky Crystals combined into a crystal DS, allowing them to play Triangle Twisters. They included Bowser and Bowser Jr. to play the game too.

Mario Party 8

Mario appeared in 4Mario Party 8 as a playable character. Mario, 5MC Ballyhoo and the rest of the crew attend the 6Star Carnival. 7MC Ballyhoo hosted an event in the 8Star Battle Arena. After Mario won the event, Ballyhoo was about to give the 9Star Rod until 0Bowser snatched it. Mario chased Bowser to complete the final board in 1Bowser's Warped Orbit. After Mario triumphed Bowser's minion, Bowser returned the Star Rod, however, he decided to start the 2final showdown. Mario used the Star Rod and defeated him and returned to the carnival. MC Ballyhoo declared him as the superstar.

Mario Party 9

Mario is a default playable character in 3Mario Party 9. In Solo Mode, Mario and his friends watched the stars from 4Peach's Castle. However, Bowser and Bowser Jr. stole the 5Mini Stars. The crew ran to retrieve the Mini Stars. Mario and his ally retrieved more Mini Stars than Kamek and Shy Guy. The Mini Stars break free from the machines and return to the sky. The crew continued watching the stars.

Mario Party: Island Tour

Mario is a playable character in 6Mario Party: Island Tour. At the prologue, everyone was roaming around 7Mushroom Kingdom. Mario received a letter that they were invited to the party. They were trapped in the bubbles carrying them to the sky.

Mario Party 10

Mario is a default playable character in 8Mario Party 10. Additionally, the player can use Mario's six different 9amiibos during the amiibo Party.

Mario Party: Star Rush

Mario is one of the fifteen playable characters (including the four playable Toads in 1Toad Scramble) in 2Mario Party: Star Rush. Star Rush reused 3Mario Party 10 artwork and Mario's animations.

In 4Toad Scramble, Super Dice Block is Mario's personal Dice Block. Mario can stomp on 5Goombas in the grass to earn coins. Luigi has the same ability as Mario. if the player uses Mario's amiibo, Mario will be the starting player, but the colored TOad is the ally. Additionally, the opponent cannot take Mario to their team if the opponent wins the duel. In 6Coinathlon, if the player uses Mario's amiibo, Mario will have the 7Red Coin Bag available at the start of the game. Mario's name is mentioned on 8Mario Shuffle. In 9Balloon Bash, if the player uses Mario's amiibo, Mario will grant the 0Double Dice Block to the player. Like other characters, Mario can be viewed in the 1Character Museum.

Mario Party: The Top 100

Mario is one of the eight playable characters in 2Mario Party: The Top 100. The Top 100 reused Star Rush's sprites of Mario.

Super Mario Party

Mario is one of the twenty playable characters in 3Super Mario Party. He is one of the sixteen default playable characters. Super Mario Party reused Mario's Mario Party 10 victory and losing animations. The 4Mario Dice Block is Mario's personal Dice Block. On boards, Mario and Luigi are the only characters who has Toad speaking for them.

In Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga/Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Mario teams up with his younger brother Luigi in this video game series. In 6Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and 7Bowser's Minions. Superstar Saga and Bowser's Minions depicts Mario as a well-known hero while Luigi as Mario's not-as-famous brother. Mario can perform 8Firebrand after he obtains it at the 9Oho Oasis.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

In 0Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario and Luigi used 1E. Gadd's Time Machine to travel to the past and find Princess Peach. Mario and Luigi joined forces with past selves. In the game, Mario and Luigi carry 2Baby Mario and 3Baby Luigi respectively. The player can separate the brothers and their younger counterparts to freely control two partners at once, allowing the player to progress through the story.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story/Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey

In 4Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and 5Bowser Jr.'s Journey, Fawful gave a 6Vacuum Mushroom to Bowser, inhaling the citizens in the Mushroom Kingdom and Mario, Luigi and 7Starlow. The player can control Mario and Luigi, and Bowser separately.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

In 8Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario and Luigi are playable characters. In the Real World, Mario and Luigi can access to special attacks. In the 9Dream World, 0Dreamy Luigi can fuse Mario, allowing Mario and Dreamy Luigi to access 1Luiginary attacks. Luigi but Mario can open the 2Dream Portal.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

Mario, Luigi and 3Paper Mario are playable characters in 4Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. Out of battle, the player controls Mario with the 3DS A. The player can control the three characters simultaneously by pressing 3DS X.

In Super Smash Bros. series

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Mario series and/or isn't considered to be part of the series' overall storyline.

Super Smash Bros.

Smashpedia article: Mario (Super Smash Bros.)

Mario is one of the playable characters from 0Super Smash Bros.. He is the first character on the selection screen and is available at the start of the game. Mario and Luigi represent the Mario universe. Mario's pose on the official artwork resembles his Super Mario Bros. 2 artwork. Mario's character selection portrait screen strongly resembles his official artwork from Super Mario 64. While he is the only character who speaks in one of his victory poses, he is also to the first character to do it.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Mario is one of the playable characters in 3Super Smash Bros. Melee. He has the second-longest taunt with 4Young Link overtaking him. In PAL versions, Mario's weight decreased from 100 to 98.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Mario is one of the playable characters in 6Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Mario has an alternate costume with a blue shirt and red overalls. In 7Subspace Emissary, Mario and Luigi never interacted with each other. Mario cannot crawl in Brawl despite his ability to crawl in the Super Mario series.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Mario is a default playable character in 9Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and 0Wii U. Mario's artwork shows him with a fireball, however, it does not appear in the official game. The fireball does not appear on Mario's alternate costumes too. This game marks the first time Mario has eight alternate costumes. This is also the last game where his Wario-based costume and Fire Flower-based alternate costumes appear. Additionally, Mario appears on five trophies.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mario is one of the playable characters that reappeared in 3Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Mario is available at the beginning of the game. Additionally, Mario has two alternate costumes: his builder costume based on his appearance in Super Mario Maker and his wedding costume in Super Mario Odyssey. Mario is classified as #1 on the fighter roster. 4Cappy's eyes appears in Mario's side taunt.

In the 5World of Light, Mario is one of the three characters' who must be unlocked by fighting them in the Neutral-type Fighter Battle. Unlike most fighters, Mario appeared in every World of Light cutscene. Being the first fighter unlocked, this depicts Mario as the deuteragonist of Ultimate.

Due to the presence of his builder and wedding costumes, he has three Fighter Spirits. In total, Mario appears in twenty different 6spirits.

Mario's Classic Mode route is based off Super Mario Odyssey, fighting a group of fighters from various universes referencing him travelling different kingdoms. Mario appears in Peach's congratulations screen, it may be based off the scrapped ending of Odyssey. Mario also appears in Bowser's congratulations screen that may be referencing the reversed roles in Super Princess Peach and the events in Odyssey.

Non-canonical appearances

The Legend of Zelda series

Mario makes a cameo in the Japanese-only Captain Rainbow as a portrait above Tracy's (from 7The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening) throne. An empty portrait and 8Link are sitting to the left of his picture. The portrait is Mario's Mario Party DS artwork.

In 9The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he appears in several portraits within NPC homes.

Mario made a cameo in 0The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. A picture of him along with other Mario characters, such as Luigi and Yoshi could be seen outside of a window in Princess Zelda's room in Hyrule Castle.

Mario made a cameo in 1The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask as a mask hanging on the 2Happy Mask Salesman's backpack.

Kirby series

In 3Kirby Super Star, as well as its remake 4Kirby Super Star Ultra, he and Luigi can be seen in the crowd watching Kirby fight King Dedede. Rock Kirby can transform into a golden Mario statue.

Captain Rainbow

Mario makes a cameo in 5Captain Rainbow. He appears as a portrait above Tracy's (from 6The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening) throne. An empty portrait and 7Link are sitting to the left of his picture. The portrait is Mario's artwork from 8Mario Party DS.

Punch Out!!

Mario makes a cameo as the referee in Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! and its remake. He also appeared in a new paper cut out. Next to him are two lines of text. One reads "Daddy, come home!" and "I Found a Key!" What one of these lines apply to the Mario photo in unknown.

Bayonetta series

Mario appeared in Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 as 0Bayonetta's attire for the Peach-based costume.[21][22]

In other media

The Donkey Kong Show

Mario, Pauline, and Donkey Kong all starred in an animated television show based on Donkey Kong, and Donkey Kong 3.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Main article: Mario (DiC Cartoons)

In 3The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, Mario is a plumber who lives in Brooklyn with Luigi. Mario and Luigi work in a business called 4Mario Bros. Plumbing. Mario wears a blue shirt and red overalls as depicted with Mario's appearance before Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario-Kun

In 7Super Mario Kun, Mario is a plumber who resides in 8Mushroom Kingdom with 9Luigi.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.


Game Role Year Console Notes
Donkey Kong Playable character 1981 Arcade Game debut
Donkey Kong Jr. Playable character 1982 Arcade
Mario's Cement Factory Playable character 1983 Game & Watch
Mario's Bombs Away Playable character 1983 Game & Watch
Pinball Playable character 1983 Arcade
Mario Bros. Playable character 1983 Arcade
Punch Out!! Non-playable character 1983 Arcade
Baseball Playable character 1983 NES
Mario Bros. Special Playable character 1984 NEC PC-8801
Punch Ball Mario Bros. Playable character 1984 NEC PC-6001
Donkey Kong Circus Non-playable character 1984 Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Hockey Non-playable character 1984 Game & Watch
Tennis Non-playable character 1984 NES
Pinball Playable character 1984 NES
Golf Playable character 1984 NES
Wrecking Crew Playable character 1985 NES
Super Mario Bros. Playable character 1985 NES First Super Mario Bros. debut
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Playable character 1986 NES
I am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater Playable character 1986 Family Computer Disk System
All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. Playable character 1986 Family Computer Disk System
Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race Playable character 1987 Family Computer Disk System
Super Mario Bros. 2 Playable character 1988 NES
Super Mario Bros. 3 Playable character 1988 NES
Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally Playable character 1988 NES
Kaettekita Mario Bros. Playable character 1988 NES
Tetris Playable character 1989 NES
Alleyway Playable character 1989 NES
Super Mario Land Playable character 1989 GB
Qix Playable character 1990 GB
Dr. Mario Playable character 1990 GB
F-1 Race Playable character 1990 GB
Super Mario World Playable character 1990 NES
NES Open Tournament Golf Playable character 1991 NES
Mario Teaches Typing Non-playable character 1991 MS-DOS
Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up Non-playable character 1991 MS-DOS
Mario the Juggler Playable character 1991 Game & Watch
Yoshi Playable character 1991 NES
Super Scope 6 Playable character 1992 SNES
Mario Paint Non-playable character 1992 SNES
Super Mario Kart Playable character 1992 SNES
Yoshi's Cookie Playable character 1992 SNES
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Playable character 1992 GB
Mario is Missing! Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Mario's Time Machine Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Mario & Wario Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Super Mario All-Stars Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Mario's Early Years: Fun with Numbers Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Mario's Early Years: Preschool Fun Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Yoshi's Cookie Non-playable character 1993 NES
Yoshi's Safari Playable character 1993 NES
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Non-playable character 1994 GB
Mario's Playschool Non-playable character 1994 SNES
Hotel Mario Playable character 1994 Philips CD-i
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest Non-playable character 1995 SNES
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Non-playable character 1995 SNES
Mario's Game Gallery Non-playable character 1995 SNES
Mario's Picross Non-playable character 1995 GB
Mario's Super Picross Non-playable character 1995 SNES
Mario Tennis Non-playable character 1995 VB
Mario Clash Playable character 1995 VB
Mario Teaches Typing 2 Non-playable character 1996 Windows
Super Mario 64 Playable character 1996 N64
Mario Kart 64 Playable character 1996 N64
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Playable character 1996 SNES
Mario no Photopi Non-playable character 1996 N64
Game & Watch Gallery Playable character 1997 GB
Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium Playable character 1997 SNES
Game & Watch Gallery 2 Playable character 1997 GB
Wrecking Crew '98 Playable character 1998 SNES
Mario Party Playable character 1998 SNES
Super Smash Bros. Playable character 1999 N64
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Playable character 1999 NES
Mario Golf Playable character 1999 N64
Mario Golf Playable character 1999 GBC
Mario Party 2 Playable character 1999 GBC
Mario Artist: Paint Studio Playable character 2000 N64
Mario Artist: Talent Studio Non-playable character 2000 N64
Mario Artist: Communication Kit Non-playable character 2000 N64
Mario Artist: Polygon Studio Non-playable character 2000 N64
Mario's Tennis Playable character 2000 N64
Paper Mario Playable character 2000 N64
Mario Party 3 Playable character 2000 N64
Dr. Mario 64 Playable character 2001 N64
Luigi's Mansion Non-playable character 2001 GCN
Super Smash Bros. Melee Playable character 2001 GCN
Mario Tennis Playable character 2001 GBC
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Non-playable character 2001 GBA
Super Mario Advance Playable character 2001 GBA
Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World Playable character 2001 GBA
Super Mario Sunshine Playable character 2002 GCN
Mario Party 4 Playable character 2002 GCN
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Playable character 2002 GBA
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Playable character 2002 GBA
Mario Party 5 Playable character 2003 GCN
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Playable character 2003 GCN
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Playable character 2003 GCN
Nintendo Puzzle Collection Playable character 2003 GCN
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Playable character 2003 GBA
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Playable character 2003 GBA
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Playable character 2004 GBA
Classic NES Series Playable character 2004 GBA
Mario Party 6 Playable character 2004 GBA
Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2004 GCN
Mario vs. Donkey Kong Playable character 2004 GBA
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Playable character 2004 GBA
Mario Pinball Land Playable character 2004 GBA
Super Mario 64 DS Playable character 2004 DS First Nintendo DS appearance.
Yoshi Touch & Go Playable character 2005 DS
Yakuman DS Playable character 2005 DS
NBA Street V3 Playable character 2005 DS Guest appearance
Mario Superstar Baseball Playable character 2005 GCN
Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix Playable character 2005 GCN
SSX on Tour Playable character 2005 GCN
Mario Kart DS Playable character 2005 DS
Mario Party 7 Playable character 2005 GCN
Super Mario Strikers Playable character 2005 GCN
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Playable character 2005 DS
Mario Party Advance Playable character 2005 GBA
Mario Tennis: Power Tour Playable character 2005 GBA
Mario Kart Arcade GP Playable character 2005 Arcade
Super Princess Peach Non-playable character 2005 DS
New Super Mario Bros. Non-playable character 2006 DS
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Non-playable character 2006 DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Non-playable character 2006 DS
Yoshi's Island DS Non-playable character 2006 DS Mario appears as Baby Mario.
Tetris DS Non-playable character 2006 DS
Super Paper Mario Playable character 2007 Wii
Mario Party 8 Playable character 2007 Wii
Mario Strikers Charged Playable character 2007 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Playable character 2007 Wii
Super Mario Galaxy Playable character 2007 Wii
Mario Party DS Playable character 2007 Wii
Itadaki Street DS Playable character 2007 DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Playable character 2007 Arcade
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable character 2008 Wii
Dr. Mario Express Playable character 2008 Wii
Dr. Mario Online Rx Playable character 2008 Wii
Mario Kart Wii Playable character 2008 Wii
Game & Watch Collection Playable character 2008 DS
Mario Super Sluggers Playable character 2008 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Playable character 2009 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Playable character 2009 Wii, DS
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story Playable character 2009 DS
Super Mario Galaxy 2 Playable character 2010 DS
Game & Watch Collection 2 Playable character 2010 DS
Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition Playable character 2010 Wii
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Playable character 2010 Wii
Mario Sports Mix Playable character 2010 Wii
Super Mario 3D Land Playable character 2010 3DS First Nintendo 3DS appearance.
Super Mario 3D Land Playable character 2011 3DS First Nintendo 3DS appearance.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Playable character 2011 Wii, 3DS
Mario Kart 7 Playable character 2011 Wii, 3DS
Fortune Street Playable character 2011 Wii
Mario Party 9 Playable character 2011 Wii Final Wii appearance.
Mario Tennis Open Playable character 2011 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Playable character 2012 3DS
Paper Mario: Sticker Star Playable character 2012 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Playable character 2012 Wii U First Wii U appearance.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Non-playable character 2013 Wii U
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Non-playable character 2013 Arcade
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Playable character 2013 3DS
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Playable character 2013 3DS
Super Mario 3D World Playable character 2013 Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Playable character 2013 Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour Playable character 2013 3DS
NES Remix Playable character 2013 Wii U
NES Remix 2 Playable character 2013 Wii U
Mario Golf: World Tour Playable character 2014 3DS
Yoshi's New Island Playable character 2014 3DS Mario appears as Baby Mario.
Mario Kart 8 Playable character 2014 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Playable character 2014 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Playable character 2014 Wii U
Ultimate NES Remix Playable character 2014 Wii U
Mario Party 10 Playable character 2015 Wii U
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Non-playable character 2015 Wii U
Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition Non-playable character 2015 3DS
Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure Playable character 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Playable character 2015 Wii U
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Playable character 2015 Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Playable character 2015 Wii U
Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge Playable character 2016 Wii U, 3DS
Minecraft: Wii U Edition Playable character 2016 Wii U
Paper Mario: Color Splash Playable character 2016 Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Playable character 2016 3DS
Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS Playable character 2016 3DS
Super Mario Run Playable character 2016 Mobile
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Playable character 2017 Switch First Nintendo Switch appearance.
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Playable character 2017 Mobile
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Playable character 2017 Switch
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Playable character 2017 3DS
Super Mario Odyssey Playable character 2017 Switch
Mario Party: The Top 100 Playable character 2017 3DS
Mario Tennis Aces Playable character 2018 3DS
WarioWare Gold Non-playable character 2018 3DS Mario appeared in several microgames.
Super Mario Party Playable character 2018 Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Playable character 2018 Switch Mario and Dr. Mario are separate characters.
Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey Playable character 2019 3DS Final Nintendo 3DS appearance.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Playable character 2019 Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 Playable character 2019 Switch
Dr. Mario World Playable character. 2019 Mobile Mario appears as Dr. Mario.
Mario Kart Tour Playable character 2019 Mobile
Luigi's Mansion 3 Non-playable character 2019 Switch
Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Playable character 2019 Switch
Paper Mario: The Origami King Playable character 2020 Switch
Super Mario 3D All-Stars Playable character 2020 Switch A playable character in 64, Sunshine and Galaxy.
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Playable character 2021 Switch


Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
MRKB Mario icon

Mario's offensive talents make him a natural choice to lead the charge in battle. He is a mid-to-close range fighter will excellent mobility.
Health Points Area of Movement Pipe Exit Range
MRKB Health Points 320 MRKB Area of Movement 7 Cells MRKB Pipe Exit Range 3 Cells
Starting skills and upgrades
Primary Movement Secondary Movement
MRKB Dash 20 Damage MRKB Stomp Jump 6 Cells
Primary Weapon Secondary Weapon
MRKB Blaster Blaster MRKB Melee Melee
Primary Technique Secondary Technique
MRKB Hero Sight Hero Sight MRKB M-Power M-Power

MRKB Stomp Damage MRKB Golden Shot Plus MRKB Hero Sight Damage MRKB Mega M-Power MRKB Pipe Exit Range MRKB Mushroom Mend
MRKB Dash Damage MRKB Cleansing Jump MRKB Stomp Range MRKB High Ground Bonus MRKB Hero Sight Cooldown MRKB Multi Hero Sight MRKB M-Power Range MRKB M-Power Cooldown MRKB Health Points MRKB Area of Movement
MRKB Stomp Jump MRKB Melee MRKB M-Power
MRKB Dash MRKB Team Jump MRKB Blaster MRKB Hero Sight

Mario Kart series
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Icon (Mario Kart Super Circuit)
Speed ★★★☆☆
Weight ★★★☆☆
"Mario is a well-balanced driver with equal Speed and Weight attributes. He's a great choice for beginning drivers looking to get a feel for the road."
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!
MKDD Mario icon
Availability: Standard
Partner Luigi
Acceleration ★★★
Speed ★★★
Weight ★★★
Special Item Fireball
Special Kart Red Fire
Course Mario Circuit
Bio1 You know him, you love him – the one and only Mario! He's returned to the Grand Prix with Fireballs in hand.
Bio2 What's that red and blue streak that just went zooming by? It's Mario, of course. Don't get too close, or you'll end up eating more than just his dust.
Mario Kart DS
MKDS Mario icon
Availability: Standard
Acceleration ★★
Speed ★★
Weight ★★
Karts Default B Dasher, Standard MR
Unlockable Shooting Star
NA "Mario is a tried and true veteran behind the wheel. With a balance of abilities, he is a racer suited to all situations."
EU "He lent his name to the sport, so it's no surprise that Mario has been at the forefront of the karting scene since it began in 1993. He is the perfect all-rounder; his karts representing the best balance of top speed, acceleration, weight and handling."
Guide "Mario is familiar to racers one and all. With a balance of abilities, he is a racer suited to all situations."
Mario Kart Wii
Availability: Standard
Class Medium
Weight +2
Acceleration +1
Handling +1
Drift +1

NA "Make 'em eat dirt.. bike! As Mario, every stadium is your personal playground!"
EU "The Star. The Legend. The man himself. You think Mario's a good racer? His name is on the game!"
EU "Mario is familiar to racers one and all. He rides both karts and bikes with ease!"

Mario Kart 7
Availability: Standard
Class Medium
Stat Boosts
Speed 3.5
Acceleration 3
Weight 3.25
Handling 2.75
Off-Road 3.75
Rival Order
MetalMarioIcon-MK7 BowserMKWPeachMKW

Note: At the end of the race, the results show the order which CPU drivers finish the race when playing Mario. If Metal Mario is not unlocked yet, Peach will replace Metal Mario. Otherwise, Peach is his third rival.

NA "The Mushroom Kingdom's famous mustachioed hero is an excellent all-around racer."
EU "Mario balances acceleration and top speed, making him an easy character to race with."
Guide "With his well-rounded characteristics, Mario sets the standard for kart racers!"
Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
MK8 Mario emblem Mario
MK8 Mario icon
Availability: Standard
Class Middleweight
Stat Boosts
Ground speed 3.75
Water speed 4.25
Air speed 3.75
Anti-gravity speed 4
Acceleration 2.5
Weight 3.75
Ground handling 3.25
Water handling 3.25
Air handling 3
Anti-gravity handling 3.5
Traction 3.75
Mini-Turbo 3.35
Rival Order

MK8 Peach icon MK8 Bowser icon
Note: At the end of the race, the results show the order which CPU drivers finish the race when playing Mario.

Mario sets the example for all Medium-class racers. While the stats say he doesn’t excel in any given category, it also means his weaknesses are not particularly harmful. Like all Medium-class racers, you can make up for his deficiencies quite easily with the right parts!
Mario Kart Tour

MKT Mario icon Mario
MKT Mario
Rarity: Super
Special Skill
MKT Fire Flower

Fire Flower
Let's you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track.

Favored courses
3 items per box Koopa Troopa Beach
Mario Circuit 1
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
2 items per box Koopa Troopa Beach R
Yoshi Circuit
Yoshi Circuit R
Mario Circuit 1R
Shy Guy Bazaar R

MKT Mario icon Mario (Musician)
MKT Mario (Musician)
Rarity: Medium
Special Skill
MKT Double Bob-ombs

Double Bob-ombs
Gives you two Bob-ombs you can hurl at once. Engulf your opponents in a mighty blast!

Favored courses
3 items per box Koopa Troopa Beach
Mario Circuit 1
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
2 items per box Koopa Troopa Beach R
Yoshi Circuit
Yoshi Circuit R
Mario Circuit 1R
Shy Guy Bazaar R

MKT Mario icon Mario (Hakama)
MKT Mario (Hakama)
Rarity: Super
Special Skill
MKT Coin Box

Coin Box
Spits out coins with reckless abandon. It's a very generous item!

Favored courses
3 items per box Koopa Troopa Beach R
Yoshi Circuit
Yoshi Circuit R
Mario Circuit 1R
Shy Guy Bazaar R
•SNES Mario Circuit 3R
Tokyo Blur
Tokyo Blur R/T
•SNES Mario Circuit 2
•3DS Mario Circuit T
RMX Mario Circuit 1R/T
2 items per box •Mario Circuit 1R
•Dino Dino Jungle R
•Mario Circuit 2T
•Tokyo Blur T
•Waluigi Pinball
•Ghost Valley 1T
•DK Pass R
•Tokyo Blur 2R
•Paris Promenade 2R
•Paris Promenade 2R/T
•Dino Dino Jungle R/T
•Waluigi Pinball R/T

MKT Mario icon Mario (Santa)
MKT Mario (Santa)
Rarity: High-End
Special Skill
MKT Fire Flower

Fire Flower
Lets you throw three fireballs. Spin out your opponents while you burn up the track!

Favored courses
3 items per box Mario Circuit 1R
SNES Rainbow Road T
SNES Rainbow Road R
Luigi's Mansion
DK Pass
Mario Circuit R/T
Mario Circuit 1R/T
Vanilla Lake 1T
2 items per box Rock Rock Mountain R R
Choco Island 2
Mario Circuit 3R
DK Pass R
SNES Rainbow Road
London Loop T
3DS Rainbow Road
3DS Rainbow Road T
New York Minute 2R/T
Tokyo Blur 2
Mario Circuit 2R/T
Vanilla Lake 1R
DK Pass R/T
Donut Plains 1
RMX Choco Island 1T

MKT Mario icon Mario (Happi)
MKT Mario (Happi)
Rarity: High-End
Special Skill
MKT Bob-omb Cannon

Bob-omb Cannon
This blaster automatically launches a volley of Bob-ombs. Handle with care!

Favored courses
3 items per box Rock Rock Mountain R

Koopa Troopa Beach T
Mario Circuit
Mario Circuit 3T
3DS Rainbow Road
Cheep Cheep Lagoon R/T
Tokyo Blur 2
Tokyo Blur 2R

2 items per box Rock Rock Mountain

Bowser's Castle 1T
Bowser's Castle 1R
Cheep Cheep Lagoon
Mario Circuit 2
Mario Circuit R
Tokyo Blur 2T
Mario Circuit 2R/T
Shy Guy Bazaar R/T
Ghost Valley 1R/T
Ghost Valley 1R/T

Mario Party series
Mario Party
MP Mario icon Board
Mario's Rainbow Castle (Map)
Mario Party 2

MP2 Mario icon

MP2 Mario winning icon

MP2 Mario losing icon


MP2 Mario Pirate Land

MP2 Mario Western Land

MP2 Mario Space Land

MP2 Mario Mystery Land

MP2 Mario Horror Land

MP2 Mario Bowser Land

Favorite item
Mario Party 3
Availability Standard
Partner Koopa Troopa
Favorite Item Golden Mushroom
Stamp Courage
Mario Party 4
MP4 Mario mugshot
Description Mario's always been an all-around guy. Just watch out when he gets a Mega Mushroom – he really starts cruisin'!
Mario's Room
MP4 Mario room
Mario's TV This is Mario's television. It rarely works, but he rarely uses it! Defeat Toad in Story Mode with Mario
Mario's Table This is Mario's table. It's very cute and round, just like Mario! Defeat Goomba in Story Mode with Mario
Mario's Sofa This is Mario's sofa. He folds it out into a bed when guests come. Defeat Shy Guy in Story Mode with Mario
Mario's Fridge This is Mario's refrigerator. There's always leftover pasta inside. Defeat Boo in Story Mode with Mario
Mario Doll This is a Mario doll. He's everyone's favorite hero. Even Luigi's! Defeat Koopa in Story Mode with Mario
Bowser Vase This is a Bowser vase. Flowers always seem to wilt the moment they go in. Defeat Bowser in Story Mode with Mario
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Mario is an all-around fighter who uses his wide variety of techniques to respond to any situation. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, he shows up in his Wedding tux and his Builder outfit, and Cappy even makes an appearance!

VS. Matches Automatically available at the start.
Classic Mode Automatically available at the start.
World of Light Have Mario to join your party.

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Super Jump Punch
Side special Neutral special Final Smash Side special
Cape Fireball Mario Finale Cape
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Behind the scenes

Creation and development

Shigeru Miyamoto was developing a video game called Donkey Kong. Nintendo had to draw Mario as a small character and look human. His developing team needed to draw Mario with distinctive features.[23] Mario was based off 8Popeye. Fans mistook the gap between his nose and mouth was his mustache.[24] Shigeru Miyamoto drew Mario's mustache that he did not need to draw the mouth.[23]


Mario is an Italian name from the Old Latin name, Marius. The name connects to Mars, the god of war in Roman mythology.


Real-world influences

Cultural impact

Mario is a famous character in Japan. People dress up as Mario characters and race in go-karts.

There was a family-owned restaurant nearby Nintendo of America called "Mario and 1Luigi's." "Mario" and "Luigi" was represented with their respective colors. During the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe dressed up as Mario in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[25]

Mario has appeared on Death Battle! where he fought Sonic and lost and he fought him in a rematch but this time Mario regained triumph due to his Power, Durability, and Arsenal.


Game Savvy ranked Mario as #4 on the "Our 50 Favorite Video Game Characters" blog.[26] Mario was ranked #1 as the best video game character in Nintendo Power's 250th issue.

3Charles Martinet, the voice actor of Mario, held the for most video game voiceover performances as the same character for 100 times.[27]

Willow Green ranked Mario as #2 on "The 50 Greatest Characters", considering Mario as "the most recognisable gaming hero of all time".[28]


  • Mario makes more playable appearances than any other character in video game history.
  • According to the team name Super Mario Bros., many among the fanbase had inferred that Mario and Luigi's last names were "Mario." Miyamoto states that this information is untrue before eventually going along with it, thus making "Mario" the brothers' canon surnames.
  • In the classic games and in the DIC cartoons, Mario's attire consisted of a blue shirt with red overalls; this color scheme would later be inverted. However, the classic blue shirt and red overalls color scheme appears in a number of games as an alternate costume.
    • Strangely enough, said color scheme is not available in Super Smash Bros. 4 or Ultimate.
  • Mario has always had his signature Cap, ever since he was a baby.
  • Mario used to have a very low New York voice.
  • Mario is one of the Nintendo characters who talks in sentences.
    • In the Mario and Luigi series, neither Mario or Luigi talk with speech bubbles.
  • Mario's name before Jumpman was supposed to be Mr. Video.
  • Mario, along with Luigi, were intended to have cameo appearances in the 2012 Disney film, 4Wreck-It Ralph, but Bowser made an appearance instead. But since the producers of the movie were unable to put him into the plot, and they did not want to make him make a cameo, he was not included. However, Mario is mentioned by Fix-It Felix Jr. during the party scene as being "fashionably late as usual." The director had promised that he will return for Wreck-It-Ralph 2, but again he does not.[29]
  • In the first appearance from Donkey Kong in 1981, Jumpman was a carpenter. Then in his own game as Mario in 1983, he appears as a plumber throughout the rest of the Super Mario series.
  • In a 1993 Nintendo Character Guide, created to ensure that third party companies did not misrepresent the characters, Mario is revealed to be of the species "Homo Nintendonus."
  • Through Mario's career, he was a rival of Sonic the Hedgehog from Sega. Their rivalry may have been the "cause of the Console Wars".
    • Despite Nintendo being victorious, Sonic and Mario been to the Olympics together implies that Sega and Nintendo made up after the long battle.
  • Mario was planned to be the character in Wii Sports and Splatoon's development but was scrapped.
  • Despite people assuming that Mario says "So long, gay Bowser" when throwing Bowser far in Super Mario 64, Charles Martinet has confirmed that Mario is, in fact, saying "So long, king-a Bowser!."[30]
  • Mario is Nintendo's main mascot, and is one of Nintendo's iconic characters, along with Link from the Legend of Zelda and Pikachu from Pokemon


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  2. Michael McWhertor. Before Mario, Before Jumpman, There Was 'Ossan'. Mario Portal. Retrieved on 2015-14-09.
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  13. Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet, page 2
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  16. Super Mario Land instruction booklet, page 3
  17. Super Mario 64 instruction booklet, page 4-5
  18. Super Mario Sunshine instruction booklet, page 8-9
  19. Super Princess Peach instruction booklet, page 6-7
  20. Super Mario Galaxy instruction booklet, page 4
  21. PlatinumGames. Bayonetta. Sega, Nintendo. Wii U. 2009-10-29.
  22. PlatinumGames. Bayonetta 2. Nintendo. Wii U. 2014-10-24.
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  24. Why Does Mario Have A Mustache?. DMACentral (2011-12-09). Retrieved on 2019-07-11.
  25. Abe Emerges as Super Mario at Rio Closing Ceremony (html). The Wall Street Journal (2016-08-22). Retrieved on 2019-07-11.
  26. Our 50 Favorite Video Game Characters. GameDesigning. Retrieved on 2019-07-11.
  27. Twitter. Twitter (2018-12-15). Retrieved on 2029-07-11.
  28. Willow Green (2011-06-11). The 50 Greatest Video Game Characters. Empire. Retrieved on 2019-07-11.
  29. Screenrant - Real reason why Mario didn't appear in Wreck-It Ralph
  30. "So Long Kinga Bowser!" Charles Martinet Reveals What Mario Says in Super Mario 64. Retrieved on 4-30-2019.

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