List of Mario role-playing games

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Mario role-playing games
Genre(s) Role-playing
Developer(s) Square, Intelligent Systems, AlphaDream, Ubisoft Milan, Ubisoft Paris
Publisher(s) Nintendo, Ubisoft
Platform(s) Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch

The Mario franchise has inspired a variety of Mario role-playing video games to be released on multiple Nintendo video game consoles. All the games feature Mario as the protagonist, who is often accompanied by one or more playable characters, including existing Mario characters and original characters introduced in each game.

The first game to introduce RPG elements into the Mario franchise was Super Mario RPG, developed by Square and released in 1996 for the Super Famicom and SNES. The game does not have a direct sequel. Considered to be its thematic and spiritual sequels, two successive RPG-themed Mario series, the Paper Mario series and the Mario & Luigi series, followed conventions established in the original. The Paper Mario games were developed by Intelligent Systems and are renowned for their distinctive visual styles, and Mario & Luigi games were developed by AlphaDream, all of which appeared solely on handheld consoles. The most recent entries in each series are Paper Mario: Color Splash for Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions.

Super Mario RPG

Title Details

Original release date(s):
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Notes:


Paper Mario series

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: August 11, 2000
  • NA: February 5, 2001
  • EU: October 5, 2001
  • AU: October 5, 2001
Release years by system:
2000 – Nintendo 64
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario Story (マリオストーリー)
  • Originally titled Super Mario RPG 2 in early development.



Original release date(s):
  • JP: July 22, 2004
  • NA: October 11, 2004
  • EU: November 12, 2004
  • AU: November 18, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – GameCube
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Paper Mario RPG (ペーパーマリオRPG)
  • In Japan, originally titled Mario Story 2
  • Originally titled Paper Mario 2 in North America.



Original release date(s):
  • NA: April 9, 2007
  • JP: April 19, 2007
  • EU: September 14, 2007
  • AU: September 20, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Wii
Notes:
  • Announced at E3 2006, originally as a GameCube title.
  • First Mario and Paper Mario game released on the Wii.



Original release date(s):
  • NA: November 11, 2012
  • JP: December 6, 2012
  • EU: December 7, 2012
  • AU: December 8, 2012
Release years by system:
2012 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Paper Mario: Super Seal (ペーパーマリオスーパーシール)
  • First Paper Mario game to appear on a handheld console.



Original release date(s):
  • NA: October 7, 2016
  • EU: October 7, 2016
  • AU: October 8, 2016
  • JP: October 13, 2016
Release years by system:
2016 – Wii U
Notes:
  • A sequel to Sticker Star, featuring many of the same characters.
  • Last overall Mario game for the Wii U.


Mario & Luigi series

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA: November 17, 2003
  • JP: November 21, 2003
  • EU: November 22, 2003
  • AU: November 28, 2003
Release years by system:
2003 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG (マリオ&ルイージRPG)



Original release date(s):
  • NA: November 28, 2005
  • JP: December 29, 2005
  • EU: January 27, 2006
  • UK: February 10, 2006
  • AU: February 23, 2006
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2 (マリオ&ルイージRPG2×2)
  • The Mario brothers, are playable alongside their baby selves, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi.



Original release date(s):
  • JP: February 11, 2009
  • NA: September 14, 2009
  • EU: October 9, 2009
  • AU: October 22, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (マリオ&ルイージRPG3!!!)
  • Bowser is playable.



Original release date(s):
  • EU: July 12, 2013
  • AU: July 13, 2013
  • JP: July 18, 2013
  • NA: August 11, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 4: Dream Adventure (マリオ&ルイージRPG4 ドリームアドベンチャー)
  • Known in Europe and Australia as Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros.



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 3, 2015
  • EU: December 4, 2015
  • AU: December 10, 2015
  • NA: January 22, 2016
Release years by system:
2015 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG Paper Mario Mix (マリオ&ルイージRPG ペーパーマリオMIX)
  • Known in Europe and Australia as Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.
  • Paper Mario is playable alongside his counterpart, Mario, and Luigi.
  • This is a crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series.
  • Luigi's paper counterpart, Paper Luigi, was originally planned to be a playable character.
  • This is also a Paper Mario spin-off.


Crossovers

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • WW: August 29, 2017
  • JP: January 18, 2018
Release years by system:
2017 – Nintendo Switch
Notes:
  • A crossover title between the Mario and Raving Rabbids franchises.
  • The first Mario RPG game that was published by a third-party.
    • The game was published by Ubisoft in the Americas and PAL region, whilst Nintendo published the game in Japan and other Asian territories such as South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.


Remakes

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: October 5, 2017
  • NA: October 6, 2017
  • EU: October 6, 2017
  • AU: October 7, 2017
Release years by system:
2017 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • An expanded remake of Superstar Saga for the GBA.
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG1 DX (マリオ&ルイージRPG1 DX)



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 27, 2018
  • NA: January 11, 2019
  • EU: January 25, 2019
  • AU: January 26, 2019
Release years by system:
2019 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • An expanded remake of Bowser's Inside Story for the DS.
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG3 DX (マリオ&ルイージRPG3 DX)


References

  1. ^ "Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars". GameSpot. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Minotti, Mike (March 9, 2016). "Beloved Super Nintendo hit Super Mario RPG turns 20 years old today". VentureBeat. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Schreier, Jason (September 29, 2017). "SNES Classic Games, Ranked". Kotaku. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
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