Mario is a popular and classic Nintendo character. From the very beginning of the Nintendo Journey, Mario has always been there. Whether in games by himself or in games with other characters, like Luigi or Yoshi, Mario Switch games are usually a hit. There are many great games that Mario has to offer. Although difficult to narrow down the list, we did succeed. Here are 9 of the best Mario games that you can play right now on Switch
Super Mario Odyssey
If you don’t have any other Mario games on your Switch besides this one, that’s fine. Super Mario Odyssey was a breath of fresh air when Switch was first released in 2017 and it’s still a great game even now.
In the game, you cruise in an Odyssey Balloon with Mario and his new friend Cappy. You visit different kingdoms that have different aesthetics, a certain number of Moons of Power to collect, and much more. There is a lot to explore in this game and the gameplay along the way feels incredible.
Your final mission, of course, is to save Princess Peach. But it’s a Mario game, so there’s nothing new there. Boss fights have the same repetitive nature as Mario’s previous boss fights, but with unique twists that require Mario to use his friend.
This game can be a two-player experience, but it’s best to try it as a single player.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a fun online game that combines the Mario franchise with the Rabbids series. The game follows the traces of a vortex brought the rapids to the mushroom kingdom.
In the battle to restore the Mushroom Kingdom to its former glory, you can play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Beach, Yoshi, or their counterparts from Rapid Heroes. There are four worlds to play through, full of interesting puzzles to solve and weapons to collect.
Super Mario Party
Super Mario Party is one of the best local multiplayer games for the Switch. The fact that Mario is playable in it makes it even better.
There are a few different ways you can play Super Mario Party with friends and family. You can play the traditional virtual board game and compete for stars and coins. Or, there are also tons of mini-games that you can scroll through.
There is also a third option – playing online. To play online, you’ll need to purchase a Nintendo Switch Online membership and also have a Nintendo Account. Once all of that is set up, you can compete in Mariothon online against players from all over the world.
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is another installment of the classic side-scrolling Mario games that we all know and love. As always, you have different worlds to explore and collect coins in. Every world is full of fun levels, bosses, and challenges.
Also, for less experienced players who might find the game a bit tricky, there are special characters who offer to help. If you need help, you can play as either Toadette, a new playable character, or Nabbit.
This game is great for casual players who just want to play for a little while at the end of the day. Or it can be a lot of fun as a multiplayer game if you have 1-3 family members or friends to play with in person.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is one of the best Switch games overall, and it’s not just one of the best Mario games out there. It’s fun whether you want to race with a single player or against friends and family.
There are many awesome Nintendo characters out there like themselves. Of course, there are a few different versions of Mario, but you can also play as Yoshi, Bowser, Princess Peach, Luigi, and more. Depending on which character you decide to race with, your car will be small, medium or large accordingly.
Once you unlock new items, it will be fun to customize your vehicle and test different combinations of speed, handling and acceleration. For less experienced players, there are ways to make the game a little easier, such as automatic steering and automatic acceleration.
Super Mario Maker 2
Super Mario Maker 2 is the classic side-scrolling Mario adventure along with the ability to create your own levels.
If creating the levels doesn’t look like your thing, that’s totally fine. There is a story mode in the game that you can play and the levels can be quite challenging at times. Or, you can also play through the levels that other players create.
If you feel creative or have always wanted to make your video game level your own, you have this option. Although it may seem intimidating at first, creating a level is really easy in Super Mario Maker 2. It’s fun to see other players test your level too!
Mario Tennis Aces
Mario Tennis Aces is a fun game to play either locally, online (with a Nintendo Online subscription), or on your own. If you simply want to play tennis, you can definitely do so. Or, you can make things more exciting by playing Adventure Mode.
In adventure mode, you can practice your skills by taking on missions and fighting bosses. Once you master the adventure mode, you can play with friends and family or test the tournament mode, where you can use the CPU.
For those who need more accessible controls, swing mode is available; You can play with the motion controls and the CPU will assist in automatically moving your character around the field.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a bundle of three great games: Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy.
In Super Mario 64, you can jump across the panels and experience Mario’s first 3D platform adventures. This game was originally released in the year 1996. Although it has undergone a facelift, the basic controls are the same and the game is still a gem.
In Super Mario Sunshine, your mission is to clean a dirty island of all sticky by splashing water everywhere. This game was originally released in the year 2002. There are enemies and puzzles to uncover as you clean the island.
In Super Mario Galaxy, you fly from planet to planet, taking down all enemies and advancing across the galaxy. This game was first released in 2007. Your ultimate mission is to save Princess Peach from the Bowser, but the path you take to get there defies gravity.
Paper Mario: The Origami King
This is the latest installment in the Paper Mario series and it is a great game. It’s been a while since Paper Mario was released and Nintendo didn’t disappoint.
Nintendo has incorporated origami into the latest Paper Mario game in an innovative way. In the game, Mario and Luigi receive an invitation from Princess Peach to attend the Toad Town origami festival. But when they get there, they discover that Princess Peach has been turned into origami by King Olli, the ruler of the origami kingdom.
Their mission, with the sister of King Oli, is to defeat King Oli. The Bowser even ends up helping them along the way, which is something you never see in a Mario game.
This is a fun and unique Mario game and definitely a game to add to your collection.