Plumber-y platforming in the third dimension.
With celebrations for the 35th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. underway and the upcoming release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars next week, we thought it would be the perfect time to conduct a survey of Nintendo Life readers to find out the definitive ranking of the 3D Mario games. Similar to our recent reader-ranked poll of the best Final Fantasy games (on Nintendo systems), we’re asking you lovely lot to rate the 3D Mario games you’ve played from the shortlist below.
We’ve included all the mainline 3D Marios, including the DS remake of Super Mario 64—the first way to play Mario 64 officially on a handheld with new playable characters and mini-games—in addition to 3D Land and 3D World (which is coming to Switch next February in the expanded form of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury). Those latter entries may not offer the same style of open exploration as the others, but their respective titles leave little doubt that they belong on this shortlist.
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