He's one of, if not THE most recognizable character in video games. He's been around for over 30 years, and in that time he's appeared in over 200 games! The Super Mario games are synonymous with great platforming, and many of the games are milestones in the genre. We won't cover every single Super Mario game, but rather draw up a synopsis of the series' evolution over the years.
Super Mario Bros (1985)
Not the first Mario game, but the first in the "Super Mario" series. Every element that has been a staple of the series is present; tight controls, fun level design, power-ups, and goombas, is there. A true classic.
Super Mario Bros 3 (1988)
Building on the strong foundation of the original SMB, this game was bigger & better in almost every way. More power-ups to play with, a fantastic overworld, and some of the most memorable stages ever. One of gaming's greats.
Super Mario World (1990)
How do you follow SMB 3? Make something just as awesome! That's what Nintendo did in Super Mario World for their newly released SNES. Offering the same tight controls, one of the best Nintendo overworlds ever, and crisp graphics, Super Mario World is one of the best games available for the SNES.
Super Mario 64 (1996)
When Mario debuted on the Nintendo 64 it set the bar for 3d platform games for years to come. The level of control was unparralleled at the time. It was incredible to see the Mario universe come to life in a way that we'd never seen before. This game is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time by many a gamer, and anyone who's played it is unlikely to disagree.
Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
Far from being as cherished as the other games we've listed here, Super Mario Sunshine was still a solid addition to the series that let Mario strut his stuff on the Gamecube. While not as groundbreaking as Mario 64, its FLUDD water cannon added a unique element to Sunshine's platforming, and the game packed plenty of charm and looked great.
New Super Mario Bros (2006)
Taking the franchise back to its roots, the New Super Mario Bros series of games saw a return to the sidescrolling platform style of game play. Any old-school mario veteran will instantly feel familiar playing New Super Mario Bros. It's a nice nod to the days of old, and the graphics really make the characters and environments pop and come to life. Far from being at the same level of greatness as the classic SMB games, these games are still a nice slice of Mario sidescrolling. Sometimes you gotta look back to move forward.
Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
This concludes this brief overview of the Super Mario franchise. There are many other great games in the series, and we're hopeful that Nnintendo's main man still has a few awesome adventures in him. These games have evolved a lot over since they first charmed players around the world, while always building on the fundamental elements of tight controls and great level design. Now excuse us while we go collect some more coins and stars.