Easiest to Hardest Mario Platformers

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I 100% completed NSMB and 3D Land (I also played Super Mario Galaxy 2, but I hated it. So I think that 3D Mario isn't for me (with the exception of 3D Land. That's a mix of 2D and 3D)) and I wanted to know what are the easiest to hardest Mario platformers. I tried Super Mario Bros, and I keep dying at world 7. I would like to know what's next after these two games. As from what I played:

1) New Super Mario Bros.
2) Super Mario 3D Land
3) Super Mario Galaxy 2
4) Super Mario Bros.
5) Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels
 

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My list:

Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Bros. 3
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario World
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Lost Levels)
 

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I'm a serious mario addict so I can't really answer in terms of easy or hard since I've played these games WAY too much to the point where they have all gotten easy to me (not trying to brag, if anyone wasted the thousands upon thousands of hours that I did playing mario games they would have the same story), but in my opinion the hardest one to master for me was Super Mario World for the super NES and the easiest would have to be either Galaxy (the first one, second one was a bit difficult) or NSMB for ds
 

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New super mario bros wii
Mario galaxy 2
Super mario bros 3
Mario 64
New super mario bros DS
Mario galaxy
Super mario bros 2
super mario bros
Super mario bros: the lost levels
Super mario world

(I never played sunshine or 3D land)
 

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I haven't played all of them but for what I have its

NSMBWII(TOO DAMN EASY took me an hour and a half to beat it with my bro)
NSMB(One of the easiest ones I have ever beaten, still fun though)
3D Land(Kinda short, still had its hard parts)
Galaxy (Too many gimmicks like pullstar for me but it was good and the gravity mechanics were fun)
Sunshine (only hard parts were the pure platforming levels and one chapter were there's fire paint all over the place)
64(Awesome, if the controls were a bit smoother it would have been one of the best)
Land (:D)
Land 2 (:D)
World (My favorite, made up the basis of so many mario games after it)
Advanced (or bros 2)
Bros (Mostly because everything on the NES was hard)
All-Stars (JP MARIO BROS TWO HAD TO BE THE MOST DIFFICULT THING I EVER PLAYED.)
 

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My list:

Super Mario 3D Land
New Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Bros. 3
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario World
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Lost Levels)

super mario sunshine is not hard, it's very easy.

my list:

super mario 3D land (extra lives are handed to you on a silver platter without you even trying.)
New Super Mario Bros (same as above)
Super Mario Bros (You vs. Boo levels on the gameboy colour version was much harder though)
Super Mario World
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super mario Land (gameboy)
Super mario land 2 six golden coins (gameboy)
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Super Mario 64 (the controls for me were quite bad and i could never get the hand of using the analog stick to control mario, i only recently completed it on the DS remake, i think the reason being is because i am used to playing 2d mario games more than the 3d ones.)
Super mario bros 2 - nes (i never really like smb 2 and never completed it until recently with save states)
Super Mario Bros. 3 - nes (it's quite hard compared to previous mario games, i never completed it as a kid until recently with save states.)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (Lost Levels)

don't even get me started on the wario games, those games are TOUGH, but i love em :)
 

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From what I've played:

NSMB DS
Galaxy
Sunshine
Bros 3
Galaxy 2
NSMB Wii
64 (DS)
World
Bros 1
Bros 2 Lost Levels

64's controls were IMO atrocious (on DS as well) and made for most of the difficulty.I have yet to play 3D Land, but it seems great from videos and about on the same difficulty level as Galaxy 1.

Oh, and whoever thought of the blue coins in Sunshine should be roasted on open fire. Just saying.
 
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I guess it just depends on the player. I've always thought that Galaxy 2/Super Mario Bros. was the hardest thing I've ever played. (Until Contra came along)
 

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Japanese Mario 2 is without any question the hardest official Mario game. I always thought Mario 3 was a tough bastard, playing all the Nintendo originals without saves is much more of a challenge. Mario Pinball looks like a pain in the ass.
 

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Hmm... SMB the lost levels was the hardest shit I ever played.
SMW was special in the case. Some were easy, others were not. (I'm looking at you, Tubular)
Super Mario Galaxy 2... some were ez, others were absolutely brutal.
The 'new' series are absolutely ez.
So ez in fact, that my favorite title of them is the unofficial hack 'NSMB3'.
Now THAT SHIT IS HARD AND AWESOME.
 

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Im not sure why, but i disagree with alot of the lists here, excluding Lost Levels. Hard as fuck (trailer park boys anyone?)
I find the 3D ones much harder than the 2D ones. 64 take some serious patience and dealing with brand new 3 dimensional controls.
 

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Im not sure why, but i disagree with alot of the lists here, excluding Lost Levels. Hard as fuck (trailer park boys anyone?)
I find the 3D ones much harder than the 2D ones. 64 take some serious patience and dealing with brand new 3 dimensional controls.

Patience doesnt mean harder, i think thats why alot of people thought mario 64 was alot harder than it was, With the obvious exception of rainbow ride. (which is quite possibly my most hated level in mario ever) I will however admit that the controls on mario 64 are awful but enemy placement is easy to avoid and most of the platforming just takes a little patience and planning, you arnt rushed as much as you are on alot of the 2D marios, plus some enemies on sidescrolling marios are just there to drive you mad (the sun, lakitu, hammer bros)
 

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Allrighty lets see my list would have to be
Super mario 3D land
Nsmb
Super mario sunshine
Super mario galaxy 2
Super mario 64
Super mario galaxy
super mario bros 2 (not lost levels, the game with wart)
super mario land
Super mario bros
Super mario world
Super mario bros the lost levels
Super mario bros deluxe (large reason why i put this. First is that there is way less screen to view on a gameboy then on a tv screen, and you cant see that far ahead of you. Couple that with the fact that you can collect much more in this game and the fact that you can play the lost levels on here, still with a tiny screen? Makes it horrifyingly difficult)

Well theres my list. I hadnt seen deluxe on anyone elses list so i thought id throw it out there. Ironically it was my very ffirst mario game as a child on my pikachu gameboy color :D
 

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Most of the lists so far are not including Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2 : Yoshi's Island, both from SNES. I have never gotten into SMW, but Yoshi's Island is my favorite Super Mario platformer of all time and let me tell you, in the upper levels that game is a difficult mofo. I've beaten it once on an actual SNES, once using an emu (no save states), and twice on GBA ... never with 100% on all levels though.

With the console 3D Mario games (64, Sunshine, Galaxy 1/2), difficulty really depends on whether you're talking about just "beating the game" or 100%'ing it. (And, whether an FAQ is used of course.) Finding all the blue coins in Sunshine is an incredibly difficult and time-consuming task if you don't use a guide.
 
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I think that Mario Galaxy 2 is not that easy if you want to complete it. My list:

1. New Super Mario Bros.
2. Super Mario World
3. Super Mario Galaxy
4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA)
7. Super Mario 64
8. Super Mario Galaxy 2
9. Super Mario Bros.
10. Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels

I haven't played 3D Land nor Sunshine, by the way.
 

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I put world in my list above, but not world 2. Ive never actually played world 2 because the yoshis island games never really appealed to me.

You should try it out then, they usually an pretty innovative (in fact, I think yoshis island was built on the same engine/source of world) and pretty fun while also being challenging.
 

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