List of Mario role-playing games

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Mario role-playing games
Genres Role-playing game
Developers Square, Intelligent Systems, AlphaDream
Publishers Nintendo

The Mario franchise has inspired a variety of Mario role-playing games (RPG) to be released on multiple Nintendo video game consoles. All the games feature Mario as the main 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 Super Nintendo Entertainment System. 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, a subsidiary of Nintendo, and are renowned for their distinctive visual style, which consists of two-dimensional paper cutout characters moving about in three-dimensional papercraft worlds. The Mario & Luigi games were developed by AlphaDream, another subsidiary of Nintendo, all of which appeared solely on handheld consoles. The latest entries in each series are the Nintendo 3DS games Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.


Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP March 9, 1996
  • NA May 13, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Famicom/SNES
2008 – Wii Virtual Console
  • Developed by Squaresoft (Square), now Square Enix
  • Subtitled Legend of the Seven Stars in the American release

Paper Mario series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
JP 20000811August 11, 2000
NA 20010205February 5, 2001
PAL 20011005October 5, 2001
Release years by system:
2000 – Nintendo 64
2007 – Wii Virtual Console
2015 – Wii U Virtual Console
  • Originally titled Super Mario RPG 2 in early development
  • Known in Japan as Mario Story (マリオストーリー?).

Original release date(s):
JP 20040722July 22, 2004
NA 20041011October 11, 2004
EU 20041112November 12, 2004
AUS 20041118November 18, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – GameCube
  • Known in Japan as Paper Mario RPG (ペーパーマリオRPG?)

Original release date(s):
NA 20070409April 9, 2007
JP 20070419April 19, 2007
EU 20070914September 14, 2007
AUS 20070920September 20, 2007
Release years by system:
2007 – Wii
  • Announced at E3 2006, originally as a GameCube title.
  • First Mario game released on the Wii.

Original release date(s):
NA 20121111November 11, 2012
JP 20121206December 6, 2012
EU 20121207December 7, 2012
Release years by system:
2012 – Nintendo 3DS
  • Known in Japan as Paper Mario: Super Seal (ペーパーマリオスーパーシール?)
  • The first Paper Mario to appear on a handheld console.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA November 17, 2003
  • JP/EU/AUS November 21, 2003
Release years by system:
2003 – Game Boy Advance
2014 – Wii U Virtual Console
  • 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
  • AUS February 23, 2006
Release years by system:
2005 – Nintendo DS
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2 (マリオ&ルイージRPG2×2?)
  • Baby Mario and Baby Luigi are playable alongside Mario and Luigi.

Original release date(s):
JP 20090211February 11, 2009
NA 20090914September 14, 2009
EU 20091006October 6, 2009
AUS 20091022October 22, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Nintendo DS
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (マリオ&ルイージRPG3!!!?)
  • Bowser is playable.

Original release date(s):
EU 20130712July 12, 2013
AUS 20130713July 13, 2013
JP 20130718July 18, 2013
NA 20130811August 11, 2013
Release years by system:
2013 – Nintendo 3DS
  • 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.