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List of Mario role-playing games

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

The Mario franchise has inspired a variety of Mario role-playing video games to be released on multiple Nintendo video game consoles. All the games feature Mario as the 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 SNES. 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 2D paper cutout characters moving about in 3D papercraft worlds. The Mario & Luigi games were developed by AlphaDream, another subsidiary of Nintendo, all of which appeared solely on handheld consoles. The most recent entries in each series are Paper Mario: Color Splash for WiiU and the Nintendo 3DS crossover game Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam.

Super Mario RPG

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: March 9, 1996
  • NA: May 13, 1996
Release years by system:
1996 – Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Notes:
  • Subtitled Legend of the Seven Stars in North America


Paper Mario series

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • JP: August 11, 2000
  • NA: February 5, 2001
  • EU: October 5, 2001
  • AUS: October 5, 2001
Release years by system:
2000 – Nintendo 64
Notes:
  • 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: July 22, 2004
  • NA: October 11, 2004
  • EU: November 12, 2004
  • AUS: November 18, 2004
Release years by system:
2004 – GameCube
Notes:
  • In Japan, originally titled Mario Story 2
  • Originally titled Paper Mario 2 in North America
  • Known in Japan as Paper Mario RPG (ペーパーマリオRPG?)



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



Original release date(s):
  • NA: November 11, 2012
  • JP: December 6, 2012
  • EU: December 7, 2012
  • AUS: December 8, 2012
Release years by system:
2012 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Paper Mario: Super Seal (ペーパーマリオスーパーシール?)
  • First Paper Mario game to appear on a handheld console.



Original release date(s):
  • NA: October 7, 2016
  • EU: October 7, 2016
  • AUS: October 8, 2016
  • JP: October 13, 2016
Release years by system:
2016 – Wii U
Notes:
  • First Paper Mario game to be released on the Wii U [1]


Mario & Luigi series

Title Details

Original release date(s):
  • NA: November 17, 2003
  • JP: November 21, 2003
  • EU: November 22, 2003
  • AUS: November 28, 2003
Release years by system:
2003 – Game Boy Advance
Notes:
  • 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
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 2x2 (マリオ&ルイージRPG2×2?)
  • Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, the Baby Mario brothers, are playable alongside their older selves, Mario and Luigi.



Original release date(s):
  • JP: February 11, 2009
  • NA: September 14, 2009
  • EU: October 9, 2009
  • AUS: October 22, 2009
Release years by system:
2009 – Nintendo DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG 3!!! (マリオ&ルイージRPG3!!!?)
  • Bowser is playable.



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



Original release date(s):
  • JP: December 3, 2015
  • EU: December 4, 2015
  • AUS: December 10, 2015
  • NA: January 22, 2016
Release years by system:
2015 – Nintendo 3DS
Notes:
  • Known in Japan as Mario & Luigi RPG Paper Mario Mix (マリオ&ルイージRPG ペーパーマリオMIX?)
  • Known in Europe and Australia as Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.
  • Paper Mario is playable alongside his counterpart, Mario, and Luigi.
  • This is a crossover between the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series.
  • Paper Luigi, Luigi's paper counterpart, was originally planned to be a playable character.


References

  1. ^ Miller, Ross. "Paper Mario Color Splash Wii U Announcement Release Date". The Verge. Retrieved 3 March 2016.