Can You Identify the Mario Game From a Screenshot?

By: Robin Tyler

Mario made his first ever appearance in the 1981 arcade classic, "Donkey Kong." And he didn't even had a name. He had a mission, though, and that was to save his girlfriend from the clutches of the evil gorilla, Donkey Kong.

Appearing only on the Nintendo 3DS, "Mario Golf: World Tour" was released in 2014. Although it is a golf game, it has more of an arcade angle than a simulation game. It was extremely well received and received a rating of 8.6 from IGN.

Running games are popular on both Android and IOS, and so Mario made his appearance in his own running game in 2014. "Super Mario Run" sees players controlling Mario, moving him left and right to avoid obstacles and collecting treasures while he runs along. This was one of the very first games Nintendo made for mobile phones.

A true classic, "Mario Bros" was created in 1983 by Shigeru Miyamoto. Originally released in the arcade on the NES, this platform game features Mario and Luigi as they battle creatures emerging from the sewer.

"Super Mario Land" was released in 1989. This 2D platformer was a launch title for the Game Boy. Although fairly simplistic, it was extremely well received and help the Game Boy get off to a brilliant launch.

Made for the Game & Watch Tabletop from Nintendo, "Mario's Cement Factory" was launched in 1983. Taking a break from his plumbing job, Mario is working in a cement factory. Essentially, this is a platform game.

Released in 1987, "Punch-Out!!" saw players boxing with a variety of characters. Mario is not a boxer option but acts as a referee in the game. All in all, players have to beat 14 opponents to defeat the game.

One of the very early baseball games available on the Nintendo, specifically the NES, "Baseball" was released in 1983. It was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto with Mario, his most famous creation, making an appearance.

Released in 1983, "Mario's Bombs Away" was another Game & Watch Tabletop series title. In the game, a military-dressed Mario must keep his bomb away from enemy torches.

Released in 2010 for the Wii, "Mario Sports Mix" features a range of games including hockey, basketball, dodgeball and others. Of course, Mario as well as other Nintendo characters feature prominently in the game.

Another Wii title, "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games" was release in 2009. Players can choose to play either Mario or Sonic and participate in a range of Winter Olympic events.

Everybody loves racing their friends in a "Mario Kart" title, and it all started in 1992 with "Super Mario Kart," first released on the SNES in 1992. Nothing quite beats using a powerup to go from the back to first place on the last lap. And of course, Mario was one of the characters that could be picked as a driver.

Following from the original "Donkey Kong," in 1982 Nintendo released "Donkey Kong Jr." Here the roles are reversed from the original "Donkey Kong," in that Mario has Donkey Kong captured and Junior has to rescue him. It's the only time that Mario has featured as a bad guy in a video game.

A game for Nelsonic Game Watch, "Super Mario Brothers" was first released in 1989. The gameplay took the form of a 2D platformer.

Released in 2017, "Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" takes the form of a turn-based RPG game. It brought two successful franchises together, "Raving Rabbids" and Mario himself.

The most up-to-date Mario game currently available from Nintendo. "Mario Tennis Aces" was produced for the Switch and quickly sold two million copies in just three months after its release.

Another excellent title for the Nintendo Switch, "Super Mario Odyssey" was released in 2017. A brilliant platformer, as with many Mario games, it's all about saving Princess Peach from Mario's great adversary, Bowser.

A crossover between "Paper Mario" and "Mario & Luigi," "Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam" was released in 2015 for the 3DS. Of course, this role-playing game is all about defeating the evil Bowser!

Available for the 3DS, "Mario Party: Island Tour" was the first party-themed game to be released for the 3DS after much success on other Nintendo platforms. Included in the game are 81 minigames.

A fighting game, "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" was released on the Wii in 2008. This game features a multitude of characters from the Nintendo universe, and of course, they fight against each other!

Introduced in 2004, this RPG was for the Nintendo 64. And guess what? Mario is trying to save Princess Peach from Bowser! Who would have thought?

Only appearing on the Nintendo 3DS, "Mario Sports Superstars" was released in 2017. Featuring a host of Nintendo characters including Mario, "Mario Sports Superstars" sees players battling it out in five sports, namely soccer, baseball, tennis, golf and horse racing.

No longer a turn-based game, "Mario Party: Star Rush" allows players to move at will and when they want to. Released in 2016, it was only available on the Nintendo 3DS.

Not only a side-scrolling platformer, "Super Mario Maker" allows players to make their own custom levels. "Super Mario Maker" was only made for two Nintendo platforms, the Wii U and the 3DS.

Nintendo love an Olympic tie-in, and with the multi-platform "Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," they allowed players to use one of 34 characters to take part in Olympic events.

Released for the Wii U, "Paper Mario: Color Splash" is an action-adventure RPG and the fifth game in the Paper Mario series. It was fairly well-received after early backlash following its announcement due to the fact that it sounded too similar to an early "Paper Mario" game.

Released in 2016, "Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge" is a puzzle game for the Nintendo Wii U and the 3DS. It features over 50 levels.

"Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash" received poor reviews. Released in 2016 for the Wii U, Ultra Smash featured 16 playable characters including Mario. Matches take place in single or doubles format.

This puzzle game was released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Offering five game modes, "Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure" could be played both in single and multiplayer.

The sixth game featuring Mario and Donkey Kong, "Tipping Stars" has players completing puzzle levels where they need to help marching toys to the level exit.

We threw you off the trail with that one, didn't we? But of course, wherever Luigi is, Mario is as well. Available on the Nintendo e-store, "Dr. Luigi" has four game modes. Essentially, it is a falling tile puzzle game.

"Super Princess Peach" was released in 2005 and was the first Nintendo game to feature the princess as a playable character. Mario of course makes an appearance; he is her boyfriend, after all.

Released on the Wii in 2007, "Super Mario Galaxy" sees either Mario or Luigi, the two playable characters, trying to save Princess Peach from Bowser. Sounds familiar? It was a massive success, selling 12.78 million copies worldwide.

Of course baseball is the main idea of this game, but it is filled with many minigames as well. "Mario Superstar Baseball" includes Mario and many other Nintendo characters. This game was only available on the GameCube.

Everybody loves a game of pinball, don't they? "Mario Pinball Land," also known as "Super Mario Ball," was available for the Game Boy Advance and Wii U and debuted in 2004 to mixed reviews.

Of course "Mario vs. Donkey Kong," released for the Game Boy Advanced in 2004, would be a puzzle platformer, wouldn't it? In it, Mario must pursue Donkey Kong through various levels to find the mini toys that the gorilla has stolen.

This roleplaying game was the first of series of games to feature Mario and Luigi. "Superstar Saga" was made for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 3DS.

Only available on the GameCube, "Super Mario Sunshine" was released in 2002. It was very well received. In fact, it sold over 5 million copies!

A remake of the arcade classic "Excitebike," this version features Mario and friends as riders. Otherwise, it is much the same game.

Only found on the Nintendo Game & Watch handheld system, "Donkey Kong Hockey" sees the old adversaries, Donkey Kong and Mario, fight it out in a hockey match.

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About This Quiz

One of the most recognizable game characters in the world, Mario, the Italian plumber, actually started off nameless. That's right, when he first was seen in "Donkey Kong," he was simply known as The Plumber. From those humble beginnings, Mario has gone on to star in 200 games for Nintendo and is now recognized as the official mascot of the company. Mario is also never alone; he always has his brother Luigi to help him. Help with what? Well, it always seems he's needing to rescue his girlfriend Princess Peach from his eternal enemy, Bowser. 

Mario's popularity is unrivaled. In fact, games he has starred in have sold over 500 million copies worldwide. Those are staggering numbers, they really are. Starting with platformers, Mario has branched out into just about every genre there is. This includes racing, role-playing games, puzzle games, sports games of every kind and much more. 

But with over 200 titles, it's going to be difficult to recognize each and every Mario game from an image, isn't it? Well, we intend to put you to the test and see just how many you can get right out of the 40 we have in this quiz. 

Just take your time, think it through and use a hint if you have to.

Good luck!

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