Mario Games on the Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo 3DS


Mario Games on the Nintendo 3DS

Below are the Mario games on the Nintendo 3DS that we cover at the site. Visit a games page by clicking its box image below.

We feature games with three different types of Mario appearance as follows:-

  • Cameo - a non-Mario game with reference to, or an appearance of Mario or one of the characters

  • Spin off - a game which features Mario throughout, but is not a mainstream adventure game.

  • Main role - The classic platform/adventure style Mario games such as Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Land would be good examples of what we define as main role Mario games.


The year of Luigi kicks of with Luigis Mansion 2 on the Nintendo 3DS Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros box small Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon

Main role

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Bros

Main role

Mario & Sonic at the

London 2012 Olympic Games

Spin off

Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS Mario Party Island Tour 3DS Box Cover Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS

Mario Kart 7

Spin off

Mario Party: Island Tour

Spin off

Mario Tennis Open

Spin off

New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS) small box Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS) small box Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) Box small
New Super Mario Bros. 2

Main role

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Main role

Super Mario 3D Land

Main role

Super Smash Bros 3DS front box Yoshis New Island Box small  
Super Smash Bros 3DS

Spin off

Yoshi's New Island

Main role



About the Nintendo 3DS Console

The Nintendo 3DS is a handheld game system that is noteworthy for its ability to produce 3D graphics without the need of 3D glasses. The system was first announced in 2010, where it stole the show at the E3 event. Other noteworthy features are the fact that it is has the ability to be backward compatible with the older DS models, saving the customer the hassle of buying a new set of video games.

One of the most celebrated features that were announced on the system is the virtual console that allows the user to download a variety of retro games or others that were not produced on the DS line of games. This is particularly true of the Mario games on the Nintendo 3DS, which experienced an incredible resurgence in popularity as a result of the more widespread availability. In order to complement the games that were available for download or backwards compatibility, several Mario games were released for the Nintendo 3DS. Some of the favorites that have been released so far are “Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon” and “Super Mario 3D Land”, both of which have been successful.


A gang of ghouls terrorising Luigi and Toad

Aside from the wonderful variety of Mario games on the Nintendo 3DS, there are many other interesting features that were included on the system. For example, the system comes with a mini social network, internet browser, and the ability to communicate with other players. This brought multiplayer aspects of handheld consoles to new heights, which went greatly underappreciated when the system was launched.

There were many factors that did not help the 3DS launch including the state of the world economy as well as the fact that the system was released within years of the last upgrade to the Nintendo DS line. However, the system managed to have mediocre sales while it garnered the collection of games that have made it one of the most powerful handheld consoles ever released.

There are currently a few Mario games on the Nintendo 3DS that are waiting to be released. One of the most anticipated games is the popular spin off “Super Smash Bros” 3DS. This promises some of the best graphics in the series and all of the madness that made the previous games such an incredible success. This game, combined with the multiplayer capabilities offered by the 3DS system, could easily prove to be one of the most successful, popular, and best-rated titles on the system.




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