Mario has been the face of Nintendo for more than three decades, and he’s still going strong in the Switch era (even if some of the best Mario games are no longer available on the console).
If you don’t mind the risk of bruising your thumbs and your friendships, Super Mario Party is a solid party game in the Switch’s lacking multiplayer library, but it’s not the best of the lot.
The Origami King’s unique combat system gets old fast, but the game has enough humor and charm to make it worth playing nonetheless.
Even if they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, arcadey Mario sports games tend to be tons of fun. Mario Tennis Aces is no exception, and it has a solid story mode to boot.
Super Mario Maker 2 opens up an endless online library of creative (sometimes sadistic) levels made by fans around the world, along with classic stages.
If you can get over the cognitive dissonance of Mario holding a gun, this Ubisoft-developed tactics game is funny, satisfying, and easy to pick up for genre newcomers.
Unjustly overlooked, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a classic 2D platformer with modern updates, and one of the best Switch games for fans of old-school Mario.
Saved from obscurity on the Wii U, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best the series has ever been, and a top contender for best multiplayer game on Switch.
A Wii U port and an original adventure combine to make one of the most inventive Mario games ever. Plus, Mario 3D World introduces the cat suit, which automatically makes it the most adorable Mario game.
Along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey made the Nintendo Switch a must-have console in its first year, delivering one of Mario’s best platformers to date.