With Super Mario Maker set for release on September 11th for the Wii U, it seemed like a great time to go over the history of Mario games and highlight some of the best that Nintendo has had to offer over the years.

Nintendo has really branched out and tackled a number of different genres for the Mario titles and this list convenes to select the best games out of each category of unique and different Mario titles over the years, ranging from sports titles and party games, to platformers and RPGs. So without further ado, here are Nintendo's 5 best Mario games, ranked.

5. Super Mario RPG
The SNES outing of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was Nintendo's foray into the turn-based role-playing genre for the Super Mario franchise. The game worked for what Nintendo aimed to do with the series, from the seemingly mute protagonist to the turn-based combat mirrored after the likes of Square, Sunsoft and Enix (conveniently enough, the last two were eaten up by Square). Super Mario RPG featured some light eight-direction platforming, and some cool mini-games. While Super Mario RPG doesn't receive a whole lot of love but this was probably one of the most underrated yet well made Mario games out there.

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