Mario is a man of many hats. No, seriously, he’s worn a boatload of hats over the years, along with various costumes, accessories and bizarre contraptions. The best thing about Mario’s many forms, though, is that they grant him special abilities to help battle Bowser and his army of minions. But out of all of those super-powered forms Mario has taken over the years, which 10 are the absolute best?

With Super Mario Maker set to hit the Wii U next Friday, Sept. 11, we’re reminded just how varied Mario’s life has been over the past 20-plus years. The guy’s been to lots and lots of bizarre locations and, along the way, he’s taken on many forms to help him travel more easily or put the hurt on goombas or koopa troopas aplenty.

To celebrate the many forms of Mario, we decided to rank our top 10 favorites from throughout the mustachioed plumber’s illustrious career.

Bee Mario
10. Bee Mario
Introduced in the Mario Galaxy games, Bee Mario is only one of the more recent critter-themed transformations Nintendo’s mascot has become famous for. Not only does the Bee suit give Mario the ability to fly for a short time, but it also lets him walk across flowers and clouds, as well as climb along honeycombs. While many of Mario’s forms are just slightly different versions of his original transformation, the Bee suit stands out because it grants multiple new abilities in a single, pretty adorable, costume.

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