Super Mario (series)

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Super Mario (series)
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Genre Platformer
Platform Nintendo Consoles
Developer Nintendo EPD
Country Japan
Release date September 13, 1985
(First release)

Super Mario is a series of platformer video games developed by Nintendo and created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Taking place in the Mushroom Kingdom and starring Nintendo's mascot Mario, the games tell the story of Mario rescuing Princess Peach from Bowser, along with the help of his many friends.

Super Mario World


Super Mario World is a 1990 Nintendo game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game was later re-released as Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, where the only change was giving Luigi his own set of sprites (he was originally a palette swap of Mario). Super Mario World received an updated port on the Game Boy Advance, called Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, which added more content.

This game introduces the Power Balloon (a.k.a the P-Balloon), which can cause Mario or Luigi to inflate and float around in any direction for a limited amount of time. The P-Balloon can be found in World 2's Donut Secret 1 and Donut Secret 2, World 5's Forest of Illusion 1, and the Special World's Tubular.

Balloon Mario was later seen in Super Mario 64 DS and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.


  • Any form of Mario or Luigi (Small, Super, Fire, Cape) can grab a P-Balloon, even while using a Super Star. However, if Mario or Luigi grabs another power-up while under the effects of a P-Balloon, they will lose the P-Balloon power-up.

Super Mario 64 DS

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Super Mario 64 DS is a 2004 3D platformer game for the Nintendo DS. It is a remake of Super Mario 64, originally released for the Nintendo 64. Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi are all playable in this remake.

The Power Flower is a new item that replaces the Metal Cap and Vanishing Cap, as well as give new powers to Mario and Yoshi. When Mario uses the Power Flower, he inflates with air, allowing him to float to new locations.

Super Mario Sunshine

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Super Mario Sunshine is a 3D action-adventure platformer game released in 2002 for the Nintendo GameCube. It is the second 3D Mario platformer after Super Mario 64. Mario, Princess Peach, Toadsworth, and some Toads go to Isle Delfino for a vacation. After arriving, they learn that graffiti is polluting the island, which drives away the Shine Sprites, thanks to a Mario impostor. The real Mario is accused and sentenced to clean up the mess. With help from a device named F.L.U.D.D., Mario cleans the goop, gathers the Shine Sprites, and seeks to clear his name.

One of the enemies, a Piranha Plant can be inflated using F.L.U.D.D.

The boss of Bianco Hills (Episode 2) is Petey Piranha. When fighting Petey Piranha, Mario has to shoot water into his open mouth. Petey becomes bloated and falls over, giving Mario a chance to ground pound his exposed navel. If the player does not ground pound the belly quick enough, Petey will expel the water, forcing the player to repeat the process. Humorously, the player can inflate Petey without making him fall over, by stopping before he gets too full, letting the battle continue. This does not affect the battle in any way.

Petey Piranha returns as the boss of Episode 5 ("Petey Piranha Strikes Back").

Poinks are pig-like creatures that only appear in Episode 5 of Bianco Hills, and during the boss battle with King Boo, during Episode 5 of Sirena Hotel. If Mario gets near some Poinks, one will attach itself to F.L.U.D.D.'s nozzle. Squirting water causes the Poink to expand and stay attached. At its fullest the Poink will not explode, nor will it inflate any further. Releasing the "R"-trigger makes the Poink shoot off in Mario's direction, bursting when it comes into contact with another creature or surface.



  • Even though Petey Piranha is the boss of Episode 2, the player can fight him in Episode 1 by climbing up the windmill like normal.
  • Strangely, F.L.U.D.D. can fill up Poinks even when he's empty.

New Super Mario Bros.


New Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. It was the first main 2D Mario game since Super Mario World.

The Balloon Boo is one of the rarest enemies in the game, only appearing in World 4-Ghost House. When Mario looks at the Balloon Boo, it will inhale air, inflating itself to a large size. When Mario looks away, the Balloon Boo will follow Mario, deflating as it moves. The Balloon Boo can only be defeated by a Blue Shell or a Mega Mushroom.

Super Mario Galaxy


Super Mario Galaxy is a platformer game released in November 2007 for the Nintendo Wii. It is considered to be one of the best video games of all time and has a sequel titled Super Mario Galaxy 2. During the Star Festival, Bowser's forces attack and capture Princess Peach and her castle, with plans of universal domination. Mario fails to rescue her and is sent falling to another planet where he meets Rosalina and the Lumas. Bowser has actually stolen the Power Stars from their home, the Comet Observatory, for his own use. Now gifted with the power to travel through space, Mario sets out to retrieve the Power Stars so that the Comet Observatory can reach the center of the universe where Bowser lies.

In the game are Hungry Lumas, a type of Luma that will ask to be fed a certain number of Star Bits. Doing this makes them transform into planets and galaxies.

A Luma named Lumalee usually appears before boss battles. In exchange for 30 Star Bits, she will turn into either a Life Mushroom or a 1-Up Mushroom for Mario.

There is also the Lumacomète, who will move around Prankster Comets for 20 Star Bits.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a platformer game released in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii. It is the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy. It retains many gameplay elements from its predecessor, but also introduces new ones. As Mario heads to Princess Peach's castle to have cake and watch shooting stars with her, and also meeting a Baby Luma, he sees that Bowser is attacking and has grown gigantic. Bowser captures the princess and plots to take over the universe again. Mario gives chase and ends up on a planet-like spaceship piloted by a Luma named Lubba. It turns out that Bowser had taken the Power Stars he and his crew were using. Lubba gives Mario command of the ship, and they travel through space to find more Power Stars until they can reach the center of the universe and stop Bowser.

If Yoshi eats a Blimp Fruit, he becomes Blimp Yoshi. This makes him inflate and float up to higher places. Yoshi returns to normal if the "Air" meter empties, or if the player shakes the Wii Remote. The Blimp Fruit appears in the Tall Trunk Galaxy, Starshine Beach Galaxy, Flash Black Galaxy, and Bowser's Galaxy Generator.

Hungry Lumas return from the previous game serving the same function. However, they will only turn into galaxies.

There are also Hungry Lumas that eat coins instead of Star Bits. They only turn into planets.

Lumalee also returns with the same function.

She also appears inside the Starship Mario, where she may turn into a Chance Cube.

New Super Mario Bros. U

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New Super Mario Bros. U is a Wii U launch title released on November 18, 2012.  It is currently the best-selling title on the Wii U. The game was re-released with additional features for the Nintendo Switch in 2019, as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Balloon Baby Yoshi is one of the three baby Yoshies that can be found in the game. If the player carries Balloon Baby Yoshi, they can use its ability to inflate, carrying the player into the air. Every time the player presses the ZR button or shakes the Wii Remote, Balloon Baby Yoshi will inflate, up to a maximum of seven times. Balloon Baby Yoshi will deflate after the seventh inflation. This ability is similar to Blimp Yoshi from Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Super Mario Maker

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Super Mario Maker (tentatively called Mario Maker when announced at E3 2014) is a game creator application for the Nintendo Wii U, which allows players to insert blocks, enemies, items, and more from the Super Mario Bros. series to create and share their own 2D Super Mario levels. The game was announced at E3 2014 and was released in September 2015 (originally set to be released in early 2015), as part of the 30th Anniversary of Super Mario Bros. . It received a port for the Nintendo 3DS in 2016, known as Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS.

When you drag a Super Mushroom on a Hammer Bro, it transforms into its fatter variant, the Sledge Bro. 

Super Mario Maker 2

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Super Mario Maker 2 is the sequel to Super Mario Maker. It was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

Like in the first Super Mario Maker, the player can turn Hammer Bros into Sledge Bros by making them grow. Their sprites remain the same as in the first game. In the new Super Mario 3D World game style, the player can also make Fire Bros turn into Heavy Fire Bros, a new type of enemy.

The Porcupuffer enemy appears exclusively in the Super Mario 3D World game style. If the player is Fire Mario, they can attack the Porcupuffer with fireballs. Each hit will inflate the Porcupuffer slightly. Upon the fourth hit, the Porcupuffer will burst like a balloon. As a new attack, the Porcupuffer can now eat the player, similarly to the Boss Bass enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3. If a Porcupuffer is placed in the Castle theme, then it will be invulnerable to Fire Flower attacks.

The P-Balloon from Super Mario World was added in an update released in 2020. In Super Mario Maker 2, the player has more control over Mario. The P-Balloon can only be used in the Super Mario World game style.

Unlike in its original appearance, Mario cannot be Fire Mario, Small Mario, or Cape Mario at the same time as Balloon Mario.

In the Ninji Speedrun mode, the Ninji ghosts can also use P-Balloons, gaining a unique inflated sprite when they do so.


Super Mario Bros. Wonder

Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a platformer game set to release in October 2023 for the Nintendo Switch. It is the first Mario platformer game since "New Super Mario Bros. U".

One of the new features in this game is the Wonder Flower, a special item that triggers a wonder effect on the course it's found in.

In some levels, the Wonder Flower may cause Mario and his friends to blow up like balloons.

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