Poll: Which Remastered Mario Games Would You Pick For A ‘Super Mario All-Stars 2’?

Super Mario All Stars 2

It’s the time of year for big video game announcements, and while 2020 has turned out a little differently to what you may have expected, there are sure to be big video game reveals in the coming days and weeks ahead.

One announcement that many are banking on is the much-rumoured remasters of Mario games in honour of the plumber’s upcoming 35th anniversary, including potential Switch releases for Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy. The exact form these re-releases might take is unclear, although it’s fun to imagine a sequel (of sorts) to the 1993 SNES compilation Super Mario All-Stars, which collected four classic NES platformers in 16-bit remastered form on a single cartridge.

It should be noted that these are still rumours, but with multiple respected and trusted sources corroborating the story–not to mention the sudden appearance of the also-rumoured Paper Mario: The Origami King–it seems highly likely that the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. will come with a bumper crop of Mario ‘masters for Switch.

But with a catalogue bulging with classic platformers, which Mario games would you choose for a hypothetical Super Mario All-Stars 2? Below we’ve rounded up the major contenders (the mainline 2D and 3D Mario games from both portable and home consoles), so take a look and choose your four favourite in the poll at the bottom of the page.


Super Mario Land (GB)Super Mario Land (GB)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D1

Release Date: 31st Jul 1989 (USA) / 28th Sep 1990 (UK/EU)

Mario’s original Game Boy outing isn’t the longest or most challenging game, but it distilled the core essence of 2D Mario onto the granddaddy of handheld consoles in a way few dreamed possible. Its remarkable sequel upped the ante yet again, but Super Mario Land‘s dreamlike oddness (in a series built on surreal, quirky logic) gives it a special place in our hearts.

More than you thought? You’ll note that we’ve excluded both Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island on the grounds that you should really be able to control Mario in a Mario game – being a nominal sequel to one of the above doesn’t necessarily make a game a Super Mario game!

Now you’ve refreshed your memory, feel free to join our poll and pick your four favourites below. Why just four, you ask? Two reasons: 1) because we’re evil, and 2) the original Super Mario All-Stars came with four games (plus Mario Bros., which we’ll throw in for free this time as well – you’re welcome), and this arbitrary limit forces you to choose only your absolute favourites.

Plus, how is Nintendo going to make ‘Super Mario All-Stars 3’ and ‘Super Mario All-Stars 4’ if it uses up all the games in one go? 12 games means at least 3 compilations, no? You know how these things work – c’mon, get with the programme!

Tough choices, huh? Let us know how you made your picks below.

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