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A mustachioed Italian plumber with a penchant for jumping on the heads of his enemies is, unbelievably, one of the most popular video game characters in the world. Hell, he’s one of the most popular characters in the world period

Of course I’m talking about your friend and mine: Super Mario!

It’s been over 35 years since Mario first appeared in 1981 arcade classic “Donkey Kong,” and, since then, he’s been in a lot of games (the Mario Wiki estimates somewhere in the neighborhood of 170). These range from classics like “Super Mario World” on the Super Nintendo, to more esoteric fare like “Hotel Mario” and “Mario’s Time Machine.”

He’s even on smartphones!

Super mario run“Super Mario Run” is the first ever Super Mario game for Apple’s devices.Nintendo

Perhaps you have kids at home who fell in love with Mario games through “Super Mario Odyssey,” the latest in the franchise? Or maybe you did? 

Good news: That’s a ton of history to dig through!

That’s where this list comes in: We put together the 10 best Mario games ever made and where to find them (excluding spin-offs like the “Mario Tennis” franchise, “Mario Kart,” “Mario Party” and “Paper Mario”). Let’s begin!