How to Play Mario Games

By Lindsay Howell

Updated September 22, 2017

Mario is Nintendo's mascot and the hero in such games as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario 64 and Mario Kart. There are Mario games for many different Nintendo consoles; therefore, there are several ways to play Mario games. You can even buy old Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or SNES) games using the Wii to play classic Mario games. Mario games can be broken into two categories: adventure games and karting games.

Mario Adventure Games

Play through the traditional eight worlds in Mario adventure games such as the original Super Mario Bros. and the New Super Mario Bros. games for the Nintendo Wii and DS. At the end of the eighth world is Bowser's Castle, where you must defeat Bowser to rescue Princess Peach.

Jump to get the Power Ups and Mushrooms that are in the Question Mark boxes. Sometimes other random blocks contain Mushrooms, Power Ups and Coins and other items so hit them as well.

In some games you can wall jump to get to difficult platforms and get hard to reach items. Jump at a wall and hold the D-pad towards the wall to grip it and slide down, then quickly jump over to another wall or the platform you are trying to reach.

Collect coins and star coins to get points or gain access to additional parts of the games.

Mario Kart Games

Choose the character you want to race as; you can be Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Toad, or other classic Nintendo characters.

Begin one of the cup races in the game; in the Mario Kart games you will play through 4 different cups, such as the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup and the Special Cup.

Use the D-pad or the analog stick to steer your kart or bike and press the "A" button to accelerate. In some games you use the L and R buttons or the Z button to drift on the track.

Aim towards the Power Up blocks that will give you a random item or power up. These items include turtle shells and banana peels you can toss at other racers, Bullet Bill who will steer a small portion of the track for you, and a thunder cloud that will make other racers miniature for a small period of time.