The 24 greatest Mario commercials of all time

After seeing the first US commercial for Super Mario Galaxy 2, we were a tad shocked to see just how expensive it looks. Nintendo must have dropped a pretty penny on this commercial. But that’s nothing new when you look at history and/or YouTube. Look there and it’s obvious that no matter the side of the globe the mustachioed one is marketed on, it’s rarely cheap or shoddy.

Above: Here again is the fanciful Galaxy 2 ad

But instead of wasting your time searching for the best classic advertisements on YouTube, the Mario experts at GR have collected them all here for you, in this list of the best Mario commercials of all time. And if you’re curious what’s the worst, it should be obvious:

Mario for breakfast?!?!?

We never had the Donkey Kong cereal, but we can attest that the Mario/Zelda cereal really sucked. The packaging and promise of a “Cereal System” only tricked us once before we returned to Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch.

Wario debuts to mesmerize us

Quite an introduction for Wario, and we can see why the world would come to love the antihero, even though he’s a full-on baddy here. Does his success mean the hypnotism worked?

Mario plays rough

After all the frou-frou, happy, “gee aren’t Nintendo games fun for the whole family,” adverts, it was satisfying to see them beat the crap out of each other. And the use of the classic Turtles song only made it sweeter.

If only this Mario anime were real

Every time we see this we’re filled with rage that it’s 30 seconds long and not 90 minutes. Can’t you just imagine how great an anime retelling of Mario 3 that looked like that would be? And it will never happen. ARGH!

If only this Mario anime were real - Part 2

Similarly, Nintendo sold Mario Kart 64 in Japan with an even more stylized anime commercial. Kind of a strange choice, considering the big selling point of Kart 64 was the 3D, pre-rendered graphics. In contrast, here’s a US commercial for it:

And when it came time to sell the GBA Mario Kart, Super Circuit, Nintendo of Japan made a sequel of sorts to the 64 ad, though it wasn’t as high quality.


  • Ultimadrago - July 9, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    "Mario! Where are YOU?!!" Lol-worthy
  • 8bitBaby - July 6, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    i remember that mario bros commercial with luigi being a total wussbag. i just realized it's to the tune of "car 54 where are you?" ah, memories :)
  • shnazzyone - July 6, 2010 3:58 a.m.

    hate to be a stickler but the mario cloines commercial is wayyy cooler in it's entirety.
  • philipshaw - May 14, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    Seen some of these in a previous article but this was still a great article
  • gcntino - May 14, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    I'm STILL waiting for someone to find the U.S. commercial for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the 7 Stars! UGH! THAT was the best mario commercial ever!!!
  • mynameisjay - May 13, 2010 5:05 p.m.

    Im glad the mario 3 commercial made it. I saw that when it was on TV and still remember it to this day. I used to like Nintendo cereal commercial too.
  • Conman93 - May 13, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    Lol at the smash bros one. That last mario 3 commercial was epic. In Ireland and England's mario galaxy 2 ad, we'll probably get this family all on the couch watching one of them play it and this random 'celebrity' will walk in, ask questions about it and act like they care!
  • Tomsta666 - May 13, 2010 6:30 a.m.

    Man you Yanks and Japs got al the good adverts :( I don't remember any of being shown in Blighty.
  • Tenfey - May 13, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    I must obey Wario and/or destroy Mario.
  • pingyoo - May 13, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    It just doesnt get no better than Mario now does it. Lou
  • Fuzunga - May 13, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    My favorite will always be the North American commercial for Mario & Luigi.
  • Pyroco101 - May 13, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    you guys shoulda put in that one ad for Mario Pinball. You know, the one with "Black Betty" by Ram Jam?
  • theamazingmrpotato - May 13, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    i fucking wish nintendo had dubbed the japanese versions of these ads, would have made me want to buy every single last one, althogh i did anyway. HEY NINTENDO resurrect your madness yeah or we will defect DAMMIT! ReCaptcha Spending Blanches, i dont know what blanches are but im sure i spent a ton of em on Mario.

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