Warning: While most of the content in this article is factual, there is some speculation towards the end of it.
Welcome to the final part of my analysis of the Mario games represented in the Super Smash Bros. series with stages. Now that we’ve had a look at all the stages, I thought a good way to conclude this analysis would be taking the information from the previous parts and providing some interesting statistics and trivia, as well providing some information about some cut stages, talking about some games that have oddly been absent and concluding with some speculation on what stages we might see in the next Smash game. If you missed the first two parts, there are links provided below.
Representation of the Mario series through stages in Smash [Part 1] (Smash 64 and Melee)
Representation of the Mario series through stages in Smash [Part 2] (Brawl and Smash 4)
Representation of the Mario series through stages in Smash [Part 3] (Statistics, Trivia and Speculation)
Now that we’ve covered every stage in Smash, I thought it would be interesting to list all the games that have received stages and how many times each game has been represented. For convenience, I have placed them in a table.
|Game||Year of Release||Stages||Smash game debuted in|
|Super Mario Bros.||1985||Mushroom Kingdom
|Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Super Mario Bros. 2||1988||Mushroom Kingdom II||Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Super Mario World||1990||Yoshi’s Island||Super Smash Bros. Melee|
|Super Mario 64||1996||Peach’s Castle
Princess Peach’s Castle
|Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Melee
|Super Mario Sunshine||2002||Delfino Plaza||Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|Super Mario Galaxy||2007||Mario Galaxy||Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|Super Mario Galaxy 2||2010||Mario Galaxy||Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|Super Mario 3D Land||2011||3D Land||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|New Super Mario Bros. 2||2012||Golden Plains||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|New Super Mario Bros. U||2012||Mushroom Kingdom U||Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|Mario Kart DS||2005||Mario Circuit||Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|Mario Kart 7||2011||Rainbow Road||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Kart 8||2014||Mario Circuit||Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door||2004||Paper Mario||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|Paper Mario: Sticker Star||2012||Paper Mario||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS|
|Mario Bros.||1983||Mario Bros.||Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|Wrecking Crew||1985||Wrecking Crew||Super Smash Bros. for Wii U|
|Luigi’s Mansion||2001||Luigi’s Mansion||Super Smash Bros. Brawl|
|Super Mario Maker||2015||Super Mario Maker||Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U|
In addition to this table, I have also made another below, touching on the amount of Mario stages in each instalment. For Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on their individual rows, I’ll exclude stages that aren’t exclusive.
|Game||New Mario Stages||Returning Mario Stages||Total Stages|
|Super Smash Bros.||2||0||2|
|Super Smash Bros. Melee||4 (or 5*)||0||4 (or 5*)|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||5||1 (or 2*)||6 (or 7*)|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS||4||1||5|
|Super Smash Bros. for Wii U||3 (or 4**)||3 (or 4*)||6 or (8* **)|
|Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U (combined)||8 (or 9**)||5 (or 6*)||13 (or 15* **)|
*if including Yoshi’s Island as a Mario stage
**if including Wrecking Crew as a Mario stage
Grand total of Super Mario stages in the Super Smash Bros. series: 19 stages (21 if including Yoshi’s Island and Wrecking Crew)
And to cap things off, there is one last table here listing how many times each console had a stage from one of its games in Smash.
|Console||Number of Stages|
Note: Paper Mario is listed as a 3DS stage due to primarily being based on Sticker Star.
– The oldest Mario game represented is Mario Bros. (1983) and the latest is Super Mario Maker (2015). Mario’s debut game Donkey Kong (1981) is also represented.
– The Super Mario series is the only series in Smash to have more than one new stage in every instalment.
– Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario 64 are the only Mario games to have more than one stage, with both having three each.
– Super Mario 64 is the only Mario game to have a stage in every instalment in Smash, having Peach’s Castle in 64, Princess Peach’s Castle and Rainbow Cruise in Melee, Rainbow Cruise again in Brawl, and Peach’s Castle returning in both versions of Smash 4. If one counts both versions of Smash 4 as one game, Super Mario Bros. also qualifies for this, having two different Mushroom Kingdom stages in the first two games, and Mushroomy Kingdom in Brawl and Smash 3DS.
– There are no unlockable Mario series stages in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. However, there are DLC stages.
– Unlike some other series in Smash, Mario has never had the same stage return more than once (unless one counts Yoshi’s Island as a Mario stage).
– Mario Bros. is the only Mario stage in Brawl that did not return in either version of Smash 4 (although Mushroomy Kingdom’s Underground version was also absent).
– Mushroomy Kingdom being a 3DS exclusive stage in Smash 4 could be an allusion to Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, which was a handheld exclusive port/remake of the original game.
– All Mario Kart stages are based on/allude to Mario Circuit and Rainbow Road, both of which have shown up in every Mario Kart instalment to date.
– Super Paper Mario is the only Paper Mario instalment (at the time of Smash 4) that was not referenced in the Paper Mario stage.
– The remaining 2D Mario platformer games that haven’t had a stage in Smash are Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins, New Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
– Super Mario 3D World is the only 3D Mario platformer to not have a stage in Smash.
– There is a retro Mario stage in every instalment of Smash if one counts both versions of Smash 4 as one game. Smash 3DS was planned to have a retro Mario stage of its own, but it was replaced with a stage from another series.
– There has never been a Mario stage with retro visuals return in any subsequent Smash game.
– Dr. Mario is the only playable Mario character (if one does not count sub-series characters like Wario) to never have his debut title receive a stage.
– The only consoles/handhelds not acknowledged by any Mario stages are the Game Boy, Virtual Boy and Game Boy Color. The Game Boy Advance has been alluded to with Mushroom Kingdom II’s visuals.