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Franchises and games are considered canon or non-canon based on how closely linked they are to "core" Mario games. In general, games that are clearly crossovers are not considered canon. Games that take place in the "real-world" are also not considered canon.
A list of the current canon games can be found '''[[List of Canon Mario Games|here]]'''.


== Significant Partially Canon Franchises ==
== Section 1 – Publisher Rules ==  
=== Mii ===
Mii is the flagship series of the Wii, and extends onto newer consoles as well. Wuhu Island is a location that exists in the Mario Universe, as seen in the Mario Kart 7 Star Cup and Flower Cup, however, the Mii series is considered large enough, divergent enough, and "meta" enough that its games are generally not considered canon to Mario. [[Miis]] are seen cheering for Mario in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7, and so are considered a group of humans from Wuhu Island.


=== Game & Watch ===
=== Rule 1 – Must be published by Nintendo ===
The relationship between the Mario and Game & Watch franchises are complex. All but two of the games in the Game & Watch franchise has been re-released as Mario games in the Game & Watch Gallery series. One game, Green House, also appears in the Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze level "Fruity Factory", in a dilapidated state.
:1.a – Video games published by Nintendo and set in the Mario Universe are canon, this includes Japan-only releases and US-only releases, though not web browser games. Licensing is not enough.
::Examples: ''Super Mario Bros. 2'' and ''Donkey Kong Circus'' are canon, ''Mario is Missing'' and ''Hotel Mario'' are not;
:1.b – "Game-adjacent" media made by the developers of the game (not by third-parties) is also considered canon.
::Examples: Game manuals, official websites and Word of God are canon, Prima Guides are not;
:1.c – If the publisher is unknown, then the canonicity is determined on if canon games reference it
::Examples: ''Mario Kart Wii'' references ''Mario Kart Arcade GP'';


=== Excite ===
Addendum A - The '''Mario Universe''' consists of the Mario franchise, Wario franchise, Yoshi franchise and DK franchise.
Excite, best known for including Excitebike, is a series of games that has some ties to the Mario franchise. The Excitebike arena appears in the Super Bell Subway map and as a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe stage, and the game Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium is thought to take place there. As such, parts of the Excitebite series are canon to the Mario franchise. However, the Excite franchise as a whole is large and separate enough to be considered generally "non-canon", so games such as Excitebike 64, Excite Truck, and Excitebots: Trick Racing are not considered part of the universe.


=== R.O.B. ===
== Section 2 – Crossover Rules ==
R.O.B. appears as a playable character in Mario Kart DS, and is referred to in the Wario games, meaning he exists as a concept in the Mario Universe. However, appearances outside of Mario games are not considered part of the Mario franchise.


=== Rhythm Heaven ===
=== Rule 1 – Mario games that feature crossovers from other franchises ===
Wario games have often referenced the Rhythm Heaven series, and so some Rhythm Heaven characters exist in the Mario Universe. However, the primary crossover game, Rhythm Heaven Megamix, is not considered canon due to the extensive crossover nature of the game, nor is the rest of the Rhythm Heaven series.
:1.a – A game that features crossovers (characters from another franchise) is canon if it isn't considered a game for the franchise "crossing over" to Mario.
::Examples: ''Mario Kart 8 Deluxe'' isn't considered a Zelda game; ''Mario Hoops 3-on-3'' isn't considered a FF game;
:1.b – However, if the crossover title can be considered a game for the other franchise, but doesn't in any way interact with the canon of that franchise, the game can still be considered canon to Mario.
::Examples: ''Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix'' does not connect to any other DDR game, and so is considered canon to Mario;
:1.c – If a game is presented in a way that places both franchises equally, then it is not canon to Mario.
::Examples: ''Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games'' holds Mario and Sonic to the same level; ''Super Smash Bros.'' holds multiple franchises to the same level neither are canon to Mario;


== Significant Non-Canon Franchises ==
=== Rule 2 – Other games that feature crossovers from Mario ===
=== Super Smash Bros. ===
:2.a – Similarly, a game that features Mario elements in it, but isn't generally considered to be a Mario game isn't canon.
Super Smash Bros is explicitly a crossover series, and so is considered non-canon. Even if it weren't, the characters in Smash Bros are toys, as shown in the first game of the series.
::Examples: ''Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening'' isn't considered a Mario game; ''NBA Street V3'' isn't considered a Mario game;
Addendum A - For the sake of simplicity, "Mario game", or "Mario franchise" includes other Mario-related franchises such as Donkey Kong, Wario and Yoshi.


=== Sonic the Hedgehog ===
== Section 3 - Retcon Rules ==
Sonic is best known to join Mario in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series. This is clearly both a crossover series and a series that mostly takes place in the "real world", and so is not considered canon.


=== Rabbids ===
=== Rule 1 – Newer remakes retcon older content ===
Mario joins with the Rabbids in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, however, this is certainly a crossover game. The Rabbids franchise is also large and highly divergent from Mario.
:1.a – Newer remakes overrides previous titles and content, as if the original never happened. This includes changes such as: Characters, locations, story and names;
::Examples: ''Super Mario All-Stars'' retcons the originals; ''Super Mario Advance'' series retcons ''Super Mario All-Stars''; ''Mario & Luigi DX'' retcons the originals; ''Super Mario 64 DS'' retcons ''Super Mario 64'';
:1.b – Older content can still be considered canon if it doesn’t explicitly contradict with newer content.
::Examples: The backstory in the original Manuals for ''Super Mario Bros. 3'' and ''Super Mario World''; levels based on ''Super Mario 3D World'' in ''Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker'';
:1.c – Simple ports of older games do not count as remakes, and therefore don't fall under 1.a, and don't count as canon over previous remakes.
Examples: ''Super Mario 64 DS'' still takes precedence over the ''Super Mario 64'' port in the ''3D All-Stars Collection'';


=== Dragon Quest ===
=== Rule 2. – Revisiting locations aren’t retcons ===
The Mario franchise crosses over with Dragon Quest in Itadaki Street DS, the Fortune Street series, and Mario Sports Mix. However, Dragon Quest has a large, complex, and highly divergent canon of its own, and so all of these games are considered crossovers rather than canon.
:2.a – Changes to old locations that are revisited in new games (that aren't remakes) are considered in-universe changes and not retcons.
::Examples: Tracks revisited in Retro Cups in newer ''Mario Kart'' games or in ''Mario Kart Tour''; The giant Kong head not present in newer versions of DK Island;
:2.b – Newer changes that causes contradictions to older content due to technical limitations in hardware can be disregarded. The older appearance takes precedence over the newer content. (i.e. the Double Dash Exception)
::Examples: GCN Mushroom Bridge lacking references to Mushroom City in ''Mario Kart DS'';
:2.c – Locations that are radically different from previous appearances to the point that they can’t be explained as in-universe changes, (that aren’t covered by Exception 2.b), can be considered retcons. The newer appearance takes precedence over the older appearance.
::Examples: ''Super Mario Odyssey''’s globe retcons older references to Mario’s planet as our Earth (e.g. Rainbow Roads); N64 Choco Mountain and DS Airship Fortress in ''Mario Kart Tour''; Cheese Land in ''Mario Kart 8 Deluxe''; New Donk City retcons older New York City references;


=== The Legend of Zelda ===
Addendum A - Whether a location revisited is the exact same location or simply around a general area should be decided on a case by case basis
Link and Hyrule appears as a character and kart course, along with the Animal Crossing and F-Zero series, in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, however, as part of crossover DLC, they are considered non-canon.
Examples: Star Hill seen in Super Mario RPG and in Partners in Time aren't the exact same location, while retro tracks is the Mario Kart series generally are.


=== Animal Crossing ===
Addendum B - A list of the current Mario Kart race tracks can be found '''[[List of Mario Kart Tracks|here]]'''.
Similar to the Zelda franchise, Animal Crossing appears as characters and a kart course in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, however, as part of crossover DLC, they are considered non-canon.
 
=== F-Zero ===
F-Zero joins Animal Crossing and Zelda with Mario in the Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The series is considered non-canon as it is included as part of a crossover DLC.
 
=== Mario Edutainment ===
Games that are intended to teach "real-world" facts are not considered canon. Such games include  "Mario's Time Machine" and "Mario is Missing!".
 
=== Final Fantasy ===
Final Fantasy briefly crosses over with Mario alongside Dragon Quest in Mario Sports Mix. For these reasons, the game and series are considered non-canon.
 
=== Punch-Out!!! ===
Mario seemingly stars as a referee in certain games in the Punch-Out!!! series, however, since the referee is never confirmed as Mario, and the series is highly divergent and takes place in the "real world", it is not considered a canon appearance.
 
=== Spyro ===
Mario has crossed over with the Spyro series in Skylanders: SuperChargers Racing. This is considered a crossover game from a separate franchise, and so is not canon.
 
=== Banjo-Kazooie ===
This series, along with Conker's Bad Fur Day, appear in the Diddy Kong Racing series. This has led to the game being considered non-canon, as the game is not only a crossover but also not a significant part of Donkey Kong canon.
 
=== Conker's Bad Fur Day ===
Similar to Banjo-Kazooie, this series appears in Diddy Kong Racing, leading to the game being considered non-canon.
 
=== SSX ===
Mario, Luigi, and Peach appear in SSX on Tour in a cameo appearance, but as this is considered a non-canon crossover.
 
=== NBA Street ===
Mario, Luigi, and Peach make an appearance in this "real life" basketball series, but besides taking place in the "real world", this is a crossover cameo in a separate franchise, and so is considered non-canon.
 
=== The Legendary Starfy ===
Wario makes an appearance in Densetsu no Starfy 3, but the series diverges enough from Mario that it is considered a cameo in a separate series.
 
=== Captain Rainbow ===
The game "Captain Rainbow" features Birdo prominently, however, this is considered a cameo appearance in a game not part of Mario canon.
 
== Canon Games List ==
 
Except in the case that two completely different games are released with the same title, this table only includes games that are the first release of an exact title, so re-releases are often not included. However, re-releases with different titles are included, and if a given re-release added new information to canon, a note is included in the original release.
 
If a game was re-released under a different name but changed nothing from the original, you can find it under non-canon, in order to reduce information on the canon side.
 
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed"
! Year !! Game !! Remake Notes
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! Unknown
| Banana Bonanza ||
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!
| Rolling Panic ||
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!
| DK: Jungle Climber -- Banana Grab ||
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!
| Mario Tennis: Power Tour -- Bicep Pump ||
|-
!
| Mario Tennis: Power Tour -- Reflex Rally ||
|-
!
| New Super Mario Bros. 1-Up Hunt! ||
|-
!
| Wario: Master of Disguise Trivia ||
|-
!
| Yoshi's Island DS -- Yoshi's Egg Toss ||
|-
! 1981
| Donkey Kong || Remade as part of Donkey Kong Classics, part of Donkey Kong (1994), and Donkey Kong-e with small changes
|-
! 1982
| Green House ||
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Jr. || Remade as part of Donkey Kong Classics and Donkey Kong Jr.-e with small additions
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! 1983
| Donkey Kong 3 || Remade as part of Donkey Kong 3-e
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!
| Donkey Kong II ||
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Jr. Math ||
|-
!
| Mario Bros. (Arcade) || Remade as Mario Bros. Special, Punch Ball Mario, Kaettekita Mario Bros., and minigame included in Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
|-
!
| Mario Bros. (Game & Watch) / Pokka Mario Bros ||
|-
!
| Mario's Bombs Away ||
|-
!
| Mario's Cement Factory ||
|-
! 1984
| Donkey Kong Circus ||
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Hockey ||
|-
!
| Golf || Remade as VS. Golf, Golf (1989) and Golf-e
|-
!
| Mario Bros. Special || Remake of Mario Bros. (Arcade)
|-
!
| Pinball || Remade as VS. Pinball and Pinball-e with small additions
|-
!
| Punch Ball Mario Bros. || Remake of Mario Bros. (Arcade)
|-
!
| Tennis ||
|-
!
| VS. Golf || Remake of Golf
|-
!
| VS. Pinball || Remake of Pinball
|-
!
| VS. Wrecking Crew ||
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! 1985
| Super Mario Bros. || Remade as VS. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, and part of Super Mario Deluxe
|-
!
| Wrecking Crew || Remake of VS. Wrecking Crew
|-
! 1986
| Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels || Remade as part of Super Mario Deluxe
|-
!
| VS. Super Mario Bros. || Remade as part of Super Mario Deluxe
|-
! 1987
| Famicom Grand Prix: F-1 Race ||
|-
! 1988
| Donkey Kong Classics || Contains remake of Donkey Kong (1981) and Donkey Kong Jr. (1982).
|-
!
| Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally ||
|-
!
| Kaettekita Mario Bros. || Remake of Remake of Mario Bros. (Arcade).
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. 2 || Remade as part of Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, and Super Mario Advance
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. 3 || Remade as Super Mario All-Stars, Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, and Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 with small changes
|-
! 1989
| Alleyway ||
|-
!
| Golf || Remake of Golf (1984).
|-
!
| Super Mario Land ||
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! 1990
| Dr. Mario || Remade as VS. Dr. Mario, as part of Tetris & Dr. Mario, Dr. Mario BS Version, and as part of Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
|-
!
| Super Mario World || Remade as Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World, and Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 with small changes
|-
!
| VS. Dr. Mario || Remake of Dr. Mario
|-
! 1991
| Mario the Juggler ||
|-
!
| Yoshi ||
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! 1992
| Mario Paint ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Kart || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins ||
|-
!
| Yoshi's Cookie || Remade as part of Nintendo Puzzle Collection
|-
! 1993
| Mario & Wario ||
|-
!
| Super Mario All-Stars || Remake of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
|-
!
| Yoshi's Safari ||
|-
! 1994
| Donkey Kong || Contains remake of Donkey Kong (1981)
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!
| Donkey Kong Country || Remade as Donkey Kong Country (2000 and 2003)
|-
!
| Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World || Contains remakes of Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
|-
!
| Tetris & Dr. Mario || Contains remake of Dr. Mario
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!
| Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 ||
|-
!
| Wario's Woods || Remade as Wario's Woods Again with small changes
|-
!
| Yoshi no Cookie: Kuruppon Oven de Cookie ||
|-
! 1995
| Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest || Remade as Donkey Kong Land 2, Donkey Kong Country 2
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!
| Donkey Kong Land ||
|-
!
| Mario Clash ||
|-
!
| Mario's Picross ||
|-
!
| Mario's Tennis ||
|-
!
| Mario’s Super Picross ||
|-
!
| Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island || Remade as Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 with some changes
|-
!
| Undake30 Same Game ||
|-
!
| Virtual Boy Wario Land ||
|-
!
| Wario's Woods Again || Remake of Wario's Woods with small changes
|-
! 1996
| BS Super Mario USA ||
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! || Remade as Donkey Kong Country 3
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Land 2 || Remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
|-
!
| Donkey Konk ||
|-
!
| Mario Kart 64 || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Picross 2 ||
|-
!
| Super Mario 64 || Remade as Super Mario 64: Shindō Pak Taiō Version, and Super Mario 64 DS
|-
!
| Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars ||
|-
!
| Tetris Attack || Remade as part of Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
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! 1997
| Donkey Kong Land III ||
|-
!
| Dr. Mario BS Version || Remake of Dr. Mario
|-
!
| Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium ||
|-
!
| Game & Watch Gallery || Some games are remade as part of Game & Watch Gallery 3 and Game & Watch Gallery 4
|-
!
| Game & Watch Gallery 2 || Some games are remade as part of Game & Watch Gallery 4
|-
!
| Super Mario 64: Shindō Pak Taiō Version || Remake of Super Mario 64
|-
!
| Yoshi's Story ||
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! 1998
| Mario Party || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario's Memory Madness ||
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!
| Wario Land II ||
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!
| Wario's Whack Attack ||
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!
| Wrecking Crew '98 ||
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! 1999
| Donkey Kong 64 ||
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!
| Game & Watch Gallery 3 || Contains remake of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery. Some games are remade as part of Game & Watch Gallery 4
|-
!
| Mario Artist: Paint Studio ||
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!
| Mario Golf (GBC) ||
|-
!
| Mario Golf (N64) ||
|-
!
| Mario Party 2 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. Deluxe || Contains remakes of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels with small changes
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! 2000
| Donkey Kong Country || Remake of Donkey Kong Country (1994)
|-
!
| Kremling Krushin ||
|-
!
| Mario Artist: Communication Kit ||
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!
| Mario Artist: Polygon Studio ||
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!
| Mario Artist: Talent Studio ||
|-
!
| Mario Party 3 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Tennis (GBC) ||
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!
| Mario Tennis (N64) ||
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!
| Paper Mario ||
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!
| Wario Land 3 ||
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! 2001
| Dr. Mario 64 ||
|-
!
| Luigi's Mansion || Remade as Luigi's Mansion (2018)
|-
!
| Mario Kart: Super Circuit || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Mobile Golf ||
|-
!
| PolterCue ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Advance || Remake of Super Mario Bros. 2
|-
!
| Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 || Remake of Super Mario World
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!
| Wario Land 4 ||
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! 2002
| Donkey Kong Jr.-e || Remake of Donkey Kong Jr. with small changes
|-
!
| Donkey Kong-e || Remake of Donkey Kong with small changes
|-
!
| Game & Watch Gallery 4 || Contains remakes of games from Game & Watch Gallery, Game & Watch Gallery 2, and Game & Watch Gallery 3
|-
!
| Mario Bros.-e || Remake of Mario Bros. (Arcade) with small changes
|-
!
| Mario Party 4 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Pinball-e || Remake of Pinball with small changes
|-
!
| Super Mario Sunshine ||
|-
!
| Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 || Remake of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
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! 2003
| Donkey Kong 3-e || Remake of Donkey Kong 3 with small changes
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Country || Remake of Donkey Kong Country (2003)
|-
!
| Donkey Konga ||
|-
!
| Golf-e || Remake of Golf (1984)
|-
!
| Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga || Remade as Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
|-
!
| Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour ||
|-
!
| Mario Kart: Double Dash!! || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Party 5 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Party-e ||
|-
!
| Nintendo Puzzle Collection || Remake of Yoshi's Cookie with new content, also contains Dr. Mario 64
|-
!
| Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 || Remake of Super Mario Bros. 3 with small changes, includes remake of Mario Bros. with small changes
|-
!
| Wario World ||
|-
!
| WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! ||
|-
!
| WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! ||
|-
! 2004
| Donkey Kong Country 2 || Remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Jungle Beat || Remade as New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
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!
| Donkey Konga 2 ||
|-
!
| Mario Golf: Advance Tour ||
|-
!
| Mario Party 6 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Pinball Land ||
|-
!
| Mario Power Tennis ||
|-
!
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong ||
|-
!
| Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door ||
|-
!
| Super Mario 64 DS || Remake of Super Mario 64
|-
!
| WarioWare: Touched! ||
|-
!
| WarioWare: Twisted! ||
|-
!
| Yoshi Topsy-Turvy ||
|-
! 2005
| Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix ||
|-
!
| DK: King of Swing ||
|-
!
| DK: King of Swing -- Hurling for Distance ||
|-
!
| DKC3 -- Barrel-Blastapalooza ||
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Country 3 || Remake of Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble
|-
!
| Dr. Mario & Puzzle League || Contains remakes of Dr. Mario and Tetris Attack
|-
!
| Dr. Mario Vitamin Toss ||
|-
!
| Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time ||
|-
!
| Mario Kart DS || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Party 7 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Party 7 -- Bowser's Lair Hockey ||
|-
!
| Mario Party Advance ||
|-
!
| Mario Superstar Baseball ||
|-
!
| Mario Tennis: Power Tour ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Strikers ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Strikers -- Heads Up ||
|-
!
| Super Princess Peach ||
|-
!
| Super Princess Peach -- Parasol Fall ||
|-
!
| Yakuman DS || Remade as Wi-Fi Taiō Yakuman DS with small additions
|-
!
| Yoshi Touch & Go ||
|-
! 2006
| Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom ||
|-
!
| Mario Hoops 3-on-3 -- Dribble Skillz ||
|-
!
| Mario vs. DK 2: Cannon Kaos ||
|-
!
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis ||
|-
!
| New Super Mario Bros. ||
|-
!
| Superstar Shootout ||
|-
!
| Tetris DS Puzzle Mode ||
|-
!
| WarioWare: Smooth Moves ||
|-
!
| Wi-Fi Taiō Yakuman DS || Remake of Yakuman DS with small additions
|-
!
| Yoshi's Island DS ||
|-
! 2007
| Diddy Kong Racing DS ||
|-
!
| Diddy Kong Racing DS -- Timber's Balloon Pop ||
|-
!
| DK: Jungle Climber ||
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Barrel Blast ||
|-
!
| Mario Party 8 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Party DS ||
|-
!
| Mario Strikers Charged ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Galaxy ||
|-
!
| Super Paper Mario ||
|-
!
| Super Paper Mario Memory Match ||
|-
!
| Wario: Master of Disguise ||
|-
! 2008
| Bird & Beans ||
|-
!
| Dr. Mario Express || Remake of Dr. Mario Online Rx with less features
|-
!
| Dr. Mario Online Rx || Remade as Dr. Mario Express with less features
|-
!
| Mario Kart Wii || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Super Sluggers ||
|-
!
| New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat || Remake of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
|-
!
| Paper Airplane Chase ||
|-
!
| Wario Land: Shake It! ||
|-
!
| WarioWare: Snapped! ||
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! 2009
| Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story || Remade as Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey
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!
| Mario Calculator ||
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!
| Mario Clock ||
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!
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! ||
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!
| New Super Mario Bros. Wii ||
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!
| WarioWare: D.I.Y. ||
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!
| WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase ||
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! 2010
| Donkey Kong Country Returns || Remade as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D with minor changes
|-
!
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! ||
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!
| Super Mario Galaxy 2 ||
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! 2011
| Mario Kart 7 || Part of Mario Kart Franchise. Some courses were later remade.
|-
!
| Super Mario 3D Land ||
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! 2012
| Club Nintendo Picross || Remade as Club Nintendo Picross Plus
|-
!
| Mario Party 9 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
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!
| Mario Tennis Open ||
|-
!
| New Super Mario Bros. 2 ||
|-
!
| New Super Mario Bros. U || Remade as part of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
|-
!
| Paper Mario: Sticker Star ||
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! 2013
| Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D || Remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns
|-
!
| Dr. Luigi ||
|-
!
| Game & Wario ||
|-
!
| Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon ||
|-
!
| Mario & Luigi: Dream Team ||
|-
!
| Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move ||
|-
!
| Mario Party: Island Tour || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| New Super Luigi U || Remade as part of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
|-
!
| Super Mario 3D World ||
|-
! 2014
| Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker || Remade as Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2018)
|-
!
| Club Nintendo Picross Plus || Remake of Club Nintendo Picross
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze || Remade as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2018) with small changes
|-
!
| Mario Golf: World Tour ||
|-
!
| Mario Kart 8 || Remade as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Remakes courses from Mario Kart Franchise.
|-
!
| Yoshi's New Island ||
|-
! 2015
| Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure ||
|-
!
| Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam ||
|-
!
| Mario Party 10 || Part of Mario Party Franchise. Some minigames were later remade.
|-
!
| Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash ||
|-
!
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Maker || Remade as Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS with less features
|-
!
| Yoshi's Woolly World || Remade as Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
|-
! 2016
| Mario Party: Star Rush ||
|-
!
| Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge ||
|-
!
| Paper Mario: Color Splash ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS || Remake of Super Mario Maker with less features
|-
! 2017
| Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions || Remake of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
|-
!
| Mario Kart 8 Deluxe || Remake of Mario Kart 8. Remakes courses from Mario Kart Franchise.
|-
!
| Mario Kart Arcade GP VR ||
|-
!
| Mario Party: The Top 100 || Remakes minigames from Mario Party Franchise.
|-
!
| Mario Sports Superstars ||
|-
!
| Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World || Remake of Yoshi's Woolly World
|-
!
| Super Mario Odyssey ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Run ||
|-
! 2018
| Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker || Remake of Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (2014)
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze || Remake of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2014)
|-
!
| Luigi's Mansion ||
|-
!
| Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey || Remake of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
|-
!
| Mario Tennis Aces ||
|-
!
| Super Mario Party ||
|-
!
| WarioWare Gold ||
|-
! 2019
| Dr. Mario World ||
|-
!
| Luigi's Mansion 3 ||
|-
!
| Mario Kart Tour ||
|-
!
| New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe || Contains remakes of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U
|-
!
| Super Mario Maker 2 ||
|-
!
| Yoshi's Crafted World ||
|}
 
== Notable Non-Canon Games List ==
{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed"
! Year !! Game !! Non-Canon Reasoning
|-
! 1983
| Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Sansū Lesson || Unclear who Published it
|-
! 1984
| Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1985
|  ||
|-
! 1986
| I Am a Teacher: Super Mario Sweater || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. || Real World
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. Special || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1987
| Family Computer Golf: Japan Course || Real World
|-
!
| Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course || Real World
|-
!
| Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course (gold) || Real World
|-
!
| Family Computer Golf: Japan Course (gold) || Real World
|-
! 1988
| Super Mario Bros. (Pinball) || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1989
| Tetris || Real World
|-
! 1990
| Mario's Egg Catch || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Luigi's Hammer Toss || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Princess Toadstool's Castle Run || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1991
| NES Open Tournament Golf || Real World
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. Print World || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario Roulette || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Piccadilly Circus: Super Mario Bros. 3 || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario World || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario's Open Golf || Real World
|-
! 1992
| Terebi Denwa: Super Mario World || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario World Popcorn || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Pika Pika Mario || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. (Pinball) || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario Race || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario Teaches Typing || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario is Missing! || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario World (Pinball) || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1993
| Mario's Time Machine || Real World
|-
!
| Koopa Taiji || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Būbū Mario || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario Undoukai || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1994
| Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Mario Kart Dokidoki Race || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario's Time Machine Deluxe || Real World
|-
!
| Hotel Mario || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1995
| Satella-Q || Real World
|-
!
| Wario's Woods Burst of Laughter Version || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario's Early Years! CD-ROM Collection || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario's Game Gallery || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Donkey Kong Country (Pinball) || Unknown Publisher
|-
! 1996
| Super Mario Attack || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario's FUNdamentals || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario Teaches Typing 2 || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 1997
| BS Super Mario Collection || Real World
|-
!
| Super Mario 64 (slot machine) || Unknown Publisher
|-
!
| Super Mario Collection Screen Saver || Not a game
|-
! 1998
| Mario no Photopi || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Tetris DX || Real World
|-
! 1999
| Picross NP || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Smash Bros. || Crossover game
|-
! 2000
|  ||
|-
! 2001
| Super Smash Bros. Melee || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario Family || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 2002
|  ||
|-
! 2003
| Donkey Kong Country Barrel Maze || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Dokidoki Mario Chance! || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario Fushigi no Janjan Land || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Super Mario 64 (Pinball) || Unknown Publisher
|-
! 2004
| Densetsu no Starfy 3 || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Donkey Kong (Pinball) || Unknown Publisher
|-
! 2005
| NBA Street V3 || Crossover game
|-
!
| SSX on Tour || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party 2 || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario Kart Arcade GP || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Mario Bros. (Water Game) || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Donkey Kong (Water Game) || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 2006
| Tetris DS || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario Hoops 3-on-3 || Crossover game
|-
! 2007
| Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| Itadaki Street DS || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 || Crossover game
|-
! 2008
| Super Smash Bros. Brawl || Crossover game
|-
!
| Captain Rainbow || Crossover game
|-
! 2009
| Punch-Out!! || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 2010
| Mario Sports Mix || Crossover game
|-
! 2011
| Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| Fortune Street || Crossover game
|-
!
| AR Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| StreetPass Mii Plaza || Crossover game
|-
!
| New Super Mario Bros. Wii Coin World || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 2012
| Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| Nintendo Land || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario Party Kurukuru Carnival || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
! 2013
| Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| NES Remix || Crossover game
|-
!
| Photos with Mario || Real World
|-
!
| Mario Party Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher 2 || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario Kart Arcade GP DX || Crossover game
|-
! 2014
| NES Remix Pack || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Smash Bros. for Wii U || Crossover game
|-
!
| NES Remix 2 || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS || Crossover game
|-
!
| Ultimate NES Remix || Crossover game
|-
!
| Nintendo Badge Arcade || Crossover game
|-
! 2015
| Skylanders: SuperChargers Racing || Crossover game
|-
!
| Minecraft: Wii U Edition || Crossover game
|-
!
| Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition || Crossover game
|-
!
| Luigi's Mansion Arcade || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Rhythm Heaven Megamix || Crossover game
|-
! 2016
| Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games || Crossover game
|-
!
| Mario Party Challenge World || Not Published by Nintendo
|-
!
| Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Arcade Edition || Crossover game
|-
! 2017
| Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle || Crossover game
|-
!
| Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition || Crossover game
|-
!
| Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition || Crossover game
|-
! 2018
| Minecraft || Crossover game
|-
!
| Super Smash Bros. Ultimate || Crossover game
|-
! 2019
| Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 || Crossover game
|-
! 2020
| Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition || Crossover game
|}

Latest revision as of 02:57, 24 July 2021

A list of the current canon games can be found here.

Section 1 – Publisher Rules

Rule 1 – Must be published by Nintendo

1.a – Video games published by Nintendo and set in the Mario Universe are canon, this includes Japan-only releases and US-only releases, though not web browser games. Licensing is not enough.
Examples: Super Mario Bros. 2 and Donkey Kong Circus are canon, Mario is Missing and Hotel Mario are not;
1.b – "Game-adjacent" media made by the developers of the game (not by third-parties) is also considered canon.
Examples: Game manuals, official websites and Word of God are canon, Prima Guides are not;
1.c – If the publisher is unknown, then the canonicity is determined on if canon games reference it
Examples: Mario Kart Wii references Mario Kart Arcade GP;

Addendum A - The Mario Universe consists of the Mario franchise, Wario franchise, Yoshi franchise and DK franchise.

Section 2 – Crossover Rules

Rule 1 – Mario games that feature crossovers from other franchises

1.a – A game that features crossovers (characters from another franchise) is canon if it isn't considered a game for the franchise "crossing over" to Mario.
Examples: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't considered a Zelda game; Mario Hoops 3-on-3 isn't considered a FF game;
1.b – However, if the crossover title can be considered a game for the other franchise, but doesn't in any way interact with the canon of that franchise, the game can still be considered canon to Mario.
Examples: Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix does not connect to any other DDR game, and so is considered canon to Mario;
1.c – If a game is presented in a way that places both franchises equally, then it is not canon to Mario.
Examples: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games holds Mario and Sonic to the same level; Super Smash Bros. holds multiple franchises to the same level neither are canon to Mario;

Rule 2 – Other games that feature crossovers from Mario

2.a – Similarly, a game that features Mario elements in it, but isn't generally considered to be a Mario game isn't canon.
Examples: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening isn't considered a Mario game; NBA Street V3 isn't considered a Mario game;

Addendum A - For the sake of simplicity, "Mario game", or "Mario franchise" includes other Mario-related franchises such as Donkey Kong, Wario and Yoshi.

Section 3 - Retcon Rules

Rule 1 – Newer remakes retcon older content

1.a – Newer remakes overrides previous titles and content, as if the original never happened. This includes changes such as: Characters, locations, story and names;
Examples: Super Mario All-Stars retcons the originals; Super Mario Advance series retcons Super Mario All-Stars; Mario & Luigi DX retcons the originals; Super Mario 64 DS retcons Super Mario 64;
1.b – Older content can still be considered canon if it doesn’t explicitly contradict with newer content.
Examples: The backstory in the original Manuals for Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World; levels based on Super Mario 3D World in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker;
1.c – Simple ports of older games do not count as remakes, and therefore don't fall under 1.a, and don't count as canon over previous remakes.

Examples: Super Mario 64 DS still takes precedence over the Super Mario 64 port in the 3D All-Stars Collection;

Rule 2. – Revisiting locations aren’t retcons

2.a – Changes to old locations that are revisited in new games (that aren't remakes) are considered in-universe changes and not retcons.
Examples: Tracks revisited in Retro Cups in newer Mario Kart games or in Mario Kart Tour; The giant Kong head not present in newer versions of DK Island;
2.b – Newer changes that causes contradictions to older content due to technical limitations in hardware can be disregarded. The older appearance takes precedence over the newer content. (i.e. the Double Dash Exception)
Examples: GCN Mushroom Bridge lacking references to Mushroom City in Mario Kart DS;
2.c – Locations that are radically different from previous appearances to the point that they can’t be explained as in-universe changes, (that aren’t covered by Exception 2.b), can be considered retcons. The newer appearance takes precedence over the older appearance.
Examples: Super Mario Odyssey’s globe retcons older references to Mario’s planet as our Earth (e.g. Rainbow Roads); N64 Choco Mountain and DS Airship Fortress in Mario Kart Tour; Cheese Land in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe; New Donk City retcons older New York City references;

Addendum A - Whether a location revisited is the exact same location or simply around a general area should be decided on a case by case basis Examples: Star Hill seen in Super Mario RPG and in Partners in Time aren't the exact same location, while retro tracks is the Mario Kart series generally are.

Addendum B - A list of the current Mario Kart race tracks can be found here.