Friday, December 12, 2008

Super Mario Timeline

Before you say anything, yes, I have way too much time on my hands. That being said, I started thinking about the chronological order of the Mario games. It's not quite as definitive as the Zelda timeline, probably because there are just so damn many games to include. I made an first draft of a timeline yesterday, and you can see it after the jump.

  • Yoshi's Story: Bowser I born.
  • Yoshi's Island: Mario and Luigi born.
  • Yoshi's Island 2: Peach, DK, Wario, Daisy, pretty much every other character born.
  • Mario and Luigi Parners in Time: The past part of this game happens somewhere around this point.
  • Punch-Out!!, Wrecking Crew, Alleyway, Golf, Tennis, etc: A lot of time passes, Mario gets a lot of refereeing and blue collar jobs to make ends meet.
  • Donkey Kong '94: During another menial construction job, Mario chases a giant ape through the city, the jungle, and ends up in the Mushroom Kingdom. This game replaces the events of Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Mario Bros.: Mario reunites with Luigi.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Mario rescues Peach from Bowser I.
  • Super Mario 64: Peach invites Mario to her castle to thank him for the rescue.
  • Super Mario Sunshine: To thank Mario for another rescue, Peach takes him on vacation with her. Between this and SM64, Bowser Jr. (Bowser II) born.
  • New Super Mario Bros.: As part of Bowser II's training, Bowser I decides to re-enact the events of Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Land: To thank Mario for yet ANOTHER rescue, Peach gives Mario lordship over a section of land, hereby known as Mario Land. Rescues princess of nearby Sarasa Land.
  • Super Mario Land 2: While distracted by the events of Super Mario Land, Wario takes over Mario Land and its respective castle.
  • Super Mario Galaxy: Bowser I, who is getting old, makes one last grand attempt to take over the universe. Mario meets yet another princess. Mario Land destroyed, and Mario forced to live in a much smaller house.
  • Super Mario RPG: At this point, Bowser I is just going through the motions. With Bowser II grown up and out of the castle, Bowser I passes time by kidnapping Peach, sparring with Mario, but then his castle gets taken by a sword and he must team up with the both of them to protect his legacy. Rumors spread of Mario's jumping abilities in Galaxy; everyone believes he can jump from planet to planet.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: Following the crazy events of Galaxy and RPG, Mario is forced to ponder the complexities of time, space, and his own existence, and has a messed up dream.
  • Luigi's Mansion: I never played Luigi's Mansion, but apparently there's an appearance by a deceased Bowser that is most likely Bowser I. Bowser II inherits Koopa empire.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Between this game and Luigi's Mansion, Bowser II has 7 kids, who are all indoctrinated in the family's "kidnap the princess" business.
  • Super Mario World: Mario decides to finally visit his "birthplace", Yoshi's Island. Bowser II, having never been there either, decides to follow him. Both are completely disappointed by the lack of Shyguys.
  • Mario and Luigi: By this point, Mario is one of the most famous figures in this world; Luigi's doing well enough too. In this game, there's a museum of all the past blocks.
  • Mario and Luigi Parners in Time: This is where the present part of the game is.
  • Sports/Kart games: Using the time machine from Partners in Time, Mario's able to re-unite with all his past friends and foes, including the late Bowser I, all with the purpose of playing soccer, golf, and racing go-karts. A total waste of resources, but Mario's probably a billionaire by this point.
That's right, two Bowsers. That's the only way I could explain how he has 2 different sets of kids without using the ending of Galaxy as a copout. I still have to include Super Princess Peach, the Paper Mario games, and a few others. Let me know if I'm ignoring something that drastically changes the order from how it is above.

UPDATE: It seems New Super Mario Bros. Wii has both Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings in it, thus disproving my timeline. I'm a bit disappointed that I've been proven wrong, but then again it's always nice to see the Koopalings in a new game; I think they haven't been in one since the first Mario and Luigi.


  1. This is actually a great article for gaming culture lovers. I am not very familiar with the Marios after Nintendo 64, because consoles started costing too much for me, but I realy admire the original content you have just created. I predict a lot of copy and pasting of this all throughout the Internet, I hope you get credit.

  2. Where do you plan to fit New Super Mario Brothers Wii in? I'd say after NSMB Bowser I dies eplaining the apperance of Dry Bowser seen in the lava after he is killed. That would mean SMG actully has Bowser II. Also M&L3 needs to be stuck in.

  3. In Luigi's Mansion, Madame Clairvoya states that Mario killed Bowser at the end of Super Mario 64. This isn't backed up anywhere else, and the only appearance of Bowser in Luigi's Mansion is as a robot suit for King Boo, not the real, living Bowser in person, nor as a ghost.

  4. No Kyattsuai, you're not wrong, because even if it's not mentioned, that's not impossible that the Koopalings came from the future, like Bowser in Yoshi's Island DS

  5. About the New Super Mario Bros Wii thing....
    Bowser 2 Could have had one more kid
    (Bowser jr in NSMBW) so that bowser 3 could take over the koopa empire when bowser 2 dies.....

  6. who evil bowser?


  8. What's up with all of these Bowser 2s and 3s? Wouldn't that make Mario like 300?

  9. I wrote this assuming that turtles age really fast. I mean, I know that some live for a long time, but maybe they still mature quickly and then spend a really long time being old.

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    and Zelda timeline

  11. Although these three series are the major ones, there are a lot of other Super Mario games released. Slope unblocked Game

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