Get ready to watch your bank balance drop; it’s time to check out the 20 best Mario toys of the year!
Mario has certainly had a productive year. His 35th Anniversary celebrations created mass hysteria over the globe, and with tonnes of fantastic games dropping for the Switch, he’s become even more of a household name than we thought possible.
Who would have thought that an Italian plumber would have become such a worldwide phenomenon. Perhaps they’ll start making games about my Italian chef father soon?
With friend’s and family member’s birthdays cropping up all the time and Christmas always around the corner, this list of the best Mario toys should give you some present-buying inspiration for the Nintendo fan in your life.
Check out our top purchases and the items we love the most below!
1. LEGO Super Mario Adventures Mario Starter Course
First up on our list of the best Mario toys of the year is this epic LEGO Super Mario Adventures Mario Starter Course.
Not only does it bring the Mushroom Kingdom to the table in classic block form, but Mario actually has facial expressions that provide instant responses to certain scenarios and makes sounds.
It’s almost like he’s alive!
In this set, the general idea s to earn virtual coins by battling with the lego enemies, hitting coin blocks, and reaching the warp pipe at the end of the course.
And the best bit; you can extend this set with countless other levels from classic games and make a super-charged course for solo play or play with friends!
2. Super Mario Nintendo Bowser’s Castle Playset
If you thought the Fisher Price Great Adventures castle was cool, one of our best retro toys, then take a look at Super Mario Nintendo Bowser’s Castle Playset!
Everyone loves Bowser. Even though we spend all our time trying to beat him into submission and/or running away from him, he’s one of the coolest Nintendo characters going.
This castle playset has comes with tonnes of realistic moving parts and sound effects.
And, an epic Bowser figurine that you can use while wandering around the castle and it’s imaginary grounds.
Fire fireballs, push Bowser into lava underneath a trap door, or have him destroy a Mario figurine by stomping on its head continuously…
… I think I need therapy…
3. Super Mario Nintendo Super Mario Kart 8 RC Racer
Mario Kart is one for the greatest racing games of all time… no, it is the greatest game… I’m just gonna come out and say it.
This Super Mario Nintendo Super Mario Kart 8 RC Racer brings all the thrills of the game to your living room, allowing both big kids and little kids to race through table legs, chase the neighbours cat, and career around the driveway like Formula One.
This thing is far more than just a remote control car though.
Users can pop wheelies with ease and do 360 degree spins on the spot, recreating all that Mario Kart action!
4. The Game Of Life: Super Mario
The Game of Life: Super Mario takes the 4th spot in this list of the best Mario toys of the year, bringing a Nintendo vibe to a classic board game we all know and love.
This plumber-themed twist to the famous game brings new artwork and gameplay mechanics. Play as Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, and Peach as you pick a path through the Mushroom Kingdom.
I know you’re friends with Bowser now you’ve bought his castle, but the aim of this game is to defeat him.
There’s no collecting money for old age and retirement; it’s just beating Bowser.
Think of this Game of Life version as being like a real-life Mario Party game. Compete in mini games, win prizes, and use coins to get ahead of the competition!
5. Super Mario Bros Game & Watch
If you’re looking for the best Mario toys that bring a nostalgic vibe, then check out this Super Mario Game & Watch console!
Released as part of Mazza’s 35th anniversary celebrations, this classic handheld revives the Game & Watch handheld era with a souped-up versions of Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels.
And, you can also use it as a digital clock in night mode too!
Whether you owned a Game & Watch handheld in the 80s are just love everything retro gaming, this is a gadget that is sure to put a smile on your face or bring joy to pretty much anyone you know.
6. Mario Kart Watch
Next up on our list of the best Mario toys is this nifty Mario Kart watch, a flashing timepiece for the ultimate Mazza fan.
This is the perfect gift for kids who are late for everything; they’ll love this watch so much that they won’t be able to take their eyes off it!
Lift up the lid to reveal a simple digital watch display set in the middle of a Mario Kart trophy; everyones a winner.
It’s not waterproof, however, so make sure you keep it away from pools and ponds!
7. LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set
Remember the Mario starter set above? Well, you can make it even better and 100% more evil thanks to this LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set.
This set is the winner of the Toy Of The Year awards for the year… technically this is the best Mario toy of all time by those standards!
Lego bowser looks fantastic in his fiery domain, complete with shaking pieces, time blocks, and other characters from King Koopa’s ranks such as Boo and Dry Bones.
There are 1,010 pieces in this expansion pack, and the best bit is that it can be rebuilt in any design and added into existing packs to make your game world bigger and richer!
8. Super Mario Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Set
We all love a game of checkers or tic-tac-toe, which is why this Super Mario Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Set is one of the best Mario toys for stay-at-homers and board game lovers.
One team uses Luigi, the other uses Mario. It’s brother vs brother in an epic game of strategy and keeping a cool mind.
The whole set comes in a cool metallic tin, and the board itself is double sided. Any game that comes with hats as ‘king’ pieces is a winner in my book!
9. Super Mario Walkie Talkies
And when you’ve finished playing against each other, you and your adopted Italian brother can use these Super Mario Walkie Talkies to converse with one another while walking through the woods or on a long road trip.
Hey, you don’t need to be a kid to use these you know!
Boasting massive vistas of Mario and Luigi’s faces on the front, these walkie talkies provide high quality sound and work long range. Just push a button and talk away!
Not only are these a cool gadget to have around, but they also promote people getting out into the world and talking to one another, something we don’t do enough of these days.
With a working range of 500 feet, these are perfect for forays into the woods or playing extreme hide and seek with a sibling in a large house or garden!
10. LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System
Next up on our list of the best Mario toys is this epic LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System set, a buildable console and TV with movable Mario scene!
This LEGO set has so many retro 80s vibes that it hurts. Just check out the knobs on that TV!
Once built, players can move Mario along a predetermined path by turning a knob and watching him move up and down along a rolling screen.
This is the ultimate gift for the old-school Mario fan. The NES looks perfect down to the finest detail and even has a LEGO controller!
11. Mario Kart Live
If you like the idea of having a Mario Kart remote control car, then Mario Kart Live takes things to a-whole-nother level.
Use your Nintendo Switch to control a remote control car through your home. It might be plastic in real life, but the car looks like a proper Mario Kart kart on your screen!
The whole course comes to life on the Switch, with item blocks and weapons appearing on your kitchen floor or scattered around your living room.
Don’t worry; there’s no chance of slipping on a banana skin.
Play with up to three friends (as long as they have a Switch too) and create the best courses of all time.
12. Super Mario Jenga
Next up on our list of the best Mario toys is Super Mario Jenga, a block pulling game with a major Mushroom Kingdom twist.
Of course, if Mario is involved, then there’s going to be a coin-collecting twist. Turn a spinner to figure out how many blocks you’re going to stack, try not to lose coins, and don’t let the tower collapse.
Oh, and you’ve got to defeat Bowser… we can’t forget that.
If you love Jenga and Mario, then this is the ultimate combo. If you hate those two things, then you might want to keep on scrolling.
13. Super Mario Blow Up! Shaky Tower Balancing Game
From one tower balancing game to the another, Super Mario Blow Up! Shaky Tower Balancing Game takes the 13th spot on this list of the best Mario toys of all time.
Like Jenga, players compete against one another. The twist here is that a dice roll determines how many characters each player has to take off or pit onto the game board, which in this case is a tower!
It comes with 7 action figures of classic characters including Boo and two Toads.
Put too many characters into the tower and you’ll knock the ball off the top, resulting in an immediate Game Over!
Blow Up Shaky Tower is fun, addictive, and easy to play for gamers of all ages!
14. Nintendo Super Mario Dungeon Deluxe Play Set
If there’s one entry in our list of the best Mario toys that I want, it’s this Nintendo Super Mario Dungeon Deluxe Play Set.
Play through a classic dungeon from the side-scrolling Super Mario games. Jump on moving platforms, avoid a thwomp, and stay clear of a revolving lava bar.
Plus, to top it all off, this set comes with a Fire Mario figurine!
If you were really creative, you could integrate this set into your Lego Mario sets and create some real fun!
15. Plush Mario Toy
Jumping in at Number 15 in our list of the best Mario toys is the main man himself. Grab this Plush Mario Toy for any friend or member of your family and watch them jump for joy while shouting ‘IT’S A ME, MARIO’!
This soft toy is incredibly detailed and the perfect likeness of our favourite Italian plumber.
Complete with dungarees, moustache, and trademark hat, plush Mario would look great in any games room, office, or chilling back on your bed!
16. SNES Nintendo Classic Mini
My favourite mini console of all time, the SNES Nintendo Classic Mini, jumps into our best Mario toys list at Number 16.
Any console that comes pre-loaded with Star Fox, F-Zero, Earthbound, Yoshi’s Island, and Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars deserves a place in this list!
With two controllers and HDMI connectivity, the SNES Mini is the perfect way to play classic Nintendo games up on your HD super-widescreen TVs.
The console itself is a perfect likeness, and its so small that you can stick it in your coat and take it anywhere with ease.
Check out our list of the best SNES accessories to find a cool carry case that you can use for it too!
17. Super Mario Helicopter Drone
What do you buy the person that has everything; a Super Mario Helicopter Drone!
Charge for 30 minutes to get 5 minutes of flying time, recreating Mario’s epic flying scenes from his long back catalogue of video games.
With an easy-to-hold controller that basically resembles a gaming remote clutched in your hands, you’ll feel like you’re actually watching Mario do his stuff in real life.
The drone itself looks perfect too, complete with an extended cape that looks like it’s flapping in the wind!
18. Super Mario Uno Card Game
Dropping in at Number 18 in our list of the best Mario toys is this Super Mario Uno Card Game, a fun game for all the family to ply anytime, anywhere.
Even the world famous card-matching game hasn’t escaped the Mushroom Kingdom treatment. With classic characters taking their places on Uno cards and special cards that switch things up, this is probably the best version of the game I’ve ever played.
And, there’s even a special Mario rule to get your head around!
19. Nintendo Super Mario, Bowser & BOB-OMB Figure Set
If you’re looking for realistic looking figurines to play with, then this Nintendo Super Mario, Bowser & BOB-OMB Figure Set!
Billed as ‘Bowser’s Lava Battle Set’, players can basically make up any adventure that they conjure up in their mind and act it out. If you’re a Nintendo fan, then it’s not as though you’ll be short of inspiration; these two have fought it out so many times over the years!
The pieces themselves look spectacular; Bowser looks so real that I’m getting scared just looking at the picture!
20. Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years
The last entry in our best Mario toys list is both fun and educational, exactly the kind of toy that parents like to buy.
The Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years comes in a protective slip case based on the iconic coin block.
There are four covers to choose from, though if you order it online then yours will be chosen at random.
Inside the encyclopaedia, you’ll find tonnes and tonnes of content from seventeen Super Mario games, spanning from the very first Super Mario Bros. game all the way through to Super Mario 3D World.
Read interview, find coin-collecting tips, and read up on your favourite enemies and levels.
It’s a one-stop info shop for the die-hard Mazza fan!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.