He got the American video game industry back on its feet after the crash of 1983. For a time he was more recognizable than Mickey Mouse. And, above all, he perfected the side-scrolling genre. Often imitated but never duplicated, Mario’s been entertaining a pan-generational fanbase worldwide, and on this, the month of his 30th anniversary, the plucky plumber has never been more popular. Now’s the perfect occasion to celebrate with some classic Super Mario games—and we’ve taken on the Bowser-sized task of ranking them from great to absolutely legendary!