top 10 mario birthday party games

Our top 10 Mario Birthday Party Games has the perfect DIY activities to pull this theme off without a hitch. I chose a variety of games so you can be sure to find something for kids ages 4-16. I included games that can be played indoors and outdoors. I chose activities that range from calm to energy blasters. You are sure to find something that fits the tone of your Birthday audience.  Simply choose your favorite 3-4 games and you'll be set.

I can't take all the credit for this awesome list of theme games - I searched the web far and wide to find the coolest games for this theme and I added a few of my own.  I linked to any blogger that contributed to this list so this page has a ton of resources for your party!

Mario obstacle course

This idea is so awesome I wish I could take credit for it!  It is brought to you from and is definitely worth checking out.  The Mario themed obstacle course includes challenges like:

  • Dodging the Piranha Plants
  • Jumping over the Green Warp Pipes
  • Stomp the Goomba's
  • Bowser Showdown

Some other obstacles I thought would be cool additions would be:

  • Gold Coin Tap (hanging gold paper plates or cut circles from trees and having children have to tap each one before moving to the next obstacle.
  • Tunnel Crawl Through Instead of jumping over tunnels you can create a tunnel using green pool noodles, tires, or a play tunnel that kids will have to actually crawl through to get to the next obstacle. 
  • Yoshi Ride  Just like a stick horse, but instead replace the horse head with a Yoshi head and have children ride Yoshi through cones or around Piranha Plants.

I won't include all the details of this game here because the the site does an excellent job of doing that for you - just click on the pic to get all the details on how to create this awesome game yourself.  

yoshi knock down challenge

For this game players use red party blowers to represent Yoshi's famous tongue.  The challenge is to use the party blower to be the first to knock down all 10 stacked party cups (for an additional touch you can paint a piece of fruit on each cup) before your opponent.  Players race two at a time so you will need 20 cups in all.  This game is fun and easy and fun for younger players and even older kids.  Click on pic for more great ideas from

printable mario treasure hunt game

I created this printable Mario themed treasure hunt to be played anywhere!  Players solve clues that involve mario themed games, puzzles, and brain teasers.  The answer to one clue will lead to the next until all 8 clues are solved and the last leads to the treasure!

You decide what location the clues are hidden in and you decide the treasure - it could be goodie bags or even the cake.  

king boo's blind race 

In this game players team up with a partner and one player must voice guide the other player, who is blindfolded, through an obstacle course of boos (hanging white balloons with boo faces).  Once one partner is through the course, the other partner puts on the blindfold and gets a turn to be the one guided through.  

To score start the team off with 20 points and take away a point for every boo the partners touch going through the course.  The team with the highest score at the end of both trips wins. 

ALTERNATIVE:  Instead of trying to avoid the ghost, blindfolded players are wearing a hat with a push pin sticking out from the crown.  Their partner must guide them to pop as many boo's as they can in one minute.

What's Missing? Super MArio Edition

What's Missing is a printable party game where players take turns using the What's Missing Cover-Up Card to hide one of the  Super Mario Characters on the Print & Play Game Board. 

Spread out around the board are the Super Mario Character Cards - one for each character on the board.  When players find the card with the image they believe is hidden beneath the What's Missing card they slap their hand on it and call out FOUND IT!

That player gets to be the next player to pick the hidden image. 

toad's SCURRY

Use poster boards to create five toad face cut-out  red, blue, yellow, green, and pink.  Place one in each corner of the playing area.

Put on some music and have players dance about - BUT when the music stops everyone must choose quickly and go stand by one of the five toads. 

 The host will then randomly call out a color, or draw the color from a bag and all players on that colored toad are out. 

Once there are four or less players then only one player per color is allowed.  Keep playing until only one player remains.  That player wins a prize, or can be in charge of the music and color calling for the next round.  This game is a fun way to help the kids burn excess energy. 

yoshi's egg pinata

This DIY Yoshi pinata is perfect for a Mario themed birthday party. We all know how pinata's work so I won't go into it.  I'll just say Velda for can tell you exactly how to make this adorable Yoshi Pinata for your party - what you fill it with is up to you!

Super Mario Party Cubes

Our Super Mario Party Cubes is a one of a kind game that can be played in two different ways. 

Players can race to be the first to find the  mario icons on their cubes when they are called out. OR

Players can compete in a Cubo game that is a combination of Bingo, Yahtzee, and Seek It!

Mario & luigi's change-up relay race

This relay race is fun and hilarious.  Players race to put on (over their clothes so they should be oversized) Mario overalls, Mario shirt (red t-shirt), Mario Hat (red cap with an M put on it), Mario Mustache (play stick on mustache), and then they grab the plunger and race to the finish line and back where they take off the Mario clothes and pass them to the next player on their team who puts it all on and runs the race.  The other team does the same (you might want to have them race in Luigi outfit)  - the first team who has all their players complete the race wins!

pin the stache' on mario

This game is ready for Instant Download. To play simply place some tape on the backside of the child's mustache printout, blindfold one player at a time, spin them around and face them toward Mario.  The player that gets their mustache closest to perfect wins! 

This game comes in a ready to print PDF file.  It prints on standard 8x11 printing paper to make it perfect for printing out at home.  We also include an 12x18 version for larger printing!


character Match up challenge

Give each player one minute to see how many characters images they can match up with the character name.  Player who matches the most wins a prize.

You can create this game yourself by finding the images on google image search, that is what I did so if your short on time you can download my printable version.  It includes:

  • 18 character images cards
  • 18 name cards
  • Answer sheet


top 10 Mario birthday party games
bowser battle

Bowser has stolen the Birthday candy!  The kids have to trap him in the magic hoop to get him to release it!

Have an adult put on a Bowser mask (here's a great and cheap one from amazon on the right)  and the kids have chase him trying to ring him with a hula hoop.  Every time he gets caught in the hoop he must throw some of the candy out to escape.  Kids keep hooping him until all of the candy is gone!

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