How to Play Mario Game – Guide, Tips and FAQs

If you know about Nintendo, you have probably heard about Super Mario as well. It’s a very classic game and if you want to play it, you’ve come to the right place as we will give you an in-depth guide on how to get started.

In the game, you play as Mario as he runs through the Mushroom Kingdom. There are many levels available you can play and each level has hurdles you have to pass through to complete it. 

You have to reach the flag pole to complete a level and move on to the next one. Now that you have a basic idea about Mario, let’s look into how to play it.

Quick Summary

In this article, we will cover:

  • How to control Mario
  • How to Play Mario on Your Phone
  • Frequently Asked Questions 

So without further discussion, let’s get right into it.

How to Play Mario?

When it comes to playing Mario, there are different things that you should be aware of. These factors are integral to your gaming experience and also make gameplay enjoyable. 

How to Control Mario?

First things first, you have to get used to the controls. If you play games on your PC or laptop frequently, you may have an idea of the controls already. 

To move the Mario character, you can either use the W-A-S-D keys or the arrows  [↑→↓←]. The ↑ arrow or W key can be used to jump, and press and hold the forward key to run faster. The P key can be used to pause the game.

Some of the hurdles in the game are in the form of other small characters that you have to avoid or kill. You can defeat most of the enemies by jumping on them. When you jump on buzzy beetles and koopas, a shell is formed, if you hit the shell it goes gliding.

If jumping doesn’t work, you can also shoot fire at the creatures. If you want to jump higher on things, use the forward key to start sprinting and then jumping.


You will encounter a lot of blocks while playing Super Mario. Some of these are regular blocks while some hold special items. Usually, the blocks labeled with a question mark have a special item you can use.

Some may contain coins, a red mushroom, a fire flower, or a green mushroom and they all have different uses. If a red mushroom is revealed from a mystery block and you manage to eat it, Mario grows into super Mario- which is almost twice the size of regular Mario.

If you get hit by enemies while you are playing as super Mario, you go back to the regular size. 

Next, if you eat up a fire flower, Mario gains the ability to shoot fire at the other characters. You can hit regular blocks too as those may contain coins sometimes as well.

Tips and Tricks

There are some shortcuts available that you can try to make the gaming experience more fun. The pipes in the game often lead to an underground tunnel. To access that, you can press the down key when you are on the top of a pipe.

Another tip is to run rather than walk slowly. As there is a time limit to each level, running helps you complete a level more quickly.

How to Play Mario On Your Phone?

If you prefer playing video games on your phone, you can play Mario on it too. For this, you will first need to download the application from the App Store or Google Play Store depending on whether you own an iPhone or Android.

The app is free and can be installed easily. However, the gameplay of this game is a bit different from the PC version. 

One of the qualities of this version is that it can be played with one hand. Further features that make the game fun to play are mentioned below.

Features of the Mobile App

In the mobile app, Mario runs and avoids small obstacles automatically. To jump, you can tap the screen and hold it for a higher jump. If you tap the screen while Mario is jumping, you’ll be able to vault mid-air.

Another feature of the mobile app is that if you jump and hit a wall, you bounce off in the opposite direction. Additionally, along with yellow coins, there are pink coins available that you can collect as well.

Moreover, when you fall down, Mario is put into a bubble which moves back a bit as the game resumes. The other features like the red mushroom and enemies, are the same in this version.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Mario a free game?

Yes. The game can be downloaded from the App Store for free. The game does, however, offer in-app purchases. By purchasing these, you can access all the different modes and play those as well.

Is Mario free on Nintendo?

A version of Super Mario Bros is available free of cost for the members of Nintendo Switch Online. It was made free to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario.

Does Steam have Mario?

The Adventure of Super Mario Bros can be downloaded from Steam.

Is Nintendo online free?

You need a subscription plan to access Nintendo Online. Right now, there are 2 subscription plans available to choose from.

One of them is for individual users while the other is a family plan that up to 8 people can use. If you are the only fan of video games in your house, it is probably a good idea to get an individual user subscription.

Can you play old Mario games on switch?

There is a wide range of NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) games available on the Nintendo switch that you can play. Many classic Mario games can also be played on a switch like Super Mario Bros.

Can I download a Mario game?

Yes, you can download Super Mario Run on your mobile device. If you own an iOS device, you can get it from the app store. Similarly, if you have an Android device, you can install the game from Play Store.


That wraps up our article about how to play the Mario game. Whether you prefer playing on your laptop or smartphone, you can learn how to play Mario from the information mentioned above. You can also play the mobile version with one hand

It is a fun game that you can play in your free time. Moreover, it’s easy to play so anyone can try it out.

Have you played any of the Mario games, and did you enjoy them? Let us know your thoughts or any questions that you might have in the comment section down below.


  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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