* ContestedSequel: [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros To]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosTheLostLevels the]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 original]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 Super Mario Bros.]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld games]]. It didn't get this reaction too bad until Nintendo announced a third and fourth game to be released in the same year. Many people began to deride Nintendo for over-relying on the sub-series, if not ''Mario'' as a whole, derisively being compared to the oversaturation of the CallOfDuty series. For reference, NewSuperMarioBros launched in 2006, and in less than a decade has now accumulated more installments and DLC than series that have been around since the N64 era, like PaperMario or SuperSmashBros. Though it hasn't stopped each game from being a commercial success, and while the critical reception has remained positive, fan reactions have been more polarized.
* DeaderThanDisco: The fanbase was pretty hyped for the original ''New Super Mario Bros.'', as it was the 2D Mario revival that they had been clamoring for, and it got massive critical and commercial success upon release. Now, with new ''[=NSMB=]'' games being released on a fairly regular basis, some fans now view the sub-series as a pointless, boring series of rehashes, and often compare it unfavorably with the other ''Mario'' sub-series.
* DuelingGames: VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii to VideoGame/RaymanOrigins (and to a lesser extent, VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4) and VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosU to VideoGame/RaymanLegends.
* GameBreaker: The Fire Flower from the original game is not only easier to master than every other power-up, it's also far more common! Oh, it can tear right through most bosses.
** There's also the VideoGameFlight ([[NotQuiteFlight or at least something close]]) power-ups: The Propeller Mushroom in ''Wii'' [[spoiler: and ''U'']], the Super Acorn in ''U'', and the Super Leaf in ''2''.
* ItsEasySoItSucks: A common complaint of the sub-series, at least the handheld games. The console games are much more difficult.
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks: Every game in the series invoked this reaction from people due to it being a 2D platformer with the same artstyle, which reached a peak with ''2'' and ''U''.
** MissionPackSequel: It hasn't gone unnoticed that the games have a habit of not just [[CallBack reusing assets from past Mario games]], but reusing the same assets from each other. [[GenreSavvy Savvy players]] will notice that even [[CutandPasteComic the covers themselves]] [[CutandPasteComic tend to reuse slightly altered artwork]].
* MostAnnoyingSound: The "BAH!" sound that permeates most of the music in the series to some, mostly because of it's omnipresence.