Super Mario Turns 25!
Whoever thought an Italian plumber could change the world of video games? Mario, and his sidekick brother Luigi, did just that 25 years ago, making the Super Mario Brothers series one of the most popular videogames in history.
When Japanese videogame maker Nintendo introduced Mario in September 1985, few realized what a big hit it would be with both the young and old. Today, Mario is the star of more than 200 video games, including the very popular game series Mario Kart, New Super Mario Brothers and Super Mario Galaxy.
Plumber To The Rescue
The game started off with the simple storyline of Mario trying to rescue the captured Princess Toadstool of the Mushroom Kingdom from the evil King Bowser by unlocking secret powers.Today, the Super Mario Brothers series are listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most successful gaming series of all time with worldwide sales of over 240 million copies. That was until they got surpassed recently by another popular Nintendo game, Wii Sports.
Over the years, Mario’s popularity has gone beyond the videogame world. Mario has been the star of a television cartoon, numerous comic books and even a movie starring Hollywood legends Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper. Nintendo plans to release a new Super Mario game in honor of this occasion.
A Few Fun Facts
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto was originally going to make him a carpenter and not a plumber. And his arch enemy King Bowser was meant to be an ox, but became a turtle after the animator didn’t understand what Miyamoto had drawn!
Mario was originally known as Jumpman. However, when Nintendo's US office were trying to think of a better name, they were interrupted by their landlord Mario Segale demanding his rent. They decided to name the character after him.
Donkey Kong Jr. was the only game where Mario was a bad guy who trapped poor Donkey Kong in a cage and the ape's son had to rescue him!
Which is your favorite Super Mario game and what do you like about it?