Super Mario is a platform game series created by Nintendo.
The Super Mario games are typically set in the fictional Mushroom Kingdom with Mario as the player character. He is often joined by his brother, Luigi, and occasionally by other members of the Mario cast.
The fictional character Mario was created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto created Mario while developing Donkey Kong in an attempt to produce a best-selling video game for Nintendo – previous games, such as Sheriff, had not achieved the success of games such as Namco’s Pac-Man.
Having appeared in more than 200 titles, Mario fronts the best-selling video game franchise of all time with 600 million sold since his first appearance in 1981′s Donkey Kong. Mario games either invent or elevate entire genres, like Super Mario Kart starting the battle kart trend, or Super Smash Bros. inventing the party fighter.
Mario’s occupation is plumbing, though in the original Donkey Kong games he is a carpenter.
The first game in the series, Super Mario Bros., released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985, established the series’ core gameplay concepts and elements.
Super Mario Bros. Story (from the original instruction booklet):
One day the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people was invaded by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles famous for their black magic. The quiet, peace-loving Mushroom People were turned into mere stones, bricks and even field horsehair plants, and the Mushroom Kingdom fell into ruin.
The only one who can undo the magic spell on the Mushroom People and return them to their normal selves is the Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the Mushroom King. Unfortunately, she is presently in the hands of Bowser, the King of the Koopa.
Mario hears about the Mushroom People’s plight and sets out on a quest to free the Mushroom Princess from the evil Koopa and restore the fallen kingdom of the Mushroom People.
You are Mario! It’s up to you to save the Mushroom People from the black magic of the Koopa!
The game is based on a series of side-scrolling levels, each filled with enemies ranging from mushroomlike Goombas to evil turtles known as Koopa Troopas. The levels take place in different settings, some in dungeons and some above ground, with fights against Bowser impersonators at the end of castle levels. Once the imposter is defeated, a Mushroom Kingdom resident informs Mario or Luigi that the princess is in another castle. The game is completed with the defeat of the true Bowser and the rescue of Princess Toadstool.
In 1989, Nintendo released Super Mario Land. Super Mario Land was released for the Nintendo Game Boy, a handheld game system. The Game Boy had a built-in screen and controller in one device and was a handheld game device that was very popular when Super Mario Land was released.
Super Mario World was released in 1990 for the SNES, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game consisted of 72 levels arranged on a world map. This was a new concept in itself, as previous Mario games had separate stages in different worlds.
These old Mario games were very popular back then and are still very popular today. Many players are still looking for online Mario games because the characters are so attractive and the game is so much fun. Most of these games allow older Mario brothers to play online for free if you know where to look. If you have not tried it yet, you have to – it’s amazing how exciting these old Mario games are, even with simple graphics, compared to similar games released recently.
After Super Mario Bros., Mario began to branch off to different genres. These include puzzle games such as Dr. Mario, role-playing games such as Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi, and sports games such as Mario Kart and Mario Tennis. He has appeared in other Nintendo properties, such as in the Super Smash Bros. series of crossover fighting games. Mario has also appeared in various animations, including three series produced by DIC Entertainment, and was portrayed by Bob Hoskins in the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film. He will be voiced by Chris Pratt in the upcoming 2022 film adaptation.
Mario has been established as a pop culture icon, and has appeared on lunch boxes, T-shirts, magazines, commercials, in candy form, on shampoo bottles, cereal, badges, board games, and as a plush toy.
As Nintendo’s mascot, Mario is widely considered to be the most famous video game character in history, and has been called an icon of the gaming industry.
A sealed copy of video game Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for more than $1.5 million, shattering records. The 1996 cartridge was a launch title for the Nintendo 64 console, and was one of the most influential early 3D platformers. The auction house said there were “fewer than five” copies in such good condition. The sale dwarfed another record-breaker, an original Legend of Zelda cartridge, set just two days before.
The highest score for a game of Super Mario Bros. is 1,435,100 points, set by Andrew Gardikis (USA) on 8 January 2015. Andrew’s score is nearly 200,000 points ahead of previous record holder Jessica Goldsmith, who had racked up an impressive 1,237,450 points back in 2011. This is a Twin Galaxies record.
The largest collection of Super Mario memorabilia contains 5,441 individual, unique items and belongs to Mitsugu Kikai (Japan). It was counted in Tokyo, Japan on 15 July 2010. Featured in Guinness World Records Gamers Edition 2011.