Mario turns 30


By Annie Ford on March 10, 2015:

Our favorite Italian plumber has a birthday coming up, and it’s a big one. For 30 years, Mario has been rescuing Princess Peach from the infamous Bowser, hanging out with Yoshi, and eating mushrooms to grow bigger.

The best-selling video game of all time, this franchise centered on the birthday boy has sold over 210 million games worldwide. The games range from the most well known Mario Kart to Mario Golf to the little known Paper Mario. Beyond video games, Mario has been in films, television shows, and comics.

File:Super Mario Bros. Logo.svgBefore the fame, Mario was just an idea a man named Shingeru Miyamoto had. While developing Donkey Kong, Mario was also born as the opponent. In this game, Mario jumps over barrels in order to reach Donkey Kong, another major character of the franchise today, and save, you guessed it, Princess Peach. This game was released in 1981, but Mario was under the alias ‘Jumpman.’ He didn’t receive his name, Mario, until 1985.

Originally this game was featured as an arcade games, but here is a link for those who wish to play the game:

In 1992, Mario’s evil counterpart, Wario, was introduced to the franchise. It is widely believed that Wario received his name simply by flipping the M in Mario; however, Wario received his name from the Japanese word ‘warui,’ which means evil.

The first Super Mario Bros game was released in 1993 and has sold 20.24 million copies. This was the best-selling game of all time, but today is second only to Wii Sports, which sold 41.65 million copies.

Ultimately, this franchise has been extremely successful, and much of it can be contributed to the little man in overalls looking to save his Princess. Mario and his friends have played a large role in several generations childhood. So, happy birthday, Mario!