Happy 25th Birthday, Mario!

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On September 13, 1985 the first super Mario Bros game was released in Japan. While our favourite goomba-stomping plumber got his start a little earlier – in 1981’s Donkey Kong, it was Super Mario Bros that sent the world’s most famous video game character down the princess-saving path he’d continue for the next 25 years.

So Happy 25th Birthday, Mario!

It’s difficult to state just how important is to gaming. The success of Super Mario Bros nearly single-moustachedly dragged the gaming industry from the slumps of the infamous videogame crash of 1983. Mario has gone on to become the most recognisable, and profitable, mascot in gaming. not only that, but his games have been some of the most critically acclaimed games over the last 5 generations of consoles.

If they continue to be as good as New super Mario Bros Wii and Super Mario Galaxy, I’ll be happy to play them for another 25 years.

Super Mario Bros 3  – nearly 20 years later – still excites me. It’s a brilliantly designed game, and has moulded and shaped me in to the Nintendo-loving gamer I am today. I recently got the opportunity to meet Charles Martine, the voice of Mario, and that stands as another highlight in my completely heterosexual 25 year Mario love affair.

What’s your favourite Mario memory?

Video courtesy of Kotaku

Last Updated: September 13, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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