You certainly know this short, proboscis and mustachioed Italian plumber. Super Mario, has appeared in more than 200 games since it was created in 1981. He is one of the most known and charismatic characters in the world of video games.
But his first appearance was not in his own game. In 1981 Nintendo wanted to create a game of the character Popeye, but the rights of the character were lost. Then it was asked to create a new game. It was there that the Japanese Shigeru Miyamoto created the game Donkey Kong, where the character Jumpman tried to rescue his girlfriend captured by the gorilla Donkey Kong.
The characteristics of the character Jumpman were made to make it simpler to animate, using a smaller number of pixels. This explains why his cap hides his hair and his mustache hides his mouth. Even the clothes and colors were chosen for this reason.
From Jumpman to Mario
They soon noticed the character's resemblance to an Italian gentleman named Mario Segale, who was a Nintendo employee in New York. Eventually he became the character's real name. The game sold well, leading to a 1982 sequel called Donkey Kong Jr.
But in this game, Mario becomes the villain of the story. He imprisoned Donkey Kong in a giant cage. All this to avenge the capture of his girlfriend in the previous game. It is then that Donkey Kong Jr., son of the giant gorilla, tries to rescue his father. Mario tries in every way to prevent this from happening, doing everything to hinder the rescue.
In 1985, the famous Super Mario Bros emerged, which is the best seller in the history of video games. Besides, this game has one of the most recognizable music in games. The game was divided into 8 worlds, with 4 stages each. It was up to Mario to go all over the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue Princess Peach from the hands of the villain Bowser. In 1986 the sequence called Super Mario 2 was released in Japan, while the USA created its own version because the Japanese game is very difficult.
This sequence was not widely accepted by fans, due to some confusing and different mechanics from the first game. Then in 1988 Super Mario Bros 3 appeared, which presented controls similar to the original game. Far from being a copy, this new game was the first to bring a world map and an inventory. It also had a great soundtrack, beautiful graphics and backgrounds and new powerups. The game became another worldwide success, selling almost 18 million copies.
The evolution of the character Mario
Nintendo 1990 launched a new console, the Super Nintendo, along with the new game - Super Mario World. In this game we meet the beloved dinosaur, Yoshi. The game also brought levels with multiple solutions for the first time. Super Mario Word has sold 20 million copies worldwide, helping Nintendo a lot to sell its console.
The next generation of consoles demanded a different type of game, so Super Mario 64 was launched in 1996. This game was in 3D, and allowed great exploration of the maps, interaction with the environment and excellent graphics. But it was preserving the aspect of the classic mustache games. Such a game to this day is considered one of the best games of all time.
The video below presents the character's story and his secret to success:
Success that lasts until today
Several games were released after the success of Super Mario 64, both for consoles and for laptops. In all these years he has had several variations, such as a doctor in the puzzle game called Dr. Mario, a famous racing driver in Mario Kart and even a fighter in Super Smash Bros. It would be impossible to list each Mario game in detail in a single article, but all the games helped to make the character that he is today memorable.
In 2016 it was launched Super Mario Run, the first game developed for mobile devices. And in October 2017, Super Mario Odyssey was launched worldwide for the Nintendo Switch, where even his cap comes to life as his own character. This game was acclaimed both by critics and the public, becoming one of the best rated games in history.
Contrary to what many people think, the games in the main franchise take many years to be released, they cannot be compared with the annual releases made by EA and other companies that make games in bulk.
At the close of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Mario appears at the ceremony, where Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe dresses as the character greeting everyone. You can see the importance of this character, who represented the whole country of Japan to the world.
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