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Nintendo's Mario - 26 Years of History

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the let'sa-go dept.

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kukyfrope writes "What started as a guy simply trying to rescue his whiny girlfriend from an angry ape 26 years ago has since grown into one of the most recognizable faces in video gaming: Mario. GameDaily explores the different types of Mario games over the years, from Jump Man to Mario Kart, to the new Wii title, Super Mario Galaxy." From the article: "Mario Bros. was released in a combination cart with the shooting game Duck Hunt, and gamers ate it up aplenty. (It was so popular, in fact, that the game was released for the Game Boy Color and remains one of its highest sellers to date.) Super Mario Bros. 2 would arrive years later and would take a drastic turn in gameplay, as it was actually based on a Japanese game called Doki Doki Panic and not the "true" sequel that was released in Japan only (at the time- it would resurface in the SNES release Super Mario All Stars). It was a hit, and would see a release alongside the launch of the Game Boy Advance years later under the name Super Mario Advance."

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57 comments

Enough Mario (0)

Is0m0rph (819726) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413366)

I think we talked about Mario enough with the DS NSMB thread.

Re:Enough Mario (3, Funny)

grogdamighty (884570) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413415)

Yeah, let's hear about Luigi - go green or go home!

(Just kidding, but the parent poster is probably just unhappy that an overweight, middle-aged plumber gets more press -and play- than him.)

Re:Enough Mario (1)

FhnuZoag (875558) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413646)

I find it totally hilarious that parent is modded flamebait...

Re:Enough Mario (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413436)

I FUCKED your WHORE GRANDMOTHER to DEATH.

Interview with Mario (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413446)

Interviewer: So tell me, Mario, what's it like to be 27?

Mario: I like to fuck small goats!

Interviewer: Um, okay. Have you fully recovered from your legendary Mario Kart smashups?

Mario: Have you seen my penis? I was playing with a butter knife, and whoops!

Interviewer : Your brother seems to have some problems. Can you tell us about them?

Luigi: Capitalist scum, I am an agent of Fidel! I spit upon video games! I rape Donkey Kong! I ripped out Princess Toadstool's heart and fucked her corpse!

Interviewer: I'm really not looking forward to my Sonic interview.

Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (0, Flamebait)

bunbuntheminilop (935594) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413399)

I could be wrong, but, generally speaking, I suspect the rest of the world is apathetic towards the Italian-American plumber.

I just don't really get it. Someone care to put me straight?

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (1)

Dance_Dance_Karnov (793804) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413419)

umm....no. you forget about japan.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413516)

And Poland.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (2, Funny)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414263)

I hear it's also popular on Alpha Centauri A-4, though they're still back on Mario 64 due to rate of information propagation issues.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413594)

Mario is very big in europe as well.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15418756)

Mario is very big everywhere. Its from eating all that italian food.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (0, Flamebait)

necronom426 (755113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15417512)

I'm from England and I couldn't care less about Mario, but there are people here who do like him. I'm sick to death of him and Nintendo TBH. If they hadn't put Mario in what seems like 95% of all games on any Nintendo system I might have thought about getting a Wii. I know he'll be in all the games though, so I'll not bother.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (1)

7Prime (871679) | more than 8 years ago | (#15417611)

Thats funny, I only remember him being in 2 out of the announced 25 titles for the Wii, neither of them launch titles, and only one being close to launch: Super Mario Galaxy. Smash Bros. Brawl is coming out in spring 2007, and Super Mario 128 hasn't even been officially announced yet. If anything, this is looking to be one of the most Mario-free launches ever (except for maybe the GameCube, which was practically Mario-less). If anything, around the time of the SNES, Mario was out front with no other series coming anywhere close to its popularity, but now Link and Samus have become practically his equals as maskots for the big N. About 2 years ago, it seemed that Nintendo was looking to make Metroid its new lauch series, although the lukewarm reception of both Echoes and Hunters probably stifled that a bit. Corruption looks like it's shaping up to be another Prime, however, so I'm still excited.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (1)

necronom426 (755113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15419645)

Well, I didn't take much interest in Nintendo's E3 info because they have already alienated me with the kiddie games of past years, but if indeed they are goind to have lots of Mario-free games (and hopefully some more adult games) then I would consider getting one. I'll have to see what happens after release.

I was just commenting on the impression I get from Nintendo consoles. My opinion wasn't based on fact, just the feeling I get every time I see an advert for a Nintendo product and when people talk about it. I guess it's a marketing choice, but it's not targetted at me, so I probably get the wrong impression.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (1)

justchris (802302) | more than 8 years ago | (#15426724)

It seems to me you really haven't been paying attention then. You can calculate for yourself from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gamecube_game s [wikipedia.org]

Looks to me that, in this particular generation, Mario has made an appearance in less than 5% of all games released for the system.

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (1)

necronom426 (755113) | more than 8 years ago | (#15419635)

Well, I can't say I'm surprised. I post my opinion on the way I feel about something and someone who doesn't agree marks it as Flamebait. Ho hum.

Did I say Mario or Nintendo were shit? No. I was even playing Donkey Kong a few weeks ago and enjoying it. I just said I was sick of seeing Mario everywhere and I wasn't going to get a Wii because I expect him to be on loads of Wii games.

[shakes head and walks away]

Re:Is Mario and Nintendo an American thing? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15420887)

HAHA! You got pwned cause you are stupid!

combination cart? (2, Informative)

ulysses38 (309331) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413413)

check the facts. the original Super Mario Brothers was released as a standalone cart. i had that, duck hunt, and of course Rob the robot. years later it was released on a combo cart.

Re:combination cart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413530)

check the facts. the original Super Mario Brothers was released as a standalone cart.

Mario Bros., not Super Mario Bros.

Re:combination cart? (1)

Jagasian (129329) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413662)

Both Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. were released on standalone carts for the NES.

Re:combination cart? (2, Informative)

basscomm (122302) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413541)

Of course by "years later" I assume you mean at the same time [wikipedia.org] .

"The console was released in two different packages: a full-featured $249 USD "Deluxe Set" which came packaged with the R.O.B., the NES Zapper, two game controllers, and two games (Duck Hunt, and Gyromite), and a scaled-down $199 "Action Set," which omitted the R.O.B. and Gyromite and included a Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt multicart"

25, not 26 (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15414304)

While we're on the subject of checking facts, Donkey Kong was released in 1981, not 1980... making Mario 25 years old, not 26.

Re:combination cart? (1)

Guppy06 (410832) | more than 8 years ago | (#15415334)

You check your facts. The combo cart was released with the "Action Set" that included the NES and a Zapper. The "Control Set" came with the standalone Super Mario Bros. cartridge while the folks who bought the "Deluxe Set" had to buy it separately.

Re:Technically correct but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15417031)

You are right, there was an "Action" set included a combo cart with SMB and Duck Hunt, however it was not one of the original US bundles.

When the NES launched in North America, there were two choices: A standard package containing the NES, 2 controllers and SMB, and a deluxe package containing the NES, 2 controllers, the Zapper, R.O.B., Duck Hunt, and Gyromite (on two separate cartridges).

Later on, after R.O.B. was being phased out, the Action set was pushed with the combo cartridge but it was not until at least a year after launch. There were also other packages including one with the original deluxe setup with the game Stack Up included (again, on a separate cart) and a bundle similar to the Action set with World Class Track Meet and the Power Pad.

much better list.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413498)

It had to be said... (4, Funny)

one-eye-johnson (911152) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413500)

Mario's essentially the Ron Jeremy of the videogame world.

Twenty *six* years? (3, Insightful)

earthbound kid (859282) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413545)

Dude, do we really have to read an article about Mario's twenty-six year history? I read a bunch of articles last year about his twenty fifth anniversary, and I was glad to do it, but this is just too much. I don't think I need to read another history of Mario for a least four years. Anything else is just ridiculous.

Besides, we all need more time to gear up for the -1th anniversary of Spore. :p

Re:Twenty *six* years? (1)

scaryjohn (120394) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413783)

If it's coming out this year, wouldn't it be the 0th anniversary?

Re:Twenty *six* years? (2, Funny)

grammar fascist (239789) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414276)

Dude, do we really have to read an article about Mario's twenty-six year history? I read a bunch of articles last year about his twenty fifth anniversary, and I was glad to do it, but this is just too much.

Personally, I'm really looking forward to the 26 1/365th year nostalgia articles. I don't know what's wrong with you.

Maybe you're a Mario hater.

Hater.

Mario doesn't care at this point. (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413638)

NSFW ending http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/201095 [newgrounds.com] created by Gerkinman

Re:Mario doesn't care at this point. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15416930)

That wasn't even remotely funny. :/

still going strong (1)

themysteryman73 (771100) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413642)

26 years and still going strong, even if it's not a nice round figure like 25, that's still gotta be worth something. New Super Mario Bros. comes out soon, too, yay! (June 1 here in Australia)

Re:still going strong (1)

Rendo (918276) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413791)

How the hell is 25 a round figure....?

Re:still going strong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15470338)

How the hell is 25 a round figure....?

GP is obviously using base 5. However, 26 is a nice round number in base 13, so, um...whatever.

Communist Mario (5, Funny)

Sigma 7 (266129) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413649)

I'll be the first to burn Karma by posting links to Communist Mario [aethiamud.org] conspiracy theories. No reason why it couldn't be - it's popular enough that it could just as easily sneak in communist propoganda on unsuspecting citizens.

Besides, there's already a communist promotional movie using Mario already: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/307402 [newgrounds.com]

Re:Communist Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15413909)

No reason why it couldn't be - it's popular enough that it could just as easily sneak in communist propoganda on unsuspecting citizens.

Um, you do realize the Communist Mario material you linked to is intended as a joke, right?

Re:Communist Mario (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15414053)

lets see: link 1: a joke (funny too). link 2: promotional? It seems more anti-communist than pro. It sets mario up as a cruel bloodthirsty man who slaughters his rather innocent opposition (they only put up a fight after he attacks). (there is humor there, but dark humor rather than light).

Re:Communist Mario (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414913)

So you're saying the People's Mario [dhost.info] (Flash animation) lied to me?

Mario Party (1)

wed128 (722152) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413696)

The article meantions a SNES mario party...

Correct me if i'm wrong, but wasn't the first mario party on N64?

1% right, with a 1% margin of error. (1)

Headcase88 (828620) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414250)

This is correct.

There is a GBA version, which is like a SNES, but they said "born on the SNES" so they're 100% wrong :D

Re:Mario Party (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15414299)

Correct [mobygames.com] .

Re:Mario Party (3, Informative)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414431)

No, you're right. The article has a bunch of errors in it, that was the most obvious of them. They also did the following:

* Forgot to acknowledge Donkey Kong '94, Mario Vs. DK and Mario Vs. DK 2 (Platforming or other section anyone?)
* Said Mario was a playable character in VS. Golf (This is nit-picky but Golf was the NES release, VS. Golf was arcade, and let's not forget NES Open which was pretty much a sequel to Gol [or prequel to Mario Golf if you'd rather look at it that way])
* Mario RPG for the SNES didn't have real-time battles (very nitpicky, but the game was turn based to the core)
* The DS remake of Mario 64 is Mario 64 DS, not Super Mario DS, and the "new" inflation ability is pulled right from Super Mario World
* Does anyone know if Warp Pipe was a unaffiliated branch of Gamespy? This is news to me.
* They forgot "Yoshi" in the puzzle game blurb

Re:Mario Party (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414540)

* Mario RPG for the SNES didn't have real-time battles (very nitpicky, but the game was turn based to the core)
It's been ages since I played, but timing had something to do with the battles. They weren't exactly real time, but they weren't purely turn based, either. Something about pushing a button at the right moment during an attack to double the power. I don't recall exactly.

Re:Mario Party (1)

wed128 (722152) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414674)

Yes, that's correct. You selected your attack a-la final fantasy, and then during the actual attack you could press a button at the correct time to inflict more damage.

Re:Mario Party (1)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414700)

Real-time to me implies that your party and enemies are making decisions at the same time. In other words, if the game was truly real-time the monsters could attack while you had the menu opened up and were deciding what the current party member would do. I'm pretty sure that when you had the menu open and when an attack animation was going on, the fight clock was frozen. The only thing that was special about Mario RPG was that you could interact with the game by timing a button press correctly during an attatck animation.

Re:Mario Party (1)

Gattman01 (957859) | more than 8 years ago | (#15438407)

I'm almost positive I remember seeing a SNES rom labeled "Mario Party", somewhere.
I'm pretty sure it was SNES, not N64.

Re:Mario Party (1)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 8 years ago | (#15438670)

Right, and the net hasn't lied to you ever has it?

I've seen Street Fighter II Roms for the NES, but that doesn't mean they're actually legit either.

Phew! (1)

ByteGuerrilla (918383) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413731)

I got to the end of the platforming section and thought they'd made a grave error and totally forgot about Mario Is Missing.

Fortunately it wasn't so. The last paragraph of the article saved us all.

Non-Super Mario Bros (1)

lexarius (560925) | more than 8 years ago | (#15413834)

There is a game called "Mario Bros" which is not "Super Mario Bros". It was released on the NES and as a mini game in SMB3. Don't get them confused.

Re:Non-Super Mario Bros (1)

mh101 (620659) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414222)

Actually, it's even older than that. I've played it on the Atari 2600.

Because Nintendo is totally going to read this ;) (1)

Headcase88 (828620) | more than 8 years ago | (#15414271)

The SMB3 version was much smoother than the original, and the Battle Game in All-Stars is even better than that (though similar)

If you have a SNES, a copy of All-Stars, two controllers, and someone to play with, then try it out: play SMB3, and pick the Battle Game option. During the game, avoid coins (kill yourself if you get 4). It's fun. At least as far as I can remember.

Nintendo, make a new SNES game that only has the battle game, add some options (like being able to remove coins), and sell it for $1 on the virtual console :)

Re:Because Nintendo is totally going to read this (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#15415318)

There's a remake of Mario Bros for the GBA, it's included with all Super Mario Advance games and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. I'm not sure if it's much like the battle game but it does feature 4 players vs.

Best graphics on N64?? (1)

melatonin (443194) | more than 8 years ago | (#15415098)

WTF? Mario 64 had some of the worst graphics on the N64. Hey, it was the first game on it, it better not be the best!

Games like ExciteBike 64 look so good [ign.com] that you completely forget that you're playing on a system of that generation.

Even the Nintendo DS version of Super Mario 64 looks better!

AARGH! How dare they belittle the mighty N64's graphics!

So, I'm wondering... (2, Informative)

biff_larken (971926) | more than 8 years ago | (#15416601)

Where the hell was Wrecking Crew? Tsk tsk. That game is the epitome of classic 8-bit gaming to me. One of the first games I played on the NES. I'm slowly forming a theory that will prove that "Wrecking Crew is Better than Everything". Just give me time...

Brings back memories... (1)

aCapitalist (552761) | more than 8 years ago | (#15417244)

...of being at the arcade on a Friday night when I was 11 or 12, and lining up tokens 3 rows deep on the Donkey Kong machine. Do you young whipper-snappers remember arcades? We had something called Magic Castle (basically a Chucky-Cheese type place), and you had to be 18 (or was it 16) to come in by yourself. It was always fun sneaking past those "guards".
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