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Mario games

Group Description

This group contains all games prominently featuring the Italian-American plumber Mario, a fictional character created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario is one of the most popular video game characters of all time, serving as the mascot of Nintendo and starring in a vast amount of games.

Creation

Mario is traditionally depicted as a short man with a mustache, dressed in red overalls with a blue shirt (or the other way around) and a red cap. He first appeared in Donkey Kong (1982) and was originally named Jumpman, owing the name to his ability to jump. Miyamoto intended to name him Mr. Video afterwards, but decided to use Mario after an argument between Nintendo employees and their American warehouse landlord, Mario Segale, concerning overdue rent. Mario was made a plumber because of the sewer-like underground settings of Mario Bros. (1983).

Gameplay

Mario games may belong to different genres, but they gained prominence primarily thanks to its platform installments. Super Mario Bros. (1985) became the most influential Mario game, laying the foundation stone for the side-scrolling platform genre. Ever since that game, Mario's trademark ability has become jumping on enemies' heads to defeat or incapacitate them. He can also consume mushrooms to grow in size, and special flowers to be able to throw fireballs at enemies. In later games Mario acquired other power-ups, including some that allowed him to fly and ride a dinosaur.

Besides platformers, Mario games contain many spin-offs, most notably RPGs, sports, and racing games (see the related groups section).

Other recurrent characters

Mario's brother Luigi has appeared in many Mario games, mostly as a secondary character in two-player modes. One of the series' recurrent storylines involves saving the Princess Toadstool from the clutches of the evil turtle-like creature known as Bowser or King Koopa; his minions, the Koopas, are among the most common enemy characters in Mario games. In Super Mario World (1990), the friendly dinosaur Yoshi made an appearance and has since become a playable character in some of the games. A minor antagonist, a pirate named Wario, appeared in a spin-off series of his own.

Related Groups

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Mario Kart 82014Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.78
Mario Kart 8 (Limited Edition)2014Wii UNintendo of Europe GmbH5.00
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.2.78
Mario Party: Fushigi no Korokoro Catcher 22013ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
New Super Luigi U2013Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: Sochi 20142013Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX2013ArcadeBandai Namco Games Inc.4.00
New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U2013Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon2013Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.71
Super Mario 3D World2013Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.67
Mario Tennis Open2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc....
Paper Mario: Sticker Star2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Mario Party 92012WiiNintendo of America Inc.2.82
New Super Mario Bros. 2 2012Nintendo 3DSNintendo Co., Ltd.3.62
New Super Mario Bros. U2012Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Mario Kart 72011Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.85
New Super Mario Bros. Wii: Coin World2011ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games2011WiiSEGA of America, Inc....
Super Mario 3D Land2011Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.20
Fortune Street2011WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.00
Donkey Kong: Original Edition2010Nintendo 3DS, WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!2010Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.4.00
Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition2010WiiNintendo of America Inc.5.00
Super Mario Galaxy 22010WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.23
Super Mario Bros. Crossover2010BrowserExploding Rabbit3.54
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Selected Covers

Fortune Street Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Fortune Street
New Super Mario Bros. 2  Nintendo 3DS Front Cover
Front cover for New Super Mario Bros. 2
Mario Kart 8 Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Kart 8

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Fortune Street
Title Screen
Screenshot from Mario Kart 8
Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Party 9