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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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sorted in descending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Super Marionoid2007Windows2.75
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins1992Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.4.07
Super Mario Land1989Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.82
Super Mario Kart1992SNES, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.04
Super Mario Galaxy 22010WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.23
Super Mario Galaxy2007WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.15
Super Mario Epic 2: Dream Machine2004WindowsJeff Silvers Software3.33
Super Mario Bros. X2009WindowsMario Games...
Super Mario Bros. / Tetris / Nintendo World Cup1990NESNintendo Co., Ltd.4.67
Super Mario Bros. Special1986PC-88, Sharp X1Hudson Soft Company, Ltd.3.35
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet1988NESNintendo of America Inc.4.38
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt1985NESNintendo of America Inc.4.29
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe1999Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.98
Super Mario Bros. Crossover2010BrowserExploding Rabbit3.54
Super Mario Bros. 31988Arcade, Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.06
Super Mario Bros. 21986Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.91
Super Mario Bros. 21988Arcade, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.97
Super Mario Bros.1985Arcade, Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.08
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World1994SNESNintendo of America Inc.4.12
Super Mario All-Stars: Limited Edition2010WiiNintendo of America Inc.5.00
Super Mario All-Stars1993SNESNintendo of America Inc.4.10
Super Mario Advance2001Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.71
Super Mario 64 DS2004Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.71
Super Mario 641996Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.4.09
Super Mario 3D World2013Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.67
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Selected Covers

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario 3D World Wii U Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario 3D World
Super Mario Bros. X Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario Bros. X
Super Mario 64 DS Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario Land Game Boy Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario Land

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Super Mario Galaxy 2
The title screen.
Screenshot from Super Mario 64 DS
Game title
Screenshot from Super Mario Land