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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Game & Watch: Mario's Cement Factory2009Nintendo DSiNintendo of America Inc....
Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr.2009Nintendo DSiNintendo of America Inc....
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games2009WiiSEGA of America, Inc....
Mario Super Sluggers2008Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Dr. Mario Online Rx2008WiiNintendo of America Inc....
Mario Kart Wii2008WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.92
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games2008Nintendo DSSEGA of America, Inc.3.57
Super Paper Mario2007Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.91
Mario Party 82007WiiNintendo of America Inc.2.93
Mario Strikers Charged2007Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.79
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games2007WiiSEGA of America, Inc.3.74
Super Mario Galaxy2007Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.21
Mario Party DS2007Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc....
Mario Kart Arcade GP 22007ArcadeNamco Bandai Games Inc....
Itadaki Street DS2007Nintendo DSSquare Enix Co., Ltd....
New Super Mario Bros.2006Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis2006Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.13
Mario Hoops 3 on 32006New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.18
Game & Watch Collection2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc....
Superstar Shootout2006BrowserNintendo of America Inc....
Yakuman DS2005Nintendo DSNintendo Co., Ltd....
Mario Kart Arcade GP2005ArcadeNamco Bandai Games America Inc....
Dr. Mario: Vitamin Toss2005BrowserNintendo of America Inc....
Super Mario Strikers2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.91
Mario Tennis: Power Tour2005Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.56
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Selected Covers

Super Paper Mario Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Super Paper Mario
New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for New Super Mario Bros.
Dr. Mario: Vitamin Toss Browser Front Cover
Front cover for Dr. Mario: Vitamin Toss
Mario Party 8 Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Party 8
Super Mario Strikers GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario Strikers

Selected Screenshots

Title Screen
Screenshot from Super Paper Mario
Title Screen
Screenshot from New Super Mario Bros.
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Screenshot from Dr. Mario: Vitamin Toss
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Screenshot from Mario Party 8
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Screenshot from Super Mario Strikers
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