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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
Super Mario Strikers2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.89
Mario Golf: Advance Tour2004Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.13
Mario Forever2004Windows...
Mario vs. Donkey Kong2004Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.46
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door2004GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.4.06
Mario Pinball Land2004Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.88
Mario Power Tennis2004GameCube, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.86
Mario Party 62004GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.67
Super Mario: Fushigi no Korokoro Party2004ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Super Mario Epic 2: Dream Machine2004WindowsJeff Silvers Software3.33
Super Mario 64 DS2004Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.73
Nintendo Puzzle Collection2003GameCubeNintendo Co., Ltd.4.07
Super Mario Fushigi no Janjanland2003ArcadeCapcom Co., Ltd....
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.84
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga2003Game Boy Advance, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.11
Mario Party 52003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.61
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.80
Mario Party-e2003Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Special Edition)2003GameCubeNintendo of Canada Ltd.4.72
Super Mario Sunshine2002GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 32002Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.4.20
Game & Watch Gallery 42002Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.39
Mario Party 42002GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.52
Return of Mario Bros.2002Atari 2600AtariAge...
Warioland 42001Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.87
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Selected Covers

Mario Party 4 GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Party 4
Mario Power Tennis GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Power Tennis
Mario Party 5 GameCube Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Party 5

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Party 4
Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Power Tennis
Title screen
Screenshot from Mario Party 5