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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Mario Party-e2003Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!2009Nintendo DSiNintendo of America Inc.3.83
Super Mario Sunshine2002GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.84
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour2003GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.84
Tetris & Dr. Mario1994SNESNintendo of America Inc.3.84
Mario's Picross1995Game Boy, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Warioland 42001Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 3DS, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Super Mario Strikers2005GameCubeNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Mario Kart 72011Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.85
Mario Kart 641996Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.86
Mario Kart DS2005Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.86
Super Paper Mario2007WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.87
Dr. Mario1990Arcade, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, SNES, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.88
Mario Pinball Land2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.88
Wario Land 32000Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.89
New Super Mario Bros.2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.90
Wario Land II1998Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.90
NES Open Tournament Golf1991Arcade, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.91
Mario Party 21999Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.91
Paper Mario2000Nintendo 64, WiiNintendo of America Inc.3.92
Game & Watch Collection2006Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Super Mario Bros. 21986Game Boy Advance, NES, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii UNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Mario Golf: Advance Tour2004Game Boy AdvanceNintendo of America Inc.3.93
Mario Party DS2007Nintendo DSNintendo of America Inc.3.94
Mario Golf 1999Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DSNintendo of America Inc.3.96
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Selected Covers

Tetris & Dr. Mario SNES Front Cover
Front cover for Tetris & Dr. Mario
Mario Party DS Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Party DS
Mario Party-e Game Boy Advance Front Cover
Front cover for Mario Party-e
Super Mario Bros. 2 Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Super Mario Bros. 2
Wario Land II Game Boy Color Front Cover
Front cover for Wario Land II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen.
Screenshot from Tetris & Dr. Mario
Title screen.
Screenshot from Mario Party DS
Cast Away Mario!: Requested fish.
Screenshot from Mario Party-e
Title screen
Screenshot from Super Mario Bros. 2
Start screen
Screenshot from Wario Land II