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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.

Unofficial fangames can be found in the Mario fangames game group.

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.

The above text is from the Super Mario Wiki and is available under a Creative Commons license. Attribution must be provided through a list of authors or a link back to the original article. Source: https://www.mariowiki.com/VB_Mario_Land

Trivia

Cancelled Games

  • Around 1993, NovaLogic was developing a Mario platform game titled Super Mario's Wacky Worlds for the Philips CD-i. Due to the Philips CD-i sales declining the game was cancelled. A prototype of the game exists,
  • Around 1994, a game titled Mario Takes America was in development by Cigam for the Phillips-CD-i. The game's plot involved Mario traveling across America from New York to Hollywood, California where he would star in a film. The game was cancelled due to Phillips cutting off funding for the project and Cigam soon went bankrupt after.
  • Around 1995, a game titled VB Mario Land was in development for the Virtual Boy. A single-level playable demo was shown at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show 1995 in Las Vegas. The game was ultimately cancelled.
  • In the early 2000s. a game titled Mario Motors for the Nintendo DS was conceived as a Mario Kart spinoff. Only screemshots of this game are known to exist.
  • Around 2007,, Next Level Games started work on a volleyball game with the title Mario Volleyball. As time went on, the games concept became more combat oriented with the addition of wrestling moves like pile drivers being added so the title was renamed to Super Mario Spikers. The game eventually was never greenlit since the violence was deemed too realistic for a game using the Mario characters.

Related Groups

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Title Released Platforms Genres Moby Score
box cover thumbnail All Night Nippon Super Mario Bros. 1986 NES Action
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box cover thumbnail Alleyway 1989 Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS Action
5.8
BS Super Mario Collection 1997 SNES Action, Compilation
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BS Super Mario USA 1996 SNES Action
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Būbū Mario 1993 Arcade Racing / Driving
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box cover thumbnail Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker 2014 Wii U, Nintendo 3DS (+1 more) Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix 2005 GameCube Action
7.1
box cover thumbnail Donkey Kong 1994 Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS Action
8.3
box cover thumbnail Donkey Kong 1981 PC Booter, Game Boy Advance (+20 more) Action
6.8
Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr. / Mario Bros. 2004 Arcade Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Donkey Kong Classics 1988 NES Action
7.4
box cover thumbnail Donkey Kong Jr. / Jr. Sansuu Lesson 1983 NES Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Donkey Kong Junior 1982 NES, Game Boy Advance (+11 more) Action
6.8
box cover thumbnail Donkey Kong: Original Edition 2010 Wii, Nintendo 3DS Action
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box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario 1990 Game Boy, Game Boy Advance (+6 more) Action, Puzzle
7.4
box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario & Puzzle League 2005 Game Boy Advance Action, Puzzle
7.7
box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario 64 2001 Nintendo 64, Nintendo Switch Puzzle
6.8
box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario Express 2009 Nintendo DSi Puzzle
6.8
box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario Online Rx 2008 Wii Puzzle
7.1
box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario World 2019 iPhone, Android (+1 more) Puzzle
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box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario: Miracle Cure 2015 Nintendo 3DS Puzzle
7.5
box cover thumbnail Dr. Mario: Vitamin Toss 2005 Browser Action
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Dribble Skillz 2006 Browser Sports
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box cover thumbnail Electric Crayon 3.1: Super Mario Bros &... 1992 DOS Educational
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box cover thumbnail Excitebike: BunBun Mario Battle Stadium 1997 SNES Sports, Racing / Driving
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box cover thumbnail Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally 1988 NES Racing / Driving
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box cover thumbnail Famicom Grand Prix: F1 Race 1987 NES Simulation, Racing / Driving
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box cover thumbnail Family BASIC 1984 NES Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Fortune Street 2011 Wii Strategy / tactics
6.9
box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Collection 2006 Nintendo DS Action, Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Color Screen: Super Mario Bros. 2020 Dedicated handheld Action, Compilation
7.3
Game & Watch Crystal Screen: Super Mario Bros. 1986 Dedicated handheld Action
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Gallery 1997 Game Boy, Nintendo 3DS Action, Compilation, Puzzle
6.8
box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Gallery 2 1997 Game Boy, Game Boy Color (+1 more) Compilation
7.2
box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Gallery 3 1999 Game Boy Color, Nintendo 3DS (+1 more) Action, Compilation
6.8
box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Gallery 4 2002 Game Boy Advance, Wii U Action, Compilation
6.9
box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Multi Screen: Mario Bros. 1983 Dedicated handheld Action
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Game & Watch Panorama Screen: Mario's Bombs Away 1983 Dedicated handheld Action
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Game & Watch Table Top: Mario's Cement Factory 1983 Dedicated handheld Action
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Game & Watch Wide Screen: Mario the Juggler 1991 Dedicated handheld Action
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch Wide Screen: Mario's Cement Factory 1983 Dedicated handheld Action
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Game & Watch Wide Screen: Super Mario Bros. 1988 Dedicated handheld Action
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. 2009 Nintendo DSi Action
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box cover thumbnail Game & Watch: Mario's Cement Factory 2009 Nintendo DSi Action
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box cover thumbnail Golf 1984 NES, Game Boy (+8 more) Sports
6.0
box cover thumbnail Golf: Japan Course 1987 NES Sports
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box cover thumbnail Golf: US Course 1987 NES Sports
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box cover thumbnail Hotel Mario 1994 CD-i Action, Puzzle
6.5
box cover thumbnail I am a teacher: Super Mario no Sweater 1986 NES Educational
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box cover thumbnail Itadaki Street DS 2007 Nintendo DS Strategy
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