Mario Turns Thirty!

| September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments


Since our plump plumber’s first appearance in Donkey Kong, it’s already been thirty years since Shigeru Miyamoto created Mario, which is considered the icon for gaming in general. And it’s also been thirty years since Mario’s been trying to save Princess Peach over and over again. And Mario’s brother Luigi doesn’t actually turn 30 today, since he appeared two years later in the game Mario Bros. which was originally an arcade game, making his brother 28.

mario-maker-MarioFrom games like Super Mario Sunshine to the newly released Super Mario Maker, which made its debut in the Nintendo World Championships this year, Mario has been in over two-hundred games, and not all of them had him as the main character.

In the hand-held console Game & Watch, which was awarded for the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award, there were several Game & Watch games that featured Mario – but sometimes not as the hero. Some of those games were Mario the Juggler, Mario’s Bomb’s Away, Mario’s Cement Factory, Donkey Kong Jr, Donkey Kong II, and Super Mario World. And yes. Mario had a cement factory and was a juggler. This man had a lot of peculiar hobbies and jobs through the years…

The plumber also made an appearance as the referee in the original Punch Out, as a mask the Happy Mask Salesman has in Majora’s Mask, and in a painting in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in the same area where you first meet Zelda. And let’s not forget his appearance in Super Smash Brothers. This plumber with the plump body and trademarked mustache and hat fights like no other.


Throughout all the years, Mario has gone from a plumber in Brooklyn to cement factory owner to hero. Since his beginning, he has acquired the name “Mascot of Gaming.”

“Thank you so much for playing my game!”

– Mario

Category: Electron Magazine Features, Gaming / Video Games

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Misun is the resident book worm for Electron Magazine. Some say she fits somewhere between Radical Edward and Tank Girl. After a good book, her favorite things are Metroid and Markiplier videos. Quick thinking and fast at the draw, she enjoys regular board games of Stratego and Risk. A young philosopher who often quotes Benjamin Franklin. Best not to meet her in a game of Laser Tag on the other team.

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