As a society, we find a reason to celebrate pretty much anything and March 10th is no different. Today is a very special day in the gaming community as we pay tribute to the worlds favourite non-plumber, Mario. First hitting screens in 1981’s arcade hit Donkey Kong under the guise of Jumpman his rise to fame is something to be admired. Over the years Mario has taken lead or featured in hundreds of games while becoming the figurehead of Nintendo.
After literally minutes of research, the evidence found was inconclusive to whether or not this celebration was deliberately conceived simply because of the date (Mar.10) looking remarkably like MARIO, either way here’s a look at some of his finest video game adventures.
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros. 3 is a 2D side-scrolling platformer which takes place over eight kingdoms of the Mushroom World. Each of the kingdoms has been invaded by antagonist Bowser and one of his seven children, the Koopalings. The Koopalings manage to conquer each of the kingdoms by stealing its king’s magical wand and turning them into animals. It was a technical marvel for its day and still holds up well. Recently given a new lease of life as part of the Nintendo Online Subscription Service.
We took a retrospective look back at the title as part of our retro archives.
Super Mario World
Mario’s debut Super Nintendo release acted as a follow up to Super Mario Bros. 3. The gameplay was similar to previous releases but introduced a number of new mechanics to keep things fresh. Visually the game benefited from the additional horsepower of the 16-bit console looking big, bright and bold but importantly it also allowed Miyamoto to introduce a dinosaur companion, Yoshi, into the universe for the first time. Something that was intended from the off but due to technical limitations was impossible.
Super Mario 64
Mario joined the ranks of Nintendo 64 games with the aptly named Super Mario 64 in 1996. It was the first time we had experienced a true 3D platformer and has since helped to define and shape the genre. Players were given the freedom to explore the grounds of Peach’s Castle as a means to track down Bowser who had kidnapped the princess… again. For its time the game was visually stunning and following its success has been ported to a number of Nintendo’s modern consoles.
Super Mario Sunshine
Super Mario Sunshine released on the GameCube in 2002 and holds a special place in the franchise for many of us. It took the gang on a journey to the tropical Island of Delfino and introduced a new game mechanic in the form of robotic backpack FLUUD (Flash Liquidizing Ultra Dousing Device). Handy, as Mario is wrongly blamed for terrorising the local area by plastering it with graffiti.
It is one of the few outings that hasn’t been re-released or given the HD / remaster treatment so is sorely missed. It’s not without its fair share of issues though, with the later stages of the game feeling rushed to meet the strict release window. It would need a little re-working and tweaking in places so possibly one of the reasons it’s never been revisited. Let’s just hope that it finds a new home on the Switch.
Super Mario Odyssey
In 2017 Nintendo treated us to a fully fledged Mario game on their massively successful hybrid console, it was only a matter of time really. Again returning to the 3D open world format featured in Mario 64 and Sunshine but this time introducing Cappy, a spirit that inhabits Marios hat.. of all things. This allows for a strange possession mechanic, that actually worked really well, giving the power to control other characters and objects in the world to further progress. It was an impressive looking game with some great new themed worlds earning it a place on our list.
So there you have it a snippet featuring some of Mario’s finest moments in video game history. We couldn’t include them all so we’d love to hear from you in the comments below, on Twitter and our Facebook pages!