On this very day 25 years ago a small italian plumber was released into the world and, despite a distinct lack of any actual plumbing or other handy work, has become the most successful and iconic computer game character of all time. Yes he appeared in 1981 alongside Donkey Kong, and again as Super Mario in 1983 (produced by Favicom), but he really came to life on 13 September 1985 when Nintendo launched Super Mario Bros.
Now I could easily waffle on about Mario but Kotaku really hit the nail on the head with this one:
“It seems almost pointless marking the occasion with a round-up, or a few paragraphs outlining his importance to video games – and video gamers – because it’s Mario. He isn’t important to video games. He is video games”
So, let’s raise a glass and toast to another enjoyable and successful 25 years. Happy birthday, Mario.
And to celebrate, enjoy this brilliantly reminiscent video of Mario through the years.
I guess that also makes it Luigi’s birthday, so let’s raise a slightly greener glass and celebrate him too (although there are no good videos featuring him).