Why Don't We Greet Super Mario a (Belated) Happy 25th Birthday?
In case you missed it – as I did – Super Mario Bros. celebrated its 25th anniversary last Monday, September 13! Truth be told, I had to think whether or not to write about it two days late, but what the heck – better late than never, right? After all, this is the only year that the iconic game will celebrate its 25th birthday.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? The genius behind these characters that have firmly embedded themselves in the hearts of countless gamers is Shigeru Miyamoto. This video game designer is also the brains behind creations such as Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, Animal Crossing, Pikmin, and F-Zero.
Super Mario Bros. was released in 1985, two years after Mario Bros. was first introduced. The game forever endeared the likes of Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Bowser to all of us. Many a parent in the 80s and 90s probably wanted to tear their hair out because of the game! It became so popular that it held the title of best-selling video game of all time for more than 20 years. It was only till Wii Sports hit the shelves in 2009 that Super Mario Bros. was ousted from that spot.
This month, Nintendo is pulling out all the stops. Japanese fans will have the chance to win all sorts of merchandise – playing cards, tote bags, and t-shirts. There’s also a Super Mario Collection available, which can be played on the Wii. In the UK, fans can grab a copy of MCV UK trade magazine, which is dedicated to Mario’s anniversary. If you can’t get enough of Super Mario Bros., check out 25 fun facts gathered by The Guardian. Also, here’s a neat little video of some UK celebrities, sharing their own Super Mario Bros. encounters.
Why don’t you share your own Super Mario Bros. moments?
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