On the 13th September 1985, a little game known as Super Mario Bros was released in Japan. Who knew that 25 years later Mario would be one of the most popular characters in the history of games. Time does fly when you’re having fun!
You can see just how many faces Mario has had when over the years and just how many games there have been by heading over to the Evolution of Mario page.
The original Super Mario Bros sold over 40 million copies with the series selling over 240 million games worldwide to date, which makes it the best selling game series ever. It doesn’t come as a surprise as most of the Mario games are absolute classics.
One of my favourites being Mario Kart and other members of the Zath team have fallen in love with the Super Mario Galaxy series and last year’s New Super Mario Bros on the Wii.
You can guarantee there will be copious amounts of Mario games that will be released in future and possibly other titles starring Mario’s colleagues. There have already been games which don’t star Mario as the lead including Luigi’s Mansion and the Wario games and it’d be nice to see some more to add some variation to Mario’s world.
It’s weird to think that I’m older than Mario and hopefully he’ll still be around for another 25 years so the next generation of gamers can appreciate the quality of Super Mario.
Danny ‘Ender’ Martin has been part of the Zath team from pretty much the very beginning since he met Zath himself at Leeds Met University whilst studying Business IT. He’s an avid gamer and a big film buff. Danny graduated from the University of Bradford with a degree in Computer Animation and SFX and now currently works at one of the biggest UK games developers, which will hopefully see some of his ideas hit the gaming world.