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10 Fun Facts About Mario

Posted on September 8, 2015 at 10:57 am by Justin Cavender

10 Fun Facts About Mario

Earlier this morning Nintendo shared 10 fun facts about Mario in preparation for National Video Games Day headed our way on September 12. I’m sure most of you plumber fanatics know each an every one of these facts and hope to continue adding to them long after the upcoming release of Super Mario Maker on Wii U this Friday.

Fact 1: Mario has appeared in more than 200 video games.

Fact 2: Super Mario Bros. launched 30 years ago on Sept. 13, 1985.

Fact 3: In Super Mario Land, Mario has to pilot a submarine and an airplane to save Princess Daisy. Who knew he had his pilot license?

Mario Fun Facts

Fact 4: Nintendo composer Koji Kondo provided the iconic soundtrack to Super Mario Bros.

Fact 5: Since 1995, the voice of Mario has been provided by American voice actor Charles Martinet. He also voices Mario’s twin brother, Luigi, and nemesis, Wario.

Fact 6: Mario’s first appearance was in the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade game. And he wasn’t trying to rescue Princess Peach like in Super Mario Bros. It was actually his friend Pauline.

Fact 7: While the original Super Mario Bros. incorporated classic items like the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower, Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced a host of iconic power-ups for Mario to pick up like the Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit and Goomba’s Shoe. Ever since, creative power-ups and transformations have become a staple of the Super Mario Bros. series.

Super Mario Bros. fun Facts

Fact 8: Mario was originally known as “Jumpman” in Donkey Kong.

Fact 9: Mario actually didn’t appear in Donkey Kong 3, but he did make his return to the series in Donkey Kong for Game Boy.

Fact 10: Some Mario games actually break the space-time continuum by having Mario interact with his younger baby self.

Well there you have it folks. It’s worth noting Fact 7 should have mentioned the freaking Frog Suit in Super Mario Bros. 3. That thing was a life saver! As much as I can appreciate all that Mario has done for gaming and the Mushroom Kingdom, I have to admit Bowser is actually my favorite character. He’s a go-getter and lives by the mantra if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Seems pretty admirable for a villain–at least it’s something to think about.

On behalf of Geek Legacy, we hope you enjoy National Video Games Day! You better believe we’ll be rocking out with our controllers out… and that other c-word.

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