A Mario statue
A Mario statue
Game seriesMario
First gameDonkey Kong (1981)
Created byShigeru Miyamoto
Designed byShigeru Miyamoto (Donkey Kong)
Yoichi Kotabe (Super Mario Bros. series)
Shigefumi Hino (Super Mario World)
Voiced by (English)Video games
Ronald B. Ruben (1991–1997)
Mark Graue (1994)
Charles Martinet (1995–present)
Peter Cullen (1983–1985)
"Captain" Lou Albano (1989–1990)
Walker Boone (1990–1991)
Voiced by (Japanese)Video games
Charles Martinet (1995–present)
Tōru Furuya (1986)
Live action actor(s)"Captain" Lou Albano (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
Bob Hoskins (Super Mario Bros. movie)
Takashi Okamura (Hot Mario Bros. advertising)

Mario (マリオ) is a video game character, made by Shigeru Miyamoto. Mario is the main mascot of Nintendo. He has been in more than 200 video games.

Mario is a hero who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom in most games. In the Mario games, he tries to stop the evil Bowser from taking Princess Peach away. He is often being helped by his brother Luigi. He also has other enemies like Donkey Kong, Waluigi, and Wario, although they are friends in other games.

Mario is one of the most famous video game characters of all time.[1] Over 200 million copies of Mario games have been sold.[2]

Concept and creation

Mario's symbol

Mario first appeared in the arcade game Donkey Kong as a carpenter named "Jumpman".[3] In Japan, he was called "Mr. Video". Later, he was named "Mario", after Mario Segale, who was a lot like Mario. Mario Segale was the owner of the land where Nintendo of America's office was built.[4]

Mario later appeared with his younger brother Luigi in an arcade game called Mario Bros. When the Nintendo Entertainment System was out in shops, Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System the same year as the game console itself, and has often been considered one of the best games on it next to Super Mario Bros. 3 and Legend Of Zelda.

Back then, games were hard to make and Nintendo could not make Mario move without making his arms "disappear". Changing his clothes fixed it. They also did not have the space to give him a mouth or ears, and they could not make hair, so Mario had a moustache, sideburns, and a cap so it would not look like he was bald. Mario's creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, said that he gave Mario a cap because he has a hard time drawing hair.[5] Mario is currently voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Luigi, Wario and Waluigi, respectively, and other characters like Toadsworth.[6]

Mario is Nintendo's mascot (the face of the company). Mario's rival was Sega's mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog, who was first seen in 1991. The two mascots were trying to get more people to buy their games for years until 2001 when Sonic Adventure 2: Battle was released on a Nintendo machine since Sega games started to be released on game machines that were not made by Sega.[7] Mario and Sonic appeared together in a sports game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, and again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as well as Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. To this day, Mario and Sonic continue to appear together in Nintendo’s spinoff titles such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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