Who is Mario?

The Mario brothers, Mario & Luigi, are the two plumber mascots of Nintendo. They were created by the mind of Shigeru Miyamato, a Japanese game developer for Nintendo.

Mario first appeared in the 1982 arcade hit Donkey Kong, and became an instant hit. He appeared again 2 years later in Mario Bros., his first title role. This game also introduced Luigi to the public. Mario first came home on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Super Mario Bros., one of the best selling games ever. This game brought Mario into millions of homes around the world and made him a cultural icon.

Since then Mario has appeared in many other games for the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, Virtual Boy, and, more recently, the Nintendo 64. A Mario game has shipped with each of these systems and helped many of them to success. These games have consistently brought new innovations into video games and been extremely successful in the stores. Super Mario Bros. 3 is still the best selling video game ever, selling over 15 million copies worldwide since its release. Super Mario 64 has been hailed as "The greatest video game of all time" by Next Generation magazine, and critically acclaimed on countless occasions.

The Mario bros. have become a cultural phenomenon outside of video games. They have been featured in 4 cartoon series, one major motion picture, and every toy imaginable, from board games to water guns. He's been featured in many non-game magazines and been a topic in a few widely published books. Actually, it was found more kids could identify a picture of Mario than Mickey Mouse.

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