Fan Service: Knowing the Basics
Sometimes, fandom forgets its basics. Here’s a need-to-know of Nintendo!
- Origin: Introduced in 1981 as Jumpman in the original Donkey Kong, Mario came to star in his own set of games such as Mario Bros. and was even an antagonist in Donkey Kong Jr. where the son goes on to save Donkey Kong, who Mario has trapped. He would become the main star of the first huge franchise in Nintendo history, Super Mario Bros.
- Plot: Mario is a plumber who is contacted to save Princess Toadstool (later given the name Peach) of the Mushroom Kingdom from the evil clutches of Bowser (or King Koopa, depending on your preference). Heroics ensue with the help of his brother Luigi (sometimes) or his trusty dinosaur Yoshi (sometimes).
- Most Notable Games: Super Mario Bros. (1985), Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988), Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988), Super Mario Land (1989), Super Mario World (1991), Super Mario 64 (1998), Super Mario Sunshine (2002), New Super Mario Bros. (2006), Super Mario Galaxy (2007), New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009), Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010), Super Mario 3D Land (2011), New Super Mario Bros. U (2012)
- Most Notable Spinoffs: Dr. Mario (1990), Mario Sports (including golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer, Olympics) (1991-), Super Mario Kart (1992), Mario Party (1999), Paper Mario (2000), Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
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Issue 124: Singing Symphonies