Our favorite hero-plumber, Mario is a full grown man now. It has been 30 years since we were first introduced to his Italian charms. To mark his debut, on September 11 his solo title Super Mario Maker hit the stores exclusively for Wii U.
From the 2D unrecognizable version to now the 3D flashy Mario, his fans were along for the 30 years ride. Mario still manages to enchant gamers all over the world with his undying quest to save princess Peach and fight off Bowser the villain. How many of you struggled to get at some point the super cute mushroom to make Mario stronger? Here is a list of top 10 Super Mario facts you might not know.
1. Time Travel
Super Mario has a lot on his plate. Except from the regular plumbing duties, like all other plumbing jobs, our Mario gets to fight villains, eat mushrooms and save princess Peach over and over. If this doesn’t seem enough, Mario takes gaming to the next level. He is one of the only characters to break space time continuum when he directly interacts with his younger version. So Mario can Time Travel. Pretty neat.
2. Stanley the Brave
What you might not know about Mario is that he never appeared in the NES finale of Donkey Kong 3. Contrary to nerd logic, Mario never showed up on DK3. Maybe he had other commitments? Instead Stanley, a bugman, made his big move. Mario did make his appearance on Donkey Kong for Game Boy during 1994.
Before he became the world wide phenomenon, Mario used to be known as Jumpman. This was on the arcade version of the original Donkey Kong video game. What was odd is that “Jumpman” was fighting to save Lady Pauline from the evil ape. There you have it, that’s how the magic happened.
One of the best parts of the game. Boosting Mario’s ego to reach Peach faster is all that it took. The original Super Mario Bros. incorporated the classic power-up items like the super mushroom. However, on Super Mario Bros. 3 we were introduced to iconic power-ups for Mario to take in Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit and Goomba’s Shoe. How cute.
5. The Other Woman
Before there was Peach, Mario was fighting evil to save another woman. Her name was Pauline. But this was back in 1981. Mario moved on, he is now with Peach.
6. The Italian Gene
Ever wonder who does Mario’s classic line “Here we go”? This will come as a shocker. Voice actor Charles Martinet does the voice of Mario. He is actually an American with zero Italian genes. Another fun fact is that he also does the voices of Luigi and Wario.
Do you still have Mario’s iconic soundtrack stuck on your mind for all these years? Well, me too. The famous soundtrack was originally created by composer Koji Kondo. He also uses his magic skill on Zelda, Star Fox, Donkey Kong, Mario Party and Super Mario Maker.
8. Full Action Packed Game
In Super Mario Land our Italian plumber proves he got what it takes to be a super hero. He gets to pilot both a plane and a submarine. Beat that James Bond. Not only he is multi skilled but he fights off strange creatures as well.
9. The Birthday Boy
Happy birthday Mario! It’s been 30 years since Super Mario Bros. was launched. It happened back on September 13, 1985.
10. Many Video Games
Since 1985 Mario appeared in over 200 video games. It boggles the mind! I’m sure he will be around for many years to come.