Super Mario Bros., an iconic, fan-favorite video game that has since created several variations, was first produced in 1986.
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It contains two brothers, Mario and Luigi, who live in Mushroom Kingdom and are accused of rescuing Princess Toadstool, who has been kidnapped by Bowser, the king of Koopa. Complete with a recognizable theme song, Mario has been a popular character among fans for decades.
In the game, players guide Mario on a mission to free the princess and save the kingdom of Mushroom People. He navigates eight levels filled with giant mushrooms, threatening turtles and other strange obstacles.
“You are Mario! It’s up to you to save Mushroom People from the black magic of Koopa! The original instructions tell the players.
Since Super Mario Bros. debuted, the brothers have been featured in many games, rescuing new lands and rescuing several princesses, including Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Odyssey. The latest, Super Mario 3D World, was released in February for the Nintendo Switch system.
Mario’s presence also extends beyond the world of video games.
In March, Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Visitors can walk through the famous green pipe at the entrance to the park, explore Princess Peach’s castle and eat burgers in a giant mushroom, all with the Mario theme song playing in the background.