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Super Mario Bros 40th Anniversary


Super Mario: Plumber, Doctor, Artist, Pop Culture Icon. He does it all. Super Mario Bros. is turning 40 this year and over that time he and his crew have become known all around the world across multiple generations.

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Full text for Super Mario Bros 40th Anniversary:

Over the decades, Mario has appeared in more than 200 games, among them Nintendo’s original Mario Bros (turning 40 in March 2023), alongside his sibling Luigi, and the Mario Kart series. His adventures have inspired merch and spin-offs including the new animated feature The Super Mario Bros Movie. Mario has steadily powered up from an arcade sprite to a household name and pop culture icon.
Mario’s now massive presence stems from low-key beginnings. Prior to his 1981 debut in Donkey Kong, Mario had been called Ossan (Japanese for “middle-aged guy”), Mr Video and Jumpman in development. His original 8-bit design was instantly recognisable: stout, bright, bearing a distinctive cap and mustache; by the arcade release of Mario Bros, his character adapted, switching roles from carpenter to Italian-American plumber.
Since then, Mario has remained an unmistakable character across all kinds of incarnations, including a flying tanuki (a Japanese raccoon dog) to a bee and a cat. His roles have ranged from Dr Mario to artist/composer and athlete. Meanwhile, Mario’s surrounding cast has grown increasingly vast, yet even when these characters front their own games, they’re ultimately defined by their link to him: a sibling like Luigi; sidekicks like Princess Peach and Yoshi; or adversaries like Donkey Kong, Bowser and Wario.
Mario brings generations together to play. Racing your friends, children or parents in Mario Kart becomes a timeless experience while Mario remains a grounding force, a familiar friend in a crazy accelerated world.

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