It seems hard to believe, but it’s now a whole quarter of a century since Super Mario Bros was first released in Japan.
Debuting on the Famicom – a Japanese predecessor of the Nintendo Entertainment System – Mario’s iconic abrasive game noises have been annoying parents and resonating in bedrooms all around the word for 25 years.
Mario goes mega
The Mario character first surfaced in the arcade games, ‘Donkey Kong’ and ‘Mario Bros’, but the animated Italian plumber only hit the big time when the Super Mario Bros games were released.
Bundled with Nintendo consoles, Super Mario Bros went on to shift an astonishing 40 million copies over the past 25 years, and was only recently deposed of its “Best-selling video game of all time” crown by Wii Sports, which comes bundled with the Nintendo Wii.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary, Nintendo have released an anniversary video showing the character in action over the years on a variety of platforms.