Gamer Girl Musings: The Evolution of Mario

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By Jaime Whittaker, (@JaimeW912)

In 1985 Super Mario Bros. was released on the NES! I can’t believe it has been 30 years since the debut of Super Mario Bros! In celebration of this 30 year anniversary, this edition of Gamer Girl Musings is dedicated to the evolution of Mario! This game and every one of its sequels have been so important in the gaming industry. There’s just something about hearing that classic theme song, trying to smash every brick, collect every coin and hidden 1Up, trying to rescue Princess Peach (previously named Princess Toadstool) and finding out that she was always in another DAMN CASTLE!

I’m not going to focus on every single game that Mario has ever appeared in…that would take forever…and no, I’m not even going to focus on the Mario spin-off games (Sorry Mario Kart!). No, instead today I will be focusing on the Super Mario Bros. series and its US releases.

Let’s-a go!

We can’t start off an article about the evolution of Mario without at least mentioning his first appearance in the 1981 arcade game: Donkey Kong

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Even back then he was always trying to save the damsel in distress, in this case Pauline.

1985 – Super Mario Bros – The one that started it all. Need I say more?



1988 – Super Mario Bros 2 (US) – “Based on a discarded prototype which had been intended to become the Super Mario Bros. sequel, the game was instead originally released as Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, and then was ultimately converted back into a Mario game for the rest of the world as Super Mario Bros. 2” (Wikipedia). Basically Super Mario Bros 2 in Japan was exactly the same as the original game, just harder and they decided it was too hard for America….so we got Doki Doki Panic with Mario characters in it!



1988 – Super Mario Bros 3 – My favorite Mario game of all time! Check out this video in which the player does a speed play of the game in 11 minutes (I wouldn’t suggest playing it this way if you really wanna enjoy the game but impressive nonetheless).



1989 – Super Mario Land – aside from the Game and Watch port of Super Mario Bros, this was the first handheld Mario game, released on the Nintendo Game Boy.



1990 – Super Mario World – the first Mario game for the Super NES…one word….YOSHI!



1992 – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins – the second Game Boy release for Mario



1995 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island – Miyamoto considered this Super NES game to be a part of the Super Mario Bros series, though it later spun off into the Yoshi’s Island series.



1996 – Super Mario 64 – the first 3D and open world game in the series as well as the launch for the N64



2002 – Super Mario Sunshine – the first Super Mario Bros game released in several years, released for the Nintendo GameCube



2006 – New Super Mario Bros – Aside from the Super Mario 64DS version, this was the first NEW Super Mario Bros game released for the Nintendo DS.



2007 – Super Mario Galaxy – released on Nintendo Wii, Mario is no longer limited by lands, or worlds! No, no….Mario gets to travel between galaxies!



2009 – New Super Mario Bros Wii – featuring 4 player co-op!



2010 – Super Mario Galaxy 2 – the sequel to its predecessor containing new items and abilities, along with the ability to ride Yoshi



2011 – Super Mario 3D Land – Released on the Nintendo 3DS



2012 – New Super Mario Bros U – Released on the Nintendo Wii U



2013 – Super Mario 3D World – for the Nintendo Wii U. Mario….cat suit…..need I say more?



2015 – Super Mario Maker – Think of this latest Super Mario Bros game for the Wii U as Super Mario Bros meets Little Big Planet. This game allows players to create their own Mario levels and share them online!



Happy Anniversary Mario!

Until next time, stay gamer my friends…

~Jaime


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