Super Mario Bros., a legendary fan-favorite video game that has spawned several variations since then, was first produced in 1986.
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It depicts two brothers, Mario and Luigi, who live in the Mushroom Kingdom and are accused of rescuing Princess Toadstool, who was kidnapped by Bowser, King of the Koopa. With a recognizable theme song, Mario has been a popular character with fans for decades.
According to the story in the original instructions for use, the kingdom of the peaceful mushroom people had been occupied by the Koopa, a tribe of turtles who turned the “calm, peace-loving” mushroom people into stones, bricks and plants. The only person who can reverse the spell is Princess Toadstool, the daughter of the Mushroom King.
In the game, players lead Mario on a quest to free the princess and save the kingdom of the mushroom people. He navigates through eight levels full of giant mushrooms, threatening turtles and other strange obstacles.
“You are Mario! It’s up to you to save the Mushroom People from the black magic of the Koopa! “The original instructions tell the players.
Since Super Mario Bros. debuted, the brothers have been featured in numerous games to save new countries and save more princesses, including Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, and Super Mario Odyssey. The latest version, Super Mario 3D World, was released for the Nintendo Switch system in February.
Mario’s presence extends beyond the video game world as well.
In March, Super Nintendo World opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. Visitors can stroll through the famous green whistle at the park entrance, explore Princess Peach’s castle, and eat burgers in a giant mushroom with the Mario theme song playing in the background.