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Mario is the main protagonist of the Super Mario series. He was created by Shigeru Miyamoto as the main character for the Donkey Kong arcade game. He is best known for his platforming games, but has appeared in much more. He is now the mascot of Nintendo.


Mario was born as one of the Star Children, kids with an "extraordinary amount of power". When he and his brother Luigi were being delivered to their parents by a stork, Kamek would interrupt the delivery and kidnap Luigi. Mario would receive help from the Yoshis, who would take him to Bowser's castle, where they would rescue Luigi. Mario would later grow up to be a carpenter, where he would then go on to save Pauline from Donkey Kong. Mario, as well as his brother Luigi, would later appear as plumbers in Mario Bros.[4], and have since been plumbers. Mario is now the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, often rescuing Princess Peach from villains.


For a list of all of Mario's video game appearances, see Mario/Appearances.

Non-Video Game Appearances[]

Name Release Date Type
Saturday Supercade September 17, 1983 Cartoon
Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros. August 3, 1989 Anime
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! September 4, 1989 TV Show
The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 September 8, 1990 Cartoon
Nintendo Adventure Book 1991 Book
Super Mario Bros. May 28, 1993 Film
Mercedes-Benz Commercial[5] 2014 Advertisement
Super Nintendo World 2020[6] Theme Park
Untitled Mario Film 2022[7] Film



  • Mario's appearance as the referee in Punch-Out!! for the NES was done so without permission.[8]


  1. Giggs, Jamie (November 26, 2009). Mario Was Almost Called Mr Video. Nintendo Life. “I felt that I had come up with a pretty solid character, which is why I thought: "Right, I'll keep using him from now on!" That's why I decided a solid, imposing name like "Mr. Video" would work best. But thinking back, I don't think I should have gone with that name. If he had been called "Mr. Video," he might have disappeared off the face of the earth.”
  2. McWhertor, Michael (October 6, 2010). Before Mario, Before Jumpman, There Was 'Ossan'. Kotaku.
  3. Deezer. Super Smash Bros. Melee. The Mushroom Kingdom. “His Japanese trophy description says he's "about 26 years old," while the English text mentions that "his tastes have changed over 20 years of gaming..."”
  4. Nix, Marc (September 17, 2015). IGN Presents: The History of Super Mario Bros.. IGN.
  5. Feloni, Richard (May 30, 2014). Super Mario Gets A Mercedes In This Awesome Ad. Business Insider.
  6. Ashcraft, Brian (March 5, 2016). First Details on Nintendo's Universal Studios Collaboration. Kotaku.
  7. O'Connor, James (March 13, 2020). The New Mario Movie Is Happening Because Illumination CEO Told Miyamoto About His Failures. Gamespot. “The Mario movie currently in the works at Illumination is still a while away, as it's due to release in 2022.”
  8. Good, Owen (August 8, 2009). Mario was Put in Punch-Out Without Permission. Kotaku.