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Nintendo Celebrates Super Mario Maker With Fun Facts

With the release of Super Mario Maker coming up on the 11th of September, Nintendo is celebrating the occasion by offering up a bit of trivia about the video game world’s most famous plumber. For example, did you know that Mario has appeared in over 200 games since his premier in the original Donkey Kong in 1981? Or that he even served as the referee in the original version of Super Punch-Out!! for the NES? These sort of facts and more await as we take a brief tour of Mario’s decades-long life below.

Fact 1: Mario has appeared in more than 200 video games.
Fact 2: Super Mario Bros. launched 30 years ago on Sept. 13, 1985.
Fact 3: In Super Mario Land, Mario has to pilot a submarine and an airplane to save Princess Daisy. Who knew he had his pilot license?
Fact 4: Nintendo composer Koji Kondo provided the iconic soundtrack to Super Mario Bros.
 
Fact 5: Since 1995, the voice of Mario has been provided by American voice actor Charles Martinet. He also voices Mario’s twin brother, Luigi, and nemesis, Wario.
Fact 6: Mario’s first appearance was in the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade game. And he wasn’t trying to rescue Princess Peach like in Super Mario Bros. It was actually his friend Pauline.
Fact 7: While the original Super Mario Bros. incorporated classic items like the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower, Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced a host of iconic power-ups for Mario to pick up like the Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit and Goomba’s Shoe. Ever since, creative power-ups and transformations have become a staple of the Super Mario Bros. series.
Fact 8: Mario was originally known as “Jumpman” in Donkey Kong.
Fact 9: Mario actually didn’t appear in Donkey Kong 3, but he did make his return to the series in Donkey Kong for Game Boy.
Fact 10: Some Mario games actually break the space-time continuum by having Mario interact with his younger baby self.
Mario has also teamed up with long time industry rival Sonic the Hedgehog both for the long-running “…At the Olympic Games” series of sports titles, as well as in Super Smash Bros Brawl and  Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS, Mario has even appeared in several games developed by Final Fantasy developer Square Enix such as Super Mario RPG for the SNES, and Mario Hoops 3-on-3 which features character from the Final Fantasy series as unlockable extras.

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Nicole Seraphita
Nicole Seraphita
My name is Nicole Seraphita and I’m 27. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titles like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels, though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience.