Mario as he appears in Mario Kart 7
|Debut||Donkey Kong (1981)|
|Appears in||Super Smash Bros.|
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Console of origin||Arcade (Donkey Kong)|
Atari 2600 (Mario Bros.)
Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Mario Bros)
|Hair color||Brown (Super Mario 64 and onwards|
Black (earlier media)
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Designed by||Shigeru Miyamoto (Donkey Kong)|
Yoichi Kotabe (Super Mario Bros. series)
Shigefumi Hino (Super Mario World)
|English voice actor||Charles Martinet|
Mario was first created by Shigero Miyamoto as the protagonist for the game Donkey Kong for the Arcade. He would follow this up with more arcade games such as Donkey Kong Jr. and Mario Bros. Miyamoto's next game was the world-famous Super Mario Bros. for the Famicom/NES, the game that made Nintendo a major company in a now major industry. This created many major themes of the Mario series that are now considered iconic of his series. Mario Nintendo's Important Franchise and became Famous for its gameplay.
For over twenty years afterward, Mario would star in many, many games for Nintendo systems. Mario and his accompanying franchise can be viewed as Nintendo's thematic tileset with which to create games of a whimsical, colorful, and light-hearted nature. He in fact is rarely depicted speaking coherent English sentences. In contemporary Mario games, his high-pitched Italian voice, provided by Charles Martinet, is used mainly for grunts and yells, and the occasional catchphrases such as "Mama-mia!", "It's-a-me, Mario!", "Let's-a-go!"
Game genres that Mario appears in a playable role include the traditional 2D side-scrolling platformer, including various sequels to Super Mario Bros., the seminal Super NES launch platformer Super Mario World which introduced Yoshi as a mount of sorts for Mario, and the DS homage to these games in the form of New Super Mario Bros.; 3D platforming adventures such as the especially seminal Super Mario 64 3D platforming adventure game launching for the Nintendo 64, which is one of the most influential and best-reviewed games ever, followed up by Super Mario Sunshine for GameCube and Super Mario Galaxy for Wii; the Mario Kart series of power-up and obstacle course-based racing games; a long-running series of multiplayer-based party games named Mario Party; various series of Mario-themed Sports titles such as Mario Golf and Mario Tennis; hands-on RPGs such as Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for GameCube and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time for the Nintendo DS; and a puzzle game named Dr. Mario, where Mario in the garb of a medicine man throws pills into a bottle to combat viruses (his persona in this game is also a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee, see Dr. Mario).
Mario seems to possess superhuman abilites, such as superhuman strengh, superhuman jump, superhuman stamina, pyrokenesis, and more. Mario is seen lifting the very large King Bob-omb in Super Mario 64, and even a more impressive feat of swinging Bowser around and tossing him high into the air. He is seen lifting an exteremly obese, 3 ton Luigi and throwing him using the Snack Basket move in Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Mario is also seen lifting a fortress that weighs an estemated 100,000 ton in Super Mario World and then kicking it away. Also, he is able to jump 2 stories into the air. Plus, he possess the ability to control the element of fire without a Fire Flower. As seen in Super Mario RPG, and the Super Smash Bros. series, etc. Also with an outstanding stamina, a good grip, and he is nimble and swift.
In Super Smash Bros.Edit
As a playable characterEdit
- Main article: Mario (SSB)
Mario makes his first appearance in a fighting game in the original Super Smash Bros. as a starting playable character. Like in many other games, he is touted as the most balanced character with no real strengths or weaknesses. Therefore, new players of the game are encouraged to play as him first. In the competitive meta-game, he can combo well but lacks a multipurpose finisher. His lack of outstanding strengths make him only a high tier fighter, not top tier. His B-move shoots a moderately fast, bouncing, low-damage Fireball in the direction he is facing, his B-Up is an uppercut third-jump called the Super Jump Punch which can hit multiple times for minor damage (and coins briefly appear with each hit), and his B-Down move is the Mario Tornado, where he whirls his body to damage foes around him, before throwing them up into the air.
Mario's in-game character description reads:
- Although best known as the mustachioed plumber who battles the turtle Tribe with his distinct jumping action, this internationally-famous hero has also acted as a referee, a driver, and even a doctor! He's been linked to Princess Peach of Mushroom Kingdom for years, but to this day their true relationship remains a mystery.
In Super Smash Bros. MeleeEdit
As a playable characterEdit
- Main article: Mario (SSBM)
By tradition, Mario as a playable character is featured on his personal 3 trophies. His normal trophy is acquired by beating the Classic mode with Mario on any difficulty, and his Smash Red and Smash Blue trophies are acquired the same way by beating the Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively.
Other trophies featuring Mario are Raccoon Mario, Metal Mario, Paper Mario, and Mario and Yoshi. The last trophy in particular is especially notable for being one of two "gift trophies" never findable during normal play, and in fact can only be acquired through hacking. There is also a trophy for Baby Mario, a baby version of Mario that has appeared in some Mario games.
Mario's Classic Mode trophy, and his Baby Mario trophy, read as follows:
Known worldwide as Mr. Nintendo, Mario uses his incredible jumping ability to thwart the evil Bowser time after time. While he's best known as a hero, Mario has played many roles, including racer, doctor, golfer, and villain. His tastes have changed over 20 years of gaming; he long ago swapped the colors of his shirt and overalls.
- Donkey Kong, Arcade 1981
Long ago, when the stork was carrying Baby Mario and Baby Luigi to the Mario household, the stork was ambushed, causing Baby Mario to tumble onto Yoshi's Island. This marked the beginning of the Yoshi's adventure to deliver Baby Mario to his parents. Since then, Baby Mario's been spotted on golf courses and tennis courts.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (10/95)
In Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit
As a Playable CharacterEdit
- Main article: Mario (SSBB)
In a maneuver both traditional and expected, Mario is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He is ostensibly meant to be the most balanced character like before. He has undergone a visual redesign, like his Fireball, which looks more realistic, but he is essentially the same fighter as he appeared in Melee, retaining all of his moves (although his former Down B attack, the Mario Tornado, has become an aerial attack, unexpectedly replaced by F.L.U.D.D.). Like all of the games other returning characters, he comes equipped with a high-end new Final Smash attack which can be used once he collects a Smash Ball. His Final Smash is the Mario Finale, where he projects a colossal, intertwining fireball to engulf all opponents in his direction. The Mario Finale extends to both well above and well below Mario's position, so Smash Bros. DOJO!! recommends that he is standing on a moderately elevated platform for maximum effect. He has, however, been severely nerfed in both power and range.
Mario has a trophy that is awarded each time the Classic mode is completed with Mario on any difficulty. You can get a Mario Finale Trophy each time you complete All-Star mode with Mario. See Mario Finale for the trophy description of Mario's Final Smash:
A familiar overall-clad figure who is Nintendo's flagship character. His courage and jumping ability have seen him through countless adventures. He's a multi-talented plumber with the knowledge of a physician, a top-notch golfer, and a veteran tennis umpire. Is his jumping prowess a boon from his girder-climbing days?
- Donkey Kong (1981)
- Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Mario as a baby...a crybaby at that. Although he lacks overalls, we can see the trademark red hat even at this young age. Everyone's favorite hero was riding Yoshi and adventuring from his youngest days, and even as a baby, it's clear that Mario had quite the nose.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super Nintendo)
- Yoshi's Island DS (Nintendo DS)
- Despite Mario and his standard weight, Bowser can actually jump higher than him.
- The trophy for Baby Mario claims that he lacks overalls, but overalls can be clearly seen on the trophy.
- Mario's hand looks alot like Master Hand.
- In SSBB, his clothes look more realistic; his overalls now have a more realistic design and his red shirt is more detailed.