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Nintendo's Mario - 26 Years of History 57

kukyfrope writes "What started as a guy simply trying to rescue his whiny girlfriend from an angry ape 26 years ago has since grown into one of the most recognizable faces in video gaming: Mario. GameDaily explores the different types of Mario games over the years, from Jump Man to Mario Kart, to the new Wii title, Super Mario Galaxy." From the article: "Mario Bros. was released in a combination cart with the shooting game Duck Hunt, and gamers ate it up aplenty. (It was so popular, in fact, that the game was released for the Game Boy Color and remains one of its highest sellers to date.) Super Mario Bros. 2 would arrive years later and would take a drastic turn in gameplay, as it was actually based on a Japanese game called Doki Doki Panic and not the "true" sequel that was released in Japan only (at the time- it would resurface in the SNES release Super Mario All Stars). It was a hit, and would see a release alongside the launch of the Game Boy Advance years later under the name Super Mario Advance."
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Nintendo's Mario - 26 Years of History

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  • combination cart? (Score:2, Informative)

    by ulysses38 ( 309331 )
    check the facts. the original Super Mario Brothers was released as a standalone cart. i had that, duck hunt, and of course Rob the robot. years later it was released on a combo cart.
    • Re:combination cart? (Score:2, Informative)

      by basscomm ( 122302 )
      Of course by "years later" I assume you mean at the same time [].

      "The console was released in two different packages: a full-featured $249 USD "Deluxe Set" which came packaged with the R.O.B., the NES Zapper, two game controllers, and two games (Duck Hunt, and Gyromite), and a scaled-down $199 "Action Set," which omitted the R.O.B. and Gyromite and included a Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt multicart"

    • 25, not 26 (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward
      While we're on the subject of checking facts, Donkey Kong was released in 1981, not 1980... making Mario 25 years old, not 26.
    • You check your facts. The combo cart was released with the "Action Set" that included the NES and a Zapper. The "Control Set" came with the standalone Super Mario Bros. cartridge while the folks who bought the "Deluxe Set" had to buy it separately.
  • by one-eye-johnson ( 911152 ) on Friday May 26, 2006 @07:50PM (#15413500)
    Mario's essentially the Ron Jeremy of the videogame world.
  • by earthbound kid ( 859282 ) on Friday May 26, 2006 @07:59PM (#15413545) Homepage
    Dude, do we really have to read an article about Mario's twenty-six year history? I read a bunch of articles last year about his twenty fifth anniversary, and I was glad to do it, but this is just too much. I don't think I need to read another history of Mario for a least four years. Anything else is just ridiculous.

    Besides, we all need more time to gear up for the -1th anniversary of Spore. :p
    • If it's coming out this year, wouldn't it be the 0th anniversary?

    • Dude, do we really have to read an article about Mario's twenty-six year history? I read a bunch of articles last year about his twenty fifth anniversary, and I was glad to do it, but this is just too much.

      Personally, I'm really looking forward to the 26 1/365th year nostalgia articles. I don't know what's wrong with you.

      Maybe you're a Mario hater.

  • 26 years and still going strong, even if it's not a nice round figure like 25, that's still gotta be worth something. New Super Mario Bros. comes out soon, too, yay! (June 1 here in Australia)
  • by Sigma 7 ( 266129 ) on Friday May 26, 2006 @08:23PM (#15413649)
    I'll be the first to burn Karma by posting links to Communist Mario [] conspiracy theories. No reason why it couldn't be - it's popular enough that it could just as easily sneak in communist propoganda on unsuspecting citizens.

    Besides, there's already a communist promotional movie using Mario already: []

  • The article meantions a SNES mario party...

    Correct me if i'm wrong, but wasn't the first mario party on N64?
    • This is correct.

      There is a GBA version, which is like a SNES, but they said "born on the SNES" so they're 100% wrong :D
    • Re:Mario Party (Score:4, Informative)

      by shoptroll ( 544006 ) on Saturday May 27, 2006 @12:21AM (#15414431)
      No, you're right. The article has a bunch of errors in it, that was the most obvious of them. They also did the following:

      * Forgot to acknowledge Donkey Kong '94, Mario Vs. DK and Mario Vs. DK 2 (Platforming or other section anyone?)
      * Said Mario was a playable character in VS. Golf (This is nit-picky but Golf was the NES release, VS. Golf was arcade, and let's not forget NES Open which was pretty much a sequel to Gol [or prequel to Mario Golf if you'd rather look at it that way])
      * Mario RPG for the SNES didn't have real-time battles (very nitpicky, but the game was turn based to the core)
      * The DS remake of Mario 64 is Mario 64 DS, not Super Mario DS, and the "new" inflation ability is pulled right from Super Mario World
      * Does anyone know if Warp Pipe was a unaffiliated branch of Gamespy? This is news to me.
      * They forgot "Yoshi" in the puzzle game blurb
      • * Mario RPG for the SNES didn't have real-time battles (very nitpicky, but the game was turn based to the core)
        It's been ages since I played, but timing had something to do with the battles. They weren't exactly real time, but they weren't purely turn based, either. Something about pushing a button at the right moment during an attack to double the power. I don't recall exactly.
        • Yes, that's correct. You selected your attack a-la final fantasy, and then during the actual attack you could press a button at the correct time to inflict more damage.
        • Real-time to me implies that your party and enemies are making decisions at the same time. In other words, if the game was truly real-time the monsters could attack while you had the menu opened up and were deciding what the current party member would do. I'm pretty sure that when you had the menu open and when an attack animation was going on, the fight clock was frozen. The only thing that was special about Mario RPG was that you could interact with the game by timing a button press correctly during an
      • I'm almost positive I remember seeing a SNES rom labeled "Mario Party", somewhere.
        I'm pretty sure it was SNES, not N64.
        • Right, and the net hasn't lied to you ever has it?

          I've seen Street Fighter II Roms for the NES, but that doesn't mean they're actually legit either.
  • I got to the end of the platforming section and thought they'd made a grave error and totally forgot about Mario Is Missing.

    Fortunately it wasn't so. The last paragraph of the article saved us all.

  • There is a game called "Mario Bros" which is not "Super Mario Bros". It was released on the NES and as a mini game in SMB3. Don't get them confused.
    • Actually, it's even older than that. I've played it on the Atari 2600.

    • The SMB3 version was much smoother than the original, and the Battle Game in All-Stars is even better than that (though similar)

      If you have a SNES, a copy of All-Stars, two controllers, and someone to play with, then try it out: play SMB3, and pick the Battle Game option. During the game, avoid coins (kill yourself if you get 4). It's fun. At least as far as I can remember.

      Nintendo, make a new SNES game that only has the battle game, add some options (like being able to remove coins), and sell it for $1
  • WTF? Mario 64 had some of the worst graphics on the N64. Hey, it was the first game on it, it better not be the best!

    Games like ExciteBike 64 look so good [] that you completely forget that you're playing on a system of that generation.

    Even the Nintendo DS version of Super Mario 64 looks better!

    AARGH! How dare they belittle the mighty N64's graphics!

  • Where the hell was Wrecking Crew? Tsk tsk. That game is the epitome of classic 8-bit gaming to me. One of the first games I played on the NES. I'm slowly forming a theory that will prove that "Wrecking Crew is Better than Everything". Just give me time...
  • ...of being at the arcade on a Friday night when I was 11 or 12, and lining up tokens 3 rows deep on the Donkey Kong machine. Do you young whipper-snappers remember arcades? We had something called Magic Castle (basically a Chucky-Cheese type place), and you had to be 18 (or was it 16) to come in by yourself. It was always fun sneaking past those "guards".

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