Super Mario Bros. A game of almost legendary status. If you have a console in your house at the minute, you probably owe your thanks to the turtle murdering little plumber. In the US in 1983, video game sales reached $3.2 billion. Just 2 years later, they were as low as $100 million. Interest in home video game consoles had petered out. The market had crashed.
Thousandss of people were made redundant, companies went bankrupt and the idea of home video game consoles had become a thing of the past. Luckily, a plucky Japanese video game company decided to give it one last crack. Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in 1985, and its flagship game? That’s right. Bible Adventures.
Just kidding. Everyone’s favourite plumber accompanied the console and served as the mascot for Nintendo, as he still does today. The game itself is simple enough. Rescue Princess Toadstool whilst avoiding the brunt of Bowser’s turtle army. Collect coins, power ups and extra lives as you stomp your way across the Mushroom Kingdom.
Super Mario Bros. was, for 3 decades, the best selling video game of all time, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. The game ignited the burnt out video game industry and sparked countless spin-off games, books, TV shows and movies. Mario is the reason we got Sonic, he’s the reason we got Final Fantasy & Zelda. He’s the reason we got competition amongst video game developers. Mario, perhaps more than any other video game character, deserves his seat at the video game round table.