Super Mario: 25 years as part of the family


13th September 2010 - It’s time to celebrate 25 years of Super Mario, one of gaming’s most loved series’ of all time.

In the quarter of a century since legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s team put the finishing touches to his first major adventure, Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Mario has become one of the most globally recognised characters in the world of entertainment.

He traverses languages, ages and cultural barriers and today, the Super Mario Bros. series is the best-selling video game series of all time, with more than 240 million units sold globally. 

“Stimulated by advancements in technologies, we have always enjoyed creating the Super Mario Bros. games. The series has always taken advantage of the latest technological advancements and is the fruit of creativity of many of my hard-working friends working closely as a team", Shigeru Miyamoto, General Manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Analysis and Development division.

The Super Mario series of games are touch-points of technological gaming innovation. It was the 2D side scrolling adventure Super Mario Bros. on the NES that took platform gaming a leap further than it had gone before. We freely explored a 3D gaming world for the first time in Super Mario 64. And in Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, we’ve seen 3D gaming extend into mind-boggling gravity-defying adventures.

You can rest assured that it will be Mario who takes us on brand new adventures in the future.

To celebrate the occasion, Mario fans everywhere are invited to share their love for Mario with the rest of the world by entering a special video competition. The competition is up and running at our Super Mario anniversary website, which you can visit right now by clicking here!