Super Mario: a costume phenomenon from video games to film

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Super Mario is unquestionably one of the most famous video game characters in the world, a costume phenomenon ready to make a new leap towards the big screen, that of cinema

The most famous plumber in the world is about to land in cinemas to experience an adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom that draws inspiration from the best-known video game saga ever. Nintendo’s most iconic character is ready to enter the scene, bringing the most hilarious and memorable moments that have marked the history of the videogame universe from the small to the big screen. The first Super Mario video game was launched in Japan on September 13, 1985 and in more than 35 years it has never stopped giving emotions. First released on the Nintendo Entertainment System – the home console that saved the video game industry originally known as the Famicom (Family Computer) – Super Mario Bros. comes with a side-scrolling setup that lets you run, jump and explore the Kingdom of the Mushrooms from right to left using a dense network of green pipes.

The iconic plumber with a mustache has appeared both as a protagonist and as an extra in hundreds of video games over time and beyond. Cartoons, comics, theme parks and countless gadgets are just some of the forms that the most iconic of Nintendo characters has taken, now also arriving at the cinema with Super Mario Bros., The Movie.

Super Mario: from Miyamoto’s idea to a true custom phenomenon

Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario is a character who originally appeared as a carpenter in the 1981 arcade video game Donkey Kong, a platform game that conquered arcades in those years to the point of earning several sequels and spin-offs. Among these was also Mario Bros., the arcade video game released in 1983 that introduced the character of Luigi and which started the birth of the best-selling video game franchise of all time. From 1985 to today, the Mario series, officially become a plumber, has undergone a remarkable evolution strongly conditioned by the 3D debut of Super Mario 64, followed a few years later by Super Mario Sunshine, two of the most loved chapters of the saga.

However, the transformation was not only graphic, the game mechanics themselves underwent an evolution, superimposing the iconic setting on platforms with puzzle nuances, more dynamic fights and various elements that led the Mario series to fearlessly explore different genres and styles . Super Mario Kart confirms it, the frenetic racing video game on two and four wheels signed by Nintendo and the various sports titles that see Mario and his friends as protagonists confirm it. Over the years, in fact, many secondary characters have joined the hopping plumber, even managing to conquer entire video games dedicated to them. From Princess Peach with her umbrella to Toad and his dioramas, from the baby dinosaur Yoshi to Mario’s nemesis: Wario, there are countless adventures and ideas that have accompanied generations of gamers and inspired the new film arriving in theaters on 5 April.

Super Mario: a costume phenomenon from video games to film

From games to movies: an immense catalog | Super Mario: a costume phenomenon from video games to film

From generation to generation, Super Mario has left its mark on every Nintendo game console, even conquering smartphones all over the world in 2016 with Super Mario Run and dominating sales on Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: the best-selling game in Nintendo history with over 52 million copies. The hybrid console itself has some of the most beloved Mario titles in the Nintendo Switch family to its credit:

  • Super Mario Odyssey: From mysterious ruins to neon cities, each Kingdom is full of secrets to discover. Mario’s new abilities allow him to capture and control enemies, objects and even dinosaurs!
  • New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Up to four players can run, jump and smash their way through 164 courses, choosing from Mario, Luigi, Toad, Toadette and Nabbit.
  • Super Mario Maker 2: Two players can create Super Mario courses simultaneously with full freedom. More than 20 million levels are available to Nintendo Switch Online owners.

The countless episodes shared in more than 35 years of activity and the great goals achieved by what it is universally recognized as one of the most representative characters in the gaming worldmade Super Mario the pop icon that inspired one of the most anticipated films of 2023: to better enjoy the upcoming cinematic experience, Nintendo Switch offers the possibility to play some of the oldest Super Mario titles thanks to the library digital bundle featured in the Nintendo Switch Online bundle which includes a growing catalog of Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance classics.

Super Mario: a costume phenomenon from video games to film

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