Mario was first seen as "Jumpman" in the 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong. He was first seen as "Mario" in the following arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. in 1982, where he was the enemy of the player. The following year, his brother Luigi was introduced in the arcade game, Mario Bros. However, it was the release of Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System that sparked major popularity for the character. In those games Mario would save Peach from the evil Bowser and his army.
Several sub-series have also been released. The successful Mario Kart series started with Super Mario Kart and has become one of the most successful kart-racing franchises, selling over 30 million copies worldwide. Other sports games in the franchise include Mario Golf, Mario Tennis and Super Mario Strikers. Role-playing games, such as Super Mario RPG, Paper Mario, and Mario & Luigi, have also been created, along with party games such as Mario Party which have popular minigames making Mario a well rounded guy.
Mario is encountered in the level Super Dimensions Bros, stomping a Goomba. However, he is caught in a rift and his hat, a Foundation Element, is taken from him. He is later one of Queen Destruction’s prisoners.
- Boomerang (Cappy)
- Mind Control (Cappy)
- Hacking (Teach Typing)
- Warp Pipe
- Uniform Changing
- Target (Fire Mario)
- Ice melt (Fire Mario)
- Wall climb (Cat Mario)
- Glide (Tanooki Mario)
- Master Build (Builder Mario)
- Super Strength (Giant Mario)
- Cracked LEGO Walls (Giant Mario)
- Super Strength Handles (Giant Mario)
- In the Super Mario series, he is voiced by Charles Martinet, who reprises his role in the game.
- His interaction with Sonic is a reference to how they are commonly rivals in gaming.