The History of Super Mario Infographic

What can you say? He’s a legend. He’s brought more smiles to the faces of kids all over the world than Santa Clause. Yeah, we said it! So… Anyway, here’s our history of Super Mario infographic to give you a taste of the massive gaming legacy the little plumber has built up over the years. We’ve also added an easy embed code below to make it easy for you to share the infographic on other websites.

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Mario hit the ground running in 1981 with the release of his first ever title, Donkey Kong. However, back then he went by the name of Jumpman and his main goal in life was rescuing his girlfriend at the time, Pauline, who had been kidnapped by the barrel wanging giant gorilla.


In 1982 Jumpman was renamed as the Mario that we know and love today, however, he had also suddenly become the villain of the game, Donkey Kong Jr. Holding the great ape in a rather snug fitting cage, Mario is hunted by Donkey Kong Jr. who’s determined to fight his way through anything that Mario can throw at him in a bid to save his dear old dad.


Mario’s beloved brother Luigi gets his first appearance in gaming in 1983 in the arcade game Mario Bros. where the two plumbers have to take care of the nasties that have taken over the New York sewers. The game also ported onto the Atari 2600 and 5200. Mario’s Bomb’s Away and Mario Cement Factory also hit the shelves on the Nintendo Game & Watch.


1984 was all about the cameo for Mario. He appeared as the referee in Tennis on the NES, which had been released the year before in Japan, before heading stateside in 1985. He also put in a showing in the bonus round of Pinball, where he ran about with a big tray on his head and featured in the Donkey Kong Hokey Game & Watch release.


Mario became super in 1985 with the legendary release of Super Mario Bros. on the NES, which also introduced the big bad Bowser to the world, along with Princess Peach in Japan and Princess Toadstool in the US, leading to a whole lot of confusion in the years to come as the character’s name switched around a lot before eventually settling universally as Princess Peach. He also appeared in Wrecking Crew on the NES, but it was Super Mario Bros. that put him on the computer games map permanently.


1986 was a report year with the old arcade classics Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. making their way to the Nintendo Entertainment System. It also saw a new entry to the arcade fold with Vs. Super Mario Bros. taking to the slot machines.


In 1987 Mario got into boxing in a big way, getting taken on as the referee in Punch Out on the NES. The arcade game Mario Bros. also made the transfer to the NES, but it’s a year that will be remembered for Mazza’s TKO count.


Although ’88 is the year Mario bundled up with the genius of Duck Hunt and the light gun, the biggest release has to be Super Mario Bros. 2 on the NES. It was created for the US market specifically, because it was decided that the original Japanese sequel wasn’t good enough, so they combined it with another Japan-only release, Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.


Mario went monochrome and hand-held in 1989 with the advent of the Game Boy. His first pocket size releases were Super Mario Land and cameos in Alleyway (getting involved in the bonus round) and Tetris, which also ported to the NES.


1990 was all about Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES and the introduction of the Tanooki Suit. For us it’s one of the greatest games in the history of console releases and its genius was captured in the movie Wizard. Mario also showed his face in Dr. Mario (Game Boy and NES) and waving the flag in F1 Race on the Game Boy.


Another big year for Mario as he moved to the brilliance of the SNES in Super Mario World. If the addition of Yoshi and the caterpillar Wiggler baddies wasn’t enough, the excitement of the Bowser battle was enough to send any 10 year old’s mind into a spin. Mario also appeared in NES Open Tournament Golf.


The spinning continued in 1992 with the release of Yoshi (NES and Game Boy), Mario Paint on the Super Nintendo, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (Game Boy) and the amazing might of Super Mario Kart on the SNES, getting Mazza and pals into the high speed world of racing.


The big release of 1993 was the combo reload that was Super Mario Allstars (SNES), but there was also Super Mario’s Time Machine and the bazooka madness of Yoshi’s Safari on the SNES, along with Yoshi’s Cookie and Mario’s Missing on the NES.


If Mario didn’t necessarily take the year off, he definitely took a back seat in 1994 compared with a lot of the other year’s in his now lengthy history. It only saw him show his face in a NES version of Super Mario’s Time Machine, an end game cameo in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 on the Game Boy, on advertising boards in Stunt Race FX (SNES) and in a Game Boy version of Donkey Kong.


Mario went all red though in 1995 with the release of Mario Clash and Mario Tennis on the slightly doomed Virtual Boy. It’s a little known period in the Mario timeline, but you can check out infographic above to see what Mario looked like on the 32-bit table top headset console. He also regressed to childhood for his appearance in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (SNES).


1996 was another landmark year for Mario with the release of the Nintendo 64 and his first full 3D and 64-bit outing in the sublime Super Mario 64, which launched the analogue stick inspired console. He also flirted with pseudo-3D excellence in Super Mario RPG: Legend Of The Seven Stars on the SNES.


Mario took to the Game Boy again in 1997 with the release of the Game & Watch Gallery, but the biggie was undoubtedly Super Mario Kart 64, which took the brilliance of the original and re-span it in 3D form.


The Game & Watch Gallery 2 on the Game Boy is Mario’s only innings in 1998. Sad times indeed. Luckily Banjo-Kazooie came out to take up the slack. Thanks again Rare. We miss you!


1999 was a bigger year for the big M to the Izzo with the release of both Mario Party and Super Smash Bros., both on the Nintendo 64. He also put in a shift or two in Game & Watch Gallery 3 on the Game Boy.


Form was well and truly re-established, though, in 2000 with the frenetic fun of Mario Tennis 64. It was also backed up by Mario Golf (Game boy Colour and Nintendo 64) and Mario Party 2.


2001 was the year of the GameCube seeing Luigi’s Mansion and Super Smash Bros. Melee released, but before that there was Mario Tennis on the Game Boy Colour, Paper Mario and Mario Party 3 on the N64 and Super Mario Advance and Mario Kart: Super Circuit on the Game Boy Advance.


Mario’s one and only 3D platformer for the GameCube, Super Mario Sunshine, came out in 2002, along with Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr. 2 and Game & Watch Gallery 4 on the Game Boy Advance, plus Mario Party 4 on the GameCube.


Super Mario Bros. 3 and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga hit the Game Boy Advance in 2003, with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Kart: Double Dash and Mario Party 5 backing them up on the GameCube. Nintendo Puzzle Collection, including Dr. Mario and Yoshi’s Cookie, was also release on the Nintendo GameCube.


2004 saw Mario Golf: Advance Tour, Mario Vs. Donkey Kong, Mario Pinball Land, Dr. Mario and Wrecking Crew come to the Game Boy Advance. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Mario Power Tennis and Mario Party 6 got GameCube releases and the DS hit the shelves with Super Mario 64 DS.


The micro power of the DS came to bear once again in 2005 with Yoshi Touch & Go, Mario & Luigi: Partners In Time, and, more importantly, Mario Kart DS. Mario Party 7, Super Mario Strikers and Mario Superstar Baseball all had GameCube releases.


Super Princess Peach (Nintendo DS) doesn’t really deserve much of a shout out in our History Of Super Mario infographic, but New Super Mario Bros. (also on the DS) pulled it around for the world’s favourite plumber. Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Game & Watch Collection, Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2: March Of The Minis and Yoshi’s Island DS all continued the little console’s domination of the hand held market.


And so entered the Wii into the historic mix and with it the stellar Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Party 8 and Paper Mario. However, the really huge news was the release of Mario And Sonic At The Olympic Games for the DS and the Wii, where the old rivals put all of the 90s angst behind them in the name of sporting excellence.


The amazing Mario Kart Wii got its release in 2008 along with Super Smash Bros. Brawl taking the old classic concepts online for the first time ever.


Mario and Sonic’s love fest continued in 2009 with the release of Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Winter Games on the DS and Wii. New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (DS) also had releases.


Mario’s big offering in 2010 was another interplanetary adventure in Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the Wii.


Thirty years on and Mario was still going strong in 2011. His burgeoning friendship with Sonic had another chance to flourish in Mario & Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games on the Wii, he gets his first proper 3D platform fun on the Nintendo 3DS in Super Mario 3D Land, Mario Kart 7 glides in on the 3DS too and there’s another big helping of athletic showmanship in Mario Sports Mix on the Wii.


Mario featured in a whopping six games in 2012, giving some backing to the concept that life might actually begin again at 30. He started out with the exertion of Mario and Sonic At The London Olympic Games (3DS), but also managed to put in a shift in Mario Party 9 (Wii), Mario Tennis Open, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Paper Mario: Sticker Star (all 3DS) and New Super Mario Bros. U (Wii U).


2013 gave us a lot of Mario brilliance, including the amazing Super Mario 3D World, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. If that wasn’t enough, we also had a new to the Mario Party series in Island Tour for the 3DS and the random craziness of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.


Mario revisited a few classic breakaway game series in 2014, but in more detail and resolution than ever before. Mario Golf: World Tour took to the greens on the 3DS, along with Yoshi’s New Island and Super Smash Bros. 3DS, while Mario Kart 8 lit up the Nintendo Wii U, which will be added to by Super Smash Bros. Wii U before the year’s out.

The history of Super Mario is not too shabby for a fellow that started out life in 8-bits, facing off against a giant ape and trying to rescue his long forgotten girlfriend, Pauline. Rumour has it that she now works on a hot dog stand on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and that she might have been the inspiration for Lara Del Rey’s lament to gaming, Video Games. Either way, Mario is still bringing down the oversized creatures of polygon destruction one pixel at a time. In your face Bowser!