Shigeru Miyamoto, a Japanese video game designer and producer, created the Mario videogame while he was working for the Nintendo Co. Ltd, a Japanese company. The game turned out be the company’s most successful venture and it established Nintendo as one of the biggest companies in the international electronic gaming arena.
In the game, Super Mario Bros, the protagonist, a carpenter, has to save the princess of the Mushroom kingdom. Later, the princess was named Princess Peach and the Mushroom king’s name was called King Koopa. There are eight worlds to conquer before the queen can be saved. The hero has to avoid and defeat the troops. The later versions had more options, where a player could choose between Mario and his friend Princess Peach or Luigi. Each character had different powers and Mario was the most suitable. After that, new versions of the videogame kept on appearing. New Super Mario Bros came in a 2.5D version around 2006. New Super Mario Bros Wii is the latest version of the Mario.
The Mario is often considered Nintendo’s mascot. A total of more than 210 million units have been sold out till date, which makes Mario one of the best selling video game series of all times. Other games, inspired from Mario, have also been created. They include: Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, Mario Golf and similar games. Mario has left a social mark; its appearance in various comics and TV serials proves that.