Mario (マリオ ?) is a fictional character in video games, created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo's mascot, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though originally only appearing in platform games, starting with Donkey Kong, Mario currently appears in many video game genres, such as racing, puzzle, role-playing, fighting and sports games, and others.
Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. In the Mario series, he repeatedly stops the plans of Bowser to kidnap Princess Peach and subjugate the Mushroom Kingdom. He also has other enemies and rivals, including Donkey Kong and Wario. Mario is currently voiced by Charles Martinet.
As Nintendo's mascot, Mario is one of the most famous characters in video game history, and his image has become synonymous with video games. Mario games, as a whole, have sold more than 201 million units, making the Mario series the best-selling video game series of all time. Outside platform games, he has appeared in video games of other genres, including the Mario Kart racing series, sports games, such as the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf series, and role-playing games. Outside the original games, television shows, film and comics, he spawned a line of licensed merchandise.
In Super Smash Bros Brawl, he is seen as one of the most balanced characters and can be used by anyone quite well. Although his F.L.U.D.D is kinda useless, he still packs a wallop with his smashes and is capable of being a real pest with his Cape & Fireball barrages. Kirbyfan66 is the only Mario user currently on NR and appears to be the best one there as well.
Member's opinions on MarioEdit
- Resurgence grew up on his games and still plays them from time to time. Used him occasionally in the Smash games too.
- Sonic likes Mario and still plays around with him in the Smash games sometimes. He also likes a large amount of his games.
- Mario is arguably the most well known video game character in existance. That said, it is shocking he was not in the first failed NR Character Battle.