Another MAR10 Day and another new piece from me about everyone’s favourite plumber, and no I don’t mean that weird bloke Keith your mother keeps hiring. Mario’s 35th arguably lacklustre celebrations are coming to a close, but I couldn’t let this day pass without marking it in some way. Last year I spoke about the platforming perfection that is Super Mario World, but it would be nothing without the game that put really put the ”Super” in Mario – Super Mario Bros. 3.
Mario is a video game icon. From bothering an ape almost 40 years ago as the imaginatively named “Jumpman” to travelling around to stop what would have likely been a beautiful wedding, the portly plumber has been an integral part of our lives for a long time. It’s undoubtable that he has range also, appearing across almost every game genre from adventure to sports.
Being a child of the 80s, I grew up with Mario, beginning with the phenomenal Super Mario Bros. on dad’s NES. I didn’t appreciate truly how well it was designed when I was young, but I played the first three main games practically to death. But that’s not what I wanted to focus on here, I wanted to talk about when the series transcended beyond mere games for me –
Super Mario World.