Debuting as Jumpman
The first game that Mario appeared in wasn’t even his own game; our favorite plumber made his gaming debut in the arcade game Donkey Kong in 1981. Back then, his name was simply Jumpman.
Jumpman’s task in Donkey Kong was to save Pauline, not Princess Peach as he would later in his own games.
It wasn’t until 1982 when Jumpman was renamed Mario in the game Donkey Kong Jr. Playing as Jumpman in Donkey Kong was the world’s very first taste of playing as this beloved character, and it was the iconic moment that started it all.