Ditching Donkey Kong
Most people know this by now, but Mario didn’t begin with the release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985. Mario, the character, appeared in other games such as the original Donkey Kong and the original Mario Bros. arcade game.
However, the series as we know it today starting taking form once Mario ditched Donkey Kong, gave up his life of micromanaging pipes, and starting exploring the larger Mushroom Kingdom.
Bowser would also begin his life of crime here, with Mario consistently rushing to thwart his attempts to kidnap Princess Peach and cause trouble.
Mario would then entrench his position as the king of platformers with the release of Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo in 1990. It’s a game that still holds up incredibly well and is arguably the greatest 2D platforming game of all-time.
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