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The Tiny Super Hero

26th February 2011
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Mario is a recognizable character even to people who don't play video games. He pops up in Halloween costumes - blue overalls, red hat and eats mushroom. It has stolen the hearts of numerous gamers young and old with their constant quest to save the beautiful damsel in distress, Princess Peach, and to rid the world of the infamous Bowser and his gang of Koopa Troopas. Mario can be called as the Mickey Mouse of video games. He is reminiscent of a doughnut, round and sweet and comforting. He is also a vessel, devoid of a real personality so that you can live vicariously through him. Symbols of the early days of gaming, Mario and his brother Luigi have evolved into arguably the greatest and most beloved duo in Nintendo's history. In fact, Mario has been Nintendo's official mascot for more than 25 years.
Mario was originally portrayed as a two-dimensional sprite, but in later games he is shown as a three-dimensional, polygonal model. He is depicted as a portly plumber who lives in the fictional land of the Mushroom Kingdom with Luigi, his younger, taller brother. Mario uses items, which give him various powers. The first power-up Mario uses is the Hammer in Donkey Kong. Super Mario Brothers introduced the basic three power-ups that have become staples for the series, especially the 2D games, the Super Mushroom, which causes Mario to grow larger; the Fire Flower, which allows Mario to throw fireballs; and the Starman, which gives Mario temporary invincibility. These powers have appeared regularly throughout the series. Throughout the series' history, there have been several kinds of Mushroom power-ups, including the 1-Up Mushroom, which gives Mario an extra life; the Poison Mushroom, which causes Mario to either shrink or die the Mega Mushroom, which causes Mario to grow very large and the Mini Mushroom, which causes Mario to shrink. Also our super hero has got the capability of firing bullets against his enemies and obstacles.

Mario is the most popular fictional Italian in the world. There are some fascinating little-known facts about the portly plumber and his adventures in the Mushroom Kingdom. It was created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Serving as Nintendo's mascot and the main protagonist of the series. Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Mario games, as a whole, have sold more than 210 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 such as Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG. He has inspired television shows, film, comics, and a line of licensed merchandise. He has appeared on lunch boxes, t-shirts, magazines, commercials in candy form, on shampoo bottles, cereal, badges, and as a plush toy.
While playing Mario your only job is to navigate our hero against all of his obstacles. Always remember neither you nor Mario have free will because it is all predetermined! So good luck.
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