Prepare for National Video Game Day With 10 Fun Facts About Mario

Apparently National Video Game Day is September 12, 2015, and considering that the latest Mario game is coming out one day before it (Super Mario Maker), Nintendo has prepared 10 fun facts about its most iconic character. It’s insane to think that Mario has appeared in over 200 video games, which has to be some sort of record. I was also slightly depressed by the fact that SMB came out 30 years ago, only because it reminded me of my own mortality.

Head on down below to check out all 10 fun facts about Mario below.

Fact 1: Mario has appeared in more than 200 video games.
Fact 2Super Mario Bros. launched 30 years ago on Sept. 13, 1985.
Fact 3: In Super Mario Land, Mario has to pilot a submarine and an airplane to save Princess Daisy. Who knew he had his pilot license?
Fact 4: Nintendo composer Koji Kondo provided the iconic soundtrack to Super Mario Bros.
Fact 5: Since 1995, the voice of Mario has been provided by American voice actor Charles Martinet. He also voices Mario’s twin brother, Luigi, and nemesis, Wario.
Fact 6: Mario’s first appearance was in the 1981 Donkey Kong arcade game. And he wasn’t trying to rescue Princess Peach like in Super Mario Bros. It was actually his friend Pauline.
Fact 7: While the original Super Mario Bros. incorporated classic items like the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower, Super Mario Bros. 3 introduced a host of iconic power-ups for Mario to pick up like the Super Leaf, Tanooki Suit and Goomba’s Shoe. Ever since, creative power-ups and transformations have become a staple of the Super Mario Bros. series.
Fact 8: Mario was originally known as “Jumpman” in Donkey Kong.
Fact 9: Mario actually didn’t appear in Donkey Kong 3, but he did make his return to the series in Donkey Kong for Game Boy.
Fact 10: Some Mario games actually break the space-time continuum by having Mario interact with his younger baby self.
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