Who’s the most lovable overall-wearing plunger-and wrench-carrying duo in the video-gaming stratosphere? Silly question, we know, because there are no two other characters like them! Mario and Luigi became household names when video game maker Nintendo introduced Super Mario Bros. to the world thirty-five years ago. Since then, kids and adults alike have helped these unconventional superheroes fight evil Bowser, rescue Princess Peach, and protect the Mushroom Kingdom over and over again! In September, Nintendo celebrated the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.—the video game that started it all. We’re celebrating by sharing three fun facts and one trivia question about one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises.1. Before Mario and Luigi had their own game, they appeared in Donkey Kong. How did they land a spot in such a popular game? They knew the designer! Shigeru Miyamoto is the mastermind behind both Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong (and a whole bunch of other successful video games too!)
2. Mario may be a plumber now, but when he appeared in Donkey Kong, he was a carpenter. So, why the change? According to Miyamoto, Mario was a carpenter in Donkey Kong because most of the game takes place at a construction site. Mario is a plumber in Super Mario Bros. because a lot of the game takes place underground and in pipes. But if you think that’s all Mario knows—how to fix things—you’re wrong! According to Nintendo, while Mario may be a plumber by trade, he’s a man of many talents! Tennis, anyone? Mario knows how to play! Baseball? He’s up for it!
3. While Mario and Luigi may look slightly different, they’re actually twins—fraternal twins, that is, and best buds!
4. If you’ve ever played Super Mario Bros., the soundtrack to the main theme of the game is a widely-recognized piece of music. In fact, it was so popular at one time that it stayed on the Billboard ringtone charts for 125 weeks!
5. According to Guinness World Records, the Mario Bros. franchise is the best-selling video game series and has held the title since 2016. Can we get a “Wahoo?”
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