Twenty-five years ago this week, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros. To call its influence on interactive entertainment “mammoth” would be an understatement. Since its launch, the original SMB was the top-selling videogame of all time until it was dethroned last year by Wii Sports of all things. Mario is still gaming’s most beloved ambassador, even though people now probably see more FarmVille cows a day than goombas.
One thing Sony and Microsoft will never have on the Big N is nostalgia, which the company cultivates as Miyamoto might his prized garden. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the plumber’s first adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom, Nintendo released this video retrospective of all the major entries in Mario canon. They’re even going to rerelease Super Mario All-Stars for the Wii. It’s sort of like George Lucas and Star Wars, except Miyamoto isn’t out to ruin your childhood.
Got any favorite Mario memories? Share them in our comments section. I, for one, would’ve liked to see some love for Yoshi’s Island in here.