Video Game Analysis: Mario’s Origins

art_donkeykong_jumpmanVideo Game Analysis: Mario’s Origins

More than a reoccurring video game character; Mario is an icon. Named the most popular video game character in history by various publications, the 32-year old plumber isn’t exactly an open book. Certainly, Mario is a legend in the Mushroom World, after saving Princess Peach countless times and restoring balance after many attacks from the relentless Bowser and and his band of Kooplings.

So let’s start from the beginning. Not necessarily the beginning of the franchise which started with the arcade title “Donkey Kong” in 1981, but the beginning of the story. Which started in the 1995 title “Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island.”

To properly retell this story, we will be filling in the blanks between games as we go. We have color coated which game the information comes from so that you can help us fill in any possible blanks. Let’s try and make a third dimension out of the world of Mario. Continue reading

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