Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/13/nintendo_mario_25_years_old/

Nintendo hails Super Mario's silver anniversary

Mama Mia - Wee Hee Heeee!

By Caleb Cox

Posted in Games, 13th September 2010 12:30 GMT

Super Mario Bros, Nintendo's renowned platform game,celebrates its 25th birthday today.

The famous plumber, known for eating mushrooms and getting through countless pipes, came to life in 1983 with the popular arcade game Mario Bros.

On September 13 1985, Nintendo took consumer gaming to new levels with Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The cartridge classic accompanied the US release of the NES and went on the become the best-selling video game of all time - a statistic only recently broken in 2009 by Wii Sports.

Super Mario Bros.

That scary beast made me jump

More than 40 million copies have been sold worldwide, with countless sequels, variations and even a movie spin-off, that established Mario as maybe the most famous computer game character of all time.

But while his designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka were concerned with the game's release, what else was happening in the world in 1985?

Super Mario Bros.

Yep, there's a lot to remember from 1985 and for many, most of it's a blur, but one character remains vivid in everyone's head and will not be forgotten in a hurry. Happy Birthday, Super Mario Bros! Keep a look out for star-studded Nintendo ads to mark the occasion. ®