Most people know that it is one of the most popular video game series ever, but few know much about the story behind Mario’s creation, its development over time, and how much impact it has had on gaming as a whole.
The Story Behind The Mario Bros.
Donkey Kong was released in 1981 by Nintendo to moderate success, but not much else. The company was in a slump and Donkey Kong did not change much, which is what led Nintendo to start development on their next hit. It didn’t take long for them to realize that Donkey Kong had potential, but they needed to improve it in someway. Shigeru Miyamoto (the man behind the Mario Bros franchise) and several other developers were told to create a new game that would revolutionize the industry. Miyamoto was very ambitious and had a lot of ideas for how he could improve video games, so he had little trouble coming up with concepts.
Over time, Miyamoto decided on an idea involving two characters: a carpenter named Jump Man and a pet gorilla. The player would control Jump Man while the gorilla was controlled by the computer and chased him around a maze-like level to take back his stolen bananas.The game’s name at this point was “Mr. Video,” known for its protagonist not being named yet (he didn’t become Jump Man until after fixing plumbing problems in some of the buildings in the level). The name was changed to Donkey Kong when Miyamoto found out that Nintendo had lost the rights to use “Mr. Video” for games. When Nintendo started marketing Donkey Kong, they went all out and made a lot of advertising content featuring a character named Mario (initially Jump Man) who became so popular that he would become the company’s mascot. The game was released to arcades in 1981 and it became a smash hit overnight. Miyamoto had not yet developed Donkey Kong into anything more than an arcade game, though, so he set out to make it better by improving the levels, adding enemies, etc. He also gave Mario a brother named Luigi.
Who Created Mario
Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, an artist and designer responsible for creating many of Nintendo’s biggest hits. He worked on several small games before Donkey Kong and has been involved in the creation of every Mario title since.
Mario and Nintendo’s Success in Shaping an Industry
The Mario series has been in production for over thirty years and is still going strong today. It’s the best-selling video game franchise of all time, generating over $10 billion dollars in revenue; its games have sold more than 240 million units combined. It’s also one of the few franchises to consistently receive good ratings from critics and fans alike and has won countless awards including:
The Mario series is an important part of Nintendo’s history and it has changed the video game industry in a number of ways. It boosted sales for the North American market, introduced the concept of mascots to gaming, made platforming popular, revived the arcade industry that was on its way out, and has been given credit for saving Nintendo from bankruptcy.
Mario’s Impact on Gaming
In 1982, there were two major gaming consoles: the Atari 2600 and the Intellivision. Both had a library of around 100 games each, but most people chose to use dedicated gaming machines rather than consoles that could play many types of games.
Then came Donkey Kong. It was the first game to feature a character who would later become Nintendo’s mascot and it revitalized the industry as well as video games as a whole. It boosted sales for both consoles and made platformers popular on home systems. Suddenly, more developers were making games that followed Mario’s example and Nintendo started producing more consoles that could play many different types of games.
The Mario Bros franchise is very influential and has played an important part in creating the industry as it is today. It was responsible for saving Nintendo from bankruptcy, boosting sales for both consoles and arcade machines, reviving the arcade industry which was becoming less popular, changing platforming mechanics, etc.
Nintendo is now one of the most successful gaming companies in the world and the Mario franchise is the main reason for that.