The Popularity of  Super Mario

The popularity of super mario continues to hold its place even after all these years since its creation.  The famous video game character Super Mario, created in the 1980s and considered iconic.

Many people remember Super Mario Bros. as being the first time we saw Mario, but he first appeared in another game which was Donkey Kong.

I spent many hours of my childhood playing with Nintendo’s Super Mario or his rival, Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. Now, these days, video games are everywhere, and people of all ages enjoy playing them. There’s also competitive e-sports events where gamers compete for what are often considerable amounts of money. Also there are also streamers that appear on platforms like Twitch and YouTube who have become celebrities in their own right.  These days the video games industry is thriving.

But it wasn’t always that way. It’s hard to imagine now, but in the 1980s the console market was struggling, particularly in the US. Well, back then, especially in America, there had been a flood of games that were just not very high quality. One of the games that’s often cited as a factor in the collapse was this game called ET on the Atari, which was so bad they ended up burying thousands of copies of it in the desert, because nobody liked it.

Atari E.T. Dig: Alamogordo, New Mexico

Especially in America, this didn’t happen so much in Europe, but in America just been lots and lots of software. None of it was all that great. There hadn’t been anything really revolutionary in some years, so the video game boom was really falling off a cliff and Nintendo is what rescued in the US especially. (resim at)

It’s interesting to consider what might have been if his creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, had never created that character. The question is, why is that game so popular, what made it so fun to play?

Because it’s just such a joy to play. It’s running and jumping, and it’s the joy of movement. When, when you play, even the original Super Mario Bros, you just feel this sense of joy in your movement, and it’s one of the greatest games ever made. And a lot of games from 35 years ago are basically unplayable now. They might have been a step to something greater, but Mario was one of those few that really holds up today as it did then. Time will tell how long the popularity of super mario will last.