Super Mario Bros is 25 today, celebrate with Nintendo's awesome tribute video

Super Mario Bros for the NES/Famicom turned 25 today, and that’s quite an anniversary for arguably the most well known game in the world. Though it wasn’t Mario’s first appearance – that was as Jumpman in Donkey Kong (1981) – SMB is still the biggest moment in the humble plumber’s life and a touchstone for an entire generation of players. And to celebrate this occasion, Nintendo has opened up a special site for Mario’s super quarter-centennial.

Above: The awesome intro to the site 

After the snazzy intro animation, you’re taken to a very in-depth video retrospective about the mustachioed one’s core games. It takes you all the way from the first time Mario grabbed a mushroom up to this year’s insanely great Super Mario Galaxy 2. It’s a pretty complete video, though the stickler in me dislikes the omission of Yoshi’s Island and Super Mario Bros 2 (The Lost Levels). Otherwise, Nintendo put together a great presentation. Now if only it would announce Mario All-Stars Wii for North America.

Today is a time to look back on Super Mario Bros and recall how it may have led you down the path to loving gaming like you do today. Personally, I remember my first real introduction to games was going over to my neighbor’s house in 1987 and seeing Super Mario Bros on their TV. I was enthralled by what seemed like magic happening on screen and I then begged my parents for a NES all the way until that Christmas when they got one for my little brother and me. The fact that my mom easily played Super Mario Bros as much, if not more than I did proved the addictive quality that amazing game has. And that was my first step on the road that brought me here.

Above: “OMG, a secret warp zone!!!! How deep is this game!?!?” Henry Gilbert, age five 

Did I show my age in that reminiscence, or does this day and watching that video bring back any fond memories for you? Why not share in the comments?

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  • elpurplemonkey - September 16, 2010 8:07 a.m.

    That was kind of heart warming to watch actually. Each snippet made me think of the truly great times I had with each of those games and where I was at that point in my life.
  • super0sonic - September 16, 2010 4:19 a.m.

  • TheBoz - September 15, 2010 10:21 a.m.

    My first Mario game was Donkey Kong on the ColecoVision, what a classic that was.
  • therawski - September 14, 2010 11 p.m.

    I'm 25 this week too! Let's bake a special cake!
  • revrock - September 14, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    memories... The 1st time I saw Super Mario Bros. at a freinds house (slong w/ Kid Icarus) and was blown away. No 2600, Colecovision, or Intellivison game came close. Truly next-gen. Seeing my friend's dad's buddies play SMB2 and none of them wanted to be Luigi (and they made fun of everyone who did use Luigi) because his jump wasn't "manly" enough. Being blown away when I saw SMB3 at a friends house and taking a summer off work to play the game ( I basically survived by the charity of others, one of them being my uncle who dated a girl at the video store so we could "rent" SMB3 and not have to return it. Where the heck is Yoshi's Island? Using Mario 64 as an "in your face" to all my frineds who had jumped on the Playstation bandwagon. Staying up all night after work and a music gig to get Mario Sunshine on release day... still disappointed about that one. Telling all the Wii owners (who only used their console for bowling) to get Super Mario Galaxy. Getting every coin in NSMB Wii!! Still working on Galaxy 2, just have some of the green stars left.
  • Cyberninja - September 14, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    wow i feel young my first mario game was 64
  • suicidali - September 14, 2010 5:44 p.m.

    What about Super Mario Land? Huh? HUH?! Ugh. For the longest time SML was the only Mario game I had ever played... I always thought Mario 2 was the forgotten child, but looks like I'm wrong...
  • HardlyBirdman - September 14, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    Happy Birthday db1331! That's pretty awesome. It was pretty crazy seeing all of those games that I've played so much for so many years, and knowing that: So has the rest of the world! Being someone who doesn't care for Pop-Culture(tm), it's amazing to think how many people that fugly little blob of pixels, that we were introduced to as Mario, has entertained. Shiggy must be one proud papa. Mario == Unity
  • TomMishkin - September 14, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    I cried more than a little. Oh, the memories of when I got my first NES in 1989. Oh, the memories.
  • db1331 - September 14, 2010 12:07 p.m.

    How has it taken me this long to realize that Mario and I have the same birthday? This is awesome.
  • TheBoz - September 14, 2010 9:18 a.m.

    There are many sites incorrectly reporting Mario is 25, he is 29 which I am glad it is pointed out on here. BUT the (super) Mario Bros franchise is not 25 either, Mario Bros was released in 1983 which SUPER Marios Bros is just a sequel in a nutshell. It is like celebrating the Sonic Franchise is 18 years old when Sonic 2 came out, there really is no difference. I am sorry, but everyone is wrong regards the age of the series. Super Mario might be 25 years old, but as for the differing incarnations or series it is 27 years old.
  • TheBoz - September 14, 2010 9:13 a.m.

  • 510BrotherPanda - September 14, 2010 6:27 a.m.

    NO LOVE FOR LUIGI??? Seriously, it's Super Mario Brothers for a reason. And I still hate Peach for all she's put them through. Screw her in her dumb BDSM face.
  • AGENTJORRRG - September 14, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    All the Wario games are superior
  • TheWebSwinger - September 14, 2010 3:30 a.m.

    Check it out, Mario and Peach bonding over a primitive Weighted Companion Cube.
  • Nin10DOH - September 14, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    Yes Mario is awesome! After years of kicking ass, Mario is still going strong. Long live Super Mario Bros!
  • Corsair89 - September 14, 2010 3:26 a.m.

    That video had my grinning, drooling, and giggling like the world's biggest fool. And I loved every second of it. Happy 25th Mario! Thanks for the amazing experience!
  • saywhaat - September 14, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    ahhh.. i remember the good old days playing Mario 64.. one of the best in my opinion.. by the way the didn't show the Paper Mario games which i thought were really good,well the first one.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 14, 2010 2:33 a.m.

    And now I wonder, "how much longer can this go? Will we care when Mario turns 50... in 2035?" Hopefully not. Or hopefully so, depending on how you look at it.
  • JuliePeesgood - September 14, 2010 2:28 a.m.


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