Watch Mario beat Bowser 18 times in 4 minutes

Mario got his start battling Donkey Kong, but he found his true nemesis in 1985 with the introduction of Bowser in the first Super Mario Bros. In the decades since, the famous plumber has battled the King of All Koopas so many times, and it’s pretty surprising how little has changed compared to their original battle. We’ve condensed that history lesson into the video below, collecting all the Mario vs. Bowser confrontations from every core entry in the platforming series. Based on how many times he’s fallen down, you’ve got to admire Bowser’s ability to get back up and conquer the Mushroom Kingdom all over again...

Henry Gilbert

Henry Gilbert is a former GamesRadar+ Editor, having spent seven years at the site helping to navigate our readers through the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation. Henry is now following another passion of his besides video games, working as the producer and podcast cohost of the popular Talking Simpsons and What a Cartoon podcasts.