25th Birthday Surprise: Super Mario Collection announced for Wii in Japan

It’s the biggest game series of all time, and Super Mario is 25 years-old today.

Mario was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and appeared in the game designer’s first ever title, the 1981 arcade platformer, Donkey Kong. Miyamoto was hired as a graphic artist by Nintendo in 1977. Few Games are as Iconic as 1985’s Super Mario Bros released for the Japanese Famicom system, writes Mike Luttrell at TGDaily. But few know that, “Super Mario Bros was not the entrance of the classic Italian plumber. He was introduced a couple years earlier in the Donkey Kong arcade game as ‘Jumpman.’ He then joined his brother Luigi in the simplistic arcade title Mario Bros.” 240 million copies later, Mario is a veritable cultural icon.

After revealing the Super Mario Collection Special Pack on its release calendar, Nintendo of Japan has officially announced the title and opened a website to celebrate the 25th anniversary of everyone’s favorite mustachioed plumber.

No announcement has been made regarding a North American version of the collection.

Super Mario Collection announced for Wii in Japan, website opened | Joystiq.


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