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Lots of great classic games have been invented and played over the years, but if one had to be chosen as the standout classic of all time, then nothing would beat the little Italian plumber called Mario, who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. Ever since Donkey Kong in 1981, Mario has appeared in over 200 games, as well as a television series and a movie.

Here at MakeUseOf, we have covered Mario in various previous posts, including the 10 best free online Mario games Super Mario: The 10 Best Free Online Games Super Mario: The 10 Best Free Online Games Read More , the 4 best Mario spinoff franchises Mario Gets Around - 4 Best Mario Spinoff Franchises [MUO Gaming] Mario Gets Around - 4 Best Mario Spinoff Franchises [MUO Gaming] Besides the platformers that Mario is known for, there are a ton of spinoffs that feature the famous plumber's name and face attached to them. Almost all of the franchises with Mario's name are of... Read More , while our biggest Mario fan, Justin, has previously covered Mario’s history The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] The Origins & History Of Mario [Geek History Lessons] An Italian plumber created by a Japanese artist somehow became one of the most recognizable characters on earth. Featured in over 100 games, it's hard to imagine Nintendo or even video games without this mustachioed... Read More , and the best fan-made Mario game Super Mario Brothers X: The Best Fan-Made Mario Game Ever [Windows] Super Mario Brothers X: The Best Fan-Made Mario Game Ever [Windows] Check out the ultimate in fan-created Mario goodness: Super Mario Brothers X. This game combines elements from every Mario game ever made into one, and the result is a lot of fun. While the level... Read More .

The following infographic today takes a look at the first part of Mario’s “family tree”, starting at the very bottom with his 1981 Donkey Kong appearance, and gradually making its way to the top to 1996 and his three appearances in Game Gallery, Battle Stadium and Legend of the Seven Stars.  Obviously Mario’s history continues on from there but that is the subject of “version 2” of the infographic.  Do you want us to show it?

Let us know in the comments what Mario game you prefer. Has he got better and matured over the years like a fine whiskey, or is Mario getting tiring and boring?

Infographic Source: Visual.ly
Image Credits: Rob Hainer / Shutterstock.com

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