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, the 4 best Mario spinoff franchises, while our biggest Mario fan, Justin, has previously covered Mario’s history, and the best fan-made Mario game.
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?