OK, so this isn’t Mario’s real birthday! This little plumber worked his was into the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere with the release of Donkey Kong in 1981. He was joined by his brother, Luigi, in Mario Bros. a couple of years later – but this edition wasn’t nearly as popular. I don’t think Mario and Luigi really made it to the big time until they were stomping goombas and koopa troopers worldwide, in our homes, when Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System back in ’85 (Japan’s release was today, the US release didn’t come until the following year). For that, we’d like to wish Mario and Luigi a Happy Birthday.
Oh, the hours that were wasted finding warp zones, attaining 100 guys and running under Bowser (or jumping over him, if you had the skill!). Congrats to Mario and Luigi – I’ll have mushrooms tonight in your honor.