By CHLOE ALBANESIUS / PC MAG.com
Last week the Sony PlayStation turned 15, and now Nintendo’s iconic Super Mario Bros. franchise turns 25.
Microsoft on Tuesday released its much-anticipated “Halo: Reach” video game, but 25 years ago, it was all about Mario. The original game sold 40.24 million copies worldwide, popularized the side-scrolling format, and kicked off elements of the Mushroom Kingdom still in use today, Nintendo said.
“Stimulated by advancements in technologies, we have always enjoyed developing the Super Mario Bros. series,” Nintendo designer and Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto said in a statement. “The Super Mario Bros. series has always taken advantage of the latest technologies and is the fruit of the creativity of a number of my hard-working friends working as a team.”
To celebrate, Nintendo has set up a special anniversary Web site, which includes a video that features game-play footage from “Super Mario Bros.” all the way through “Super Mario Bros. Galaxy 2.” It also includes the Super Mario music and sound effects that are sure to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
PCMag will publish a more in-depth Super Mario Bros. retrospective on Wednesday, so check back tomorrow for a trip down memory lane.
Source: PC MAG.com