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Mario (New Super Mario Bros. U).png
Mario's artwork from New Super Mario Bros. U.
Series Mario
First appearance Donkey Kong (1981)
Gender Male
Species Human
Affiliation Mushroom Kingdom, Luigi
Latest appearance Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013)

Mario is the protagonist and main character of the highly successful Mario video game series. He has a younger brother named Luigi who first appeared in Mario Bros., a 1983 arcade game.

Video games that star Mario usually involve him saving Princess Peach from Bowser, since Super Mario Bros. There are spinoff series, such as the Mario Kart series or the Mario Party series, Mario being a racer in the former, and joins a party on a minigame board in the latter. Mario is usually portrayed as a plumber, even though he was originally a carpenter in Donkey Kong

He was created by Shigeru Miyamoto after Nintendo's rights for a Popeye game expired. Instead, Shigeru created his own characters; Pauline, Donkey Kong, and Mario, first called Mr. Video, and then renamed Jumpman during sometime in development. In Mario Bros., he was renamed to "Mario", named after Mario Segale, the landlord of Nintendo.

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