Mario Celebrates 25th Anniversary

By Mark Masters / November 8, 2010

Super Mario BrosShigeru Miyamoto, the lead creator of Super Mario Bros, was interviewed by USA Today while attending the Nintendo World Store in New York City this past weekend.

“When we create games, the gamer really is the main character,” said Miyamoto. “In that regard it may not really matter who the main character is onscreen. But you know, Mario is someone who has become very familiar and I think it is that people are comfortable with becoming Mario. … Mario really has grown and changed and evolved with the evolution of digital technology. The new technology is fresh and exciting and the next thing you know it becomes familiar and Mario follows that. He’s a familiar character, but he is also fresh because he is always doing new things based on what the technology allows him to do.”

“As a kid, I was a big comic fan and I liked foreign comics as well,” said Miyamoto. “So I drew some characters that had more western type features with a little bigger noses and what not. Now with Mario, I think with Mario Bros. we had a setting of course that was underground, so I just decided Mario is a plumber. Let’s put him in New York and he can be Italian. There was really no other deep thought other than that.”

“As a kid, I was a big comic fan and I liked foreign comics as well,” said Miyamoto. “So I drew some characters that had more western type features with a little bigger noses and what not. Now with Mario, I think with Mario Bros. we had a setting of course that was underground, so I just decided Mario is a plumber. Let’s put him in New York and he can be Italian. There was really no other deep thought other than that.”

Shigeru Miyamoto is the creator of many signature Nintendo franchises including Donkey Kong, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, and Nintendogs, among others. His favorite Mario game: Super Mario World.

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