Mario Day

Mario Day - Sunday, March 10, 2024

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We celebrate Mario Day on March 10 each year, because March 10, written as “Mar10”, looks like Mario’s name. The friendly mustached Mario character was initially released by Nintendo in 1985 — doesn’t that make you feel old? Since then, Mario has appeared in around 200 different games, and the Mario games have claimed the title of the best selling video game series in history, beating out popular competitors, like Pokemon.

If you grew up in the 1980’s or 1990’s you are sure to know who Mario and his brother Luigi are. Mario and his brother are the most renowned characters of any of the Nintendo games! For Mario Day take a walk through the history of this endearing character.

History of Mario Day

Mario Day came about when it was noticed that when one marks the day Mar.10, it spells Mario. From then it just took off. Mario was first introduced in Nintendo’s game Donkey Kong. When he appeared in this game in the early 1980’s he was not the well-named plumber that would be recognized today. His name was Mr. Jumpman and he was a carpenter. Much different wouldn’t you say?

Once he broke out on his own, changed his name and profession in Super Mario Bros. he began what was to be a takeover of Nintendo’s offerings. Games that he has been featured in have sold over 262 million copies worldwide making it the most successful video game series of all time.

It wasn’t just the character that made the game remarkable, but the technology that it was part of bringing it to the forefront of video gaming. The release of Super Mario 64 brought with it groundbreaking three-dimensional graphics. It was also the first game to integrate a camera view that could be controlled by the player! Super Mario Sunshine made advances in gravitation that allowed to soar through space and have more movement options than before. This series has been important to the industry of video gaming and the technological jumps that have been made through the years in console gaming.

How to celebrate Mario Day

There really is only one super way to celebrate Mario Day and this is to get playing! Dust off that console and take the day to enjoy the fun and frustration that comes with platform games (games that make you jump from level to level or over obstacles to advance). Have you shown your children the fun that Mario and all the characters have ready for them? Today is the day! Spend some quality time sharing the fun and the memories with them.

There are other fun ways to spend time on Mario Day. Is your school or work celebrating the day? Why not take a try at dressing up in that iconic red and blue outfit? You could try to dress up as another character from the series and see how well your friends really know the series. See if they can guess who you are?

Cakes, cupcakes and other sweets can be made and enjoyed this day as well. Gaming and sweets go hand in hand, so having a treat and some time to remind yourself why the Mario Series has been so successful is the perfect way to celebrate Mario Day! Don’t forget to share the fun with your friends and family. Mario loves his brother Luigi, so share the love as well as the fun!

History of Mario Day

Mario Day has been occurring on March 10 every year for the last decade, give or take. Though the exact origin year is unknown, fans have been celebrating before Nintendo officially embraced the holiday in 2016. When Nintendo officially embraced the holiday and started celebrating annually, they began promoting new and old games, offering special deals and discounts, and started hosting Mario-themed events, as well as promoting sales on some of their games.

Mario’s debut game was Donkey Kong, released by Nintendo in 1981. The design for the animated character was created by critically acclaimed Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who also created Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Starfox. The Mario Bros video games were so successful, a movie adaptation of the game, titled “Mario Bros”, was released in 1993, but it was a flop, both commercially and with audiences. This was one of the first attempts to recreate a video game into a movie.

With each iteration, the Mario series has done its best to always focus on keeping it’s gameplay fun, yet challenging, making it addictive to people of all ages. The U.S. version of Super Mario Bros. 2 is also one of the earliest games to feature a playable female, Princess Peach, in its roster of 4 selectable characters. The Mario series of games and spin offs, are timeless with each game featuring new adventures to try or new challenges to beat, even encouraging players to play with a group of friends

Mario Day timeline

2017

An odyssey for the Switch

Mario's new friend Cappy joins him on his most recent adventure across the globe in Super Mario Odyssey

1996

Just as good in 3D

Mario's jump into 3D finally comes when Super Mario 64 is released as a launch title for the Nintendo 64

1992

Mario meets his evil doppleganger

Mario's new arch-rival, Wario, is introduced in Super Mario Land 2 for the Game Boy. Starting as a villain his popularity grew until he earned his own series of games.

1989

Super Mario joins Game Boy

Super Mario Land is released on the Game Boy giving gamers a new Mario adventure on the go

1988

Super Mario Bros. 3 released

One of the most anticipated NES games , Super Mario Bros. 3, is released becoming one of the highest grossing games of all time

1981

The year of Mario’s inception

The first Mario game was born!

Mario Day FAQs

What day is Mario Day?

Mario Day comes around every year on March 10, since the simplified version Mar10 looks like it spells Mario.

What is Mario's last name?

In the past, Shigeru Miyamoto stated that Mario and Luigi have no last names. In 2015, during Japan’s 30th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. event, Miyamoto stated that Mario’s full name is “Mario Mario”. As for his brother Luigi, he’s “Luigi Mario”.

How do you celebrate Mario Day?

You can celebrate Mario Day by dusting off your favorite childhood Mario games and throwing a game night with all of your friends where everyone dresses up as their favorite Mario character. Make sure to share the fun on social media with the hashtag #MarioDay.

5 FACTS ABOUT MARIO

  1. More than 600 million copies sold

    This makes it one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time!

  2. Mario was originally a carpenter

    Since the original game backgrounds involve a lot of pipes, Mario was changed to be the chubby plumber hero we love today.

  3. Bowser was originally an Ox

    Miyamoto originally sketched Bowser as an ox, but animator Yōichi Kotabe misinterpreted it to be a giant turtle, which they both decided to continue animating.

  4. Neighborhood dog turned villain

    Random fact, but the chain chomper was inspired by a neighborhood dog Miyamoto feared in his youth.

  5. Mario hits the stage

    The Super Mario Bros theme song has been played live at many concerts, including: “PLAY! Chicago”, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the “Mario & Zelda Big Band Live”.

Mario Day Activities

  1. Dress up as Mario or a Mario character

    Choose between dressing up as Mario, Luigi, Goomba, Koopa Paratroopa, Wario, Princess Daisy, Princess Peach, Donkey Kong, Toad, Bowser, Boo, Waluigi, Rosalina, Piranha Plant, or a Super Mushroom.

  2. Host a Mario themed party

    Throw a themed party, or bring your costumed self to a Mario costume party. It could be a fully themed room full of costumed guests, complete with Mario themed hors d’oeuvres, or just a couple friends playing Mario together at home. It also goes without saying, playing one of the Mario Party games would fit right in.

  3. Indulge in some Mario games with friends or family

    Whether you love racing in Mario Kart, getting your fight on with Super Smash Bros., or going old school with one of the NES Mario titles, there are options that people of all age ranges and tastes can enjoy.

Why We Love Mario Day

  1. There are so many options of Mario games to choose from. 

    With over 200 games, there’s a surplus of options to choose for any mood you’re in. You could choose from Puzzle games, Sports games, role-playing games, racing games, or party games, and still be immersed in the world of Mario.

  2. The games could have lasting effects for people in real life

    One study from the Max Planck Institute found that playing Super Mario 64 helped with spatial orientation, memory formation, strategic planning, and fine motor skills. The Mario games are not only fun, but beneficial for your brain, too! In moderation, of course.

  3. Mario brings people together

    Mario has been bringing people together since the 1980s. Mario Kart Tour (a simplified version of the Mario Kart game, as an app on smart phones) just recently added the Multiplayer addition, so you can race your friends, for free, right from your phone. What could be better than challenging your buddies to a virtual Mario Kart duel, from the comfort of your own home?

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