Super Mario Bros. turns 25, series sells 240 million

Nintendo celebrates quarter century of Shigeru Miyamoto-created platforming plumber and beanstalk brother; Super Mario Collection hits Japan Oct. 21.

Last week, Sony celebrated the 15-year anniversary of the PlayStation, a feat inspired in large part by Nintendo's decision in 1991 to snub the electronics giant on a CD-based game-media reader for the SNES. One week later, and Nintendo is celebrating a seminal moment of its own, as the publisher reminded its devout that the Super Mario Bros. franchise is officially a quarter of a century old today.

It's-a me, Mario!

A sequel to the 1983 arcade title Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. brought Shigeru Miyamoto's titular portly mustachioed plumber and his sibling Luigi to the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. Since then, Mario and Luigi have spearheaded Nintendo's console and handheld efforts, with the original selling more than 40.24 million units worldwide alone.

According to Nintendo, the Super Mario Bros. franchise has garnered sales of 240 million units worldwide in its 25-year history on consoles and handhelds. Included in this tally are the NES original, as well as Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, New Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

[UPDATE] A translation error resulted in this story initially reporting that the Super Mario Bros. franchise has sold 224 million units life-to-date. GameSpot regrets the error.

The lasting power of the franchise can be seen in Nintendo's most recent installment, Super Mario Galaxy 2. The third franchise installment on Nintendo's 74-million-unit-selling system shifted more than 4 million units through the end of June, having achieved a prime critical reception upon its release in May.

To celebrate Super Mario Bros.' 25th birthday, Nintendo announced the Super Mario Collection Special Pack, which will arrive in Japan on October 21. As reported by Andria Sang, Super Mario Collection for the Wii is a "reproduction" of the 1993 title of the same name (released in North America as Super Mario All-Stars) and includes the first three games as well as the original Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2.

Beyond the games, the Super Mario Collection will pack a retrospective booklet recounting the franchise's history, including previously unreleased artwork and development documents. The package will also contain a CD soundtrack, with tunes drawn from the games ranging from the original to Super Mario Galaxy 2.

For more on Super Mario Bros.' 25th anniversary, check out Nintendo's commemorative Web site.

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XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I don't think I would have a Wii if it weren't for Mario and the gang!

Toro_Nev
Toro_Nev

HBD mario! Best series ever :P

itzshowtime86
itzshowtime86

Wow I get goosebumps just thinking about it, still remember playing Super Mario Bros for the first time, first game ever. Long Lives Mario Mario!

Link_Destined_1
Link_Destined_1

Super Mario World was the first video game I ever played, and it still holds a place in my heart to this day. Here's to the next 25 and beyond, Mario.

dawnofhero
dawnofhero

I just get shivers thinking about where Mario was and what he is today. I am so glad that Super Mario Bros was my first video game, and Mario still is my favorite game character, among others. Have-a Super Birthday!

geomyr
geomyr

this is a great game i grew up with super mario series since i first played it on the nes back in 85 i was 6 years old back then and now 25 years later super mario is still the biggest selling game in the history of nintendo i simply love this game :) happy 25th birth day mario i grew up with ya :)

blue-peregrine
blue-peregrine

Happy belated 25th! Thank you for introducing me to video games for the first time starting with the Super Mario Bros. back in 1990, Nintendo.

zeke74
zeke74

THANK YOU MARIO! You ALONE saved the video game industry. I remember back in 1984 when the video game industry crashed and almost died. But in the summer of 1985 I remember getting addicted to a video game at the local Pizza Hut called, "Super Mario Bros." It costed me a lot of quarters. Then in 1986 I heard about a machine called the NES that had this game and had to buy it. The rest is history!

rarson
rarson

@snes_vs_ps1 Right. Sure it will. And I've also heard about a thousand other things that were supposed to have happened over the last 2 millennia.

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

@rarson Haven't you heard about the Super Solar Storm that will smash the Earth & create a blackout for weeks months or years?

rarson
rarson

@snes_vs_ps1 If there is a nonzero chance, then obviously it's possible. You just contradicted yourself. I believe the world is going to end in 2012 as much as I believe it will end in 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and all the other thousands of predictions that have been made in the past.

LordelX
LordelX

Great video. But Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2 and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2 are missing. Are they not worthy?

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

@rarson That is not possible.There is a chance out of 1.000.000 that you may succed.

rarson
rarson

@snes_vs_ps1 I'm going to log into Gamespot on January 1, 2013 just to laugh at you.

Henninger
Henninger

Top 5 Mario games (imo), 5. Super Mario Bros. 2 4. Super Mario Bros. 3 3.Super Mario World 2. Super Mario 64 and last but not least 1. Super Mario Bros. Y, because that's the game that started his reign as the King of gaming. He got his start with Donkey Kong, he got his own title with Mario Bros., & his shine came with Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. spawned all the other classics we've come 2 know & love.

Henninger
Henninger

Mario is the undisputed king of gaming!!! Congrats Mario!

snes_vs_ps1
snes_vs_ps1

Mario saves Peach untill 2012, not forever.Did you forget?End of the World:)

mariobro9999
mariobro9999

yay! congrats mario. All those games were really amazing and never boring which was awsome. I still have my SNES which bring back memories of how fun and challenging it was.

BloodMist
BloodMist

25 years of consistent excellence is an amazing and admirable thing.I can't think of a single other series in any form of media that's been able to do that, in fact.Legend of Zelda is extremely close though. ;D

zzamaro
zzamaro

Yesterday, I said I was going to wear my Super Mario Galaxy t-shirt today in college and I did it. Well, I just wanted to say that, I kept my promise ;) (Sorry for bad English)

nitromuffin
nitromuffin

super mario 64 was awesome, i remember playing that with my brother, ahhh good times

calebcop
calebcop

Thanks for my great childhood, Mario! Cheers!

calebcop
calebcop

That was a great video. It brings such joy to me because Mario is the best game character ever! Shame he didn't win. I really hope this is released in the US. Happy Birthday 25th Mario!

dom1000
dom1000

Awesome video.Mario is the best character ever,he is timeless and ageless.You cannot say mario is for young player or hardcore gamer,there is something in mario for everione.Happy 25 year mario!

AuronTsubaki85
AuronTsubaki85

*raises his glass up* Happy Birthday Mario! Thanks for 25 years of all those fond memories. But remember, our Princess will be in another castle.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Mario has really stood the test of time. Mario is older than some gamers!

johnohull
johnohull

Seeing other gaming franchises fall apart around us, Mario really is one that has kept the quality there all the way through. Cant think of a really bad game throughout, surprising that his Plumbing business didnt work with eating all those mushrooms and all! Here's to 25 more good years!

lightning_kf
lightning_kf

SO many memories with this little guy, so little time to show it all. Thank you for the memories, Mario.

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

Thanks for 25 years of enjoyment!!!!!!!

snugglebear
snugglebear

Who knew the world would be so in love with a short, chubby moustachioed plumber who never seems to have time to actually plumb? I'm old enough that I played the original Mario Bros and Super Mario Bros when they first came to American arcades. Tonight I'll have a drink to the little guy.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

So is it gonna be further-enhanced than the Super Mario All-Stars pack or just a re-release of it on Wii? I'll probably get thumbed-down-to-hell if anyone reads this, but I hope that Mario's voice can be turned off if it's a further enhancement ... and actually comes to where I live. I never really thought of Mario as particularly annoying before Super Mario 64. I still wish there was a way to go back and time and stop Charles Martinet from getting to the audition.

PABLOCRT
PABLOCRT

Lots of memories, lots of things had happen since! Happy-B-day Mario! Two years and 3 days younger than me!!!!

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

Happy birthday! Without you mario gaming wouldn't be the same(or even exist). My birthday is less than a week away so this is a great gaming month =D

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Is Mario Galaxy 2 better than the first one? I loved the first one, the music and level design were great, but I didn't like the fact that there was no "free roaming" around the area (like walking around the castle and Delfino Plaza). I see that Mario Galaxy 2 even got better reviews than the first one, so is it really that much better? I want to get it, but don't know if it's worth the money. I need to save for the 3DS! (and who knows how much that's going to be)

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@WllDan7 Being mostly Italian, I found your comment hilarious! I wish I could do all the stuff Mario does, but all I can do is kill a turtle by jumping on it :( (but I would do that anyways :3). Happy Birthday Mario!

almossbb
almossbb

happy b-day mario, i hope he keeps on going for tons of more years, even if that means the princess will be kidnapped for a long, long, long time ;)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well The Mario series really must be super? 25 years and 240 million in sales over 5 Nintendo videogame Console systems. By what if they included Mario Spin offs Seven stars RPG, The "Paper" series, Smash bros Series, DR Mario &Mario sports For every Nintendo Console and Handheld. Supermario land 1,2,3 for the gameboy line should count? Happy birthday to the SuperMario Brothers series. The Super mario Collection will sell a ton.

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

"224 Comments (226 New)" WTF?! Oh, and gratz 4 Mario.

socforlife
socforlife

Happy birthday Mario think i got a tear in my eye after watching that xD so many memories

FanFicGuru
FanFicGuru

Happy birthday mario! We're the same age! Let's go get a drink!

coaltango
coaltango

I really loved mario in the early 90s once i bought the sega genesis i have never ever played a single mario after that. the only real competitior to mario was sonic but sega really screwed up that franchise big time. hope the new sonic will capture the magic

fulgore182
fulgore182

The Mario sires have gave so many people great fun and memories. My first Mario game was Super Mario World, and ended up liking all the old and new Mario games.

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Happy Birthday to Super Mario Bros. 25 years of saving a Princess that never stays safe for long. Great video.

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

Happy 25th birthday mario!!!

krytorii
krytorii

@The_Gaming_Baby Erm, they did?

Flint247
Flint247

My favorite 2D Mario game: Super Mario World My Favorite 3D Mario game: Super Mario Galaxy 2