Why is Mario so popular?

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#1 Posted by alim298 (1125 posts) -

So i see people just loving Mario games and I hate them. They are very hard with simple control and the Mario character is super lame.

#2 Posted by Archangel3371 (15261 posts) -
I find him and the many characters in the game to be simple yet quite endearing. The same can be said for the stories in the games as wel. The gameplay is usually quite refined. I also enjoy the very colourful look and feel of the games.
#3 Posted by Travo_basic (38751 posts) -
I find him and the many characters in the game to be simple yet quite endearing. The same can be said for the stories in the games as wel. The gameplay is usually quite refined. I also enjoy the very colourful look and feel of the games.Archangel3371
This. The controls are refined and allow a huge variety of moves. I love the difficulty of most Mario games, though NSMB 2 was too easy.
#4 Posted by yellosnolvr (19302 posts) -
its a quality franchise that has stood the test of time...and then some. it appeals to almost everyone in some form.
#5 Posted by crimsonman1245 (4253 posts) -

1.Face of one of the biggest video game companies in the world

2.Over 20 years old

3.Usually high quality

4.Family friendly

5.Very simple to learn, anyone can play it

6.Nice and colorful

7.Advertising, advertising, advertising.

#6 Posted by SoNin360 (5277 posts) -

1.Face of one of the biggest video game companies in the world

2.Over 20 years old

3.Usually high quality

4.Family friendly

5.Very simple to learn, anyone can play it

6.Nice and colorful

7.Advertising, advertising, advertising.

crimsonman1245
Pretty much this. Mario is one of the first most popular franchises, and has remained that way for a very long time. High appeal to many, especially casual gamers.
#7 Posted by JML897 (33120 posts) -

Well Mario pretty much single-handedly saved the video game industry in the 80s, so..

#8 Posted by JuanGrande386 (1111 posts) -

So i see people just loving Mario games and I hate them. They are very hard with simple control and the Mario character is super lame.

alim298

You must be 14 years old right? Anyone 20 or older would know why Mario was/is so popular. 

#9 Posted by Flubbbs (2904 posts) -

i havent really enjoyed Mario since Super Mario World

#10 Posted by idunnodude (2281 posts) -

it's the moustache man

#11 Posted by alim298 (1125 posts) -

[QUOTE="alim298"]

So i see people just loving Mario games and I hate them. They are very hard with simple control and the Mario character is super lame.

JuanGrande386

You must be 14 years old right? Anyone 20 or older would know why Mario was/is so popular. 

I played Mario on Atari when I was a kid and all I remember from it is the sound that is played when you die (which was very annoying) and hard unbeatable game

#12 Posted by Black_Knight_00 (18193 posts) -
They are very hardalim298
Madness
#13 Posted by lazyathew (3748 posts) -

[QUOTE="JuanGrande386"]

[QUOTE="alim298"]

So i see people just loving Mario games and I hate them. They are very hard with simple control and the Mario character is super lame.

alim298

You must be 14 years old right? Anyone 20 or older would know why Mario was/is so popular. 

I played Mario on Atari when I was a kid and all I remember from it is the sound that is played when you die (which was very annoying) and hard unbeatable game

Well you should play Super Mario Bros. on NES. That is the game that made Mario popular.

#14 Posted by alim298 (1125 posts) -

[QUOTE="alim298"]

[QUOTE="JuanGrande386"]

You must be 14 years old right? Anyone 20 or older would know why Mario was/is so popular. 

lazyathew

I played Mario on Atari when I was a kid and all I remember from it is the sound that is played when you die (which was very annoying) and hard unbeatable game

Well you should play Super Mario Bros. on NES. That is the game that made Mario popular.

Thanks for the advice. I hope this changes my mind.

#15 Posted by Euaggelistes (1826 posts) -

If you play video games at all then you are playing them in the house that Mario built. Best platforming franchise ever hands down.

#16 Posted by BranKetra (47844 posts) -
Mario is consistently the best platformer series. The controls are simple and the platforming is also and the games are fun.
#17 Posted by Bigboi500 (29122 posts) -

Mario is the face of video games because it appeals to everyone both young and old, casual and hardcore. Casual gamers can enjoy and beat the games, and hardcore gamers can enjoy collecting everything while mastering the games.

#18 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (34122 posts) -

because he's gaming'smost popular icon and even to ths day his games continue to be good.

#19 Posted by MirkoS77 (7005 posts) -

Mario's pure.  It's great gameplay to its most basic level and it's executed well.

#20 Posted by Pedro (21014 posts) -
Mario is popular because unlike any other franchise its the most whored out in gaming history. There are more Mario games than anything else. So you will be hard pressed to find someone who isn't aware of the brand after being plastered on so many games.
#21 Posted by StaticOnTV (583 posts) -

Well Mario pretty much single-handedly saved the video game industry in the 80s, so..

JML897
Incorrect, single handedly??
#22 Posted by Pikminmaniac (8698 posts) -

Basically

-Top notch responsive controls

-Incredibly well designed leves with great hidden collectibles and secrets

-Easy entry level, but also offers high level of challenge for those who want it

#23 Posted by MonoSilver (1525 posts) -
I've wondered this myself. I've been a gamer all my life but have never been a mario fan.
#24 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

Mario is one of the handful of core franchises (along with Zelda and Metroid) that Nintendo's core console fans became fixated on during the ongoing drought of third party support that started with the N64 and continues to this day. They always liked Mario/Zelda/Metroid but as time passed they lost interest in all else. Even late in the N64 era hits like Goldeneye could emerge from left field, but the reception to quality games like RE4 and Xenoblade was remarkably cool in later generations.

After the early days of the GC (where games like Eternal Darkness and Miyamoto's Pikmin failed to make a dent, while anything with Mario flew off the shelves), third parties and Nintendo decided to work with or around the obsession rather than fighting it (see the screenshot below).

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#25 Posted by JuanGrande386 (1111 posts) -

Mario is popular because unlike any other franchise its the most whored out in gaming history. There are more Mario games than anything else. So you will be hard pressed to find someone who isn't aware of the brand after being plastered on so many games.Pedro

Isnt there like 12 Call Of Duty games on the Xbox 360??? How many Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk games were made before they killed them off??? Yes there is tons of Mario games but come on thats Nintendos bread and butter besides Zelda and they continue to sell millions of copies.

#26 Posted by GustaveIV (2 posts) -
Every jump causes so much tension. Classic drama in a simple push of the button.
#27 Posted by Solid_Snake325 (6091 posts) -
His legacy mainly, pretty much brought video gaming into the mainstream. These days though, I'm not seeing anything really impressive.
#28 Posted by nate206 (6 posts) -

While the mood of these games is often light, childish, (almost annoying so for me), the level design in a lot of these games is brilliant. I was very impressed by the Mario Galaxy games. I thought Mario's sun had set, but those games proved otherwise.  As for the mood, sometimes I guess I need it. Last week I finished Spec Ops the Line which kinda messed me up :)  Mario Galaxy to the rescue!

#29 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69731 posts) -
because he is awesome ? :D
#30 Posted by Suikojin (333 posts) -

Mario himself is simple and yet, he has so much personality, along with the rest of the cast! And not only that but the games are generally really well done. The quality of the games is what gets me.

#31 Posted by JML897 (33120 posts) -

[QUOTE="JML897"]

Well Mario pretty much single-handedly saved the video game industry in the 80s, so..

StaticOnTV

Incorrect, single handedly??

People bought the NES because they wanted to play Mario in the same way that people bought Wiis because they wanted to play Wii Sports (SMB was obviously a more important game than Wii Sports since the industry didn't need saving when the Wii came along).

So yeah, I would say Mario just about single-handedly saved the industry.

#32 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69731 posts) -

[QUOTE="StaticOnTV"][QUOTE="JML897"]

Well Mario pretty much single-handedly saved the video game industry in the 80s, so..

JML897

Incorrect, single handedly??

People bought the NES because they wanted to play Mario in the same way that people bought Wiis because they wanted to play Wii Sports (SMB was obviously a more important game than Wii Sports since the industry didn't need saving when the Wii came along).

So yeah, I would say Mario just about single-handedly saved the industry.

i would agree with that
#33 Posted by dvader654 (44752 posts) -
Well besides being the most important franchise in the history of video games, Super Mario games have been the gold standard of platformers since forever. Plus it constantly evolves reinventing the genre as it goes. This question can be why is any incredibly fantastic game popular, its a totally pointless question.
#34 Posted by lamprey263 (22765 posts) -
hard? what are you 12 and your first Mario game was NSMB?
#35 Posted by YoshiYogurt (5973 posts) -
Some of the greatest games ever made are Mario.
#36 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69731 posts) -
Some of the greatest games ever made are Mario.YoshiYogurt
that is so true
#37 Posted by DJ-Lafleur (34122 posts) -

[QUOTE="YoshiYogurt"]Some of the greatest games ever made are Mario.The_Last_Ride
that is so true

ANother cool thing about mario is that even his "spin-offs" can be very successful and quality games and create their own series, Just look at Paper Mario and Mario Kart.

#39 Posted by Planeforger (15478 posts) -
I'd like to add 'near-perfect platforming controls' to the list. I'd struggle to think of a platformer with better controls than a Mario title, and that makes all other platformers feel slightly weaker in comparison.
#40 Posted by The_Last_Ride (69731 posts) -

[QUOTE="The_Last_Ride"][QUOTE="YoshiYogurt"]Some of the greatest games ever made are Mario.DJ-Lafleur

that is so true

ANother cool thing about mario is that even his "spin-offs" can be very successful and quality games and create their own series, Just look at Paper Mario and Mario Kart.

don't forget Smash Bros either
#41 Posted by MentatAssassin (3007 posts) -

I know why Mario is so popular but that doesnt mean I have to like him.

#42 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

It's hard not to like Mario.

#43 Posted by Vickman178 (1035 posts) -

It was one of the first games that actually had an end, He revolutionized platforming with Super Mario 3 & Super Mario World, and then pretty much set the standard for 3D camera/character control with Super Mario 64. And then Super Mario Galaxy pretty much gave us the most expertly designed platforming levels ever, its near perfect scores are proof of that.

 

And I don't think Mario is that "milked" sure they're a lot of different series involving him but they usually only get 1 game per console. So for example since 1996 there have been only four 3D Mario games, the Wii got 2 of them. Same with Mario Kart, Paper Mario and the 2D marios except for the NES which got 3.

 

Also keep in mind Mario is almost 30 years old now. Actually he is 30 if you count the Mario Bros arcade game as his first game instead of Super Mario Bros on NES/Famicom.

#44 Posted by GrimIock (1 posts) -
Because he stars in games that are of a consistently high quality.
#45 Posted by ESPM400 (95 posts) -
Okay, I was hoping that this thread would die, and that I could hold my tongue, but it didn't, and I can't. Being as I'm someone who has actually been alive for every Mario release, I can say unequivocally that development of the series peaked at SMB 64. Every single game after that is Nintendo cashing in on sheep buying a product that hasn't changed in any significant way in almost 30 years. I may be a cynical asshol*, but I can't abide their business strategy. Mario, Zelda, and Metroid have all been around since '85, '86, and '87 respectively (longer for Mario if you count Donkey Kong). Stop milking a franchise like it's your only form of sustenance and come up with something new. All the Mario series has brought to the table in the last decade is some graphical updates and some gimmicks. Although I've said it before, and it will be a sad day when it actually happens, Nintendo is going to go the same way as Sega in the next five years or so if they don't pull their respective heads out of their own posteriors with due haste. EDIT: @Vickman178, since his inception in Donkey Kong, Mario has been featured in almost 200 games. If you don't call that 'milking it,' I don't know what you can.
#46 Posted by Pedro (21014 posts) -

Okay, I was hoping that this thread would die, and that I could hold my tongue, but it didn't, and I can't. Being as I'm someone who has actually been alive for every Mario release, I can say unequivocally that development of the series peaked at SMB 64. Every single game after that is Nintendo cashing in on sheep buying a product that hasn't changed in any significant way in almost 30 years. I may be a cynical asshol*, but I can't abide their business strategy. Mario, Zelda, and Metroid have all been around since '85, '86, and '87 respectively (longer for Mario if you count Donkey Kong). Stop milking a franchise like it's your only form of sustenance and come up with something new. All the Mario series has brought to the table in the last decade is some graphical updates and some gimmicks. Although I've said it before, and it will be a sad day when it actually happens, Nintendo is going to go the same way as Sega in the next five years or so if they don't pull their respective heads out of their own posteriors with due haste.ESPM400

Say it ain't so? :o Mario milked? Absurd. The games that really milked is COD. :|

#47 Posted by Bigboi500 (29122 posts) -

Okay, I was hoping that this thread would die, and that I could hold my tongue, but it didn't, and I can't. Being as I'm someone who has actually been alive for every Mario release, I can say unequivocally that development of the series peaked at SMB 64. Every single game after that is Nintendo cashing in on sheep buying a product that hasn't changed in any significant way in almost 30 years. I may be a cynical asshol*, but I can't abide their business strategy. Mario, Zelda, and Metroid have all been around since '85, '86, and '87 respectively (longer for Mario if you count Donkey Kong). Stop milking a franchise like it's your only form of sustenance and come up with something new. All the Mario series has brought to the table in the last decade is some graphical updates and some gimmicks. Although I've said it before, and it will be a sad day when it actually happens, Nintendo is going to go the same way as Sega in the next five years or so if they don't pull their respective heads out of their own posteriors with due haste. EDIT: @Vickman178, since his inception in Donkey Kong, Mario has been featured in almost 200 games. If you don't call that 'milking it,' I don't know what you can.ESPM400
If you're going to use terms like "sheep", take your comments to System Wars.

#48 Posted by Minishdriveby (10154 posts) -
Well with mario there isn't much to hate. It is simple, but there is room for self-created challenges. The series never tries to follow what's popular at the time. For example, Dead Space 3 is getting hated on at the moment for straying towards more of a third-person action shooter (same with Dead Space 2), but Mario doesn't do this. Of course, Mario reinvents itself every now and then (Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, Mario Galaxy, etc.), but it never reinvents itself to follow the crowd. Also even when it does change things up, it still goes back to its roots and releases games that are more traditional of it. There's something for everyone with Mario which cannot be said for most games.
#49 Posted by JML897 (33120 posts) -

Well with mario there isn't much to hate. It is simple, but there is room for self-created challenges. The series never tries to follow what's popular at the time. For example, Dead Space 3 is getting hated on at the moment for straying towards more of a third-person action shooter (same with Dead Space 2), but Mario doesn't do this. Of course, Mario reinvents itself every now and then (Mario 64, Mario Sunshine, Mario Galaxy, etc.), but it never reinvents itself to follow the crowd. Also even when it does change things up, it still goes back to its roots and releases games that are more traditional of it. There's something for everyone with Mario which cannot be said for most games.Minishdriveby

Reading your post made me think of how some other developers would have gone with a Mario "reboot" to make him darker and grittier (see Bomberman Act Zero). I'm glad Nintendo's never really done that.

#50 Posted by Ilovegames1992 (14221 posts) -

The closest a Mario related game has come to being dark and gritty is Luigi's Mansion.