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Why Super Mario became one of the most popular games

Pankaj Chauhan

Ever so often something comes along that is so memorable for a generation that they will be talking about it for years to come. This is the case with the Super Mario Series. Since it’s release in 1985, people have loved this game and throughout the years it has remained popular.

Super Mario sold 42.24 million copies making it the best-selling game in the series, followed by Super Mario Maker ranking as the second best-selling game in the UK within its first week of release and debuted at No.2 on the UK software retail chart.

Nintendo surpassed the expectations to prove their mobile app development skills with the launch of it's Super Mario Run app that saw 40m downloads within the first 4 days, as reported by The Telegraph, becoming one of the bestselling apps in UK.

What is Super Mario?

Super Mario is a video game which released in 1965 for Nintendo systems.

It had a really simple and reusable concept that drove fans wild as they couldn’t get enough of the little moustached plumber in overalls.

The game is set within the Mushroom Kingdom with the main character being Mario and sometimes accompanied by his brother Luigi.

Mario’s main objective of the game is to rescue Princess Peach who has been kidnapped by Bowser but sadly Peach is always “in another castle”.

Why People Loved It

Super Mario provided hours of entertainment from running through various different levels and obstacles to the variety of powerups that quite frankly made little to no sense.

Mario became an icon within the home and gaming world. Everyone knew who he was and wanted to play the game to attempt to rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser.

In 1985 the game was a major of a breakthrough because it was one of a kind and no other company had released anything quite like it.

Mario was one of the first games to provide changing screens instead of the gameplay being focused on the same level and provided exploration and excitement.

Truly, the game just works! With its simple concept and hours of replay value it took off and everyone loved it.

Here's what one of the users posted on GameSpot about why he loved Super Mario:

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 well. The gameplay is usually quite refined. I also enjoy the very colourful look and feel of the games”.

Most people agree that Super Mario is a great game with a lovable character, I have yet to see a significant amount of people disagree.

And Now Finally, Super Mario Run!

If you remember popular mobile games like Temple run, then Super Mario Run has a similar concept where Mario is continuously running and you have to tap to make him avoid obstacles and make jumps.

The official game page on Google Play Store describes the game to be: “A new kind of Mario”.

Unlike previous Mario games, Super Mario Run contains different game modes including:

  • World Tour
  • Toad Rally
  • Kingdom Builder

So as you can see already the game is slightly different from its predecessors but continues to try and keep the classic side-scrolling platform style.

The game has received great reviews from top platforms but unfortunately, some users are unhappy about the $8 charge after playing some levels.


The freemium upsell left a few users unhappy where others were very understanding about the price tag and proclaimed the game is definitely worth it.


I personally think that Super Mario Run is a great idea and the $8 charge is worth it compared to many other apps out there that cost more and give no value for the cost.

Haven't played the game yet?

Check out this Super Mario Run Gameplay by  ZackScottGames

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