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Mario (マリオ Mario?) is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise by Nintendo, created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo's mascot and the eponymous protagonist of the series, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though originally only appearing in platform games, starting with Donkey Kong, Mario currently appears in varied video game genres such as racing, puzzle, party, role-playing, fighting and sports.

Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom. He repeatedly rescues Princess Peach from the turtle-like villain Bowser and stops his numerous plans to destroy him and take over the kingdom. Mario also has other enemies and rivals, including Donkey Kong and Wario. Since 1995, he has been voiced by Charles Martinet.

As Nintendo's mascot, Mario is said by many to be the most famous character in video game history. Mario games, as a whole, have sold more than 210 million units, making the Mario franchise the best-selling video game franchise of all time. Outside of the Super Mario platform series, he has appeared in video games of other genres, including the Mario Kart racing series, sports games, such as the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf series, role-playing video games such as Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG, and educational games, such as Mario Is Missing! and Mario's Time Machine. He has inspired television shows, film, comics and a line of licensed merchandise.

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Mario Kart: Super Circuit, known in Japan as Mario Kart Advance (マリオカートアドバンス Mario Kāto Adobansu?), is a kart racing game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. The game is the third installment in the Mario Kart series and the first for handheld consoles, following Mario Kart 64 from 1996. It was succeeded by the console game Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, which was released for the Nintendo GameCube in 2003. The game retains traditional game elements of Mario Kart set by its predecessors, Upon release the game was well received by reviewers.

Super Circuit is a kart racing video game in which the player races in a kart against other teams in different courses. The game screen indicates the current standings in a race, the current speed of the player's kart and incoming weapons. Like in the previous installments, players can pick up item boxes to receive a randomly selected item and use it to impede the opposition and gain the advantage. Some items, such as shells and bananas, allow the player to hit others to slow them down, while other items, such as the star power-up, render them temporarily invincible to attacks. This is the second Mario Kart game to include coins, which increases the top speed of the karts.


Did you know...

  • Donkey Kong for the Game Boy is the first game in which Donkey Kong is depicted wearing a tie.
  • According to Lemmy in the Japanese instruction manual of Super Mario Bros. 3, the Dark Land kingdom's activity was top secret even to the Koopalings, as he claims Bowser was exclusively in charge.
  • Super Mario World was the first game Reggie Fils-Aimé played on a console.
  • When a Fat Guy walks, its left foot tends to disconnect from the rest of its body on the back-step.
  • Chunky Kong is the only Kong out of the crew of Donkey Kong 64 to not appear in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. He is also the only Kong from the crew without a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Bowser's Sky Castle in Paper Mario: Sticker Star was planned to have mini-games to lengthen the level, but the idea was scrapped due to time constraints.
  • Rosalina's Ice World in Mario Kart 7 is the second Special Cup course to take place in a snow/ice-themed area.
  • Opera is the only live-action segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in which the guest star never makes an onscreen appearance.
  • Ashley is stated to be 15 years old on the Western WarioWare: Touched! website. However, despite claims to the contrary, she has no specific stated age in any Japanese WarioWare media.
  • Toadette shares the same Japanese name as Vanna T. from Paper Mario.
  • In the Pikmin Adventure attraction of Nintendo Land, stage 14, "Out of the Darkness," features a structure at the start that resembles the Castles in Super Mario Bros.
  • All the galaxies in World S from Super Mario Galaxy 2 (excluding Flip-Out Galaxy) are references to previous Mario games. Mario Squared Galaxy, Stone Cyclone Galaxy, Boss Blitz Galaxy and Grandmaster Galaxy (in the case of The Perfect Run, because of the music) are references to Super Mario Galaxy, Rolling Coaster Galaxy is a reference to the Mario Kart series (in the case of Rainbow Road) and Super Mario 64 (because of the music), and the layout of Twisty Trials Galaxy is identical to that of the secret level in "The Secret of Ricco Tower" from Ricco Harbor in Super Mario Sunshine.
  • In the code of Super Mario Bros. 3, there is what seems to be a Toad Suit similar to the Tanooki Suit and Hammer Suit. However, this is only a Hammer Suit with pallette errors that appears out of the Giant Question Block in World 7-8.
  • In the Japanese version of Donkey Kong 64, K. Lumsy is said to be King K. Rool's little brother.

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