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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.

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  • In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (pictured), the first letters of each mansion, possessor, and bonus mission, in the order of the story, make out the word "ghost." If ScareScraper is included, it will also spell "ghosts". The trick is left intact in the German and Dutch translation. The first letters make out the words "geist" in German and "spook" in Dutch. In Dutch it only works with the first letters of the possessors and bonus missions, however. In the French translation, the first letter of each bonus mission in order read "Luigi".
  • In Wario Land: Shake It!, the treasure named "Peach Sandals" is a reference to Princess Peach; the description states that they belonged to a princess.
  • In the Japanese version of Super Paper Mario, each of the Pixl's names is written in katakana, but with one random character in hiragana. The only exceptions are Tippi and Tiptron.
  • According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the reason for Mario's pudgy appearance was due to hardware limitations of early Nintendo consoles.
  • According to the 1993 Nintendo Character Guide, Yoshi's full name is stated to be "T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas".
  • Luigi's Mansion is the final Mario game to have Hiroshi Yamauchi as Executive Producer.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Gloomtail's room is similar to the spike room in Hooktail's Castle; if the player uses Bobbery at the right end at the wall, a room will open and an Ultra Shroom and a Jammin' Jelly can be collected.
  • In Rolling Gizmo Galaxy, at the first area, if the player goes right next to the still upright bridge without the Star Ball and goes into first person view, they see a lot of blue Star Bits. If the player gets on top of the bridge (by backflipping off a block and wall-jumping off of the bridge) and goes into first person view on the edge of the bridge and looks down, it is revealed that the group of blue star bits is in the shape of a Rupee (currency in The Legend of Zelda series). Knocking down the bridge makes the star bit cluster disappear.
  • In the Shindou Edition re-release version of Super Mario 64, at the "Press Start" screen, if the player presses Z, the background will be filled with images of Mario's face. This is taken from the frame buffer, so the faces move alongside the modeled Mario face.
  • Megahammer was originally going to be called Mallettoid.
  • In the coding of Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix, the White Mage is named "Shiroma," and her partner, Black Mage, is named "Kuroma". These names are also used for the characters in-game in the Japanese version of Mario Sports Mix.
  • Super Mario Strikers is the only Mario Nintendo GameCube game to support 16:9 widescreen as well as 480p.
  • In Paper Mario, the Japanese characters on the Toad Town Dojo 's billboard read "Way of the old man" in reference to The Master.
  • Nana is the oldest portrait ghost (who has a known age) in Luigi's Mansion.

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