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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...

  • After Donkey Kong Racing was cancelled, it was reworked into Sabreman Stampede for the Xbox 360; this iteration of the title, however, was also cancelled.
  • Yoshi's New Island is the only Yoshi's Island game where Whirly Gates appear to transform Yoshi into different things rather than Morph Bubbles.
  • Despite Birdo herself not physically appearing in Mario Kart 8, a picture of her along with Peach and Daisy appears on some of the "Women of Racing Organization" ads seen on N64 Royal Raceway.
  • Wario World is the first and only 3D platformer game in the Wario series.
  • Squawks the Parrot is the only Animal Buddy to appear in every installment of the Donkey Kong Country series.
  • The Golden Express is based on the Treasure Ship from Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • In the North American version of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, during the fight against Sunnycide, the five Yoshis that hatch have the following color order: Green, Black, Blue, Cyan, and Pink. In the Japanese version, the second Yoshi is Yellow instead of Black.
  • The Italian version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Francesca's name Romoletta, paired with Frankie's name Giuliano, makes a reference to Romeo and Juliet, whose love is impossible due to their families.
  • In the Japanese version of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Vivian (pictured) was depicted as a male who identified as a female, openly stated in her character description. In the English version, all references to Vivian's gender were removed. However, some non-English PAL translations maintain the Japanese version's transgender portrayal of Vivian.
  • The pyramids in the background of Shifting Sand Land are actually based on the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • Rosalina is always depicted as right-handed in artwork, but she is always depicted as left-handed in-game, with a few exceptions. In Mario Golf: World Tour, the player can choose if Rosalina is left- or right-handed, and Rosalina holds her wand with her right hand during cutscenes in Super Mario Galaxy.
  • In the code for Mario and Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, there is an unused item that looks similar to a Life Shroom named "DUMMY" in-game. If used while inside Bowser, Mario or Luigi will throw it into the air and it will explode, restoring 60 HP to Bowser.
  • Parakarry is currently the only one of Mario's partners to appear in all four Paper Mario games, whether it's an appearance, cameo, or mention.
  • The 1993 Nintendo Character Guide classifies Mario's species as homo[sic] nintendonus.

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