Vital statistics
Current Position Hero of the Mushroom Kingdom
Current Age Born: January 1 1985 Age: 32 Birthsign: Capricorn
Current Status Alive
Equipment Jump, Hammer (in some games), a few other attacks, etc.
Died in Still Alive
Alias Super Mario, Mr. Mario, Jumpman (unknown if him or not), Gonzales (Paper Mario not actual Mario), etc.
Appearances Almost every game
Physical attributes
Height 6 feet 1 inch
Weight 145kg
Species Human
Friends Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Daisy, Wario, (sometimes), Waluigi, (sometimes), Toad, Toads in general, Toadette, Toadsworth, Bowser, (occasionally), Bowser Jr., (occasionally), the list goes on
Enemies Bowser (usually), Bowser Jr., The Koopa Troop, Grubba, etc.
Likes Adventure, Parties, Games, Kart Racing, etc.
Dislikes Failing at tasks, Dieing, Failure, etc.
“It's-a me, Mario!”

Mario, Super Mario 64

Mario (Japanese: マリオ, Mario) is a character first appearing as the protagonist of the arcade game Donkey Kong released in 1981. Since Mario Bros., Mario has made numerous appearances as a main character in his own series of games, the Mario series, and has become the mascot of Nintendo. Since Super Mario Bros., his trademark abilities have been his jumping powers, with which he defeats most of his enemies, and his ability to change size and gain powers with a plethora of items, such as the Super Mushroom. Games have always portrayed Mario as a silent character without a distinct personality. According to Nintendo's philosophy, this allows Mario to fit in many different genres and roles.


After Shigeru Miyamoto was denied the rights of the Popeye franchise to use in his arcade game Donkey Kong, he created the character of Jumpman. This character wore blue overalls and a red shirt, and was given a hat and mustache, because hair and a mouth were impossible to animate on the arcade system. The overalls were given to the character to make the arms more visible. For the American release of the game, the Jumpman character was renamed to Mario when an employee at Nintendo of America's office in New York City pointed out the similar physical appearances of Jumpman and Nintendo's Italian landlord, Mario Segale.


Donkey Kong series

Donkey Kong

In Donkey Kong , released in 1981, Mario is a carpenter whose mission is to rescue his girlfriend Pauline from the clutches of the giant ape Donkey Kong, who abducted her to a construction site. With the one button of the game, the player can make Mario jump over obstacles. Mario also uses hammers as items. Jumping can only be used to jump over obstacles, not to destroy them, as is a prominent feature in later games.

Donkey Kong Jr.

In Donkey Kong Jr., Mario appears as the antagonist, having captured Donkey Kong and holding the ape in a cage. Mario opposes the protagonist Donkey Kong Jr., who rescues his father in the end. Another game depicting Mario as the tamer of Donkey Kong is the Game & Watch title Donkey Kong Circus, in which Mario only appears in the background.

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)

The game Donkey Kong on the Game Boy is not only a remake of the original Donkey Kong game, but also expands the game greatly with an additional nine worlds. These offer gameplay very different from both the original Donkey Kong game and the Super Mario series, mostly in the way that Mario is controlled. The story is similar to the original game: Mario's girlfriend Pauline is kidnapped by Donkey Kong, and Mario chases after Donkey Kong in order to save her. In the end, Mario defeats Donkey Kong and rescues Pauline.

Mario can perform a Handstand move which protects him from any objects falling on him from above. From the handstand position, Mario can also perform the High Jump. The game also features the Back Flip and ropes on which Mario can spin to catapult himself high in the air. Another essential part of his moveset, taken from Super Mario Bros. 2, is Mario's ability to pick up enemies and objects and lift them over his head to throw them. This is also one of the few Mario games in which Mario takes damage and can die from falling down too far. When he dies, the game displays Mario crumbled and sometimes charred, with a halo over his head.

In most stages, Mario has to find the key and take it to the locked door in order to proceed to the next level. As long as Mario holds the key, he has an additional hit point, although he loses the key when being hit. He uses Hammers as seen in the original Donkey Kong and constructs temporary Ladders and Roads in order to pass through the levels. Other levels are boss fights against Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong.

Mario Bros.

After a failed attempt at a game featuring the Donkey Kong character without Mario in Donkey Kong 3, Mario was given his own starring series, beginning with the release of the arcade game Mario Bros. in 1983. Only Mario's physical appearance was taken from earlier titles; the character was now a plumber working in the sewers of New York and fighting an endless number of creatures, such as Shellcreepers and Sidesteppers in the sewers. Unlike later games, the player has to make Mario jump against the ceiling of a platform from below in order to stun all enemies currently walking directly above it. When the player approaches the stunned enemies, Mario will kick the enemies out of the screen, rendering them defeated. In the two-player mode of the game, player two plays as a palette swap of Mario. This character is introduced as Mario's brother Luigi, who wears green whereas Mario wears red. Luigi would get a personality and set of abilities more distinctive from Mario in later games.

Mario Golf series

Since 1984's Golf, Mario has appeared as a playable character in all games of the Mario Golf series. In Mario Golf for the Nintendo 64, Mario appears with Luigi in the 18th Mario Power Star hole. His drive is 270 yards and his shot is Draw.

Wrecking Crew series

Wrecking Crew

In 1985's Wrecking Crew, Mario and Luigi appear as workers on a demolition site, using hammers similar to those previously seen in Donkey Kong.

Wrecking Crew '98

In Wrecking Crew '98 (the long-overdo sequel to Wrecking Crew, which had been overshadowed by the Super Mario series that was launched a few months after its release), Mario comes back to the Mushroom Kingdom from one his quests and discovers that it was overrun with many of Bowser's new fortresses. Foreman Spike also makes a reappearance, this time helping Bowser. The result of all this construction is a withering Mushroom Kingdom, so Mario uses his hammer to destroy all the fortresses and save the land from Bowser once again.

Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros.

Since Super Mario Bros., Mario is portrayed as living in the fictional realm called the Mushroom Kingdom. In the game, Mario's objective is to rescue Princess Toadstool (later known as Peach) from Bowser, the King of the Koopas. The game is the first in the series in which regular enemies such as Goombas can be killed and Koopas can be stunned by jumping on them from above. The player can also gain power-ups and coins from having Mario jump against Question Blocks and Brick Blocks. Mario begins the game as Small Mario, who will die from any enemy attack in one hit. By using Super Mushrooms, the player can make Mario grow into Super Mario, who has an additional hit point (turning back to Small Mario after being hit). Super Mario has access to the Fire Flower, which lets him throw Fireballs that can completely knock out enemies such as Koopas or False Bowsers. Mario can also become invincible for a short amount of time with the Star item. Luigi once again only appears as a palette swap of Mario and only in the (competitive) multi-player mode.

Mario's role and powers remain mostly the same in all entries to the series except for Super Mario Bros. 2. While new power-ups and moves are introduced, there is no deviation from the basic formula, Mario's character is unchanged, and his personality remains unwritten.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

In the very similar game, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (sold in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2 but as an entirely different game from the Super Mario Bros. 2 game shown below), Mario or Luigi has to rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser the second time by travelling in new various different lands of the Mushroom Kingdom defeating more of the Koopa Troop and the False Bowsers. Mario's traction and jumping height remain the same, while those of Luigi are changed to differentiate him more from Mario. Luigi jumps higher than Mario but has less traction, so he takes some time to halt after running. Luigi is also now a completely separate character from Mario, so the story of the game has two alternate versions.

Super Mario Bros. 2

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a deviation from the standard formula of the series. The game was entirely based on the Japanese game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, with Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad being swapped in instead of the original characters and few other references like the Mushroom thrown in. In contrast to the other characters, Mario is a balanced character with no special abilities. The gameplay is vastly different: enemies can no longer be defeated by jumping on them, and Mario gains the power to pick up enemies, lift them over his head, and throw them, a feature later reused in the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong and the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series of games. The story of the game, in which the character(s) of the player's choice free(s) the dream land Subcon from the tyrant Wart, is rendered as merely having been a dream of Mario.

Super Mario Bros. 3

Super Mario Bros. 3 is set in the entire Mushroom World, not just the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario is joined by Luigi in the cooperative multi-player mode, and together they travel through eight kingdoms, in which the kings have been transformed into monsters by Bowser's children, the Koopalings. During Mario's quest, he is repeatedly sent letters by Princess Toadstool, who encloses power-ups for him. Eventually, Toadstool is kidnapped, and the Mario brothers save her from Bowser in the end. Super Mario Bros. 3 introduces a plethora of new power-ups next to the Fire Flower, including Raccoon Leaves, Tanooki Suits, Frog Suits and Goomba's Shoes.

Super Mario World

Super Mario World introduces Yoshi as a sidekick character to Mario. Mario can ride Yoshis and so gain varying new powers. Mario meets Yoshi on a holiday in Dinosaur Land, where Bowser kidnaps Toadstool again, and it is up to Mario, and, in the cooperative two-player mode, Luigi, to rescue her again. Super Mario World was the first Mario game to have a second jump button for a different jump - the Spin Jump- with which Super Mario can destroy Rotating Blocks from above or jump off Yoshi's back. Mario can use Cape Feathers to turn into Cape Mario, allowing him to take off from the ground and stay in the air for quite a while. Mario can also use Grab Blocks and throw them at enemies or obstacles.

Mario and Luigi defeat the Koopalings in their castles, rescue the captured Yoshi Eggs, and defeat Bowser in the Valley of Bowser, rescuing Toadstool and taking her home to Yoshi's Island.

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS

Super Mario 64 first allowed players to control Mario in a three-dimensional environment, which drastically altered his powers. Mario could now crouch and combine ducking with jumping. Pressing ducking and jumping while standing still would result in a backwards somersault, and doing it while running would result in a Long Jump. It was possible to jump higher when doing consecutive jumps (the Triple Jump), and a side somersault could be performed by quickly changing Mario's direction. The game also gave Mario the ability to punch, kick, use the Ground Pound, and climb on trees. The player could give Mario special abilities by using Exclamation Mark Blocks, like the Wing Cap or the Metal Cap. Super Mario 64 was also the first game which added an Air meter to limit the time Mario can spend underwater. Mario's air can be refilled with coins or water bubbles. Mario can also lose his hat in the game, and until he gets it back, he will take more damage from all enemy attacks.

In the game, Mario is invited to have a cake with Princess Peach at her castle but finds the castle taken over and Peach kidnapped by Bowser when he arrives there. When facing off against Bowser, Mario grabs his tail and spins him around to throw him off of the fighting platform. After being rescued, Peach kisses Mario and bakes him the cake.

In the game's remake, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario is among those trapped in the castle's portraits by Bowser, and Yoshi rescues him from there. From then on, Mario is a playable character, alongside Yoshi, Luigi and Wario, and his special ability is the floating power gained by the Power Flower. Mario can still use the Feather, this game's equivalent to the Wing Cap, which gives him more abilities than the other characters. Other characters can transform into Mario, gaining his appearance but not his voice, by putting on Mario's Hat. Mario himself can transform into Luigi and Wario this way but not into Yoshi. The game's story is otherwise identical to that of the original game.

Super Mario Sunshine

Super Mario Sunshine featured a more advanced introduction and storyline background than usual in games of the Super Mario series. Mario, Peach and Toadsworth travel to the tropical island of Isle Delfino to have a vacation. However, upon arriving on the Delfino Airstrip, the gang notices some type of goop is covering half the area. Mario, upon the request from Toadsworth to find assistance, comes across F.L.U.D.D., and, with his help, destroys the Polluted Piranha Plant and Goop Generator, liberating the airstrip. However, soon after, the police arrive and take Mario to a courthouse on the main island.

Mario is then placed on trial against the citizens of Isle Delfino, represented by a Pianta Attorney. During the trial, the attorney explains that Isle Delfino was covered in goop by an unknown entity, though descriptions from various unknown eyewitnesses have proven that Mario was the one who had vandalized Isle Delfino. Peach and Toadstool tried objecting against the attorney, but the judge overruled the objection, sentencing Mario to the punishment of cleaning the island of the goop as community service, while also returning the island's power by collecting Shine Sprites, the island's source of sunlight.

Shadow Mario soon captures Peach, taking her to Pinna Island. From there, Mario uses a cannon in Delfino Plaza to come after her, and, after chasing Shadow Mario through the island's theme park, arrives at a lake, where Shadow Mario unveils Mecha Bowser, a huge Bowser-like robot. However, he defeats the robot by using Water Rockets. It was here that Shadow Mario revealed himself to be Bowser Jr., Bowser's eighth and newest child. Bowser Jr. then revealed that he had taken Peach because Bowser had told him that Peach was his mother, and that she " kidnapped by a bad man named Mario..." All three also learned that Bowser Jr. had planted the graffiti so Mario would be sent to prison, but it failed. Jr. then reentered the robot's head, which detached from the robot, and a balloon appeared above it, and they flew to Corona Mountain.

Mario later arrived at the top of the mountain, where Peach, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. are sitting in a hot tub. The interruption enrages Bowser, and he begins to fight Mario. However, despite having help from Bowser Jr., who was firing Bullet Bills from his raft, Mario still manages to ground-pound all five sections of the hot tub, causing it to flip, sending Mario, Peach, Bowser, and Bowser Jr. falling to the ground. Mario and Peach land on an islet west of Delfino Plaza, where Mario also finds F.L.U.D.D lying on the ground, highly damaged from the fall and stress of the battle. F.L.U.D.D then asks if he had truly assisted Mario before shutting off. The two then watch as the final Shine Sprite falls to the Shine Gate, restoring light to the island.

Mario and Peach are then seen at Sirena Beach, Mario still sulking over the loss of F.L.U.D.D. Both then turn around to see the Toads that came with them to the island, one holding F.L.U.D.D., who is now fixed, and says, "The vacation starts now!"

The game removed most jumping, punching, and kicking abilities of the previous game and replaced them with F.L.U.D.D.'s powers, which Mario could use to spray water at enemies and clear areas of graffiti. Expansion Nozzles for F.L.U.D.D. can make Mario hover in the air for a short while, make him run at a turbo speed, or rocket high up in the air. Water for F.L.U.D.D. can be refilled at any body of water in the game or with Water Bottles. Mario can also ride Yoshis. In the Secret Levels of the game, Shadow Mario takes F.L.U.D.D. away from Mario, leaving him only with his basic jumping abilities and the Ground Pound to beat the stage. When Mario loses his cap in Super Mario Sunshine, he takes damage from the sun permanently and dies eventually.

From the point where Peach is kidnapped by Bowser Jr. and taken to Pinna Island, the game's story follows the standard Mario formula, and Mario's role of a "princess rescuer" from previous games is kept. The game is the first to try to display an emotion for Mario, in a scene where he thinks F.L.U.D.D. is defunct. Mario is seen with a worried look on his face there.

New Super Mario Bros.

New Super Mario Bros., released in 2006, is a game very similar to earlier Super Mario Bros. games by design. Mario's role is almost identical here. The beginning of the game shows Mario and Peach taking a walk outside of Peach's castle, when lightning hits the castle. Mario quickly runs off to check it, while Peach stays behind, and is thus kidnapped by Bowser Jr. The lightning bolt at the castle was just a distraction for Mario. Throughout the game, Mario chases Bowser Jr. in order to save Princess Peach.

Mario's powers still include throwing Fireballs when having a Fire Flower, and this time also size-changing effects induced by the Mega Mushroom and the Mini Mushroom. The former lets Mario grow to a giant size, being able to crush all enemies and obstacles like pipes, while the latter lets Mario shrink to a tiny size, which gives him access to new areas.

Mario first faces Bowser at the first of the eight castles, where Mario pressed a switch, causing Bowser to fall into the lava. However, he survived, as a skeletal version of himself, known as Dry Bowser. He is fought again in the eighth castle, where Bowser is faced as Dry Bowser, but is once again defeated.

Mario eventually arrives at Bowser's Castle, where Peach was taken after Mario defeated Dry Bowser. Here, Bowser Jr. throws Bowser's bones inside a bubbling pot, reviving him as a somewhat larger version of Bowser. However, despite his larger size and extra strength, Bowser is still beaten when Mario presses the switch, causing Bowser and his son to fall into a pit and freeing Peach.

Super Mario Galaxy

Super Mario Galaxy brought back most of the jumping mechanics present in Super Mario 64 missing in Super Mario Sunshine. The game also added new powers, including the Star Spin and the Wii pointer, which can be controlled independently from Mario. The Wii pointer allows players to shoot enemies or grab Star Bits without controlling Mario, although Mario is repeatedly reminded of these functions by in-game characters, so it is debatable whether using Pull Stars or collecting Star Bits from afar can be considered a power of Mario or not.

In the game's story, Mario is invited to the Star Festival by Peach, but her entire castle is abducted by Bowser during the festival, and Mario is thrown into outer space, as part of his plot to create an empire at the center of the universe, with Peach at his side. When recovering in the Gateway Galaxy, Mario is asked by Rosalina to rescue the Power Stars in order to save Peach. Mario is given the Baby Luma, who allows him to star-spin and travels with him to all locations. Throughout the game, Mario also receives letters from Peach, who sends him 1-Up Mushrooms.

After several encounters with Bowser, Mario defeats him in Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. However, the only thing holding the sun they fought in together was the final Grand Star; when it was liberated, nothing was there to keep the sun intact, and it goes supernova, exploding and creating a black hole. However, before Mario is sucked in, he is seen in a state of shock when the Baby Luma sacrifices itself to prevent Bowser's black hole from consuming everything around it, including Mario and Princess Peach's castle. After a big explosion, in which the Black Hole is turned into a Wormhole, Mario reappears in an unknown location in front of a giant Rosalina who speaks to him. After Rosalina finishes talking to Mario, he wakes up in the castle grounds in the Mushroom Kingdom, and Rosalina hints that Mario was revived from the dead by the star dust.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Mario's role and abilities stay identical in the sequel New Super Mario Bros. Wii, although there are a few added power-ups, such as the Propeller Mushroom and the Penguin Suit, and the story is changed slightly. In an optional cutscene at the beginning of the game, Mario, Luigi, and many Toads, including Blue Toad and Yellow Toad, are celebrating Princess Peach's birthday when a cake suddenly walks into the castle. When Peach moves closer to the cake, Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings jump out of the cake and throw it onto Peach. Mario, Luigi, and the Toads then give chase, and Mario once again fights his way through eight worlds in his attempt to rescue Peach.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

The game Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy, though it can also be interpreted as merely an alternate telling of the story of the previous game. Before arriving at the castle, Mario finds Luma lying on the ground. Luma then flies into his cap again, giving him his old spinning ability. However, when Mario arrives at Princess Peach's castle, a Giant Bowser just kidnaps Peach. Mario gives chase, using a gran

After finding a star in the first Galaxy, Mario finds a small planetoid that a group of Lumas, led by Lubba, were using to travel around. Lubba then explained that earlier, Bowser found them, took their star power, and left the ship in disrepair. The crew of Lumas then use their power to transform the ship, giving it the appearance of Mario's head, and it is christened the Starship Mario. Being named the captain, he flies off to collect Power Stars in order to reach Bowser and Princess Peach.

Aside from additional power-ups and the addition of Yoshi, the gameplay is identical to the first Super Mario Galaxy game. Mario defeats Bowser and saves Peach in the end. Rosalina and her Comet Observatory appear before Mario and Peach. Rosalina thanks Mario for watching over the Luma that he had found, and the Luma returns to the Comet Observatory along with Mario's hat. Mario and his companions return to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Super Mario 3D Land

Mario appears in Super Mario 3D Land for the Nintendo 3DS. He use several classic power-ups, the most notable of which is the Tanooki Suit from Super Mario Bros. 3. He once again saves Princess Peach from Bowser's evil clutches. During the adventure, Mario battles Bowser as well as two of his henchmen – Boom Boom and Pom Pom.

After a devastating storm, all of the Tanooki Leaves were blown off the Tail Tree outside Peach's Castle. The next day, Mario and 3 Toads check on the scene when they notice a floating letter. They open it to find out that Bowser kidnapped Peach while she checked the damage to the tree. Mario and the Toads then run to rescue her. While running through the worlds, he receives letters from Peach to learn about her predicament.

At Bowser's castle, Mario fights the Koopa king, activating the switch on the other side of the bridge and sending Bowser into the lava. However, the area beside the castle only contains a cage lying on its side. He enters a door and finds Peach, but, upon running over to her, he finds out that it is only a wooden cutout. Bowser then emerges, carrying the real princess, and flees to his second castle.

After heading through a few more levels, Mario reaches the princess, this time tied to the flagpole. Bowser then appears, and the two begin their battle. This time, Mario has to head through a type of obstacle course to get to the bridge, and eventually the switch at the end. He pushes this, sending Bowser into the lava below. However, he then emerges from the lava, and Mario has to reach another switch in order to actually defeat him. Pushing the switch once again sends Bowser falling into the lava below. Mario then reappears back at the flagpole, and frees the princess. Mario, along with three Toads, then use Super Leaves to get themselves and the princess back home.

Sometime after that, Mario receives a letter from Luigi, depicting him in captivity. Mario runs through the Special Worlds and frees Luigi from Dry Bowser. Then, Peach is captured by Bowser again. Mario goes back to his castle and defeats him again. Once the player gets 5 Stars in their profile, a special Crown level is unlocked. There he faces Boom Boom and Pom Pom for the last time. When they are defeated, a giant "THANK YOU" is made out while Toads surround the final Goal Pole of the game.

New Super Mario Bros. 2

Mario will once again appear as the main protagonist of New Super Mario Bros. 2. Screenshots have shown that the Raccoon Mario power-up will return, as well as having a new, golden Mario.

Super Mario Land series

In Super Mario Land, Mario travels to Sarasaland in order to rescue the land's princess Daisy from the alien Tatanga. Mario's powers in the game are limited to Superball Mario, in which he can shoot balls that ricochet off walls, as well as the Marine Pop, a submarine, and the Sky Pop, a helicopter, each in a special scrolling stage. When he rescues Princess Daisy, Mario is kissed by her, and the two fly off in a spaceship.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins introduced a new antagonist to Mario named Wario. Wario took over Mario's Castle while Mario rescued Princess Daisy in Sarasaland (the events of Super Mario Land). The player's objective here is to regain control of Mario's castle, now known as Wario's Castle.

Although Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3's title had Mario's name in it, Wario was the protagonist of this game. Mario is mentioned as one of Wario's motivations to go on a treasure hunt in the game's manual. Mario himself makes a small appearance at the end of the game, in which he steals a Princess Peach statue from Wario.

Edutainment games

Mario is Missing!

The 1992 game Mario is Missing! was the first game in the Mario Discovery Series of Educational Games and brought the Mario characters back to the Real World. When hearing of Bowser's plan to flood the Earth by melting Antarctica's ice with hair dryers, Mario, Luigi and Yoshi head to Bowser's castle in the Antarctic. Mario is captured, although the exact circumstances of his capture vary greatly between the systems the game appeared on.

In the DOS version, Mario enters the castle alone, as Luigi is too scared to follow. Mario meets Bowser, who is in a butler disguise, and accepts candy from him, despite Luigi's warning not to take candy from strangers. Bowser uses this as a distraction to trap Mario in a net. In the NES version, Mario is captured outside in the snow by a Koopa with a bag. In the SNES version, Mario traps into a pitfall outside the castle.

The game centers around Luigi, who rescues Mario from Bowser in the end.

Mario's Time Machine

In Mario's Time Machine, Bowser uses a time machine to steal various artifacts from different time periods of human history in order to display them at his museum. Mario goes on a mission to return all objects of Bowser's museum to their original time periods in order to prevent history from being altered. Additionally, Mario had to rescue Yoshi from Bowser in the NES version of the game. Mario's Time Machine is one of the few games in which Mario talks.

In the NES version, the player has to play an altered version of Mario Bros. to defeat Koopa Troopas, who drop the stolen objects when defeated. Mario then has to travel back in time to return the objects to their proper place in a side-scrolling mission.

In the SNES version, Mario has to pick a stolen object from the museum and then go to a "Time Surfing" level to collect enough Mushrooms to make a time jump, then return the objects to their proper place.

Mario Kart series

In the series of Mario Kart games, starting with Super Mario Kart, Mario has always been a playable character. In games where characters are divided into weight groups, Mario is always a middleweight character. Numerous tracks throughout the series have been called Mario Circuit, or something with the name "Mario" in it.

Super Mario Kart

Mario was first used in the Mario Kart series in the first installment: Super Mario Kart. Mario and his brother, Luigi, were average in all categories. When used by a computer, he will sometimes use star power, which will give him invincibility.

Mario Kart 64

Mario is used again for Mario Kart 64, where he is featured as a middleweight average-stats character, with Luigi.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario and Luigi are once again used as middleweight characters with average speed and weight.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, he is grouped with Luigi by default, and their special item is the Fireball. His kart is the Red Fire, which is an all-around average kart.

Mario Kart DS

Mario once again returns as a character in Mario Kart DS. His karts are the B Dasher, the Standard MR, and the Shooting Star. After beating the game, Mario will get to play in any of the karts.

Mario Kart Wii

Mario later returned as a character for Mario Kart Wii. Unlike the previous installment, in Mario Kart Wii, Mario could ride on any of the medium Karts and Bikes.

Mario Kart 7

Mario returns as a playable character in Mario Kart 7. Like in the previous titles, he is a medium class racer, and most of his stat boosts are around average levels.

Mario Kart Arcade GP

In Mario Kart Arcade GP, he is an all-around type and shares his special character items with Luigi. His special items were a star, which would make Mario invincible; a fireball, which could be shot forward or backward to damage a kart; the hammer, which would hit a rival, giving them damage; and the Chain Chomp, which provides damage to any kart it hits.

Mario Kart Arcade GP 2

Mario then appeared in Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, the sequel to the original. Mario, like Luigi, Pac-Man, and Waluigi, is an all-around racer.

Yoshi's Safari

InYoshi's Safari, Mario and Yoshi are sent by Princess Peach to rescue Jewelry Land from Bowser's occupation. In this game, Mario uses a gun called the Super Scope (controlled by the player with said accessory for the Super Nintendo) to shoot enemies while riding on Yoshi's back. Mario fought the Koopalings and Bowser to free King Fret and Prince Pine of Jewelry Land.

Mario & Wario

In Mario & Wario, Mario is a passive character. Wario drops buckets or barrels or similar objects on his head, making him unable to see. The fairy Wanda has to guide Mario safely to Luigi through hazards and traps in each level. When arriving at the end of the level, Luigi will free Mario from the sight-blocking object. Mario is only one of the characters that have to be guided through levels by Wanda like this in the game. The other characters are Princess Peach and Yoshi. Mario walks at a medium spead, while Peach is slow and Yoshi is fast.

Hotel Mario

In Hotel Mario, Mario and Luigi travel to the Mushroom Kingdom after an invitation for a picnic by Princess Peach. Upon arriving, the two find out that Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser, who has made her a "permanent guest" in one of his seven Koopa Hotels. Mario and Luigi travel from one Koopaling's hotel to the next, with Peach being brought to a new hotel every time the brothers have searched through the last one. After destroying most of the Koopaling hotels, Mario fights Bowser in his own hotel and defeats him. He then receives a kiss from Princess Peach, then congratulates the player as 'The best ever'.

In the game, Mario has to close all doors in a hotel in order to proceed. Mario can jump on enemies to defeat them, similar to the Super Mario series. He can also hide in open doors and take elevators to change his level.

Mario Tennis series

Mario is a playable character in all games of the Mario Tennis series, starting with Mario's Tennis. In Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 and Mario Power Tennis in both the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance versions, Mario is an all-around character. In Mario Tennis for the Game Boy Color, Mario can be unlocked by completing the Singles Mario Tour.

Mario Clash

Mario shot at Koopas and various other enemies in Mario Clash, a game for the Virtual Boy. Mario has to knock enemies away with Koopa Shells. Mario has to mainly hit them in the side. The game's gameplay was similar to the style of Mario Bros., but Luigi did not make an appearance.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Mario battled strange machine-like creatures from another dimension during the events of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Many things have changed, Mario even gets his own house. Mario first went to confront Bowser who had again captured Princess Peach (which by now is a recurring event). Mario walked to Bowser's Keep (Bowser's Castle) which is strangely located near Mario's Pad in this game. Mario battles Bowser atop a Kinklink and rescues Peach. Then a huge sword called Exor struck the castle from atop and knocked them all to various spots in the Mushroom Kingdom. Fortunately, Mario fell through the Pipe on top of his house and landed right on his bed.

Mario discovered that the Star Pieces that grants dreams had been stolen by a group called the Smithy Gang run by Smithy. These criminals had not only stolen the Star Shards, they had caused much trouble to the Mushroom Kingdom. On this quest Mario was joined by Mallow, Geno, Peach, and even Bowser. They traveled through much of the Mushroom Kingdom in search of the Star Shards protected by the Smithy Gang's strongest members. After all Star Shards were collected, Mario had to go to Smithy's dimension and fight him once and for all. Mario of course had to reach it through Bowser's Keep which was inaccessible when Exor destroyed the bridge. With the help of Mallow's parents, King and Queen Nimbus, Mario had passage through a special cloud bus. When they finally got there, Mario defeated Exor and went to Smithy's dimension via Exor's mouth.

Mario's journey wasn't over as Smithy had even more minions at his disposal. After many grueling battles Mario faced Smithy, who was inevitably defeated and once again the Mushroom Kingdom was saved by Mario.

Mario Party series

Mario is always represented by his trademark red color. The mini-games test Mario's luck, skill, and endurance and reward him with coins. In the first three Mario Party games, Mario aimed to become the superstar. Though Mario doesn't have many distinguishable abilities from the other Mario Party characters, the most notable difference is Mario's ability to use the Fireball Orb in Mario Party 7. Whenever Mario used an Orb on a space, the space would have Mario's "M" insignia. As revealed in the official artwork of Mario Party 4, Mario's item of choice is the Mega Mushroom. Mario's Duel Mode partner is the defensive Koopa Troopa in Mario Party 3, and the booklet says that his favorite item is the Golden Mushroom. He also challenged the player for the Courage Star Stamp if he was not selected. Throughout the series, Mario's famed jumping ability is also evened out with the other characters, leveling the playing field. This also shows Mario's chemistry between other player when they team up.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario

Mario in his more "paper-like" form.Mario once again is invited to Princess Peach's Castle during the events of Paper Mario. However, this time Mario is invited to a party in the castle. Mario had rushed to the castle, made his way through the bustling party guests, and was chatting with Princess Peach in the throne room. However, Bowser usurps the castle, bringing it high in the air. He and Kammy Koopa break in to the castle through the window and using the power of the Star Rod, defeats Mario. He then tosses Mario out of the shattered window. Mario lands in a small forest located on the outskirts of Goomba Village. Goombas, being a proficient enemy in many of his quests, surprises Mario with their hospitality. Mario gives his many thanks and heads back to Toad Town via Goomba Road, together with the Goomba's families eldest child, the young adventurer Goombario.

Mario hears a Star Spirit called Eldstar asking for his help. The Star Spirit requests that he speak to him on Shooting Star Summit, in which he has more strength to speak better. Once there, Mario meets many other Star Spirits asking for his help. He learns that Bowser had imprisoned them in special cards and has given them to his strongest minions. Mario then sets out on a quest in search of the Star Spirits. Mario makes many new friends and partners on his long grueling journey and eventually collects all seven Star Spirits. Mario returns to Shooting Star Summit where he gains access to Star Way. Mario acquiers a new ability called Star Beam and is transported to Bowser's Castle from the Star Shrine. While Mario and his team are at Bowser's Castle, they save the many prisoners and fight Bowser at the top of the castle.

Using his dirty tactics, Bowser breaks all routes of escape and uses his Star Rod to fight. Mario and the team cannot defeat Bowser while he is using the Star Rod, so they instead use Star Beam to weaken his power. The reluctant Bowser is unaffected by it and shakes the beam's power off. Watching the team's defeat, Peach asks the people of the Mushroom Kingdom to help Mario and his friends fight through their wishes. Twink helps her convey this message of hope through her wish and suddenly Mario wakes up from his fainted status. He recovers all of his health, and learns a new upgraded version of the Star Beam called Peach Beam. Mario and company, fresh and ready to go, face Bowser to round two. Mario shoots the Peach Beam at Bowser, leaving him defenseless and ready for a fair fight. Mario and his friends defeat the evil Bowser and once again save the Mushroom Kingdom. The castle returns to ground from where it came from and another party is held there later. The power of wishes is restored and once again the Mushroom Kingdom is saved by Mario and company. After a parade led by Luigi, Mario takes Peach to his place where they watch the fire works.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Mario with a newer look compared to that of Paper Mario. Peach asked Mario to come to a land called Rogueport during the events of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. She found a treasure map leading to powerful artifacts called Crystal Stars. By the time he got there, Peach had been kidnapped by a group known as the Secret Society of X-Nauts. They needed to use her as a vessel for the Shadow Queen so that the leader of the X-Nauts, Sir Grodus, can use her power to aid him in world domination. Mario met an intelligent Goomba called Professor Frankly. He told Mario the history of Rogueport and revealed the secret of The Thousand-Year Door.

The Shadow Queen once took control of Rogueport, enslaving and killing many of its citizens. To achieve this, she created the Crystal Stars and used them to give her great power. The Four Legendary Heroes used the power of the Crystal Stars against her and she was imprisoned in the Thousand Year Door for a millennium. Mario set out to collect all seven Crystal Stars. Gaining many new partners and finding all Crystal Stars, Mario went through the Thousand Year Door. There he found Sir Grodus standing before the Shadow Queen's room. Mario defeated Sir Grodus, but was then ambushed by Bowser and Kammy Koopa. This gave Grodus time to escape with Peach to the Shadow Queen's room. When Mario got there, Grodus had awakened the Shadow Queen herself, taking control of Peach's body. Mario had to fight her possessed form and using the help of the Rogueport citizens' wishes, Mario prevailed.

In the Glitz Pit, Mario and his partner's team was named "The Great Gonzales" (in Japanese: 『じごくかちまた しょけいにん』グレート・ゴンザレス) by Grubba.

Super Paper Mario

Mario and Luigi were once again called into action in Super Paper Mario. Mario and Luigi sit in their house one day when they hear the news that Princess Peach has been kidnapped. The Mario Bros. rush to Bowser's Castle, thinking he has the princess, but he didn't. Later, a strange new enemy named Count Bleck shows up and kidnaps Luigi and Bowser. It also turns out Count Bleck has Princess Peach too.

Mario is transported to Flipside, a strange town between dimensions. Mario later finds Bowser and Princess Peach who decide to join with Mario in his quest to stop Count Bleck. Mario must go through eight chapters to get eight Pure Hearts, which can counter the Chaos Heart. Mario also encounters new enemies such as O'Chunks, Dimentio, Brobot, Mimi, Nastasia and even his brother Luigi; now called Mr. L because Nastasia, an assistant of Count Bleck, brainwashed him (however he joined Mario once he was freed by Dimentio and sent to The Underwhere).

After collecting the eight Pure Hearts, Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser, Luigi and some Pixls face Count Bleck. After defeating Bleck, Dimentio, a former minion of Bleck, turns on him and teleports him to Dimension D to deal with him later. Then Dimentio, the Chaos Heart and Luigi merge together to form Super Dimentio as the final boss. After defeating Super Dimentio, Count Bleck and Tippi get married to stop the Void.

Luigi's Mansion

Mario played his second role as a captive during the events of Luigi's Mansion. Mario went to check out a mansion that Luigi mysteriously won. There, a huge Boo called King Boo overpowered Mario with his many Boos and imprisoned him within a portrait. King Boo was apparently mad at Mario for harassing his kind during his past adventures. Luigi came later to find out why his brother didn't come back. Luigi overcomes his cowardice and finally captured all Boos using his Poltergust 3000. He then faced King Boo, who had possessed a Bowser suit. After he defeated King Boo, Luigi took Mario's portrait and reverted the plumber back to his original form, using Professor Elvin Gadd's Ghost Portrificationizer in reverse. He is left dizzy in the remains of the picture Frame while Luigi laughs at him.

Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

After Mario's vacation, Mario ventured with his brother Luigi through strange lands during the events of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. An ambassador from the Beanbean Kingdom came to visit Princess Peach. However, the ambassador was actually a fake and was one of the most wanted criminals in the Beanbean Kingdom. Cackletta was this wicked impersonator who stole Princess Peach's voice during the visit. Toad came running to Mario's Pad warning him about Princess Peach's voice dilemma. As soon as Mario came out of his bathroom, he sped to the castle, dragging Luigi behind him. There they met Bowser, adding more to their troubles. Mario fought Bowser, but Peach spoke and interrupted their fight. As she spoke, explosives dropped from her mouth and shook up the castle. Bowser, outraged that another villain has stolen his spotlight, suggested that they go to the Beanbean Kingdom with his Koopa Cruiser.

Cackletta's apprentice, Fawful caused the Koopa Cruiser to crash causing Mario and Luigi to land on the Beanbean Borderlands. Mario and Luigi went to the Beanbean Castle after rescuing Prince Peasley from his horrible transformation. After saving Queen Bean, they went to the Beanbean International Airport expecting Princess Peach. Clearing the Airport of a few Piranhas, Peach's Plane landed on the runway. Mario, surprised to see Princess Peach talking in her normal voice, asked how she got her voice back. After the Princess's visit, Princess Peach requested to go to Little Fungitown. During their short stay, she got kidnapped. At Beanbean Castle, they heard from Bowletta (Cackletta's possessive body of Bowser), that the Beanstar has been scattered after the second battle with Popple and Rookie (Bowser as Popple's second-hand man). So Mario headed out to find the four scattered Beanstar Pieces. Going through a long journey around the Beanbean Kingdom, they managed to get all Beanstar Pieces. After that, they returned to the castle, and Bowletta again sent a message to deliver the restored Beanstar to Joke's End, with Peach in return. Peasley gave the bros. 99.999.999 Mushroom Coins, which are actually worth 99 Beanbean Coins. Then Mario went to Joke's End to save Peach. They saved her by using a clever trick to let appear a "second" Peach, who actually was Luigi. Bowletta discovered this in her somehow-repaired Koopa Cruiser, but Luigi managed to escape.

However, Bowletta also took over Bowser's Castle and attacked the Beanbean Castle Town. Mario and Luigi asked Blanbladon to take them to the flying fortress in the sky. After defeating many Koopalings and strong enemies, they reached the throne room. When they defeated Bowletta she sucked them into her body where they had to fight Cackletta's Spirit. Mario and Luigi finally finished Cackletta and her spirit. They escaped from the castle (which was set to blow up) in time, saving the Beanbean Kingdom.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

Mario and his brother Luigi took a trip back in time during the events of Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. Mario and Luigi were at Princess Peach's Castle, watching Princess Peach take a trip to the past using Professor E. Gadd's Time Machine powered by the Cobalt Star. Toadsworth got overworried about the princess' return, and fainted. Mario therefore went over to Toadsworth's Room to get the Refreshroom and revived Toadsworth from his fainted state. However a few minutes later the Time Machine returned, but not with Princess Peach. A large green fungus called the Junior Shrooboi attacks Mario and Luigi. They managed to beat the monster. Afterwards, a Time Hole appeared in the center court of the castle.

Mario and Luigi looked at it in awe, when Toadsworth came and accidentally knocked Luigi into the Time Hole. Mario went in to save him and they went back in time. They landed on the starting road to Hollijolli Village, fighting more and more strange creatures. They saw the village damaged and ruined by many Shroobs and Shroob UFOs. Mario and Luigi helped the Hollijolli Mayor out of a chimney he got stuck in while he was trying to escape. They then got assaulted by a wave of Shroobs and Shroob UFOs. They then left the two brothers lying on the ground. Meanwhile, Baby Mario and Baby Luigi came to their rescue and finished the remaining Shroob foes.

Baby Bowser helped them escape for because of Baby Peach's incessant crying. They boarded his Koopa Cruiser and crash landed into Bowser's Castle as a result of the Shroob UFOs aerial attacks. Mario and Luigi looked for their younger selves and headed for Baby Bowser's room. There, a Time Hole was located and the four Mario Bros. headed back to the Princess Peach's Castle of the future. Professor E. Gadd spoke to them and advises that they go find pieces of the Cobalt Star Shards.

Mario and the others noticed the new Time Holes that sprung up around the castle. They met Toadiko and Toadbert who told them about the Shroobs and the Princess Shroob. They finally collected all five Cobalt Star Shards, and broke the barrier of the Shroob Castle (previously Princess Peach's Castle) and went for the Shroob Princess. The Mario Bros. defeated the Shroob Princess and even the Elder Princess Shroob and prevailed. Professor E. Gadd discovered that the chemical makeup of the babies' tears can revert all of the Shroob's Shroobification. Thus, all the victims of the Shroobs were saved by the four Mario Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story

Mario and Luigi appear again in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. A new disease, the blorbs, which make Toads grow to a giant size, has affected the Mushroom Kindgom citizens from Fawful, who is selling Blorb Mushrooms. Mario and Luigi attend a meeting that is disrupted when Bowser barges in. Bowser then fights Mario. After defeated, Bowser receives a Vacuum Mushroom from Fawful. The mushroom makes Bowser inhale everything, including Mario, Luigi, Starlow, and the Princess.

Mario and Luigi are found inside Bowser, who is knocked out in Cavi Cape. The Bros. and Starlow help Bowser get his castle back from Fawful. Along the way, Bowser meets Broque and Broggy and gets the ability of the Vacuum block. Mario, Luigi, and Starlow aids Bowser in his trips, while they travel to various parts of his body. When Bowser finally reaches his castle and reclaims it, Bowser is grown fat from winning the fight against Midbus, a giant pig.

While Bowser is fat, Mario and Luigi find Peach in the Flab Zone, who is kidnapped in front of them by Alpha Kretin. After a long chase, Mario and Luigi trap and defeat Alpha and Beta Kretin, freeing the Princess. Peach, after the boss battle, tells them that Fawful probably wants the Dark Star, so he can control the Mushroom Kingdom. She also explains that Peach herself is necessary for this process. As they find an exit, Peach is taken out of Bowser's Body by Fawful and is once again kidnapped. Meanwhile, Midbus gives Bowser a treadmill to lose his extra pounds on.

Mario and Luigi travel until they find Bowser knocked out in a island of trash. After fighting Junker, they go back into Bowser, and wake him up from his back pain. After going through the castle all to finding the Dark Star awakening and Fawful becoming Dark Fawful, who is sent flying by Bowser. Dark Star enters Bowser, who copies his DNA, but is incomplete thanks to the Mario Bros., and combines with Dark Fawful to create Dark Bowser.

After Mario and Luigi defeat Dark Star Core and Bowser defeats Dark Bowser, Fawful explodes, destroying himself, and expelling everyone else from Bowser's body, freeing them. After realizing that the Mario's were inside Bowser, Bowser and Mario & Luigi fight, which ends the story. At the end, it is revealed that Mario and Luigi win yet again and Bowser is back at his ruined castle, recovering from the injuries he sustained in their fight.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series

The Mario vs. Donkey Kong revisits the old Donkey Kong series, pitting Mario against a misbehaving Donkey Kong. The original Mario vs. Donkey Kong game, released in 2004, gave Mario the same moveset as 1994's Donkey Kong for the Game Boy and introduced the wind-up toys known as Mini Marios. The Mini Marios replaced Mario as the playable character in the three subsequent games, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, although Mario is still present in the storylines, as is Pauline.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Mario vs. Donkey Kong gives Mario the same moveset as in Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. Donkey Kong has stolen a lot of Mini Mario toys from the Mario Toy Company, and Mario chases after him to bring the toys back. Donkey Kong also kidnaps three Toads that Mario rescues. Mario vs. Donkey Kong is another game in which Mario speaks in full sentences.

All basic stages of the game are split into two rooms. In the first room, Mario has to find the key and take it to the looked door, just as in Donkey Kong. In the second room, Mario has to get to the Mini Mario, which is locked into a bubble, and free it. The seventh level of each world is a Mini Mario level, in which Mario has to guide six Mini Marios into the Toy Box. The Mini Marios follow Mario whereever he goes. For each Mini Mario brought into the Toy Box this way, Mario gets an additional hit point for the boss battle versus Donkey Kong, which always marks the eighth level of a world.

In the game's plus levels, which only consist of one room each, the Mini Marios hold a key, and follow Mario as soon as he approaches them. Mario has to safely guide it to the door in order to unlock it. There is no "Mini Mario level" in the plus worlds, and Mario enters the Donkey Kong boss fights with 6 hit points by default.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis starts with Mario and Pauline cutting the premier ribbon of the Super Mini Mario World Theme Park. After Pauline takes a Mini Mario toy from Mario, Donkey Kong kidnaps her. Mario chases after Donkey Kong to rescue Pauline, but his path is blocked. Instead of Mario, the playable characters in this game and all following installments of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series are the Mini Marios. They clear the way for Mario to get to Pauline. Mario and Pauline feel sorry for Donkey Kong, and the three celebrate the opening of the theme park.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! begins once again with Mario and Pauline opening the Super Mini Mario World Theme Park, with numerous Toads and Donkey Kong waiting to get in. However, as Donkey Kong reaches the ticket counter, he sees that tickets are sold out, and, out of rage, kidnaps Pauline. Mario tries to save her, only to end up ripping off part of her dress, and DK escapes. Two Mini Marios then approach him, and Mario decides to use them to help save Pauline.

Eventually, Mario reaches the top of the building, where he finds Pauline in a room with one window. As they are about to hug, Donkey Kong flips the light switch off, grabs Pauline, and leaps out the window, Mario and the minis following him.

After much more toil, Mario once again enters the room, where he finds DK, Pauline, two Toads, one blue and one green, and two Mini Marios. Confused, Pauline reveals that the entire adventure was to test the Mini Mario product, and the group decides to celebrate.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, Mario and Pauline are once again opening a theme park, but this time, he is giving away Mini Pauline toys to the first 100 guests. Donkey Kong, wanting a Mini Pauline, charges through the line to get to the front, but finds out that he is visitor 101. When he learns from Mario that the toys are out of stock, he goes into yet another fit of rage, capturing Pauline. Mario once must again rely on his minis to help get Pauline back.

After much journeying, Mario defeats DK, and tries to hug Pauline, but Donkey Kong captures her again, leaving Mario to chase after him again.

Mario once again defeats Donkey Kong, after many more challenges. As Donkey is about to capture Pauline again, Mario offers him a Mini Pauline. Donkey Kong accepts this gift, and, happy again, the entire group decides to ride the ferris wheel.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix

Mario danced to save the Mushroom Kingdom during the events of Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix. Waluigi went to Truffle Tower to gain Music Keys and grant him the power to "hypnotize the rhythm less masses". However, after he opened the door, all but one key flew to various locations in the Mushroom Kingdom. One of the music Keys went down the sea, another one to Mushroom Park and another one to Freeze Mountain. Toad, who saw this occur, rushed to tell Mario. If all keys were not returned, they could fall into the wrong hands.

Ever the hero, Mario set out to find all four Music Keys, along with Toad. Using his S.S. Brass to navigate, Mario challenged the key owners to dance-offs. Mario then faced Waluigi (and other creatures) to a dance-off and got all four Music Keys back.

After getting the keys, Bowser stole them. Bowser went to his castle and Mario followed him with the S.S. Brass. Mario did the "Final Dance Off" with him and got the Music Keys back. They then were all returned to the Truffle Tower.

Mario Baseball series

Mario is also playable in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers. Again, Mario is a balanced character although Mario is a bit of a slow runner in the first game. Mario's special ball is the classic Fireball, which dazzles other players with smoky speed. Mario's abilities are very similar to Luigi's. Mario's default team is the Mario Sunshines in Mario Superstar Baseball which mostly consists of the non-playable characters from Super Mario Sunshine. In Mario Super Sluggers, his team is called the Mario Fireballs, which consists of the Mario Bros., the Baby Mario Bros., Piantas, Nokis, and a Blooper.

Super Princess Peach

{C {C Mario was once again a Damsel-in-Distress during the events of Super Princess Peach. Bowser sent an army of Hammer Bros. and Goombas to invade Princess Peach's castle. Mario, Luigi, and the Toads, busy defending the castle, were caught by a bunch of Hammer Brothers. Princess Peach and a special umbrella named Perry given to her by Toadsworth, escaped in the nick of time. Mario and the others were sent to Vibe Island, the source of the enemies power. There they had no power to escape so Princess Peach went there to rescue him. Princess Peach defeated Bowser using her new "emotional" powers and this time, was the hero. Mario escapes himself. When Mario escapes, Princess Peach kisses him, and he gives her a bunch of flowers.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3

In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Mario is a default character. His Special Shot was the Fire Shot, which involves Mario dribbling the ball around him in the shape of an M, and then either alley-oop or dunk a flaming red basketball into the hoop. To execute this move, the player must tap the touchscreen in the shape of the letter M. Mario is classified as a balanced character.

Mario Strikers series

In the Mario Strikers series, Mario takes on yet another sport, football (also known as soccer). His stats are all-around in both games, Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged. His Super Strike in Mario Strikers is the Fire Strike. His Super Ability in Mario Strikers Charged is Super Mario! Unlike previous sports games, where Mario stayed in his usual traditional outfit, in the Mario Strikers series, he is seen wearing different gear, including different clothes and wearing cleats. In either game, Mario's team number is 1, and captain type is Balanced.

Mario & Sonic series

Mario also appears in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, and Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where he is classified as an "All Around" character. He participates in a variety of Olympic events, such as swimming, track & field, and archery. In the Adventure Tour of the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, he joins forces with Sonic to save the Snow Spirits from Bowser and Dr. Eggman.

Mario Sports Mix

Mario appears in Mario Sports Mix. He is an All-Rounder type character, and all of his stats are average. His stadium in the game is Mario Stadium. Most of his attacks involve spinning. In Basketball, he spins into his opponent if he is blocking his opponent for too long. In Hockey, his hits involve a two hit combo followed by a spin. In dodgeball, he rolls forward to avoid any incoming hit. In Volleyball, he spins when he spikes. In all sports, his special move is a fire blast that is so powerful that opponents have to resist the force while sliding backwards if they do not want Mario to score.

Other Appearances

Mario has been featured as a titular character in educational games like Mario Teaches Typing, the Mario's Early Years games, as well as Mario Paint. Mario is also seen on the cover art of Alleyway, where he is seen controlling the paddle. The Mario's Picross series depicts Mario as an archeologist. Though Mario has yet to star in his own game for the Nintendo 3DS, he is featured in the built-in Augmented Reality Games as a Character Card, a traceable image, and a stamp.

Personal Information

Physical Description

Mario's distinctive look is due to technology restrictions in the mid-'80s. With a limited number of pixels and colors, the programmers could not animate Mario's movement without making his arms "disappear" if his shirt was a solid color, so Mario got overalls. They did not have the space to give him a mouth. As a result, Mario has a mustache. They could not animate hair. Due to this, they used a cap to bypass these problems. Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto has also stated when interviewed that Mario wears a cap because he finds it difficult to draw hair, the same reason Mario and Luigi have mustaches.

When Mario was first conceived, he looked more or less as he does today: a stocky man with a trademark hat, brown hair, black mustache and overalls who is 155 cm (5 ft, 1 in) tall. He normally wears blue overalls on top of a red shirt, but such was not always the case. Originally, he wore red overalls on top of a blue shirt - almost exactly the opposite of what he wears now. The Famicom version of Mario Bros. was the first game to depict Mario with blue overalls and a red undershirt (Although on the boxart he was depicted entirely in blue); however, it was Super Mario Bros. 2 that standardized today's blue overalls-on-red shirt outfit. (Due to color limitations, the original Super Mario Bros. has neither in-game; Mario wears a brown shirt with red overalls). Mario's outfit rarely changes, though he is known to change it on occasion if the situation calls for it. For example, in Super Mario Sunshine, Mario wore short sleeves instead of his usual long sleeved shirt, and could even forgo this entirely in favor of a more tropical shirt design worn over his normal shirt, which he always wore with sunglasses. When Mario appeared in Super Smash Bros. Mele'e and Brawl, his clothing was much more realistic than it was in Super Smash Bros.

Mario has brown hair with three swooped up bangs. There are two flips at the top and back of the head. Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi's hairstyle have very similar traits. Mario's mustache was shown to be black, but more recent artworks depict it to be very dark brown. Mario's mustache also has six bumps on the bottom. Like most other Nintendo characters, he has light blue eyes.


  • 'Ca'p - The red cap Mario wears, it is really important for him because if he loses it he takes more damage. He has had the hat since he was born. He gets another hat when he is Fire Mario and a different one when he's Ice Mario. In Super Mario Sunshine, if he lost the hat he would lose health no matter what due to the extreme heat.
  • 'Glove's - A pair of white gloves he is rarely seen without, most likely for plumbing.
  • Shoes - A simple pair of brown work shoes. In the Paper Mario series, these are known as the Boots.
  • Overalls - Mario is typically depicted wearing nondescript blue overalls with yellow buttons. Mario can use Badges to change his overalls in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. The overalls turn red when he powers up into Fire Mario, and originally, the overalls were always red while the shirt was blue. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the overalls are made of denim and the buttons are golden.
  • Shirt - Mario usually wears a red long-sleeved shirt under his overalls, although he wore a short-sleeved version in Super Mario Sunshine and can wear different coloured clothing to look like Luigi, Wario or Waluigi in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
  • Badges - In RPG games, Mario wears badges that give him new attacks or abilities.


Despite his lengthy history, Mario is, in many ways, an undeveloped character, with many details of his accepted biography having been created through complex lore spawned from the imaginations of comic book artists, cartoon writers, and fans. In most media and some games, Mario is depicted as an Italian plumber from Brooklyn who stands for what is right and has a love for Italian food. He is also bilingual, as he can speak both Italian and English. Mario has proven himself to be an excellent fighter, all-around sports player, and party lover in Mario spin-off titles.

Officially, Nintendo producers have stated that Mario's biography is kept simple in order to make the character versatile and reusable in many different games and situations. Mario is indeed one of the most underdeveloped characters in the Mario series, with characters such as Bowser and Princess Peach having more complex, consistent, and unique back stories. In fact, his brother Luigi has even gained more of a personality in recent games, while Mario has stayed "flat."

Over the course of his many games, Mario has rescued a number of people from captivity (including Pauline, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, and Prince Pine) and has become regarded as a great hero in the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario is actually a famous personality across the world, and is a recognized celebrity inside and outside the Mushroom Kingdom. On the popular level, Mario is seen as the sole savior of the Mushroom Kingdom, while the contributions of others, including his own brother Luigi, have been forgotten or ignored. While not necessarily Mario's fault, Mario has remained in the limelight despite Luigi's equal efforts to protect the Mushroom Kingdom. In addition, Mario has been shown on very rare occasions, such as certain cutscenes in Mario Power Tennis, to have an almost overbearing attitude towards his brother. However, it should be noted that this could also just be Mario's outgoing "big brother" personality interacting with Luigi's more introverted nature.

Additionally, Mario is much more impulsive and aggressive than his brother Luigi and is willing to enter dangerous situations all alone. Unlike Luigi, Mario will often attempt to quickly solve a problem with his actions instead of sitting back and analyzing the situation. Mallow even had to physically restrain Mario from brawling several times, such as before the battle with Bowyer, so that the heroes could figure out what exactly was happening to their world. While he will accept help and even partners during his adventures, at times he may also resent the implication that he needs the help in the first place. Despite this, he seems to enjoy their company.

Despite these potential flaws, Mario is a kind-hearted and brave hero with a strong sense of justice, morality, and righteousness. He, more often than not, puts other peoples' problems and needs before his own. This is shown in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door when Doopliss had stolen his identity, and he is still willing to help Vivian with her problem, despite having his own to deal with. He is willing to risk his life to save the lives of millions from Bowser's destructive forces.

Like many other protagonists of Nintendo games, Mario rarely speaks, his dialogue primarily limited to numerous grunts and yells. When he does speak, he is shown to speak English with a heavy Italian accent, sporadically breaking into Italian. In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario is completely silent, communicating solely through pantomime. In the Paper Mario titles, he mainly communicates through simple nodding and hand gestures, and in the Mario & Luigi titles, he speaks in unintelligible gibberish that the other characters can understand perfectly. In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario is "heard" speaking in the opening scenes, but his dialogue is completely inaudible. In the Mario vs. Donkey Kong titles, Mario speaks fully, shouting sentences such as "Come back here, you big monkey!" He can be clearly heard shouting, "Welcome! Welcome, new galaxy!" in the ending of Super Mario Galaxy, as well as saying "Thank you so much for playing my game!" after the credits. He has full speech capabilities in the sports games and also speaks regularly in the DiC cartoon trilogy, though he speaks perfect English with a Brooklyn accent in the latter. In a press conference, Mario is shown to be able to speak in full sentences.

Powers and Abilities

Mario's first and trademark ability is his Jump, which allows him to leap two stories high, while doing two flips and a twist. He is the second best jumper in the Mushroom Kingdom, only bested by Luigi. He is also capable of several variations, including the Back Flip and the Spin Jump, and a Wall Jump.

  • Mario is always associated with the element of fire.
  • Mario has very powerful feet, which have trampled innumerable enemies, toppled Fortresses and even crushed spaceships. When timed correctly, he is able to do this 100 times in a row.
  • In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario is able to "transform" into other characters, which comes in handy, as he is a silent protagonist. This is not one of his attacks, however; he simply uses it to tell stories or explain situations to other characters.
  • Mario can use simple physical attacks, including punching and kicking.
  • Mario can perform many standard moves in the Mario series, such as the Ground Pound.
  • Mario has been shown to possess superhuman strength. In Super Mario World, he is seen lifting a fortress out of the ground and then throwing it. In Super Mario 64, he can carry and throw the very large King Bob-omb, despite the king being far larger than him. An even more impressive feat is during the battles with Bowser; Mario can grab him by the tail, spin him around and throw him. Mario spins Bowser around faster and farther with more spins. His strength is also shown in Super Mario Galaxy, where he can easily stun a Mega Goomba with a Star Spin despite its great size and his ability to knock Bowser around during battles with him. He can also lift Bob-ombs that were his size. In Bowser's Inside Story, he is able to, with great effort, lift and throw a 3 ton, morbidly obese Luigi when using the Snack Basket move among other fantastic feats.
  • Mario has extremely high stamina and can maintain continuous physical activity for an indefinite peroid of time.
  • Mario has a significant level of durability. He can withstand great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by opponents with superhuman strength, such as Donkey Kong or Bowser. Also, he can endure many things such as harsh environments. In the third Mario and Luigi game, he could withstand the freezing cold within Bowser's stomach or a dark energy blast from the Dark Star when Luigi had a difficult time shaking it off. Mario is very versatile and adapts amazingly fast to his surroundings, being able to go from scorching deserts to freezing snow peaks to the depths of outer-space. He can endure otherwise lethal hits (i.e. Burning, Electrocution, Freezing) several times before dying.
  • Mario's first weapons were the Hammer in Donkey Kong and the Fireball in Super Mario Bros. Mario often uses the Hammer as a weapon in Mario RPGs. Mario can, in some games, control fire without a Fire Flower power-up.
  • Mario has eleven power-ups that allow him to fly; the Raccoon Suit, the Tanooki Suit, the Cape Feather, the Wing Cap, the P-Wing, the P-Balloon, the Power Flower, the Bee Mushroom, the Boo Mushroom, the Red Star, and the Propeller Mushroom.
  • In Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario had the ability to transform into a Hammer Bro. with the ability to throw hammers at his enemies or a Frog which let him swim faster and jump higher.
  • Mario has three other caps he can wear, the Metal Cap, Wing Cap and Vanish Cap, which turn him into Metal Mario, make him fly and make him invisible and intangible, respectively.
  • Mario even has his own fighting style. Although he never really uses it in his games, except the Smash Bros. series, he does use the martial arts in a Super Mario Bros. 3 comic. In the comic, while fighting Lemmy Koopa, Mario says, "Good thing I know karate!" In the following panel, Mario jumps many times in a rapid motion, dodging all of Lemmy's attacks with ease. Mario also has a black belt in Plumb Fu.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Mario became more paper-like, and could become Flat Mario, Paper Tube Mario, Paper Airplane Mario, and Paper Boat Mario thanks to the "curses" that were granted to him by the Black Chest Demons.
  • In Super Paper Mario, Mario was given the ability to flip between dimensions.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario has a special attack called the Mario Finale, in which he unleashes a twin stream of fire from his hands, although he requires a Smash Ball in order to execute it.
  • Mario is able to hold his breath for a long period of time, as seen in Super Mario Bros. and numerous later games. However, in 3D platformers such as Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshin'e and Super Mario Galaxy, he isn't able to hold his breath for as long.
  • Mario seems to not be bothered by certain temperature levels, even in volcanoes and tundras (although in Super Mario Sunshine Mario would take damage without his hat on due to the heat and in Super Mario 64, Mario would shiver when not moving in snow level).
  • In the 2-D games, Mario is shown to run at a fast pace, even fast enough to run up walls. In the opening to Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario is shown to run as fast as Sonic the Hedgehog.

Interactions with Other Characters (Alphabetically)


Bowser is Mario's arch nemesis and main enemy. Bowser and Mario have had a long history of antagonism and rivalry for Princess Peach. However, Mario almost always defeats Bowser one way or another. Bowser always tries to find a way to take Peach from Mario and have her all for himself. Bowser is jealous of Peach's friendship with Mario, as he admits in Super Paper Mario. Occasionally, Bowser is on the same side as Mario when they shared a common enemy, as shown in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Super Paper Mari'o and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. Oddly enough, Bowser has saved Mario from a few obstacles, as shown in the last cinema in Mario Super Sluggers; Bowser stops a Bullet Bill from taking out Mario. Of course, Bowser's only reason for saving Mario is because he needs a rival and wants to destroy Mario by himself.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is the son of Mario's old enemy from the Donkey Kong Jr. era, in which DK's father was just a kid. Despite Mario's old conflicts with DK's grandfather, now known as Cranky Kong, he has developed a friendly and somewhat competitive rivalry with Donkey Kong as witnessed in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. Donkey Kong regularly takes part in numerous sports with Mario and his friends, often bringing along his eager nephew, Diddy Kong.


Luigi is Mario's younger twin brother. Luigi usually joins and accompanies Mario on his adventures, serving as the secondary protagonist (although Mario has been known to go on adventures by himself). Through the years, Mario and Luigi have maintained a brotherly love for each other as shown in games like Luigi's Mansion and the Mario & Luigi series. In addition, the two of them are normally paired together in sports titles and spin-offs and although Luigi has shown to be slightly jealous of Mario at times (as he admits in Paper Mario), he loves his brother very much and looks up to him as a positive role model. For his part, Mario seems to allow his sibling rivalry to get the best of him when competing directly with Luigi. When Luigi receives a trophy in Mario Power Tennis, Mario is shown slapping Luigi's back and stepping on Luigi's foot intentionally. In the Mario Sports Mix press conference, Mario has stated that "Luigi loves being [his] sidekick", despite Luigi's complaining that he is "tired of being Player 2" and that it is his "time to shine".


Pauline was Mario's first girlfriend and damsel-in-distress. Since Donkey Kong, Mario has rescued her on different occasions from the clutches of Donkey Kong and his father.

Princess Daisy

Princess Daisy and Mario have been officially stated to be good friends. She was rescued by Mario from the clutches of Tatanga in Super Mario Land; at the time it was implied the two had a romantic interest equal to that of Mario and Peach's. In later games, Mario and Daisy are given the team name "Nice Couple" when paired together. In the Mario Baseball series, the two do not share player chemistry; this is similar to Luigi and Peach.

Princess Peach

Princess Peach is shown to be Mario's close companion since childhood. Mario saves Peach quite often and she usually will bake him a cake or kiss him upon her rescue. Since Peach's debut appearance, the two have been largely speculated to be in a romantic relationship. This is confirmed in the official European Mario website, in which Peach is listed as Mario's girlfriend.

In Luigi's Mansion, she sends Toad to help Luigi search for his brother, and in Mario Party 5, Peach and Mario are called "Cutest Couple". They also share chemistry together in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers, as they are "buddy players". Mario Power Tennis even goes as far as showing Mario himself telling Peach of his love for her in Peach's victory scene. Peach responded with a smile and blew a kiss. Also, in Mario's victory scene in Mario Power Tennis, Peach gives him a small kiss on his cheek. They both show deep devotion to each other as depicted in many of the games, especially in the Paper Mario series. In the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen", published in the German Club Nintendo magazine, it is even revealed that they spent their graduation ball in school together, and that Peach decided in favor of Mario and against Wario. Mario and Peach are the Secret Staff Ghosts for Rainbow Road in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. The official guide describe them at this: Aw, isn’t that cute? Mario and Peach are together again, zipping down the Rainbow Road and leaving the player coughing up their dust.

In the first Paper Mario, one of the Toads tells Mario to take Peach on a date to Shooting Star Summit. For the official guide of Yoshi's Island DS, in the description for the level Baby Mario and Baby Peach: Dynamic Duo, Nintendo mentioned that before the "romantic entanglements" in their adult lives, they teamed up as babies to stop evil. Also the official guide for Mario Party 8 stated that Peach is apple of Mario's eye. Rosalina in Super Mario Galaxy even referred to Peach as Mario's 'Special One'.


Rosalina befriended Mario in Super Mario Galaxy. She trusted him enough to help her restore the Comet Observatory; and in return she helped him to defeat Bowser.


Toad is shown to be Mario's good friend. Toad usually helps Mario with supporting roles and often gives him advice in his adventures. In the Mario cartoons, Toad was shown to be a close friend of both Mario and Luigi's, as he would commonly be seen assisting them in stopping King Koopa's evil plots. Toad even helped in domestic situations, alongside Princess Peach. Toad directly ventured with Mario in the events of Super Mario Bros. 2. Throughout the issues of the Nintendo Comics System, the comics often portrayed Toad to being Mario's loyal and trusted sidekick. In Super Mario '64 and its DS remake, Toad completely trusted Mario throughout his adventure. In the Super Mario Galaxy games, Toad often relied on Mario to back him and his brigade up in various situations during the adventure. In the Mario Party installments, both Toad and Mario often share positive team names. It is safe to say that both Mario and Toad share a good relationship with each other.


Wario is Mario's rival. Their relationship started out very violent with such acts as Wario stealing Mario's Castle in the Super Mario Land games, but their rivalry has settled down in later games. The two even teamed together in Super Mario 64 DS (though they did attack each other possibly for fun in the intro). Nintendo Power has stated that Wario is Mario's cousin, but this is unconfirmed.


Yoshi is Mario's best friend. They have gone on many adventures together, not to mention he saved and helped Mario when he was a baby. Mario occasionally rides Yoshi, although Yoshi has been known to be as good as Mario on his own two feet. Mario and Yoshi are often seen together trying to foil Bowser's plans. Yoshi is often shown to be eager to help Mario on his journeys. The two also share positive team names in the spin-off and sports titles.