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|Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.|
|Voiced by||Charles Martinet|
Mario is the main star of the Mario series and acts as the mascot of Nintendo. He is part of a pair of twin siblings known as the Mario Brothers. Mario is the more commonly featured and popular of the pair, and he is the more adventurous. He has gone on many types of adventures with a variety of foes, usually saving damsels in distress, but his most common adventures have involved saving Princess Peach from the grasp of the evil Koopa king, Bowser. Despite being a short Italian man, Mario is famed throughout the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond for his jumping abilities, and he has been acknowledged by many as a great warrior. Sometimes he is joined by his brother, Luigi, who is a better jumper but more reluctant to engage in constant adventure.
Mario's first adventure took place before he was officially born, in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. He and his brother Luigi were being delivered to their parents by the stork. But Kamek, having prophesied that the babies would grow up to cause trouble for the Koopa clan, intercepted the stork and attempted to kidnap the babies. Luigi was captured, but Kamek accidentally dropped Mario. Baby Mario fell down to Yoshi's Island and landed on the back of a Yoshi. The Yoshis clan helped to escort Baby Mario across the island in search of his brother, before Kamek's men kidnapped Mario as well. Baby Mario was able to lead the Yoshis towards Luigi's location through some kind of strange intuition. Mario was mostly a backseat rider for the adventure, but he had some brief moments of glory whenever he grabbed a Super Star- which temporarily made him invincible and able to run around with Yoshi's aid. In the end, Yoshi defeated Baby Bowser. The Baby Mario Brothers were reunited and taken to their parents by the Stork.
Yoshi's New Island later retcons that the stork accidentally took the brothers to the wrong house. Once he realized his mistake, he went to take the brothers to the correct home, only to be ambushed by Kamek once again, who also was only able to kidnap Baby Luigi again. Baby Mario ended up on Egg Island and tried moving under his own power, but the Yoshis took note of this and soon came to help him. They took Baby Mario on a similar adventure and defeated Baby Bowser once more, followed by Bowser's adult self. After Bowser was defeated, Baby Luigi was saved once again, and this time the stork brought the brothers to their true parents.
In Yoshi's Island DS, a future version of Kamek tried kidnapping all the world's babies to see which of them contained the seven fallen stars. Mario was among the babies kidnapped, but the Stork was able to save him. Baby Mario was reunited with the Yoshi clan, and this time he wasn't the only baby on board. Peach, Donkey Kong, Wario and Bowser (the latter two didn't stay for very long) also rode the backs of the Yoshis to free the rest of the kidnapped babies, which included Luigi. This adventure was also successful, and the Baby Mario Brothers were returned home again. The ending revealed Mario to be one of the babies born with one of the seven stars.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time showed Baby Mario and Baby Luigi, looking more toddler-aged, having become playmates with the baby Peach. They also defended her from Baby Bowser's attempts to kidnap her, starting a pattern that would repeat itself for years. Baby Mario and Luigi also went on a time-traveling adventure with their adult selves. It is possible that Baby Mario made several more trips to the future with the adult Mario, as that would explain his presence alongside Mario in various sports games.
Baby Mario appears in Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, Mario Tennis GBC (in the minigame mode), Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Tennis Open (where he is unlockable) and Mario Kart 8 as a playable character. He also makes came appearances in Mario Power Tennis and Mario Kart Arcade GP 2.
Not much is known about Mario's upbringing. Unofficial sources indicate that he was raised in Italy and later moved to Brooklyn, but this is discouraged by Yoshi's Island and its sequels, which show Mario residing in the Mushroom Kingdom even in his infancy.
The Arcade/NES Adventures
One of Mario's first known noble acts in his adult years was when he chased and battled the angry ape Donkey Kong to save his girlfriend Pauline in Donkey Kong. The initial battle took place at a construction site. It originally ended when Mario defeated Donkey Kong there, but in the 1994 remake, Donkey Kong was able to escape with Pauline and the chase continued over a variety of locales. Mario finally defeated Donkey Kong at the top of a tower after he became a giant. At the end, Mario and Pauline found themselves in what seemed to be the Mushroom Kingdom, and Pauline tossed him what may have been his first Super Mushroom. This version's ending also implied the beginning of a friendship between the humans and the Kongs when they all posed together for a photograph.
Initially described as a carpenter, it seems that Mario later made the switch to plumbing and began including Luigi in his work. Mario and Luigi worked together to battle some monsters in the sewers in Mario Bros.. They also worked together in demolition work in Wrecking Crew. In the Mushroom Kingdom, the brothers later embark on an adventure to save Princess Peach from Bowser, whom had taken over the Mushroom kingdom in Super Mario Bros.. They proceeded on a similar mission in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and they succeeded in both quests.
Mario even began to go on adventures in his sleep. In Super Mario Bros. 2 he saved the dream world of Subcon from Wart with the aid of Luigi, Peach and Toad, or at least dream versions of them. Mario and Luigi embarked on another quest to defeat Bowser in Super Mario Bros. 3. But this time, in addition to saving the princess from him, Mario also had to liberate the seven countries of the Mushroom World from Bowser's children. Apparently his deeds were good enough that he received his own island, known as Mario Land, which had Mario's own castle. Despite this, Mario and Luigi lived in a small pad known as the Pipe House.
Mario also saved the foreign land of Sarasaland and its Princess Daisy from the alien warlord Tatanga in Super Mario Land, with the aid of new power-ups and special vehicles. While he was away, Wario took over Mario Land and occupied Mario's castle. Mario then ventured throughout his own land, infested with Wario's minions, to gain the six golden coins in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Mario eventually accessed the castle with the six golden coins and defeated Wario.
The SNES/N64 Adventures
In Super Mario World, Mario, Luigi and Peach went on vacation to Dinosaur Land. But the vacation had to go on hold when Peach was captured by Bowser. Mario and Luigi were joined in this adventure by Yoshi, who needed Mario's help in freeing his friends from Bowser's children. Even in this strange new land, Mario trounced Bowser and his Koopa Kids. This was Mario's last adventure with Luigi for years, as Luigi became more comfortable guarding the Pipe House while Mario fought evil. Mario and Yoshi later teamed up again to save Jewelry Land and its rulers from the clutches of Bowser and his children in Yoshi's Safari.
Wario returned to pester Mario in Mario & Wario, by dropping buckets and other objects over the heads of Mario and his friends so that they would blindly wander into unfriendly obstacles. Luckily, a friendly fairy named Wanda guided them to Luigi, who removed the items. Mario also made a cameo appearance at the end of Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, when he arrived at the last minute to retrieve the stolen statue of Princess Peach - and in the process he completely ruined Wario's plans, as Wario planned to hold it for ransom.
One of Mario's biggest adventures ensued in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. What started out as a routine rescue of Peach from Bowser mutated into an adventure to save the entire world. Mario found that he had to find the seven shards of the broken Star Road, or no wishes would ever come true in the world. He also had to find it before the Smithy Gang, who planned to use the stars for their own nefarious purposes. In this adventure Mario was joined by two new partners, Mallow and Geno. Peach and even Bowser joined up with him in this quest as well. After a lengthy battle, Mario and his group of adventurers succeeded in destroying Smithy and restoring peace to the world.
In Super Mario 64, Mario (as well as Luigi and Wario in the DS version) was invited to Princess Peach's Castle for cake. But upon his arrival, he found that Peach and her retainers had been sealed within the walls of the castle by Bowser. Only the power of the 150 Power Stars, hidden throughout the castle and the worlds hidden in the castle's portraits, could restore the castle. However, Mario was captured early in the adventure and held captive by the Goomba King until Yoshi saved him. Mario and the others continued on their adventure and defeated Bowser again.
Bowser once more kidnapped Peach in Paper Mario, but this time there was a twist. Bowser had stolen the magical Star Rod and used it to make himself invincible. Mario was defeated by Bowser and left for dead near Goomba Village. He was nursed back to health by the family of a young Goomba named Goombario. Goombario and six others became Mario's partners in his latest quest. He was contacted by the seven Star Spirits and instructed to find and save them. Their combined powers could nullify the effects of Bowser's Star Rod. Mario succeeded in saving the Star Spirits, but it was only when Peach contributed her own power to Mario and the Star Spirits that Mario was able to finish Bowser off.
The Gamecube Adventures
Despite always being the rescuer, Mario was the one who needed rescuing in Luigi's Mansion. Mario had been captured by King Boo and trapped in a painting. Luckily, Luigi was able to face his fears and eventually rescue Mario. In Super Mario Sunshine, Mario and Peach tried going on a vacation again to Isle Delfino, but it once again turned rotten due to Koopa intervention. Upon arriving on the island, Mario was arrested as he was suspected of being the man responsible for polluting and vandalizing the island. Mario was sentenced to clean up the mess, which he worked on with the aid of a talking water-pump named FLUDD, collecting the island's Shine Sprites at the same time. He also had several confrontations with the true vandal, Shadow Mario, who later revealed himself to be a disguised Bowser Jr. and kidnapped Princess Peach for his father. The adventure concluded with a showdown against both Bowser and Bowser Jr. FLUDD nearly died out afterwards, almost bringing Mario to tears, but Peach's Toads were able to repair it. Afterwards, Mario's true vacation began.
The original plumbing duo was reunited in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga when Mario and Luigi traveled to the Beanbean Kingdom, initially to retrieve Princess Peach's voice from the evil Cackletta. The brothers found themselves lost in a land they were not familiar with, one where not everyone saw them as the superstars they were in the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario and Luigi had to learn several new cooperative Bros. Moves and Attacks in order to survive. They eventually destroyed the evil Cackletta and whipped her minion Fawful into submission.
Mario's popularity led to the creation of a line of Mini-Mario toys. But this caused trouble in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, when Donkey Kong became infatuated with the toys and stole a giant bag of them. Mario went on a long quest, similar to his pursuit of the original Donkey Kong, until Donkey Kong was defeated. But Mario was generous enough to let the Kong keep one of the toys, rekindling their friendship.
Mario embarked on another grand-scale adventure in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. This time Peach had been captured by the X-Nauts, who were seeking the seven Crystal Stars that were needed to open the Thousand-Year Door. Mario went on a journey to find the Crystal Stars before the X-Nauts did and attempt to save Peach. Mario had many great experiences along the way, gaining another seven partners. He became the champion of the Glitz Pit in Glitzville under the fighting name of the Great Gonzalez. But at one point, Doopliss assumed Mario's form, turning Mario into a pale shadow. Even Mario's partners believed that Doopliss was the real Mario. Despite being shunned by his friends, Vivian sympathized with Mario and helped him to defeat Doopliss and gain his form back.
Mario and his partners continued their adventure and gathered the seven Crystal Stars, but they were tricked by the X-Nauts into using it to open the Thousand-Year Door. Within, the X-Nauts performed a ritual that freed the spirit of the Shadow Queen, who possessed Princess Peach's body. With the help of the Crystal Stars and all the people he had helped throughout his adventure, Mario was able to separate the Shadow Queen from Peach's body and destroy her.
In Mario Pinball Land, another quest to save Peach from Bowser forced Mario to utilize a machine that turned him into a living pinball. Mario was able to master this handicap and defeat Bowser. In another weird adventure, Mario and Luigi mastered their dancing abilities in order to save the Music Keys from Wario and Waluigi in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix.
The DS/Wii Adventures
Mario and Luigi were later captured by the Koopa Troop in Super Princess Peach, after they had used the Vibe Rod to render them overly emotional and incapable of clear action. Ultimately it was the princess who saved them, repaying them for all the times they saved her from the Koopa King. Mario was held within Bowser's Villa, and he was freed from his cage by Peach after she defeated Bowser, at which point they were reunited in a running hug (with Mario instantly producing a bouquet for her).
The Mario Bros. embarked on a time-traveling adventure in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time in order to defeat the evil alien race known as the Shroobs. This adventure teamed the brothers up with their infant selves. Together, this quartet of Marios was able to repel the alien invasion. Mario and Luigi also went on an old-fashioned adventure in New Super Mario Bros., in order to save Princess Peach from Bowser Jr. (and they had several encounters with the original Bowser along the way).
In Super Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi went out to save Princess Peach from Bowser, only to see that Count Bleck had captured them both. Bleck then tossed Mario into another dimension, Flipside. There Mario met with Merlon and the Pixl Tippy. Mario joined with Tippy and a group of other Pixls in order to gather the eight Pure Hearts, which would prevent the Void created by Count Bleck from destroying all worlds. Mario was also accompanied by Peach, Bowser and Luigi. Together they were the four warriors foretold in the prophecies of the Light Prognosticus. They were able to defeat Count Bleck and afterwards his mutinous follower, Dimentio, and thus save all worlds from destruction.
In Super Mario Galaxy, Mario was invited to the castle by Princess Peach for the star festival. However, as he arrived Bowser began an attack on the castle with his fleet of airships as well as several spacecrafts. To Mario's dismay, Bowser towed Peach's castle away into space with Peach still aboard. Mario himself was teleported safely to the Gateway Galaxy by a Luma. He met the "mother" of the Lumas, Rosalina, who entrusted Mario with Lumas to aid him by granting him the ability to travel through space. At Rosalina's request, Mario traveled to many galaxies from the Comet Observatory to find the Power Stars and Grand Stars needed to power the Comet Observatory (with help from Luigi and a group of Toads). After he collected enough, Rosalina was able to pilot the observatory to Bowser's hideout in the center of the universe, where he was building his own galaxy. Mario was able to best Bowser once again in combat, and the Lumas were able to save Mario and all the others from the explosion, and safely returned them to the planet along with Peach's castle.
In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the Mario Bros. attended a conference in Peach's Castle regarding the Blorbs epidemic and defeated Bowser after he crashed the meeting. However, he soon returned under the influence of a Vacuum Shroom and sucked up everyone in the conference room, which had the added effect of shrinking them and trapping them within his body. Mario and Luigi, with the guidance of the Star Sprite Starlow, navigated Bowser's body in search of Princess Peach and the missing Toads, at the same time performing various tasks within Bowser's body to improve his abilities as well as allowing them to progress further through his body. They eventually rescued Peach, but she was then snatched by Fawful, who was using her to resurrect the Dark Star.
At this point, the Mario brothers found Warp Pipes that took them out of Bowser's body, although they still had to return there several times later on. After seeking guidance from Dr. Toadley, they sought the three Star Cures that they needed to get to Peach's Castle (as well as cure the Blorbs) and stop Fawful. Mario and Luigi were able to gather all three (although it was actually Bowser who retrieved the second one), and successfully created the Miracle Cure. After freeing Bowser from being trapped in a safe, they returned to his body so that he could storm the castle more easily. They then hunted down and defeated the Dark Star Core after Bowser swallowed it, but it was able to reform as a Dark Bowser. During Bowser's climatic battle with the Dark Bowser, he made sure to swallow the Dark Star Core (which had bonded with Dark Fawful's remains), and the Mario brothers were able to defeat it. Dark Fawful then attempted to take Mario and Luigi down with him by self-destructing, but this instead made Bowser regurgitate everyone. Mario and Luigi proceeded to trounce Bowser, who was furious to learn Mario and Luigi had been inside his body all along, over the end credits. They then however helped Peach to prepare a thank you cake for their old enemy.
In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Bowser had his children capture Princess Peach on her birthday. As usual, Mario and Luigi (as well as two Toads) traveled relentlessly across eight lands, defeating all eight of the Koopa Kids as well as Kamek as they proceeded. In the end, they were able to defeat Bowser as well in order to save the princess. Luigi and the Toads then stole a pair of hot air balloons from Bowser's castle, one of which Mario and Peach rode him together while she told him about the secret ninth world.
Mario went on another intergalactic adventure in Super Mario Galaxy 2 when Bowser used the power of the Stars to become a giant and captured Peach during the Star Festival. As Bowser once more retreated into space to build a space empire, Mario wound up receiving passage from a friendly Luma named Lubba, aboard a planetoid spaceship which he converted to resemble Mario's face, at which point it became known as Starship Mario. Mario was accompanied by a special baby Luma that was lost from the Comet Observatory and explored various galaxies to collect the Power Stars, teaming up with Yoshi and occasionally tagging in Luigi along the way. Mario ultimately defeated Bowser in one last battle, saving the last Grand Star as well as Peach. At that point, they were also reunited with Rosalina, and the baby Luma returned to her while taking Mario's hat as a keepsake. Mario, Peach, Luigi, Yoshi and Lubba then returned to the Mushroom Kingdom to celebrate.
The 3DS/Wii U Adventures
Mario went on another adventure to save the princess from Bowser in Super Mario 3D Land. A Tanooki Tree near the castle had been stripped of its Super Leaves, which empowered many of Mario's enemies with Tanooki tails. At the same time, Mario was also able to make heavy usage of the suit. He once again defeated Bowser and rescued the princess. This unlocked a secondary adventure within the Special Worlds, where he saved Luigi, and after this was complete one of them had to save Peach a second time.
Mario is most well-known for his jumping abilities, although most games feature Luigi as being the better jumper of the duo. The Hammer is also shown as Mario's best weapon in various games, especially the RPGs. He has also been known to use Koopa shells as weapons. In the platforming games, Mario can often gain a variety of power-ups that he uses to take on new forms.
Mario also has a keen control over fire. In most games, especially his platforming adventures, Mario could only shoot fireballs when powered-up by a Fire Flower. However, Mario could shoot fireballs as a special move in Super Mario RPG and a special item in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario also learned the Firehand technique, which allowed him to produce fireballs in the palm of his hand. These different fire powers may be seen as contradictory to each other.
Some games seem to feature Mario in other roles that seem to contradict his role in other games. The most notable example is Dr. Mario, who appeared in Dr. Mario and Dr. Mario 64. In these games, Dr. Mario was shown as the inventor of the Megavitamins. Such an occupation would be hard to fit into Mario's adventuring (and sports) schedule. One lesser-known example was his role as Chef Mario in Yoshi's Cookie.
In Dr. Mario, Dr. Mario worked at the virus research lab in the Mushroom Kingdom Hospital with Peach as his nurse. However, an experiment went wrong and caused the outbreak of a virus. Dr. Mario used his newly-invented vitamin (presumably the Megavitamin) to stop the viruses.
Dr. Mario later used his Megavitamins to go around curing people in Dr. Mario 64. But both Wario and Rudy sought the Megavitamins, and eventually Mad Scienstein stole it for Rudy. Dr. Mario and Wario chased the Scienstein until they reached Rudy's lair. After defeating Rudy, he found that Rudy only wanted the Megavitamins to cure his flu, so he treated him. It is possible for him to transform into Metal Mario in this game.
This form is introduced in Super Mario 64 as a power-up form caused by the Metal Cap, which is found within a unique box known as the metal box. It allows Mario to take on a solid metallic appearance. In this form, Mario is nearly invincible. He can walk underwater and can only be hurt by long falls. In the remake, Super Mario 64 DS, only Wario was capable of assuming a Metal form as a result of touching the Power Flower. Dr. Mario also turns into Metal Mario in Dr. Mario 64 (as a result of eating Megavitamins), and in Mario Strikers Charged, Mario's Mega Strike involves becoming a Fiery Metal Mario. The Metal Shroom Orb item also has a similar effect in Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 8 on anyone who uses it.
Metal Mario notably appears as a playable character in a variety of spin-off games. He is unlockable in Mario Golf 64, Dr. Mario 64, Mario Kart 7, Mario Tennis Open (where he is a QR Downloadable Character) and Mario Kart 8. He was also featured as a miniboss in Super Smash Bros.. The latter games followed this precedent but mixed it up by including metallic versions of the other characters, and also introduced a Metal Box power-up that any character could use to temporarily be metallic. A trophy for Metal Mario also appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Aside from all this, Mario is known for his love of sports. He and other inhabitants of the Mushroom World have participated in various sports in the past. These include:
- Golf: This started when Mario was available as a playable character in NES Open Tournament Golf. He was later playable in Mario Golf 64, Mario Golf GB, Mobile Golf, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Mario Golf: Advance Tour and Mario Golf: World Tour. Mario was also the final opponent of Mario Golf GB, in which he is overthrown as the Mushroom Kingdom's golfing champion by Kid.
- Kart Racing: The most well-known example, Mario had embarked in many kart racing games starting with Super Mario Kart and continuing in Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Mario Kart Arcade GP, Mario Kart DS, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX and Mario Kart 8.
- Tennis: Mario's first tennis game was Mario's Tennis on the Virtual Boy, and he continued this sport as a playable character in Mario Tennis 64 and Mario Power Tennis. Mario is unlockable in Mario Tennis GBC and Mario Tennis: Power Tour. In both handheld games he is the final opponent of Singles Mode and is unlocked as a playable character after being defeated. He is also paired up with Peach in the Doubles Modes of both games.
- Baseball: Mario is a playable captain in Mario Superstar Baseball and Mario Super Sluggers .
- Soccer: Mario was also a playable captain in Super Mario Strikers and in Mario Strikers Charged.
- Olympics: Mario is playable in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Mario & Sonic at the 2012 London Olympic Games and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
- Other Sports: Mario is playable in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 and Mario Sports Mix.
In addition to all these, Mario has starred in the long-running series of Mario Party games. These feature Mario and friends adventuring across giant board games and competing in minigames. The individual stories for each game vary, but most involve Mario and the others competing for some sort of title. Mario is playable in all of the games - Mario Party, Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, Mario Party 5, Mario Party 6, Mario Party Advance, Mario Party 7, Mario Party 8, Mario Party-e, Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party, Super Mario Fushigi no Korokoro Party 2, Mario Party DS, Mario Party 9 and Mario Party: Island Tour. He was also playable in the similarly-themed board game titles Itadaki Street DS and Fortune Street.
- Mario was included as a Gamecube exclusive character in the Electronic Arts games NBA Streets V3 and SSX On Tour.
- In the Just Dance series, Mario was featured in a special track called "Just Mario" where the plumber danced in some settings based on Super Mario Bros.. This track was available on Japan's Just Dance Wii and as DLC for the Wii version of Just Dance 3.
Mario appears in the Smash Bros. series as one of the prime playable characters, being a playable character in Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
Dr. Mario also appeared as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee, where he was a slower clone of Mario. His moves were largely the same as Mario's, with the main differences being that he threw Megavitamins instead of fireballs and used a medical blanket instead of a cape. In Melee, he was unlocked by playing 100 Vs. Mode matches or by completing Classic Mode with Mario on any difficulty without continuing. Dr. Mario was removed from Super Smash Bros. Brawl along with Roy, Pichu, and Mewtwo, though a text dump of the game lists him as a fighter, implying that he may have been intended to return.
He later returned as an unlockable character for the 3DS/Wii U Smash. In the 3DS version, he was unlocked by playing 60 Vs. Matches or by beating Classic Mode with Mario on a difficulty level of 4.0 or higher, and in the Wii U version he was unlcoked by playing 50 Vs. Matches or by clearing Master Orders on a Hard difficulty. He is a more balanced character in this game and gains a Final Smash known as the Doctor Finale. It is similar to the Mario Finale, except that Dr. Mario attacks with a pair of giant Megavitamin capsules.
Mario is generally shown to be a balanced, all-around fighter. Dr. Mario's moves are generally a slower version of Mario's, but with some of the moves altered to be medical-themed.
Mario's special moves throughout the series are as follows:
- Standard Special Move: Fireball- Mario shoots out fireballs which bounce along the ground. Dr. Mario instead fires Megavitamins.
- Side Special Move: Cape- Mario whirls his cape from Super Mario World. This move can be used to deflect projectiles and toss off enemy attacks. Dr. Mario instead uses a medical sheet. This move is introduced in Melee.
- Up Special Move: Super Jump Punch- With this move, Mario will unleash an extra jump into the air as in the classic 2-D games with his fist-upraised. This can cause extra damage to enemies above and causes coins to drop from the enemy as an added effect.
- Down Special Move (1): Mario Tornado- Mario's original down special move, the Mario Tornado causes Mario to spin his arms around in a circle. In Brawl, this becomes one of his normal moves instead. For Dr. Mario, it remains a special move in his reappearance.
- Down Special Move (2): F.L.U.D.D.- Introduced in Brawl. When this move is used, FLUDD appears on Mario's back and will blast a jet of water after being charged. This move actually does no damage but can push enemies away and even off of ledges.
- Final Smash: Mario Finale- When Mario's Final Smash is activated, he temporarily unleashes a powerful barrage of fireballs that launch in various directions and angles, blowing most enemies away.
- 'Final Smash: Doctor Finale- Dr. Mario's version of the Final Smash, seen only in the 3DS/Wii U Smash. This move involves him attacking with a giant Megavitamin.
Brawl: Subspace Emissary
In "The Subspace Emissary", Mario first appears in the opening, where he engages Kirby in an exhibition match in a floating stadium while the Princesses Peach and Zelda watch. Afterwards, the stadium was attacked by the Subspace Army, and Mario was hit by a cannonball that sent him flying to Skyworld and reverted him to trophy form. He was discovered and revived by Pit, and the two were together to fight through various Subspace minions. After returning to land and failing in their pursuit of The Ancient Minister, a misunderstanding arose after Mario witnessed Link and Yoshi's defeat of a possessed Peach, or Link witnessed Mario and Pit's defeat of a possessed Zelda, which led Mario and Link to battle each other due to thinking the other had killed his princess.
Following the battle, they realized the misunderstanding and teamed up to pursue King Dedede, who had one of the princesses as well as several other trophies. They were joined by Kirby, and the five continued their chase but ultimately Bowser escaped with the princess. They then tried to capture the Ancient Minister again, but they were forced to retreat after another Subspace Bomb activated. The five heroes then arrived to help Marth and several others fight off Subspace minions at the base of the Glacial Mountain, and there the main party united then traveled into Subspace for the final battles against Tabuu.
- Mario and Dr. Mario each have three unlockable trophies in Melee, and trophies of Baby Mario, Metal Mario, Raccoon Mario and Paper Mario can also be obtained. In Japan, it was also possible to obtain an extra trophy of Mario with Yoshi.
- In Brawl, Mario has two main trophies - his normal trophy and one of his final smash - as well as additional trophies of Paper Mario and Baby Mario. He also has ten different stickers which use art of him from Mario Kart DS, Mario Superstar Baseball, Super Paper Mario, with Luigi in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, with Yoshi in Super Mario Sunshine, two as Baby Mario in Yoshi's Island, one of Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros. 3, one of Dr. Mario from Nintendo Puzzle Collection and one special Super Mario Bros. image.
- Along with Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi, Mario can exclusively equip the following stickers for the Subspace Emissary:
- 1-Up Mushroom (New Super Mario Bros.)
- Bowser (Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix)
- Bowser (Mario Kart 64)
- Bowser (Super Paper Mario)
- Coin (New Super Mario Bros.)
- Dice Block (Mario Party 8)
- Dr. Mario (Nintendo Puzzle Collection)
- Koopa (Super Mario Strikers)
- Lakitu (Mario Kart: Super Circuit)
- Luigi (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
- Luigi & Baby Luigi (Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time)
- Mario (Mario Kart DS)
- Mario & Luigi (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
- Mario & Yoshi (Super Mario Sunshine)
- Mega Rush Badge (Paper Mario)
- Mushroom (New Super Mario Bros.)
- Peach (Mario Superstar Baseball)
- Peach (Super Mario Bros. 2)
- Peach (Super Princess Peach)
- Rawk Hawk (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)
- Red Fire (Mario Kart: Double Dash!!)
- Super Mario Bros. (Super Mario Bros.)
- Toad (Mario Party 6)
- Toad & Toadette (Mario Party 7)
- Waluigi (Mario Superstar Baseball)
- Waluigi (Super Mario Strikers)
- Yoshi (Mario Party 2)
- Yoshi (Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door)
- Yoshi (Yoshi Touch & Go)
- Along with Luigi, Peach, Bowser, and Yoshi, Mario can exclusively equip the following stickers for the Subspace Emissary:
- In the 3DS/Wii U games, Mario and Dr. Mario each have two standard unlockable trophies in both games, as well as an extra trophy for their respective Final Smashes in the Wii U game. The 3DS version also has trophies for Paper Mario, Tanooki Mario & Kitsune Luigi, Boomerang Mario, Statue Mario (from Super Mario 3D Land), Mario with a Propeller Box, Mario with a Gold Block, Mario from Mario Golf: World Tour, Mario with a Standard Kart and Baby Mario, while the Wii U version has trophies for Bee Mario, Boo Mario, Spring Mario, Rainbow Mario, Cloud Mario, Rock Mario, Flying Squirrel Mario, Cat Mario, Propeller Mario, Penguin Mario and Mario with a Standard Bike from Mario Kart Wii.
- Mario's first appearance outside of the video games was in the Donkey Kong segment of the Saturday Supercade cartoon. Mario endlessly pursued Donkey Kong with Pauline, who was actually his niece in the series. Mario was shown as the aggressor, like the Ranger Smith to Donkey Kong's Yogi Bear, and he often wound up humiliated in classic cartoon fashion. Mario was voiced by Peter Cullen.
- Mario also starred in a Japan-only anime movie based on Super Mario Bros. In this version, Mario and Luigi were pulled into a video game, and they then went on a mission to save the princess from King Koopa (Bowser). He was voiced by Furuya Toya, who voiced several other popular anime characters such as Amuro Rei from the original Gundam series and Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon.
- Mario also appeared in a three-part anime OVA based on Super Mario Bros. 3. This OVA featured Mario and other Mario characters in classic fairy tales.
- Mario starred in three cartoons in the late 80's and early 90's - the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. In the first show he was portrayed, both in animation and the first series' live action skits, by the wrestler Captain Lou Albano, while Walker Boone voiced him in the two follow-up series. This series introduced the concept that Mario and Luigi lived in Brooklyn before being pulled into the Mushroom Kingdom, which was located in another world. Mario and Luigi's occupations as plumbers and their love for Italian food was also emphasized.
- In 1990, Mario starred in a series of comic books published by Valient Comics under their Nintendo Comics System line. Mario also starred in a series of Choose Your Own Adventure Books set in the continuity of the Super Mario Bros. comics as well.
- In the 1993 major motion picture, Mario is played by Bob Hoskins. Mario is shown as the older brother in this version, and he raised Luigi himself. Also, Luigi winds up being involved with the princess (Daisy instead of Peach) in the movie, although Mario has a girlfriend named Daniella.
- Mario was originally called Jumpman before receiving his name 'Mario' in Mario Bros.. Before that, Shigeru Miyamoto had actually called him "Mr. Video" due to his intentions to make the character appear in a variety of video games, which he considered akin to Alfred Hitchcock making cameo appearances in all of his movies or of how manga artists Osamu Tezuka and Fuji Akatsuka used the same character in a variety of appearances.
- Like Luigi, his original outfit was different. He used to wear red overalls with a blue shirt. His appearance was decided to fit the limitations for Donkey Kong.
- Mario apparently received his name from Nintendo of America's Italian landlord 'Mario Segali'.
- Mario is often referred to as the older of the brothers, despite Yoshi's Island seemingly establishing them as twins. It is still common for the twin to be born first to be known as the older one.
- His backstory (and Luigi's by extension) has undergone some revision over the years. Originally, American media projects conveyed the idea that Mario and Luigi started out as plumbers working in Brooklyn in the "real world" until they found their way into the Mushroom Kingdom, where they became heroes in Super Mario Bros.. The Game Boy version of Donkey Kong in particular seems to support this view, but it seems that later games have been retconning this. Yoshi's Island showed that the Mario Bros. were actually born within the Mushroom Kingdom, and later games featuring the infant characters have implied that the brothers lived in the Mushroom Kingdom for all their lives. There is still the possibility for Mario and Luigi to have spent parts of their lives in Brooklyn, but Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that he prefers to keep details of the characters' lives (and the stories of their games in general) simple.
- Mario 'joined' the Koopa Troop when Bowser joined his party in Super Mario RPG. His brother Luigi would inadvertently share the same fate in the beginning of Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
- According to Belome, Mario tastes sour.
|Characters in Mario Brothers series|
|Daisy · Luigi · Mario · Peach · Rosalina · Toad · Toadsworth · Yoshi|
Bowser · Bowser Jr. · Donkey Kong · Wario · Waluigi
|Characters in the Super Smash Bros. Series|
|Mario · Donkey Kong · Yoshi · Luigi · Link · Samus |
Pikachu · Jigglypuff · Ness · Captain Falcon · Fox McCloud · Kirby
Marth · Roy · Peach · Bowser · Dr. Mario · Young Link · Zelda · Sheik
Ganondorf · Mr. Game & Watch · Ice Climbers · Pichu · Mewtwo · Falco
Pit · Ike · Wario · Pokémon Trainer <Charizard/Ivysaur/Squirtle>
Meta Knight · Diddy Kong · Lucas · Pikmin & Olimar · King Dedede
Solid Snake · Sonic · Lucario · R.O.B. · Wolf O'Donnell